Committee for drawing up standards in the field of inland navigation (CESNI) brings
together experts from the Member States of the European Union, the Central
Commission for Navigation on the Rhine (CCNR) and representatives of
international organisations with an interest in inland navigation.
CESNI is actively
developing the European Standard laying down Technical Requirements for Inland
Navigation vessels (ES-TRIN). In addition to its work on Technical
Requirements, CESNI also develops standards relating to professional
qualifications in inland navigation.
ES-TRIN is updated
biennially. Once finalised and officially adopted by CESNI new versions of
ES-TRIN are published on the CESNI website. They are brought
into effect on a date mutually agreed between the CCNR and the European
Commission (for ES-TRIN 2019 the agreed date is 1 January 2020). This ensures
that the technical requirements for inland waterways vessels are harmonised
between the River Rhine and the waterways throughout the European Union.
Further afield the
regulations are not fully harmonised, although the United Nations Economic Commission
for Europe is working to align Resolution 61 closely with CESNI.
EU Directive 2016/1629 of 14 September 2016 laying down technical requirements for inland waterway vessels, amending Directive 2009/100/EC and repealing Directive 2006/87/EC incorporates the
ES-TRIN standards developed by CESNI into EU law. The Directive brought the first
edition of ES-TRIN 2015/1 into EU law but a Commission delegated act is also
needed to bring each subsequent edition into force.
applies ES-TRIN to vessels:
- having a length
of 20 metres or more (length means the maximum length of the hull in metres
excluding rudder and bowsprit); or
- for which the
product of length, breadth and draught is a volume of 100 cubic metres or more.
The Directive is
applicable to UK registered recreational craft over 20 metres in length or with
a volume over 100m3 which operate on Community inland waterways. The Directive does
not apply to seagoing ships which operate or are based on tidal waters or to
seagoing ships which operate temporarily on inland waterways provided they
carry certain documentation, as detailed in the Directive.
The requirements in Part II off ES-TRIN which recreational craft must meet are detailed in Chapter 26 of ES-TRIN. Owners of
historic vessels should refer to Chapter 24 of ES-TRIN.
Vessels to which the Directive applies are subject to a technical inspection and issued with a Union Inland Navigation Certificate (UINC) by a competent authority. The UK does not issue UINCs. UK boaters whose vessels need to comply with the Directive have to use a competent authority in another EU country. The Directive also stipulates that a unique European Vessel Identification Number (ENI) is entered on to the Certificate.
The RYA is appointed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as the competent authority in the UK for issue of ENI numbers. A vessel can only ever be attributed one number which remains with it for its lifetime. If you need to apply for an ENI number, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application form.
The issue of an ENI of itself does not involve any assessment of seaworthiness or hull condition, so it gives no indication as to the condition of a vessel, nor does it mean that your vessel complies with the Directive.
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