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


Greece gears up for busy 2020 boating season


Greece ended its lockdown on May 4 and is still successfully dealing with Covid-19, so businesses are gradually reopening – some sooner than initially expected. High temperatures (higher than usual for May) of up to 37-40 degrees Celsius have also helped.

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Mixed rules for boaters in France & Monaco


Some boating activities along France’s coasts and in Monaco are beginning to resume amidst a tangle of unclear and sometimes contradictory rules

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Greece introduces new rules for yachts


The Greek Maritime Ministry has announced new regulations for the operation of yachts and pleasure craft which come into force today and will last through to June 15, 2020.

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Argentinian marine industry faces peak of Covid-19 crisis


As a consequence of strict quarantine measures, Argentina’s boating industry is undergoing the toughest times ever seen

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EU calls for swift restart of summer boating


The European Boating Industry association (EBI) has reported new guidelines released today from the European Commission calling for a quick restart of nautical tourism across Europe – recognising on-water recreation and nautical tourism as a key part of Europe’s tourism industry.

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UK government gives watersports the green light in England


As of today, all forms of watersports in England, including the use of privately-owned motorised craft, is permitted to go ahead. This is in stark contrast to the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, where marinas have been ordered to remain closed.

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Spanish boating back from hiatus


Recreational boating is gradually returning from its 50-day hiatus, with further lifiting of restrictions today, reports the Majorca Daily Bulletin.


Global Covid-19 update | 5 May


The International Council of Marine Industry Association (ICOMIA) and its member associations are providing regular updates to a ’living’ State of the Industry report tracking the latest regulations regarding COVID-19 and the specific impacts on the boating sector in countries across the world.

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Greece extends yacht lockdown


The Greek National Commission for the Protection of Public Health has announced that all private leisure boats and commercial craft, regardless of flag, are prohibited from departing or arriving within the Greek Territory between Monday 4 May at 6am until Monday 18 May at 6am for precautionary public health reasons.

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Sailing and boat access rules in Spain to start easing from Monday


22,000 leisure craft in Balearic Islands unused since Spanish lockdown introduced

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MEPs sign letter to EU Commission outlining impact of COVID-19 on boating sector


Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from several political groups and countries co-signed a letter to Thierry Breton, the EU Commissioner for the Internal Market, on Tuesday that underlines the impact of COVID-19 on the boating sector.


Greece to ease lockdown restrictions next week


Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced yesterday (Tuesday 28 April) on national TV that restrictions on citizens’ movements would be lifted and more shops allowed to reopen from May 4 in a gradual easing of a lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.