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

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
Design, Construction and Compliance Requirements of Boats and Components
January 9, 2018

All EU states apply Directive 2013/53/EU

Singapore
Boat Licensing and Skippers Certificates
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
Design, Construction and Compliance Requirements of Boats and Components
December 6, 2017

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

Canada
Environment
November 23, 2017

Environmental regulations passed in April 2011 and will take effect January 1, 2012 aligning with U.S. Environmental Protection Act regulations with respect to marine spark engine emissions. Optional emissions averaging program and system of credits similar to the U.S. Performance based standards provide manufacturers the flexibility of design and innovation. Products eligible for sale in the U.S. are generally eligible for sale in Canada (accept U.S. EPA emission certification as evidence of conformity with regulations) Duty to report total numbers brought into Canada through importation declaration form (responsibility of the Canadian importer - usually the dealers) New legislation to deal with derelict/abandoned boats \"Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Ac\" introduced Make it illegal to abandon boats while also allowing the government to go after owners of derelict boats that have already been abandoned. It proposes that individuals who abandon a boat can face fines up to $300,000 and a six month jail term while corporations can be fined as much as $6 million. The legislation focuses on both commercial and recreational vessels. It must be noted that while the bill gives the government power to try and force owners of existing derelict boats to remove them safely, there will be no fines or penalties imposed on those who have already abandoned their vessels. The ownership of some of these boats cannot be determined which is why the Canadian government is also working with provinces and territories to establish improved rules for identifying boats

USA
Taxation
November 9, 2017

The United States does not impose federal sales taxes or value added taxes on boats. Instead, sales taxes operate at the state level, with rates ranging by state. For current state sales tax rates, please visit http://www.boatus.com/gov/states/default.asp