The Need for Unification and Harmonization in a Maritime Licensing Standard for Recreational Craft
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DepartmentCiencias y Técnicas de la Navegación y Construcciones Navales
SourceTransNav The International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation Volume 14 Number 1
The objective of this document is to make clear the importance of simplifying the transit of pleasure boats and their skippers safely in the European territory with the foreseeable improvement of the functioning of the internal market. In many European countries recreational skippers are required to have specific training and experience in order to demonstrate their maritime competence. These licenses for navigation allow a recreational vessel to be skippered in each national territory. One of the main objectives of these qualifications is to reduce the number of accidents in recreational boating. Generally speaking, in the European Union, as regards the requirements for the management of pleasure craft, both private and professional, the requirements are very different depending on the member state.