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

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
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.

Japan
Construction Standards and Certification
January 11, 2017

① Under the Domestic Law, there are rules and regulations on the structure, equipment, etc. of the boats and ships of less than 20 gross tons by types -- ships, sailboats and other vessels. ② Under the Domestic Law, those who own any boat or ship of less than 20 gross tons are obliged to periodically undergo mandatory inspections in order to check the structure, equipment, etc. of the boat or ship if the vessel is used for navigation

Australia
Environment
December 8, 2016

Local, State and Commonwealth legislation and by laws govern sewage depending on the location. Some states have introduced (2011) complusory annual inspection of private vessels for black and grey water discharge/management. Emission control compliance for engines not covered by legislation but most product complies with EU and USA regulations as most engines are imported. Policy development to introduce local legislation stalled but calls from sectors of industry to resume to harmonise with international requirements.

Australia
Marinas and Harbours
December 8, 2016

The 1995 Commonwealth Coastal Policy provides a framework under which each state implements its own regulations regarding marinas and harbours. Most states have a Code of Practice regarding antifouling and legislation regarding sewage disposal. BIA member associations and and MIA promote the Clean Marinas Program.

Australia
Taxation
December 8, 2016

10% Goods and Services Tax. Levy charges in most states to provide for boating infrastructure improvements: 5-year plans for investment of funds being developed in most states.

Australia
Construction Standards and Certification
December 8, 2016

Compliance with Australian Builders Plate standard covering flotation, loading and max power in place since July 2006. ABP references and provides options to use ISO, ABYC or Australian Standards. Some states have requirements for electrical systems for boats that reflect IEC rather than ISO or ABYC standards. Commercial vessels (inc recreational boats destined for charter/hire & drive market) covered by National Law for Domestic Commercial Vessels from 1 July 2013. RCD CE-marked boats now accepted for charter yacht use based on RCD compliance documentation and non-invasive verification in Australia.

New Zealand
Taxation
December 7, 2016

15% Goods and Service Tax (GST) on all boats sold in NZ. Visiting overseas boats are exempt from duty and tax for a 24 month visit. Goods and Services provided for fixing to visiting overseas boats are exempt from the 15 % GST.Superyachts can charter in NZ for up to 65% of the total time they are visiting NZ

United Kingdom
Taxation
October 30, 2015

On 4 January 2011 VAT rose to 20%