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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Greece
Government support of industry during COVID-19
April 21, 2020

A discussion has started with the Government regarding the mooring fees of the chartered/commercial boats which are currently moored/locked in the marinas. All charters or sails are forbidden in the Greek territory, so now the professional unions and associations are asking a 40-60% discount on the mooring fees for the next months. The State has already announced a 40% reduction of the rent for the commercial stores, restaurants, cafes, etc for the period being locked down.

Germany
Government support of industry during COVID-19
April 21, 2020

Kurzarbeitergeld (Reduced hours compensation). A company is able to ask for support for salaries, if the coronavirus crisis is the reason for difficulties. The employee is payed 60% (without children), 67 % (with children) of the last net income by the government. Mostly the companies are paying in addition another 20 % of the loss. This scheme can be used for up to two years. Credits guaranteed by government are available. In the beginning in total 600 billion Euros. Direct help: 50 billion Euros are given to small enterprises up to 10 employees, up to 15.000 Euros/company. This amount doesn’t have to be paid back. Taxes can be paid 3 month later. Insurance for the employees can be paid 3 month later. All states have additional financial and fiscal help.

France
Government support of industry during COVID-19
April 21, 2020

The French government has taken aid measures for both the businesses and the workers. Workers are encouraged to work from home, when possible, but some factories and businesses remain open with sanitary measures. Partial unemployment benefits are now granted to 5,8 million people at the national level (about 25% of the employees) as of 8 April. Freelance workers can also benefit from a monthly subsidy of Euro 1500. Additional measures have been taken to differ repayment of loans and taxes, with the participation of the banks. The regional council administrations are also involved in several actions of support.

Finland
Government support of industry during COVID-19
April 21, 2020

Government has promised support packages for businesses so they can keep people on the payroll. Support has also been promised for individual entrepreneurs, but there is a rush for the subsidies and it takes time to process the applications.

Hungary
Government support of industry during COVID-19
April 21, 2020

The government issued a lockdown (stay-at-home) for two weeks, starting on Saturday 28th March till 11th April, people in Hungary will only be allowed to leave their homes for "substantial reasons," though the list of these exceptions is rather extensive, ranging from grocery shopping to manicures.
Since Hungary has no connection to the sea, only inland waterways, boating is allowed, but if you are not with your family members you must hold 1.5 meters distance. Owners can't live permanently on their boat as it is not a residence, only a recreational place.
Effects on the marine Industry:
- all the customers who ordered sailing or power boat by the last Boat Show will be served, new customers stepped back and sales have stopped
- orders in the shops have stopped but have increased online
- sailing school courses are postponed or cancelled
- charter reservations have been cancelled for April, May, June, on sea 2020/2021 winter reservation are also stopped
- charter on the sea (abroad: Croatia, Greece, Seychelles etc.) decreased
- closing marinas is not mandatory but some of them decided restrictions, otherwise they declare it as a workplace. Working is limited, owners can only work on their boat, otherwise boat owners can visit their boat but limited
- Hungarian Sailing Federation decided to postpone the regattas to further notice
- no passenger boats traffic allowed

Australia
Registration
April 21, 2020

just for test

April 20, 2020
Italy
Zero Emission Zones
January 5, 2020

30 different zones,  18 of which allow navigation inside them with the use of an electric engine. In particular is Northern part of the Garda Lake, which is ruled by the autonomous province of Trento, which is very environment oriented. Provides recharge stations.

Reason: Pollution

Finland
Zero Emission Zones
January 5, 2020

269 river and lake zones where motor boats are prohibited. In some zones electric propulsion is allowed and in some zones the restrictions apply to 5HP or more. Finland has also 47 zones where usage of PWC’s is prohibited. 

The main reason for the restrictions is noise reduction in small lakes. On top of these zones there are hundreds of speed/wake limit zones.

There are regular sockets for pleasure boats in guest marinas, cost is either separate fee for electricity or included in the marina fee

Netherlands
Zero Emission Zones
January 5, 2020

Amsterdam has announced that from 2025 onward all engine powered craft with "city limits" must be climate neutral (= electric). Likely that this will be followed by other municipalities with inner city canals.

There are no national incentives to promote electric powered craft.There is a growing popularity with boat rental operators to rent out electric powered craft, partly due to the fact they are renting boats in nature park areas, other the political climate in the Netherlands which makes one look “green” (= good). Not for marine. Interestingly enough the Dutch government is tuning down the incentives on electric mobility, with even talks of introducing usage taxes (ie road tax) for EV as ICE powered vehicles reduce in number. The creation of electric drive only zones is up to local municipalities or province, there is no national coordinated approach. Finding where electric drive zones are is very difficult. The city of Amsterdam has announced it will allow only electric drives on the inner city canals from 2020. Latest development in the Netherlands is a high court ruling on NOx, which has now brought many (infrastructure) projects to a grinding halt (127 large government projects, thousands of small private projects).