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“Recreational navigation and water tourism”

Sergey Moiseev,

Russian Yachting Association

Buying a yacht is the third most important day.

The conclusion of the contract with the marina is the second most important day.

Obtaining a yacht skipper’s certificate is the first important day.

Challenges in Russia:

  • High import duties and anchorage costs,
  • Border crossing facilitation;
  • The need for a unified international certificate for pleasure craft operators for sailing abroad.

Issues for addressing at the international level:  

  • Promotion of recreational navigation and water tourism;
  • Quality of education and training of operators and instructors in Russia and abroad

Create a working group on recreational navigation at ICOMIA.

Targets and goals:

  • Revision of Resolution No. 40 in the fifth edition.
  • International standart: “Requirements for the education and training of pleasure craft operators” for ISO.

    Introduction

There is a version that «Russia» is related to the “ruslo” — «channel» and could denote the hollow through which the river flows. Since the Eastern Slavs settled along rivers, they could call themselves «river» people.  

Peoples united to create to create waterways — water transport. “Route from Varangians to Greeks”, the waterway between the Baltic and the Black Sea became the basis of Russia.

Recreational navigation has become very popular in Russia over the past 15 years. This includes the construction of up-to-date yachting clubs and marinas, international exhibitions dedicated to the yachting industry, the increasing number of newly built motorized and sailing boats, new routes for water tourism, chartering companies, sailing schools and yachting associations.

Winter Olympics in Sochi contributed to the development of marine infrastructure in the Black Sea. Built modern marinas in Moscow and St. Petersburg take sailing and motor yachts. Yacht exhibitions are held annually in major Russian cities. Thousands of yachtsmen rest on the water, participate in races, regattas, go on cruises, training as captains.

NEW: A new service for marines and yacht clubs has been created — the organization of corporate regattas. Several hundred people participate in sailing regatta with simplified rules. Then comes the award and the banquet. Yacht clubs and marinas began to be refitted. The number of guest marinas has expanded, large restaurants and tents, concert venues have been built.

Russian Yachting Association participates in international activities. UNECE

    Recreational navigation and water tourism. Economic Commission for Europe

  Economic Commission for Europe Inland Transport Committee Working Party on Inland Water Transport Sixtieth session Geneva, 2-4 November 2016.

    The workshop “Recreational navigation and water tourism: Prospects and challenges” was held on 3 November 2016. The presentations are available at www.unece.org/trans/main/sc3/sc32016.html (tag “Workshop”).

  Mr. S. Moiseev, Russian Yachting Association, informed the Working Party about the activities related to recreational boating in the Russian Federation. He presented the training and testing programme for boaters for obtaining ICC in EU and the certificate of the State Inspectorate for Small Craft in the Russian Federation. The training course provided a possibility to navigate inland waterways, inland sea and territorial waters of the Russian Federation and EU. He further stressed the significance of Resolution No. 40 for recreational boaters.

  Mr R. P. David, National Boating Federation USA/USPS, informed the Working Party about the activities of USPS and National Boating Federation, theAmerican Coast Guard – the national regulatory and licencing body and other organizations engaged in recreational navigation and training schools in the United States of America and Canada. The United States of America had not adopted Resolution No. 40, however, the educational programme of USPS was based on the Boat Operator Certification Programme (BOC) that exceeded Resolution No. 40 and included four levels: Inland Navigator, Coastal Navigator, Advanced Coastal Navigator and Offshore Navigation. He further mentioned the education methods introduced by USPS, including virtual training of boater skills, and other education and training programmes for boaters.

  Mr. C. Burton, RYA, presented training principles for recreational boaters in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the activities of Royal Yachting Association (RYA) as a national governing body for boating. No compulsory carriage of equipment was required for vessels up to 13.7 m in length and no operator licences — for vessels up to 24 m in length. Eleven training schemes had been implemented that included courses for practical skills, cruising and navigation. The training schemes had been accepted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and integrated into the national regulations. He further described special training courses for instructors. Training was delivered by training centres recognized by RYA. The RYA activity on issuing the International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC) was also highlighted.

  Mr. A. Nunikyan, the State Inspectorate for Small Craft of the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM), described the licensing principles for small and recreational boat operators in the Russian Federation, the registration and supervision practice for small vessels used for non-commercial purposes and the national legislative framework. The Inspectorate was responsible for the registration and supervision of small craft and licencing of boaters.

 Ms. S. Nesvetailova, EEC Transport and Infrastructure Department, presented the perspective for the development of recreational navigation in the Eurasian Economic Union as a part of the common coordinated transport policy in the field of inland water transport. She mentioned the ongoing work on establishing a single market of services in the leasing ECE/TRANS/SC.3/203 17 or rental of pleasure craft; the analysis of legislation of member States had identified the similarity that could facilitate this task.

  Mr. N. Kuznetsov, Route from Varangians to Greeks, delivered the view on facilitating recreational navigation and water tourism on the E 30, E 40 and E 70 waterways as an integrated element of their development and the role of Ukraine. He mentioned main types of craft used for pleasure boating and proposed possible activities to promote this: establishing a pan-European dialogue, interregional and international cooperation programmes with the participation of UNECE and Google and other actions on a permanent basis. He further proposed an example of a road map for water tourism routes through Brest-Kyiv section of the E 40 waterway.

  Ms. C. Paddison, EBA, presented the work of ISO Technical Committee ISO/TC 228 “Tourism and related services” on standards for recreational boating: (a) Working Group 8 “Yacht harbours” was currently working on ISO 13687 on minimum requirements for commercial and non-commercial harbours for leisure craft to deliver services for all types of recreational boating activities, and (b) Working Group 11 “Bare boat charter services” was working on ISO 20410 which establishes minimum service levels and equipment requirements for bareboats offered for charter on inland, coastal and/or offshore waters.

 Mr. Dino TELESCA, The Confederation of European Maritime Technology Societies 

  The presentation about water tourism routes and recreational craft in Italy prepared by the Confederation of European Maritime Technology Societies was given by the secretariat.

  The round-table discussions moderated by Mr. A. Lewis, EBA, were dedicated to ICC case studies (Informal document SC.3 No. 8 (2016)). The Working Party asked the secretariat to prepare updates to the Guidelines to Resolution No. 40, in cooperation with EBA, based on the outcome of the discussion.

      Participants of the workshop made the following observations and proposed issues for further consideration:

• the certification of pleasure craft operators is mandatory in the countries represented by the speakers, however, requirements are different in terms of characteristics of small and pleasure craft and navigation zones;

• there are various education and training systems for boaters; they need further development with due regard of modern developments and standards; it is important to ensure sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical skills of recreational boaters, introduce up-to-date methods of education and provide opportunities for candidates to learn in their native language;

• regulations for small and pleasure craft and different approaches for ensuring the safety of recreational navigation are of great interest to member States and should be further addressed, including the registration and surveys of small and pleasure craft and documents issued;

• except ICC, there are other certificates of competence for recreational boaters: the International Proficiency Certificate, national certificates, etc. The recognition of certificates of competence is regulated by the national legislation; ICC is the most appropriate way to achieve this, as it has advantages as an understandable and flexible framework for chartering overseas and remains a major facilitation of recreational boating and tourism in Europe and beyond as the simplest and most widely accepted instrument; ECE/TRANS/SC.3/203 18

• activities of SC.3 related to recreational navigation and water tourism have a practical value as they support national strategies and, therefore, such workshops should be continued on a regular basis;

• the availability of information about certificates of competence, national training programmes and related issues should be improved; that could be done by organizing workshops, consultations, exhibitions and other international events. Efforts could be done for promoting touristic routes on the E waterways, using modern technologies and opportunities provided by Internet;

• cooperation between national and international yachting associations, state authorities, public organizations and other stakeholders would contribute to the above issues.

 SC.3 decided to establish an Informal Group of Volunteer experts on recreational navigation issues. SC.3 further invited all interested parties to confirm their interest in participating to the secretariat and asked the secretariat to make the necessary preparations for the first meeting of the Group.

UNECE. Economic Commission for Europe Inland Transport Committee Working Party

Economic Commission for Europe Inland Transport Committee Working Party on Inland Water Transport Working Party on the Standardization of Technical and Safety Requirements in Inland Navigation Fiftieth session Geneva, 15-17 February 2017

Recreational navigation (agenda item 8) A. Activities of the Informal Group of Volunteer Experts on recreational navigation Document: Informal document SC.3/WP.3 No. 3 (2017)

 SC.3/WP.3 took note of the information provided by the secretariat about the ongoing work on establishing the list of participants of the Informal Group of Volunteer Experts on recreational navigation and its agenda.

 SC.3/WP.3 was informed by the Russian Yachting Association about the proposal on the requirements for the education and training of pleasure craft operators as set out in Informal document SC.3/WP.3 No. 3 (2017) which would be considered by the Informal Group of Volunteer Experts on recreational navigation. This proposal should be complementary to Resolution No. 40 and the existing standards in the field of recreational navigation.

SC.3/WP.3 held a discussion on this proposal. Lithuania and Ukraine were of the opinion that the requirements for the education and training of pleasure craft operators should be established by the member State. The Working Party agreed that the document was not intended for consideration at the present session of SC.3/WP.3 and needed further discussion by the Informal Group of Experts, and agreed to wait for the results of its work.

Recreational navigation

    Recreational navigation: requirements for the education and training of pleasure craft operators

 Transmitted by the Russian Yachting Association

This draft is prepared by the Russian Yachting Association with the support of Training Centre “Captain” for marine and flight crews for the consideration by the Informal group of volunteer experts on pleasure navigation.

1. Application scope

 Application scope of these recommendations is water transport; recreational navigation on inland waterways and coastal areas; water tourism. Education and training of pleasure craft operators in order to improve safety on water transport.

2. Normative references

2-1 UNECE Resolution No. 40, International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft.

 2-2 ISO 11121:2009(en) Recreational diving services — Requirements for introductory training programmes to scuba diving.

2-3 ISO 24802-1:2014. Recreational diving services — Requirements for the training of scuba instructors — Part 1: Level 1.

2-4 ISO/DIS 13687-2(en) Tourism and related services — Yacht harbours — Part 2: Minimum requirements for intermediate service level harbours.

3. Definitions

In this document, the following definitions are used:

1. Service provider: a legal entity (individual entrepreneur or organization), including any person acting on behalf of that legal entity, that offers the education and training services for pleasure craft operators.

2. Client: an individual or group of persons who have concluded a contract with the education and training service provider for pleasure craft operators for his personal use.

3. Pleasure craft intended for the education and training services for pleasure craft operators: a sailing and/or motor boat fully prepared and equipped to meet the minimum safety requirements for a charter boat.

4. Yacht harbour: a mooring facility giving a shelter against bad weather conditions, including landing stages and the appropriate land and water-based facilities for the maintenance of craft and their crews. Yachting and boating clubs and marinas are considered also as yacht harbours.

5. Vessel: vessels engaged in inland navigation and sea routes, including small craft.

6. Motorized vessel: any vessel using its own mechanical means of propulsion.

7. Small craft: any vessel with a hull less than 20 m long without rudder or bowsprit. IWG_RN/2017/3 2

8. Sports or pleasure craft: any vessel used for purposes of sports and recreation and not financial gain.

9. Sailing vessel: any vessel proceeding under sail only; a vessel proceeding under sail and making use at the same time of its own mechanical means of propulsion shall be considered as a motorized vessel.

10. Operator: means a person navigating a vessel who has the necessary qualifications for that.

11. Training and education instructor for pleasure craft operators: a person having the necessary qualification and a sufficient knowledge to organize the training and education for recreational boaters.

12. Leading instructor: a person having the necessary qualification for managing the training and education process as well as training and education for instructors.

13. Risk assessment: the identification of possible threats and those persons who may be exposed to these dangers, the probability of harm and the appropriate security measures.

4. General

4.1 The class level and the qualification of clients and all crew members shall be sufficient to ensure overall safety during the training and education course. Compliance with this requirement as well as other preliminary conditions, if any, are under the responsibility of the service provider.

4.2 Information

4.2.1 Information to be provided before the training course The following information shall be provided to clients before the start of training courses:

     • contractual issues, including the terms and termination conditions of the contract, a clause indicating that the official records will contain the client’s personal data which can be transferred to the training centre;

     • the service costs;

     • prerequisites and qualification requirements for the admission of the client to training and education services (e.g. the medical examination, the log-book, boatmaster’s certificates);

     • requirements for the pleasure craft used for training and education purposes: the type (motorized or sailing craft) and length, the category, the navigation area etc.;

     • requirements for the equipment and outfit of the craft, including the safety equipment, the navigation equipment and additional equipment etc.;

     • legislation acts regulating the recreational navigation and mandatory requirements for these services;

     • mandatory insurance requirements in accordance with the national legislation;

     • pollution hazards for the local environment and recommendations for boatmasters how to minimize their impact, e.g. using of waste collection receptacles, the disposal of garbage, using of detergents etc.;

     • restrictions due to the qualification level, namely: the information about already completed training courses, the distance in miles covered during the practical IWG_RN/2017/3 3 courses, the number of night watches, the functions preformed as a crew member, the navigation experience in intertidal waters etc.;

     • the scope of the education and training course;

     • training procedures;

     • methods of assessment of the knowledge and skills obtained during the course, the criteria for the successful completion of the programme.

4.2.2 The information to be provided in the process of the education services Before each training the clients shall be informed about the security conditions, including:

     • the identification and role of the training personnel;

     • action plan in case of emergency;

     • the role and tasks of the crew members;

     • the clients’ behaviour in case of emergency situation.

4.2.3 Resposibility for providing the information The service provider is responsible for submitting the information as per paragraphs 4.1.1 and 4.1.2.

4.3 Risk assessment

4.3.1 The risk assessment shall be carried out before each training class. It includes the following, with due regard of the capabilities of all participants of the training process:

     • water areas restricted for the clients;

     • suitability of the water areas and pleasure craft for practical courses;

     • weather conditions and forecasts;

     • action plans in case of emergency.

4.3.2 The service provider is responsible for the risk assessment. He shall take the appropriate precautionary measures to ensure that all the risky situations are under control as far as possible.

4.3.3 The service provider has the right to prevent the participation of any client in the training-related activities, if, based on the risk assessment results, he considers this decision to be optimal in this particular situation in the interests of the client (clients).

4.4 Documents

4.4.1 Personnel

The service provider must keep the records on all personnel engaged in these services. They shall include:

     • the name and surname, the address and the date of birth;

     • documents confirming the knowledge/attestation, sailing experience and the certificate of medical examination;

     • duties for each employee.

The service provider shall have a documented proof that all employees have valid and appropriate qualifications to perform their duties. The evidence of their qualification shall be provided at the request of clients.  

4.4.2 Clients

The service provider shall ensure that the following records are maintained during the education and training course for all clients:

     • the name and surname, the address and the date of birth;

     • the certificate of medical examination;

     • documents confirming the attestation of previous training courses, sailing experience;

     • the progress made in the process of education.

The service provider must ensure the records of certification.

5. Arrangement and outfit of places for training and education courses

(Full information on the website of the Russian Yacht Association)

5.1 Places for theoretical course  

5.2 Water area of practical training courses

5.3 Equipment and outfit for training

5.4 Emergency equipment and procedures

6 Personnel

7. Bibliography

ISO 13687-1, Tourism and related services — Yacht harbours — Minimum requirements for basic service level harbours.

Recreational boating in Russia. S. Moiseev, Russian Yachting Association. Presentation for the Workshop on Recreational Navigation, the sixtieth session of the UNECE Working Party on Inland Water Transport, Geneva, 3 November 2016.

IWG_RN/2017/3 6 Yacht. An illustrated handbook for boatmasters of sailing and motorized yachts, edited by S. Moiseev, Edition 3. Russian Yachting Association, 2016 (in Russian). ISBN 5-94289- 010-2 Navigation exercises and tests, Edition 3. Philipp Moiseev, Sergey Moiseev, Anton Moiseev. Russian Yachting Association, Moscow, 2016 (in Russian).

 Pleasure boat charter. Information about yacht chartering on the website of Captain Polo Training Centre www.captainpolo.ru/o-shkole/uslugi-shkoly/arenda.html.

The Informal Working Group on Recreational Navigation exchanged views on the proposal and discussed whether a UNECE document was appropriate or if an ISO standard might be a better tool. EBA asked what problem the proposal was designed to fix. As the document stands, there are missing details in the text, so the Group agreed to develop a questionnaire to collect information about training in countries and from organizations not represented at the meeting in order to establish the need for the proposed document.

Informal Working Group on recreational navigation

Informal Working Group on recreational navigation was established in 2017, following the decision of the Working Party on Inland Water Transport ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE (SC.3) at its sixtieth session.

The Informal Working Group consists of representatives of national Administrations and authorized bodies responsible for recreational navigation, boating associations, training centres for recreational boaters and as well as competent representatives of relevant international and public organizations. The activities of the Group focus on the scope of application of Resolution No. 40, the issue and recognition of the International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC) and on European inland waterways. The tasks include establishing and maintaining a dialogue aimed at coordinating national policies related to issuing and recognition оf ICC, disseminating information about ICC at the international and national levels and making it more transparent, exchanging best practice in the field of training and certification of recreational boaters and providing recommendations for SC.3 on the promotion of recreational navigation and water tourism on inland waters. The working language of the Group is English.

For more information on the Informal Working Group on Recreational Navigation, please, contact the secretariat. See also:

UNECE Resolution No. 40, International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft

Requirements for the education and training of pleasure craft operators (draft)

Proposal for a Road Map for acceptance and implementation of UNECE Resolution No. 40, International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft

Introduction International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC) issued according to resolution No. 40 provides its holder with evidence of competence in an internationally recognisable format which can be presented to officials in foreign countries if required. Resolution No. 40 was adopted by the Working Party on Inland Water Transport on 16 October 1998 and, since then, has been regularly updated. It is available in three official UNECE languages ― English, French and Russian. Revision 4 is in force, supplemented by Amendment No. 1   ICC complements rather than replaces any requirement the flag states may impose and does not replace the national certificate, however, as an internationally recognized evidence of competence, it gives certain advantages to its holder. In most European countries the administration and companies including chartering companies require the ICC, and skippers being nationals or residents of countries that accepted resolution No. 40 use this advantage. More information is available in the Guidelines to resolution No. 40. Scope of application Resolution No. 40 is of global scope and is therefore open for application by all United Nations Member States. As of September 2018, it is formally accepted by 23 countries: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, Ukraine and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Formal acceptance means that a country has implemented the procedures stated in resolution No. 40, informed the Executive Secretary of UNECE accordingly and provided the necessary documents. However, some countries that have not yet adopted resolution No. 40 will nonetheless readily accept and sometimes demand an ICC from visiting boaters as evidence of competence.

 Conclusion

Recreational navigation has been booming for the past 15 years.  

Russian Yachting Association issues its own model of ICC for inland and coastal waters to graduates of the training school “Captain”. After having finished the education and training course, candidates take an examination. In case of an ICC for inland waters, the examination includes the CEVNI test.

Russian Yachting Association has developed the draft requirements for the education and training of pleasure craft operators. All participants are invited to consider the draft carefully, as it may become an important document for the industry.

International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC) issued according to resolution No. 40   was adopted by the Working Party on Inland Water Transport on 16 October 1998 and, since then, has been regularly updated to Revision 4.   

Despite the fact that the resolution was adopted 20 years ago, many countries, such as Greece, Turkey, France, Italy, the United States, did not join the resolution. The amendments to Resolution No. 40 made it difficult to understand and apply.

The economic effect of the ability of yacht clubs, associations of yachtsmen and their federations to issue ICC certificates and become participants in the maritime industry will amount to billions of euros. For example, for Royal Yachting Association, Estimated total economic contribution 1.36 billion found of sterling.

Challenges in Russia:

  • High import duties and anchorage costs,
  • Border crossing facilitation;
  • The need for a unified international certificate for pleasure craft operators for sailing abroad.
  • Increase the number of lovers of water recreation 5 million participants per (5% of population)

Issues for addressing at the international level:  

  • Promotion of recreational navigation and water tourism;
  • Quality of education and training of operators and instructors in Russia and abroad
  • there are various education and training systems for boaters; they need further development with due regard of modern developments and standards;
  • it is important to ensure sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical skills of recreational boaters,
  •  introduce up-to-date methods of education and provide opportunities for candidates to learn in their native language;

Russian Yachting Association .Suggestions:

Create a working group on recreational navigation at ICOMIA.

Targets and goals:

Revision of Resolution No. 40 International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft in the fifth edition.

International Standart for the education and training of pleasure craft operators for ISO.

References  

Workshop “Recreational navigation and water tourism: Prospects and challenges”.  Economic Commission for Europe Inland Transport Committee Working Party on Inland Water Transport Sixtieth session Geneva, 2-4 November 2016, http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/doc/2016/sc3wp3/ECE-TRANS-SC3-203e-corrected.pdf

Recreational navigation and water tourism: Addressing challenges and exchanging the best practices, UNECE, INLAND WATER TRANSPORT, MEETING DOCUMENTS, WORKING PARTY ON INLAND WATER TRANSPORT (SC.3), WORKING DOCUMENTS, 2016.   http://www.unece.org/ru/rans/main/sc3/sc32016.htmlWorkshop”.

INFORMAL WORKING GROUP ON RECREATIONAL NAVIGATION, ABOUT US, UNECEINLAND WATER TRANSPORT, 2007-08.

Requirements for the education and training of pleasure craft operators (draft), IWG_RN-2017-03, UNECE, Transport,  INLAND WATER TRANSPORT,  INFORMAL GROUPS,  INFORMAL WORKING GROUP ON RECREATIONAL NAVIGATION, 2017-08

Proposal for a Road Map for acceptance and implementation of UNECE Resolution No. 40, International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft, http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/doc/2018/sc3/IWG_RN-2018-08e.pdf.

International certificate (international card) concerning the competence of pleasure craft operators, Resolutuon No 14, revised, (adopted by the working party on inland water transport on 29 jenuary 1978), UNECE. http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/doc/2012/sc3wp3/Resolution-14-TRANS-SC3-131e.pdf

International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft Resolution No. 40 Revision 4, ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE INLAND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE Working Party on Inland Water Transport, UNITED NATIONS New York and Geneva, 2015

Guidelines to resolution No. 40 “International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft”, UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE, New York and Geneva, 2018, http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/doc/2018/sc3/Guidelines_e_rev._publication-final.pdf

 Additions and amendments to Resolution No. 40 on International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft  http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/doc/2010/sc3wp3/ECE-TRANS-SC3-2010-14e.pdf

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