The latest news from around the world on regulatory issues and legislation affecting the boating industry including taxes, trade tariffs, standards and environomental restrictions.

Regulatory Issues and Legislation


Second Dutch safety report in six years finds historic sailing fleet remains unsafe

2023-10-02T11:45:00+01:00>> , by Robert Wielaard

Conditions have not become “demonstrably safer” since the first safety report in 2017 that followed the death of three German tourists struck by a falling mast


New boat rental rule in Menorca meets opposition

2023-08-30T12:06:00+01:00>> , by Ricard Bracons

The changes are due to come into effect in July next year

Malta's Grand Harbour marina

Malta issues commercial yacht manning reminder


Rules apply to all international and domestic voyages

SC Governor Henry McMaster with boat bill

South Carolina signs boater safety legislation


New law requires anyone born after July 1, 2007, to take a boater safety education course

ABYC Supp63Cover

ABYC publishes 63rd supplement to small craft standards


Free webinar outlining changes to 2023-2024 updates to be held August 16


Egypt extends yacht tourist visas in bid to boost sector


The country has decided to extend the visa duration for foreign yacht tourists from one month to three

South African flag

SA government asks US for trade pact early extension

2023-07-27T11:45:00+01:00>> , by Bobby Jordan

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is due to expire in 2025

Busy waterway

Rise in boating accidents has Netherlands weighing tougher boating rules


Despite the total number of minor accidents falling slightly, serious incidents have doubled

US-EU tariffs image

European Boating Industry strives for full removal of US boat import tariffs


EBI has arranged a meeting with the European Commission to progress the matter

2000 Malibu Response LX-2

Malibu Boats settles 2014 product liability claim for US$100m

2023-07-04T14:10:00+01:00>> , by Tony Esposito

The US builder was being sued by the family of a boy killed in an accident involving a Malibu Response LX bowrider

Right whale and calf

US Congress moves to stymie boat speed rule proposal

2023-06-30T14:58:00+01:00>> , by Tony Esposito

The NOAA proposal overlaps with prime fishing seasons along the US Atlantic coast and impacts some 63,000 registered boats

Port of Naples

Naples port bans 75m-plus superyachts from Louise Dock

2023-06-29T11:45:00+01:00>> , by Robert Wielaard

Ban is thought to be the result of a “miscommunication”