The Department of Merchant Shipping has announced the implementation of EU Directive 2013/53/EU on recreational craft and personal watercraft, which replaced EU Directive 94/25/EC as amended with effect from January 18 2016. The domestic harmonising regulations – the Basic Requirements (Recreational Craft and Personal Watercraft) Regulations 2016 – have been approved by the government law office and are expected to be placed before Parliament for approval this summer.

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