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.

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Italy
Construction Standards and Certification
January 20, 2017

Construction Standards and Certification Directive 2013/53/EU as amended by directive 200/44/EC applies to pleasure craft and components within the scope of the directive. Italian regulations apply for craft and components outside the scope of RCD. Boats placed on the EU market before 16 June 1998 should comply with Italian regulations and/or have homologation according the Italian Registry safety regulations. Rules provide crew number and operating limits for not CE marked pleasure craft. With regard to yachts used for commercial purposes, the national law 172/2003 introduced a Large commercial Yacht code dealing with construction, safety and security which was issued in April 2005.

Japan
Product Liability
January 11, 2017

The Product Liability Law (PL Law) has been in force since July 1, 1995 and the Consumer Safety Act has been in force since 2009. Under these laws, it is required that any accidents be notified to the national government as soon as they are confirmed.

Japan
Taxation
January 11, 2017

A 8% consumption tax is imposed on every product.

Japan
Registration
January 11, 2017

Under the Domestic Law, the pleasure boats and ships of less than 20 gross tons are required to register the type of ships, port of registry, size, hull identification number, etc.

Japan
Safety Equipment
January 11, 2017

Under the Domestic Law, the engine-equipped vessels of less than 20 gross tons are required to be equipped with the legal equipment, including habitation, drainage, mooring, lifesaving and fire fighting equipment, and navigation devices.

Japan
Styrene Levels
January 11, 2017

Under the Domestic Law regarding the labor safety & health and environment requires reporting the use and quantity. The manufacturers self-imposed control level of the tolerable styrene concentration is 50 ppm or less.

Japan
Operating Limits
January 11, 2017

Under the Act for Preventing Collisions at Sea, there are rules for the navigation and indication for every vessel. They include a rule that forbids the engine-equipped vessels that are less than 20m in length to interfere other vessels navigation in narrow channels.

Japan
Environment
January 11, 2017

① Under the Domestic Law, the boats and ships of less than 100 gross tons are required to discharge the bilge during navigation and after processing the oil to reduce its level to 15ppm or below. ② Under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI, the NOx emission regulation has been in force since May, 2005 for the diesel engines of which output is more than 130kW. ③The Japan Boating Industry Association (JBIA) established a self-regulation to reduce the marine engine exhaust gas in stages, which has been implemented from the 2000 models onward. The 2006 models cleared the 2006 target (equivalent to EPA?s 2006 regulatory value). The self-regulation will continue to be implemented till fiscal 2010. From the 2011 models onward, a secondary self-regulation on the marine engine exhaust gas (equivalent to EPA?s secondary regulatory value) will be implemented. ④ For PWC equipment noise, a self-regulation has been implemented in stages to reduce the acceleration noise since 1999 and a secondary self-regulation under ISO14509 Measurement Method will be in place in 2010. Illegal modification of the noise systems is checked and controlled during periodic inspections. ⑤ It is required that the leisure fishing boats of which capacity is 10-99 individuals be equipped with a holding tank as toilet bowl equipment in certain water areas,starting from 2000. ⑥ JBIA established an FRP vessel recycling system, started applying it in certain areas in 2005 and on a fully nationwide scale in fiscal 2008.

Japan
Marinas and Harbours
January 11, 2017

There are technical standards for harbors concerning the construction of marinas. Under the Ports and Harbors Act, restrictions are imposed on each vessel for the sake of traffic safety and order in harbors.

Japan
Drivers Licences
January 11, 2017

Under the Domestic Law, those who operate any boat or ship of less than 20 gross tons (or any pleasure boat less than 24m in length) are obliged to obtain drivers? licenses. There are 3 categories of drivers? licenses. Captains of the small passenger boats are obliged to attend safety training program for small passenger boats.