Cruising Conditions for Yachts in the French Mediterranean under De-Confinement

Thank you to the PYA for this translation and announcement.

On Thursday 07 May, the Maritime Prefecture of the Mediterranean announced, in a new prefectural decree, new rules concerning maritime navigation during the period of de-confinement. Here is the summary taken from the Actualité Maritime press release:

  • The stopover in a port, as well as the mooring and stopping of pleasure vessels flying the French or foreign flag, are limited to a maximum distance of 54 nautical miles (approximately 100 kilometres) from their home port or their lifebuoy. 'mooring ;
  • Disembarking of passengers on land must comply with land measures (in particular the 100 km rule from home), except in an emergency;
  • Pleasure vessels flying the French or foreign flag are not allowed to carry more than 10 passengers ;
  • The entry into French territorial waters of a vessel flying the foreign flag from a foreign port outside Schengen is prohibited if the destination of this vessel is a port located on the French coast. Its continuous and harmless passage remains, however, preserved until it leaves French territorial waters;
  • The captain of a pleasure vessel flying the French flag from a foreign port must declare his health situation to the nearest semaphore ( declaration conditions to be found in Annex I to the prefectural decree );
  • The organization of nautical events at sea is prohibited.

Consequently, requests for authorizations and certificates of navigation no longer have to be sent to the Maritime Prefecture of the Mediterranean, prefectural decree 54/2020 being repealed from May 11. These new provisions are applicable from May 11 to June 02, 2020.

Thus, it is a safe bet that the port authorities of the Mediterranean ports will refuse access:

  • ships  coming from a port more than 54 nautical miles from the port to which they are heading;
  • ships carrying more than 10 passengers on board ( crew members excluded )
  • ships flying the foreign flag from a foreign port outside Schengen

Regarding nautical activities :

The coast and the beaches being prohibited from access until the possible exemption granted by the Prefect of department on request of the mayors of the concerned municipalities, it is to be envisaged that users wishing to carry out nautical activities type kayak, paddle or VNM ( J and Ski ) request the ports to reach the sea. However, most of the Special Police Regulations prohibit these activities on port water bodies.

Only the Port Authority will have the last word to grant or refuse these movements.

Regarding Yachting activities :

The prefectoral decree 62/2020 of May 7, 2020, does not expressly mention the activities of Yachting. This does not mean that charters are prohibited, but:

  • The general rule will require customers (and therefore passengers) to be located less than 100 kilometres from the port in order to be able to go onboard;
  • The captain will be prohibited from carrying more than 10 passengers on board;
  • Navigation is restricted within a radius of 54 nautical miles, which does not correspond to the usual practices of Grande Plaisance.

The Yachting season has not yet started.

The prefectoral decree can be found on the website of the Mediterranean Maritime Prefecture or by clicking here .

To read the full article published on, click here.

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