Each jurisdiction has its own rules and regulations regarding log books. To our knowledge none of them apply to leisure crafts. It is further complicated with that not only the law might be what we should look at. Here are some pointers to the requirements around log books:
- The law. This is the minimum standard and we all must obey. This includes local legislation such as the MCA Large Yacht Code in the UK and international conventions such as SOLAS, COLREGS and MARPOL.
- Non-compulsory codes of practice. A non-chartered yacht can for example decide to follow the MCA Large Yacht Code and perhaps even certify the yacht according to MCA though it strictly does not need to follow these rules.
- Guidance and recommendation from various organization such as the Royal Cruising Association (RYA), Professional's yachtsmen association and the International Chamber of Shipping.
- Generally accepted customary practices
- Our own requirements as owners
The items number 2 and higher are not legally required, but it could still be advisable to follow. With BoatLogger it is possible to follow all of the above and even do more.
When we talk about professional (i.e. large charter yachts, super yachts) yachts and ships there are three requirements to follow:
- Recording the information
- Safeguarding the information
- Accessing the information
BoatLogger excels in all areas.
Recording the information
The step of recording is obvious and the benefits of using BoatLogger compared to a normal Logbook is obvious.
Safeguarding the information
With a traditional Logbook the safekeeping can be an issue. Many are the cases where the ship has gone under and the logbook has not been found. There are even cases where it is believed the crew has destroyed the logbook to hide certain facts. With BoatLogger the information is send to shore based servers as soon as the log entry has been made (assuming network coverage or satellite communication). No matter what happens thereafter, the log is preserved.
Accessing the information
Accessing the logbook with BoatLogger can be made in several ways. It can be made from the web browser, our own smartphone Apps or a custom app that anyone can develop and tailor to their own needs by using the programming APIs in BoatLogger. Perhaps a charter fleet could be monitored from a custom made application?