As of June 3rd, PremarMED published a decree defining the framework for future regulations regarding the anchorage and stopping of ships in French national waters. The scope of the framework is wide, including maritime safety, security and the protection of the marine environment, esp. protected sea-grass beds. It becomes the legal reference for all future local regulations in each Département (Alpes-Maritimes, Var, Bouches du Rhône, etc.), to be concerted and promulgated before the yachting season of 2020.
A group of professional yachting associations in southern France are cooperating with ECPY in order to participate in the definition of future local regulations with PremarMED, while respecting both the laws protecting our environment and the economic interests of the profession, its destinations, ports, shipyards and jobs.
We will not let the populist “anti-yachting” organizations condemn our profession for “ecocid” activities on sea-grass beds, nor target the superyachts over 24 meters, simply because they fly a foreign flag and do not count in local elections. We will make sure that the national and international maritime laws are recognized by regulators, without any discrimination against our ships. We will also negotiate, and, if necessary, fight against abrupt decisions, so that a progressive policy is implemented and alternative anchorage equipment is deployed.
We will also engage in internal pro-yachting actions so that captains and crew are properly trained and updated regarding the protection of marine environment, esp. the protected areas and species.
For the time being, ECPY and its related yachting associations will keep working closely with the French Maritime Authorities. Please pass the message to yacht owners, operators and captains that, for the coming season 2019, no additional regulation regarding anchorages will be promulgated. Captains should be warned to be extremely careful while weighing their anchor in protected areas.
ECPY will publish soon the unofficial English translation of decree 123/2019