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KNOW THE RULES: Amendment to Commission Delegated Regulation(EU) 2015/2446 of 28 July 2015 for pleasure yachts with no EU flag

Med Yacht Services, leading agency providing services to superyacht
owners and crews, would like to inform you about a new amendment to the
EU regulation 2015/2446 of 28 July 2015.

In particular, this regulation provides that:

Private yachts with no EU flags, at their arrival in EU waters, need
to obtain from the Customs the arrival forms prescribed by articles 136,
163 and 165 of the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 to
the Union Customs Code, including an official declaration of the 18
months period of Temporary Importation start date.

This document is valid for the whole Temporary Admission period (18
months) throughout the EU and it's required to prove the date of arrival
of the yacht from Extra EU Countries so it must be shown on request by
Customs and Port Authorities.

Before this, in case of any control of the vessel's TI discharge
period, a proof of the last port of call was requested from local
authorities. From now on, this will be the only official proof, valid
everywhere in Europe, of the yacht's arrival in EU waters.

Even yachts already entered in EU waters must be supplied with the
Customs certification, which will be issued for the remaining period of
validity of the Temporary Importation.

Regarding this change, Med Yacht Services will be glad to
help its clients perform all the necessary paperworks to get the correct

For more information don't hesitate to contact MYS Customs and Formalities Manager:

Martina Valle
Tel +39 0184 192 8061 - Mob +39 347 67 95 486 - Email

Full text of the Regulation


​Palm Beach International Boat Show 2016

The 31st Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 17 - 20, 2016, is one of the top five boat shows in the country - featuring more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts and accessories from the world's leading marine manufacturers. It is truly an International Show. The event includes hundreds of Boats from 8 foot inflatables, power boats, fishing boats, center consoles, bow riders, personal watercraft to superyachts over 150'. The finest pre-owned yachts, tents full of the latest electronics and accessories, seminars and kids fishing clinics. Exotic cars, live music and fun for all.



The Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous will be held 9 - 12 March 2016.

This exclusive event brings together sail and motor yachts during a four-day event for owners, their families and friends organised by Boat International Media and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.

In addition to the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, a motor yacht rendezvous program, sponsored by Westport, has been created to watch the spectacular racing and enjoy the beautiful islands of the British Virgin Islands.
The 2017 event is planned for 10 - 13 March.


Review from the Yachting Pages: Yachting in Italy - A captain and crew guide

Yachting Pages spoke to Med Yacht Services to create a captain's guide to the basics of yachting in Italy.

Set at the heart of the Mediterranean, Italy is a romantic yachting destination of astounding natural beauty. The coastline is bursting with beautiful towns and capacious marinas, offering plenty of marine facilities and space for the world's superyacht fleet, perfected by glimpses of some of the most beautiful Mediterranean landscapes.

Yachting in Italy: Climate and attractions

When to visit Italy
As a thriving part of Europe with a typically Mediterranean climate, superyachts usually tend to flock to the waters of Italy throughout the summer months of April and October, when the climate and temperature is generally more stable.
January is commonly known to be the coldest month with temperatures dipping as low as -4°C in the north, and July and August are the warmest months, heating up to 32°C to 42°C.

Superyacht destinations
The most popular yachting destinations in Italy are, from north to south down the west coast, Portofino, Portovenere, Porto Cervo and Capri, largely due to their outstanding natural beauty, unique charm and capable marine infrastructure.
According to Med Yacht Services, “In all these places, we can find any kind of attractions, from beautiful beaches, breathtaking views, natural parks, museums and historic architecture. All of these are worth being visited by guests as well as crew."

Superyacht berthing: Ports and marinas in Italy
Italy boasts around 8,000 ports and marinas, but not all of these are equipped to deal with the demands of large superyachts.

Yacht berthing
The cost and availability of superyacht berthing across Italy, like most ports and marinas, varies across Italy. Med Yacht Services explained, “Berthing costs really do vary depending on several factors, such as the marina size, location and facilities, as well as the availability and demand of berthing. For this reason, it is very difficult to estimate an average price for mooring in Italy."
Of course, it is recommended that captains plan well in advance of the peak summer season in order to secure berthing in the guest's chosen destinations. A good yacht agent can usually help to facilitate short-notice berthing requests where possible.

Yacht fuel bunkering
Agents at Med Yacht Services explained that almost all of the marinas in Italy have on-site fuel stations in which all boats and yachts can refuel, but it's also easy to arrange for bunkering lorries to deliver fuel at the yacht's mooring or berth. “This practice is surely the most convenient and preferred, because, in some cases, the boat does not have to move from its berth. It is also possible to provide high quantities of fuel in this situation."

There are three types of fuel available to yachts in Italy:
Duty-paid fuel - Suitable for all boats
Exportation fuel - For boats whose next port of call is within the EU
Commercial, duty-free fuel – For commercial/charter yachts flying EU flags that are about to commence a charter or are in possession of valid documentation.

Customs, clearances and cruising regulations in Italy

When clearing into the country, it is fair to say that the Italian authorities are known to be firm but fair. The Italian police will often be very careful and precise in checking guest and crew passports each time the boat enters a port, largely due to past problems and historic issues. Clearance formalities will depend on the kind of yacht (commercial or pleasure), the yacht's flag, gross tonnage, the nationality of guests and crew on board and the port of call. Clearances must be organised in every port that the yacht decides to stop, but are not compulsory for yachts under 24m, or those flying an EU flag. The captain must complete, stamp and sign several documents at least 24 hours prior to arrival. These rules vary port to port, depending on the requirements set by the harbour master. Once approved, yachts are welcome to anchor or berth at their preferred location.


Firearms and temporary imports must be declared on arrival in Italy. It's advisable to monitor VHF channel 16 when in Italian waters, as failure to respond to a call from a customs patrol could result in a stop and search operation.

All yachts must carry their original registration document, crew list, proof of VAT status, third party insurance (€5million third party insurance is required, purchased through a recognised Italian company) and ship's radio license. Italian police will typically ask to see identification should you be approached, so it's advisable to carry ID at all times.


It is illegal for foreign yachts to charter in Italy. Anchoring is not permitted in the Strait of Messina and there are anchoring restrictions around the Italian coast, with yachts unable to anchor within 200nm of a beach or 100m of the coastline.