In a move that is sure to bring many smiles in the luxury yacht industry, Italy has recently passed new laws, called the Decreto Sviluppo, which will have the effect of reducing much of the unnecessary bureaucracy surrounding the Italian marine and superyacht sector. It will also help in creating a simplification of much of the bureaucracy related to general superyacht activities.
The UCINA (Italian marine industry federation) president Anton Francesco Albertoni says “The government has finally outlined a policy for the marine industry after two difficult years,” and “We welcome it as an acknowledgement of the impact our sector has on the economies and job sectors of coastal areas — and now wait for the various administrative departments to adopt these measures which the marine industry has spent so long fighting for.”
The UCINA is hailing the recently introduced Decreto Sviluppo (Development Decree) legislation as a major step forward for leisure boating in Italy.
The new Italian yachting legislation opens the way for the building of 40,000 yacht berths and will bring in around 10,000 jobs in marine services. There has also been an elimination of the building permit needed for the construction of floating pontoons.
BOATING REGULATIONS in Italy
Legislative reforms, information, culture, events and boating tourism are the activity areas on which UCINA strategically invests in order to achieve the objective of developing the Italian boating market; the double benefits is supporting an important industrial sector and creating economic and social development in many Italian areas.
Renewal of regulations
The concrete path that has been undertaken in order to encourage the development of Italian industry in the last twelve months is articulated – at the institutional level – by UCINA projects on the main legislative, tax, administrative and environmental topics, which are supposed to complete the renewal of the boating regulations. The work of the association aims at achieving goals on a regular basis so to obtain the regulatory stability for this sector thus contributing to a positive and long-lasting development. Code and regulations of the boating sector; a new global legal system intended for the Chartering and Lease activities, a new framework law for Protected Marine Areas; the Boating Sector’s capacity, i.e. port characteristics and features and sea-land logistics for small boats; training. These are the main projects on which UCINA has been working with the Government and Institutions during the last twelve months, even though the economic and political situations were not favourable.
UCINA, the Italian marine industry association (Unione Nazionale dei Cantieri e delle Industrie Nautiche e Affini) is a non-profit organization for the development and promotion of the boating sector, as well as encouraging knowledge about the sea and boating tourism.
UCINA, with headquarters in Genoa, is a member of Confindustria (the Confederation of Italian Industry), and participates in that group’s Transportation Committee as well as Infrastructure Committee.