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

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

Many financial measures have been published to help the workers and the companies. Most of them trying to avoid unemployment. Many more will follow as we are far from seeing the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.

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

An overview of the relief measures for the maritime sector is shown in the link below (some but not all applicable to recreational boating):
https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/maritime-singapore/what-maritime-...

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

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).

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

Poland
Zero Emission Zones
January 5, 2020

Several areas across the country

General aimed at reducing emissions, pollution or noise

The zones for the prohibition of combustion engines are set by the local authorities on the level of the district. There is no country database to clarify the number or location of such areas. Those zones can change every year and local user is responsible to contact local authorities for information

Spain
Zero Emission Zones
January 5, 2020

80-90 dams

Water flow level, agriculture, hydroelectric power station and/or safety reasons

Sweden
Zero Emission Zones
January 5, 2020

Two small zones in Sotckholm Archipelago, no recharge points provided. Many quiet areas across various lakes

National incentive was decided during 2018 in Sweden for electrically driven outboards including battery pack. 25% of total purchasing sum but limited to 10.000 SEK (approx. 1000 EUR). Swedish maritime Authority is underway to introduce a new regulation (during 2019) to introduce a new navigation mark to show engine/motor driven vessels prohibited. These will be valid for any type of motor (also electric) if not completed with additional text e.g. “Electric motors exempted”. Decisions to implement these in areas will be by regional authorities