Rome - Mega yachts will no longer be obliged to maintain a distance of more than two miles from protected maritime areas, and will be able to enjoy the beauty of Italy’s coasts, while still complying with regulations and being constantly monitored. Through an internal administrative procedure at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation, and in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment and for the Protection of Land and Sea, large sporting yachts have been granted a special status that allows them to depart from the regulations contained in the so-called “Clini-Passera” Decree.
The decree equated mega yachts, passenger ships, cruise ships and merchant vessels, and specifically required them to sail and anchor beyond the two mile limit of protected maritime areas. “With the interpretative procedure that the Ministry has launched,” Giovanni Gasparini, president of the yacht section of Federagenti, stated, “we have achieved, thanks to the commitment and sensitivity of the Ministry’s General Directorate, a decisive step forward even compared to the circular that is already in effect: in fact, this recognises the importance, in particular for areas like Sardinia and Liguria that are in danger of being cut out of the benefits of large yacht tourism, of establishing new coherent rules with the double primary requirement of safeguarding protected maritime areas and attracting economically significant high-end sport yachts to Italy.”The procedure calls for captains, shipowners, owners and shipping agents to produce a sort of self-certification which would state that the yacht in question is performing sport yachting activities.
The declarations and any rental contracts are then sent to the Ministry. By 31 December, the declarations must be submitted to a specified address at the Ministry, and certified by the individual maritime authorities, allowing for the creation of a single collecting system for an international database on sport yachting along Italy’s coasts that will be constantly updated.