Regulatory Reference Guide

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Welcome to the online Regulatory Reference Guide (RRG). It offers you the opportunity to search, sort and consult the rules impacting the recreational marine. The ICOMIA Secretariat invites all MIAs to check and update their sections frequently. We are sure that you will appreciate this very informative tool.

To browse the RRG, select a country and/or criteria from the dropdown menus

USA
Zero Emission Zones
January 5, 2020

Federal Laws that regulate air and water emissions from watercraft. Every lake in the US is regulated by either the state or local government or in many cases the Army Corp of Engineers and National Park Service. With that said there are lakes in the US where certain types of boats can be limited or banned. There are lakes where engine size is limited and lakes that are two small to support gas engines, but electric is allowed.

There are no tax incentives or reduced annual registration fee for using a specific type of engine. In some states if a boat is less than a certain size then the registration fee can be waived, but that is regardless of the propulsion method.

Canada
Zero Emission Zones
July 15, 2019

The law is: No person shall operate a power-driven vessel in any of the waters described in Schedule 3, except as indicated in that Schedule.

The municipality must apply to Transport Canada for a “Vessel Operation Restriction Regulation” If it is approved then the combustion engines can be restricted. These are mostly smaller lakes but definitely an impact especially in the province of Quebec which has 254 restrictions.

This link identifies all the lakes in Canada which prohibit combustion engines (electric OK)

https://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2008-120/page-7.html

Netherlands
Safety Equipment
July 1, 2019

Besides the legislation in the Inland Waterway directive, boats > 20m of >100 m3, there is no additional legislation in force. HISWA Holland Marine Industry runs a voluntary LPG certification system, as well as a system for Electricity, rigging and fire protection.

The dutch marine industry developed a certification system for Electricity, same as the Gas system underneath. A system for rigging is expected in 2014. HISWA Holland Marine Industry started with a LPG certification system, not only for the recreational craft but also for the Dutch Marine Industry Companies. Based on ISO 10239. The same system is now used for Electrical equipment and alarm systems.

Netherlands
Marinas and Harbours
July 1, 2019

Special legislation for marina's has been consolidated with other sectors, but is still valid when a company does manage a marina of boatyard. Strict environment requirements and health/safety requirements are imposed on all marina's.

United Kingdom
Operating Limits
January 8, 2019

Local restrictions on some waterways in force for recreational boats. Government classifies domestic waters for commercially operated vessels - not fully aligned with European categorisations. Pleasure vessel definition in UK legislation complicates certain operations such as vessel delivery and sea trials, new guidance released on 01.01.19. MCA Marine Guidance Note 597 which requires safety management system and system validation for certain operations.

United Kingdom
Safety Equipment
January 8, 2019

Local inland waterway regulations on carriage of equipment in force, and SOLAS based components for large yachts. All private craft over 13.7m (45 feet) covered by Merchant Shipping Regs as Class XII vessels requiring mandatory carriage of certain LSA and fire fighting equipment: this includes non-UK flagged vessels in UK waters and UK flagged in ALL waters. MCA Marine Guidance Note 599

Poland
Construction Standards and Certification
January 9, 2018

All EU states apply Directive 2013/53/EU

Singapore
Drivers Licences
December 15, 2017

Mandatory licensing of powered pleasure craft drivers. An advanced license is required for craft above 24 metres

Singapore
Registration
December 15, 2017

Leisure craft registration is mandatory https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/craft-licensing...

Germany
Construction Standards and Certification
December 6, 2017

All EU states and Norway apply Directive 1994/25/EC