November has been getting colder and busier… The boating industry is getting ready for the EU Watercraft Directive before the transition period ends, not forgetting the other key topics such as environment, innovation and adapting to its users!
In two months’ time a yearly transition period foreseen by the new EU Watercraft Directive (2013/53/EU) for companies to allow sales of already produced equipment is coming to an end. Between 18 January 2016 (Directive’s entry into force) and 17 January 2017 companies have been able to place for the first time on the market boats, engines and components that are compliant and CE-marked according to both, the “previous” and the “new” directives.
Two years ago, in order to prepare the industry for the new EU rules, European Boating Industry and ICOMIA published an EU RCD Guide, which since then has been updated and is now available for both Apple and Android tablets, alongside the PDF version in 9 languages, supported by any device.
The main purpose of this Guide is to offer companies (especially smaller ones without dedicated product compliance staff) practical, easy-to-understand help to ensure that the product they build, import or distribute on the EU single market is fully compliant and safe. The positive feedback we have been receiving for the last two years has convinced us that translating the Guide into national EU languages and releasing Apps for both Apple and Android compatible devices, make the new rules even more accessible.
The Guide is available in the following languages:
- English as original language
And thanks to the work and translation done by national associations or our partners in:
Latest news from the Recreational Craft Directive Working Group
The last RDC Working Group took place on 25 November in Brussels.
The European Commission is now finalizing the Guidance to the Commission's Implementing Regulation related to Watercraft Identification for all stakeholders, and will now move on with its adoption.
The document describes the elements which shall not be missed in the identification. The composition itself as well as other requirements like placement and durability of the identification shall be described in relevant harmonised standard.
The European Commission also clarified its interpretation on placing the products on the market in the transitional period – integrating the products placed according to RCD 94/25/EC into watercraft placed according to RCD 2013/53/EU. This interpretation was agreed and will also be included in the Application Guidance, which is expected next year.
REMINDER – the end of transition period is approaching
As we are now 2 months away from the end of the one-year transition period (18 January 2017). Still 4 Member States are lagging behind with its transposition.
The European Commission published its Working Plan for 2017
For our sector, we should keep an eye in 2017 especially on the better regulation on EU passenger ship safety legislation and the Circular Economy package and its consequences for the end-of-life of boats.
B. Other EU issues
METSTRADE 2016 closed its doors with a breaking record of attendance
Amongst the novelties of this year, a Polish Pavilion was there for the first time. Polboat, the Polish Chamber of Marine Industry & Water Sports, brought 10 of its member companies to the show.
Several key events took place, including the conference on the Sustainability in the Marine Industry, where Sandrine Devos, Secretary General of EBI, presented an update of EU developments and the Boat Digest project, which involved nine partners in six countries and included a map of current dismantling facilities.
EBI also hosted its Council meeting and its Committee of Executives meeting.
Innovation & technology determining the future of boating - 2nd Nautic Conference
Within a year from the first edition of the “Boat’s end-of-life, truly the end?” conference, organised jointly by European Boating Industry, the French Federation of Nautical Industries (FIN) and Reed Expositions France, the environmental issues gained even more visibility. The Paris Agreement (reached around the same time as Nautic 2015) helped the cause by entering into force this November. Even though Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections brought the prospect of America pulling out from the Agreement, the French Environment Minister Ségolène Royal expressed hope the deal “won’t fall apart”.
Putting aside electrifying results of the US elections and their consequences, this year the partners will join forces again during the Paris boat show on Tuesday, 6 December 2016, at the Scène Nautic for the second consecutive year to discuss “Innovation & technology – future for boating”.
The conference will look at how innovation and digitalisation can improve comfort and safety on board of recreational craft and how simplification of navigation or collaborative economy can make boating more attractive. It will highlight the lessons learned by the European industry leaders who export their innovations, which allows them to maintain a significant position on the international market.
The event in Paris will be a good opportunity to also look at the recent developments in the field of “marinas of the future”, see how marinas adapt themselves to technological evolution, digital revolution, new services and the users’ demands.
“Innovation & technology – future for boating” is free of charge and open to anyone interested in the subject. The conference will be held in French. No prior registration is required, however you need a valid entrance ticket to access the Nautic boat show.
The event’s programme and the speakers’ list are available in English and French
2nd International Breakfast Meeting to serve successful way forward for boating industry
2017 will see the 5th year of the cooperation between boot Düsseldorf and European Boating Industry! We’re extremely proud and happy to celebrate this round anniversary with the 2nd edition of the format we introduced last year “International Breakfast Meeting” (after having organised before the International Conference for 3 consecutive years between 2013-2015).
Like last year, the event will be held on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 from 9:00 to 10:30 at the Congress Centre Düsseldorf (CCD East, Room R) on the boot fairground.
This second edition will be divided into two thematic parts: getting new-comers on board and keeping elderly people on board. When looking at the first challenge, the speakers will reflect together with the audience on new trends, such as interconnectedness and digitalisation (extremely popular in the car industry, for example) and how the boating industry can deal with them. They will also try to answer the question about, what people coming to Europe expect from their leisure time, including time spent on a boat or practicing other water sports. Boat chartering and sharing, new emerging trends in the industry and their impact on the future of boating will also be discussed.
The second part of the Breakfast will address the demographic change and the fact that boating population is getting older. A brand new German study on the present and future situation will be presented at this occasion. Industry representatives will inform, how they react to the demographic change and what’s being done (could be done) to adapt boats to the new needs.
Participation to the International Breakfast Meeting is free for all exhibitors and the press. It offers a unique opportunity to combine stimulating presentations, lively exchanges of ideas and networking, while enjoying your breakfast.
The meeting will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into German. Further information, including the programme, speakers and registrations will be available online shortly.
European Boating Industry to release shortly its new website
Christmas might deliver this year an early gift with a brand new website. The address remains unchanged, but the website will have a new look, making it more attractive and more user-friendly. We welcome gladly pictures from members!
Check your email box for the launch…
C. Open consultations & calls for EU funding
Public consulation on fitness check on EU legislation for maritime transport safety & efficiency
The consultation can be of particular interest to passengers travelling by sea, national maritime authorities, shipowners, port and terminal operators, seafarers and their organisations, trade unions, maritime related European associations, third country Flag States, classification societies and other actors involved in maritime transport such as ships agents, pilots, VTS operators, etc. This consultation has been launched to collect views and opinions on the legislative acts and their implementation and the interaction between them; to gather factual information on what works well and where there is room for improvement; and to collect data and knowledge about the impacts of the various acts individually and taken together.
EU funding: Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2016-2017
Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are contained in bi-annual work programmes setting out the large majority of support which is available. The work programmes are prepared by the European Commission through a process which integrates EU policy objectives into the priority setting.