Visiting Australia

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By Marcel Vaarzon-Morel and Troy Martin Lately our firm has been seeing an increase in the number of clients seeking legal advice on importing their vessels into Australia temporarily. The advice generally sought covers what to expect when importing a vessel into Australian waters in respect to customs, taxes, visas, importations and registration you…

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Seafarer Confusion and Vessel Recognition in The Land Down Under

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It is not easy being an international seafarer, nevertheless Australian authorities seem to want to make it even more difficult when it comes to recognising their credentials. The latest changes made by AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) appear in stark contrast when compared to the British MCA (Maritime & Coastguard Agency) regulations. Although, both agencies historically had…

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A guide to a Purchase of Boat Contract

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By Marcel Vaarzon-Morel & Troy Martin International Boat Shows provide a one-stop-shop for the boating enthusiasts and an entry point for new comers with the Sydney Show being the biggest in the southern hemisphere. Boat lovers will no doubt be salivating at the possibility of an up-grade, with new comers considering their dream purchase…

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Building superyachts in China

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China Yacht Build Considerations Over time the options to build superyachts in Australia have become limited, with many factors favouring an international build. Where European countries such as Italy or the Netherlands have been preferred in the past; Asian nations are showing their prowess in producing high quality vessels. Given Asia’s geographical positioning to Australia it also makes sense to…

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An International Seaman in Australia: Catch 22 of working in Australia: Being recognised in Australia

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It is not easy being an International Seaman, nevertheless Australian Authorities seem to want to make it even harder. The latest changes made by AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) seem to create quite an egregious contrast when compared to the British MCA (Maritime & Coastguard Agency) regulations. Although both agencies had prior regulations of their own when it came…

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Sharing Your Yacht – Owner Managed Syndicates

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Sharing your yacht with friends, family or trusted business partners can prove to be a cost effective way of ‘having your cake and eating it to’. It’s fair to say that generally your purchase will be emotional and involve a dream. However, every purchase has a cost point where your wishes and reality intersect and this should be considered….

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A Practical Guide to Buying or Selling Boats

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Marcel, Principal Lawyer and Consultant of Vaarzon-Morel Lawyers shares some of his experiences while assisting in boat transactions both in Australia and Overseas alerting the reader to both the practical and legal realities. Early Advice Early contact with your lawyer is in itself an important point, as so often clients contact us after the horse has bolted or should I say…

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