Boat Registration in Italy - Law firm in Italy
Boat Registration in ItalyUpdated on Wednesday 28th November 2018
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The Italian legislation regarding the maritime sector is quite comprehensive. The most important act is the Italian Code of Navigation that regulates shipping. Vessel registration in Italy falls under the regulations of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. Italy has several ship registries that can be found at different ports authorities. Italy enabled Act No. 457/1997 and Act No. 30/1998 that established an International Registry.
Our team of lawyers in Italy are prepared to assist local and foreign investors with all the details concerning the registration of a maritime vehicle in this country; our attorneys can provide in-depth information on the documents that have to be submitted with the local institutions and may also advice on the laws that have to be implemented in this case.
The International Shipping Registry in Italy
The Italian International Shipping Registry is divided into three sections. The first section of this registry deals with ships owned by EU and Italian companies or individuals. The second section is for vessels registered in non-EU countries that are taken over by an EU or Italian company or individual. The third section is dedicated to the vessels registered by non-EU citizens or companies that have been temporarily suspended by a non-EU registry as a result of an Italian bareboat.
Boats registered in the International Registry are subject to special provisions concerning fiscal and labor conditions, according to Act No. 457, but they must also comply with the provisions of the Italian Registry and our team of lawyers in Italy may assist with information concerning this rule of law.
What is the procedure for boat registration in Italy?
The first step when registering a boat in Italy is to file an application with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in Rome, where the applicant will request the registration of the boat, the transfer of the boat’s name and the transfer of the international call sign. The two last requirements are for second hand boats only. Based on the application, the Ministry will issue an authorization for a provisional deed of nationality for the boat.
The provisional deed of nationality will be enclosed together with the request submitted to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in the application to the Harbor Master of the port where the boat will be registered. The Harbor Master will then refer the application to the Italian Consulate that will release the deed. If you need help with preparing the documentation for boat registration, you can rely on our Italian lawyers.
Does one need to obtain a license in Italy for the boat’s VHF equipment?
- • the VHF equipment is compulsory for any pleasure craft that sails six miles away from the coast;
- • the Article 29 of the Legislative Decree no. 171/2005 states that it is mandatory to obtain a license in this sense;
- • the license, which allows the installation of the VHF system, is obtained by applying at the Territorial Inspectorate of the Ministry of Economic Development;
- • the institution will issue, besides the license, an identification sign call.
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What are the documents required to obtain the provisional deed of nationality in Italy?
In order to obtain the boat’s provisional deed of nationality, the owner must submit the following documents:
- - the legalized bill of sale for a second hand boat or builder’s certificate for a new boat,
- - a copy of the tonnage certificate,
- - a legalized owner and freedom from encumbrances certificate for a second hand boat or declaration of warranty for a new boat
- - a legalized provisional or permanent deletion certificate from the previous registry for a second hand boat or a certificate issued by the Italian Consulate.
Based on these documents, the Italian Consulate will send the documentation together with the certified copy of the provisional deed of nationality to the Ministry. After the Ministry verifies the documents, it will forward them to the Harbor Master that will register the boat. If you want to register a vessel and need assistance during the process, you can contact our law firm in Italy.