works in the following areas:
informs government agencies of our position on various issues prior to
development of laws and regulations.
Your membership in
will not only keep you informed on pending governmental actions, but will
add to our legislative clout.
was instrumental in establishing a Customs and Immigration presence in
Chaguaramas and now funds the Customs and Immigration offices at CrewsInn.
We provide most of the
furnishings, air-conditioning units, TV sets, tables, chairs, filing
cabinets, shelving, etc. to ensure that these stations are as comfortable as
possible for all users. At a
higher level, with the help of the Comptroller of Customs and the Chief
has been instrumental in getting our laws adapted to the needs of the yacht
lobbied keenly for the introduction of rules that allow cruisers to bring
boat parts and related repair materials into Trinidad and Tobago, free of
duty and VAT. We are working
towards taking this to the next level with the introduction of a bonded
warehouse and a single harmonised Immigration clearance form.
Being a member of
means that your individual business is promoted to the cruiser in a number
of ways: The membership listing is available at
office where cruisers often stop by for suggestions and referrals on
suppliers for the work and services that they require.
website provides a forum for you to
have a presence on the Internet and to showcase your business in our
Membership Page. The website
also provides a one-stop site for information on the yacht service industry
also works closely with TIDCO to increase yacht
arrivals by promoting Trinidad and Tobago as a yachting destination to
cruisers, super yachts and charter operators.
We are currently working on several promotional activities:
The production and
distribution of an industry brochure development and placement of a print
advertisement in regional and international marine media having a presence at
several international events. Developing and
implementing an annual survey to collect data on the yachting industry
educating the general public about the yachting industry to mitigate the
negative perceptions about the industry.
ensures the viability of the yacht services industry by taking steps to
protect the marine environment in the Western Peninsula:
We insist that all
member boatyards be equipped with proper disposal and/or recycling
facilities for garbage, oil, glass and batteries.
We assist cruisers in
the event of an oil spill, distributing solvent free of charge, and in the
case of the oil spill of September 2000, we coordinated the cruisers’ claims
for compensation. We established a Marine
Environment Fund to address several environmental issues, e.g. the creation
of an oil spill response strategy. We work closely with
the oil companies based in Chaguaramas to ensure that their operations do
not negatively impact on the industry. We offer advice to all
our members on environmental matters. We coordinate an Annual
Clean Up Day, which is held on the third Saturday in September to coincide
with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean Up Day.
will ensure that pertinent information, which could affect your business, is
related to you. Our quarterly
membership update meetings are an opportunity for you to raise issues, ask
questions and find out about what’s happening in the industry.
A guest speaker will address the membership on relevant issues and/or
Newsletter is produced
will keep you updated on issues that the association is addressing.
has established its own database. If you need yachting statistics,
phone numbers, industry reports, newspaper clippings..... anything.....
will endeavor to assist you in any way.
We can also help you to protect your business – we keep records of
non-desirable persons, yachtsmen and persons previously employed in the
works to ensure that the cruiser’s overall experience of Trinidad is a
acts as a forum for compliments and complaints about every aspect of our
industry, but especially about work-related matters.
This ensures that you, the member, receives feedback about your service and
that the yachtsman does not walk away angry (hopefully!).
attempts to resolve disputes in a methodical manner with absolute
impartiality between members and visitor. The
office serves as a tourism visitor information outlet, supplying maps,
information leaflets and advice to visitors on places of interest, scenic
routes, shows to attend, etc., i.e. serving to enhance the yacht visitor’s
overall experience of Trinidad and Tobago.
established an ‘account’ with the Blood Bank and holds a biannual Blood
Drive to ensure that both cruisers and members can receive emergency blood
donations in a time of need.
works to create a safe environment for both cruisers and members:
YSATT was instrumental
in having the anchorage area designated to help control traffic flow and
ensure the safety of those at anchor.
Moorings are being
placed to ensure that boats are safe in the anchorage.
Special Events: YSATT
is not all business. We hope
that you will take part in the social events that we organise each year,
e.g. the Christmas Concert. This year, we plan to have a Family
Day and to add several fun fundraising events to our calendar.
Issues Impacting the
Yachting Industry: YSATT
seeks to proactively address all issues impacting the yacht services
industry, e.g. oil company presence in Chaguaramas, declining yacht