SafetyThe safety of everyone on board is of paramount importance and our obligations in this respect are taken very seriously. Maybe and Blue Clipper are maintained in accordance with the Maritime Coastguard Agency’s Code of Practice for Small Commercial Vessels and the Large Yacht Code for Transport Malta. Annual surveys by an independent assessor and regular maintenance ensure that all the safety equipment meets or exceeds the legal requirements to operate as a sail training vessel.
The Skipper and crew are responsible for the safety of the vessel and everyone on board. Every voyage starts with a safety briefing. There are specific points that must be covered during these briefing sessions and the crew need to satisfy themselves that all members of trainee crew understand these points. These include fire alarms/drills, man overboard and most importantly the wearing and use of life saving equipment. All crew members wear integrated lifejacket/harnesses while on deck at sea.
The permanent crew on board Maybe and Blue Clipper are trained and qualified to meet or exceed the regulations laid down by the Department for Transport, Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Trasport Malta.
The Skipper and First Mate are qualified to Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster Level with Commercial Endorsement. The permanent crew are required to gain certificates in radio communications, first aid and sea survival.
All the permanent crew on Maybe and Blue Clipper with responsibility for young people have Enhanced DBS Checks.
We have a comprehensive Child Protection Policy, Equal Opportunities Policy and Risk Assessments are in place for all activities on board Tall Ship Maybe and Tall Ship Blue Clipper.