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  • 2015 November 10 13:00

    Republic of the Marshall Islands Registry releases revised Yacht Code

    International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) provide administrative  and technical support  to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries. The RMI  Registry is the third largest in the world, surpassing 126 million gross tons (GT) and more than 3,650 vessels at the end of October 2015, with y achts making up 14% of the RMI fleet in terms  of number. In order to stay up - to - date with developments in the industry and the needs of yacht owners, the  RMI Registry has recently introduced a new initiative that will allow RMI flagged private yachts  to  charter in French and Monegasque waters without the need for commercial registration. 

    Designated as a private yacht with intent to request a Temporary Certificate of Registry (CoR) for Yacht Engaged in Trade (YET), this initiative combines private and commercial use without running afoul of existing flag, customs, and port State regulations. In order to engage in charters,  the belief was that it is obligatory for the yacht to be registered as commercial. But this means the  owner, in order to use their own yacht, must charter it at full market price and pay value - added  tax (VAT) on that charter.

    Now, however, any eligible private yacht in the RMI Registry will be  able to charter for up to 84 days per calendar year, provided it complies with all relevant  regul ations and requirements that apply to RMI commercial yachts as outlined in the RMI Yacht Code. “The revised RMI Yacht Code was released in October 2015 in a new format and includes the  requirements for a YET, changes to the requirements for private yacht s limited charter and  further alignment of commercial yacht practices with other changes in the industry,” said Marc Verburg, Fleet Operations Manager, Yachts for IRI, based in Roosendaal.

    “We have been experiencing very positive feedback from industry at the FLIBs over the past  several days regarding the updates to the RMI Yacht Code,” said Diego Ramirez, General  Manager of IRI’s Ft. Lauderdale office. IRI’s Ft. Lauderdale office will be expanding in the near  future and will relocate to 1850 S.E. 17th St reet, Suite 300. “With the constantly evolving nature  of the yachting industry, the RMI Registry is continuously making improvements and developing new initiatives to provide yacht owners with the most up - to - date registry related  services,” concluded Mr. Ramirez.

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