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

Sweden
Environment
October 7, 2014

Baltic Strategy, Helcom Agreement, came into force on 1 January 2001. New legislation came into force on 1 October 2002 requiring all pleasure craft harbours to produce and publish a waste management plan. At a HELCOM meeting in January 2004 a preliminary decision was taken to grant exceptions for pleasure craft regarding emptying of toilet tanks and toilet retention systems. From April 1 2015 a total prohibition against black water emtying.

Czech Republic
Registration
October 3, 2014

Seagoing yachts up to 24m hull length: registration in Maritime office of Ministry of Transport. Inland waterways - registration of yachts with engine over 4kW or sail area over 12 sqm. registration in Statni Plavebni Sprava

Czech Republic
Drivers Licences
October 3, 2014

Seagoing yachts up to 24m hull length. C - coastal waters up to 20 miles from the coastline and LOA up to 16m, B - offshore up to 200 miles from the coastline,and LOA up to 24m A - ocean - without limitations Inland waterways - driving licence for small crafts up to 20m LOA, engine pover over 4 kW and sail area over 12 sqm

Czech Republic
Construction Standards and Certification
October 3, 2014

Recreational Craft Directive 94/24/EC as amended by Directive 2003/44/EC

Netherlands
Taxation
January 10, 2014

21.0% VAT in force.

Netherlands
Product Liability
January 10, 2014

In line with EU Directives

Netherlands
Environment
January 10, 2014

Legislation for black (toilet) water onboard is in force since 1-1-2009, written as "not allowed to discrage any black water from pleasure crafts". The use of a certified treatment system will be able from 2019. Ban on copper based anti-foulings is no longer in force, however, biocide based antifouling is only allowed when the product is permitted by national authorities. Styrene limits are in line with EU directives. Legislation for limits on wood-dust emissions at industry, VOC in paint and also for welding exhaust emissions are in force.

Netherlands
Construction Standards and Certification
January 10, 2014

In line with the RCD.

Finland
Taxation
September 27, 2013

VAT at 24% on all new goods and services except utility boats > 10m in length, where no VAT applicable.

Turkey
Taxation
July 25, 2013

8% consumer tax + 18% VAT totaling 27.4% apply for all craft to be registered under Turkish Flag. But all Turkish citizens are allowed to own a boat registered with a flag state and keep the boat in Turkish waters for five years. Nearly all prefer to have their boat registered in Delaware-USA and pay no tax at all.