Regulatory Reference Guide

MONITORING SITE FOR THE REGULATORY REFERENCE GUIDE

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

South Africa
Operating Limits
October 27, 2011

There are strict regulations one needs to adhere to if you wish to use a vessel offshore, after dark or for commercial purposes. The guidelines are also in Marine Notice 13 of 2011, available on the SAMSA website

Netherlands
Drivers Licences
September 13, 2011

Driving licences for all boats longer than 15m and for motorboats fasther than 20 km/hr are in force.

Singapore
Taxation
September 13, 2011

7% GST applies

Germany
Environment
September 12, 2011

For new boats cruising the Baltic Sea retension sytems are mandatory since 1.1.2003. Ban of using seatoilets within 12 nm according the Baltic Convention. Boats already put into service have to be equipped with retention systems since 1.1.2005. Exceptions:boats below 11,50 m length or 3,80 m beam or put into service before 1.1.1980

Germany
Taxation
September 12, 2011

VAT on new boats (and all other products) 19% in force since 1 Jan 2007. Sales between private persons on used boats are VAT-free. If a dealer is involved the difference between purchase and selling price has to be charged at 19% VAT.

Germany
Safety Equipment
September 12, 2011

No regulations for private boats. For Charterboats safety equipment is mandatory according the SeesportbootVO or the SportbootVVO-Binnen

Germany
Operating Limits
September 12, 2011

Local restrictions in force. Speed limit of 12 km/hr on canals. Restrictions for personal watercraft in force (May 95).

Germany
Product Liability
September 12, 2011

All EU states apply Directive 1999/44/EC

Denmark
Construction Standards and Certification
February 10, 2010

RCD

Spain
Taxation
November 25, 2009

VAT 16% of the price on all boats and goods. If the boat purchased is pre-owned, this percentage is not applicable. Instead, a 4 % of the paid price will have to be paid for Property Transfer Tax. More than 8m in length pay the 12% at registration plus VAT. Exemption for boats under 15 meters in length and which are dedicated to charter exclusively, rowboats, or classified as Olympic sailing boats.