Inland navigation (on rivers and reservoirs) involves obtain permission from the competent river basin authority. The authority in question will require either:
- A valid seaworthiness certificate or
- An independent technical report certifying that craft’s suitability.
In either case, EUROCONTROL produces the report in the terms specified by each set of regulations, either to obtain the Seaworthiness certificate or to attest to its suitability.
For craft that already have a water board licence, but need to renew it:
- If it is a recreational craft, EUROCONTROL renew the Seaworthiness certificate or the Registration Certificate at the time of the inspection (See section on TECHNICAL INSPECTION OF CRAFT)
- If it is a passenger craft and is registered as such in the Ship Register of the Directorate-General for Merchant Shipping, this will be the agency responsible for renewing the certificates. (See the following specific paragraph)
There are several agencies with inland navigation-related responsibilities: River Basin Authorities cover most of these waters but certain areas are the responsibility of Local Councils or Regional Governments. With slight differences, all the authorities require owners to furnish a formal declaration with clauses as follows:
- They will ensure that their craft comply with current legislation regarding their stability, the safety equipment that must be on board and that both the craft and safety equipment are in good condition.
- They will sail the craft with all the licences and permits that may be required by other Local, Regional, or Central Government authorities, which the declaring party is responsible for obtaining.
- They have a certificate stating the vessel’s specifications, and stating: make, model, serial nº, length, breadth, capacity and maximum permissible power. It can be issued by the Maritime Inspection Department (Ministry of Development) or any Authorized Inspection Body, by the selling company, by the manufacturer or by a competent engineer, in which case the latter must indicate their post or position and qualifications. The party making the declaration must have it with them whenever they are navigating.
- They have a certificate that stating the specifications of the combustion/electric engine, where applicable, stating: make, model, serial nº, rated power. If it has a combustion engine: Operating cycle (2T or 4T), year manufactured and combustion system (Injector and carburettor). It can be issued by the any Authorized Inspection Body, by the selling company, by the manufacturer or by a competent engineer, in which case the latter must indicate their post or position and qualifications. The party making the declaration must have it with them whenever they are navigating.
FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND, MAKE SURE THAT YOUR BOAT’S INSPECTION PAPERS ARE ALWAYS UP-TO-DATE.
Passenger craft technical inspection service
Any craft that carries more than 12 passengers is considered a passenger craft, and must undergo annual checks. EUROCONTROL offers a flexible inspection service that includes a general check of the craft’s certificates. The service includes:
A. In-water survey:
1. Stability test.
2. Testing of Freeboard marks and structural fasteners.
3. Passenger Vessel Safety Test.
4. Sailing Equipment Survey Test.
5. Seaworthiness Certificate Test: In-water hull, machinery and electrical installations.
6. Verification of the Certificate of Maximum Number of Passengers and Crew members.
7. Radio Safety Certificate Test (if applicable).
B. Out-of-water survey:
1. Propeller shaft inspection.
2. Dry hull survey.
3. Special survey (if appropriate).
These tests and checks can be conducted at different times to make it easier to operate the boat, before having the certificates renewed by the Directorate-General for Merchant Shipping or else as a technical report for submission to the water basin authority.
USE OUR TECHNICAL SUPPORT AND REMEMBER THAT ONLY THE DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR MERCHANT SHIPPING CAN RENEW THE CERTIFICATES THAT IS ISSUES.