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Tecnoseal Answers - The New Italian Nautical Code Part 1


On February 13, 2018 the new Code of Nautical came into force in Italy and since then we have heard a lot of talk about it. But what changes did it bring? With this series of articles we will see the answer to this question.
The first part of today focuses on the rules concerning "boaters." Anyway You can find the whole text of the code here.

The first big change concerns the classification of pleasure craft. In the slide above you can see how it was previously. "Unità da diporto" is italian for pleasure craft and "Navi da diporto" is italian for pleasure boats.
The pleasure craft are now distinguished between simple pleasure craft and pleasure craft for commercial purposes (those that are called commercial yachts outside Italy). The latter are vessels exclusively intended for rental for tourism purposes with a length of more than 24 meters and gross tonnage of less than 1000 tonnes. They are ships used for international navigation only for tourist hiring and are entitled to carry a maximum of 12 passengers, excluding the crew and they do not apply the prohibition of cabotage for ships registered in the International Registry.
The pleasure boats are also divided according to gross tonnage (GT). In fact, up to 500 GT will be referred to as minor pleasure boats, while above this figure there will be major pleasure boats.
Finally, the watercraft were added. They are identified as a pleasure craft with a hull length of less than four meters, which uses a propulsion engine with a water jet pump as a primary source of propulsion and intended to be operated by one or more persons seated, standing or kneeling on the hull, rather than inside it.

With regard to registrations now the enrollment in the register of pleasure boats, even provisional, can be requested by the owner with the title of property and the certificate of tonnage, while in the case of foreign ships is required also the extract from the enrollment register of provenance or the certificate of cancellation (or another certificate of equal value). In addition, if it is a commercial yacht, the certificate of registration in the business register or substitute declaration with the details of the company is also required. If in the aforementioned certificates there are the personal details of the owner, there is no need to present the title of property.
Finally, the complete computerization of the registers and the centralization of the competences to a single central authority valid at national level is envisaged. The Central Telematic System of pleasure boating (SISTE) is established at the MIT Department of Transportation and is divided into the following structures: Central Telematic Archive of pleasure crafts(ATCN), Central Conservation Office of the pleasure craft and Telematic Counter of the yachtman (STED).

Jumping then some minor details on the enrollment in the registers of pleasure boats used for leasing and/or carried out by foreigners, the last two important steps of the new Code concern: the streamlining of security controls, which will be managed from MIT on an annual basis, and above all the recognition of the figure of thepleasure boat broker.
This professional figure is defined as one who relates, also through consulting activities, two or more parties for the conclusion of contracts for the purchase, sale, lease, rental, loan, mooring of boats and financial leasing of pleasure craft.

...continue next week

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