Regulatory Matters

The rules that pleasure craft must comply with vary from country to country. Although national maritime legislation is the foundation of such rules, potential changes to international and European law originating though the United Nations and the European Union must be monitored to ensure that its impact on recreational boating is proportional and appropriate.


Current / Future EBA Issues

  • EU Maritime Policy
  • IMO
  • Member State regulations
  • VAT / proof of payment
  • Maritime security measures for non-SOLAS vessels
  • ICC
  • Visitor taxes
  • Windfarms


Questions Actuelles et Futures D'EBA

  • EU Maritime Policy
  • IMO
  • Réglernentations des états membres
  • TVA/justificatif de versement
  • Mesures de sécurite aritimes pour bateaux non-SOLAS
  • ICC
  • Taxes pour visiteurs
  • Parcs éoliens
  • Windparks


Aktuelle / Zukünftige EBA Themen

  • EU Maritim - Politik
  • IMO
  • Gesetzgebung der Mitgliedsstaaten
  • MwSt / Zahlungsnachweis
  • Maritime Sicherheitsmaßnahmen für nicht-SOLAS-Schiffe
  • ICC
  • Steuern für Besucher / Kurtaxe
  • Windparks


Asuntos actuales y futuros de EBA

  • Política Marítima de la UE
  • OMI
  • Regulaciones de los Estados miembros
  • IVA-Acreditación de pago
  • Medidas de seguridad para embarcaciones no SOLAS
  • ICC
  • Impuestos sobre transeúntes
  • Parques eólicos

International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is the United Nations specialised agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. Recreational boating is represented at IMO by World Sailing, whose delegation usually includes a representative from the EBA Secretariat.

Security of non-SOLAS shipping

Since 2007 there has been concern surrounding the perceived security risk from non-SOLAS ships. The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) developed guidelines on practical security measures to be applied to non-SOLAS ships and to port facilities not covered by SOLAS chapter CI-2 and the ISPS code, both to protect non-SOLAS ships themselves and to protect other ships and port facilities from the risk of an attack using a non-SOLAS ship for example a fishing vessel, pleasure craft or a craft of traditional or primitive build.


All sailing yachts under their own passage should remain out of the High Risk Area or face the risk of being attacked and pirated for ransom.



The SOMALI PIRACY WARNING FOR YACHTS filer has been produced by the Counter Piracy Forces to remind yachtsmen of the real risk they face.

The previously issued piracy guidelines for recreational craft wishing to transit the Gulf of Aden and surrounding sea area, where Somali pirates are known to operated, published by World Sailing remain valid.

The NATO Shipping Centre liaises with the merchant shipping community, its Alert Map is intended to provide an accurate and informative resource regarding NATO Operations. A filter Menu by the top right-hand corner of the map allows the user to filter by all alerts, alerts within the past 7 days, alerts within the past 30 days, alerts within the last 3 months, and previous years’ alerts. The Alert Map is available at:

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee Working Party on Inland Water Transport

Resolutions 14 & 40 - International Certificate for Operator of Pleasure Craft

The International Certificate for Operator of Pleasure Craft is more commonly known as the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). The ICC allows the holder to voyage internationally where the country the holder is visiting has chosen to accept it and subject to any prescriptions made by the visited country.

As the ICC’s validity is determined by the visited country it is not a truly international qualification. However, the ICC is the only international evidence of competence that exists for pleasure boaters in Europe. Through attendance at the UNECE the EBA continues to work to get the ICC more widely accepted in Europe.

Further information about the ICC is available on the ICC page of this web-site.

Resolution 24 - CEVNI - European Code for Inland Waterways

CEVNI provides harmonisation of the rules, signs and procedures across much of the network. Further information is provided under Inland Waterways.