Originally Posted by yeloya
I've talked to Port authorities in Marmaris to make sure; as Judy said "captains of foreign flagged vessels need only present licensing from their home country and Turkey
recognized these licenses on a reciprocal basis, as is required internationally."
Dave also is right; if the country does not require any licence, the captain
has to show a kind of evidence to prove this. They said that they know by their previous experience which are the countries that doesn't require a licence, so no problem for those countries. All they check is the boat and the captain
are complying with the regulations
of their own country.
They also added that sometimes this is not that easy for some large motor
registered boat, with australian captain, american passengers and indian crew..
It's important to realise that international recognition of shipping
licenses is controlled by the IMO ( a UN body ), this applies to licenses that comply with STCW95 and does NOT apply to leisure vessels. Countries are free to institute any regime they like on leisure boats in their territorial waters. However common sense and the rules of comity usually apply.
Port authorities are often woefully mis-informed on these matters and I would not rely on a particular port authority to get it right.
With leisure licenses, there is no " requirement " to recognise any countries leisure license
, as such licenses have no basis in international law. The closest to one is the ICC
,which was an attempt to create such a situation, however there are so many holes and issues with ICC
recognition as to render it very problematic.
In practice, where countries have a mandatory requirement for their nationals to have tickets. It is prudent to have a recognised certificate with you . I suspect very few yachtsmen today sailing around internationally do not have some piece of paper. We live in an age of credentialism. In relation to the Med, I would suggest that an ICC be acquired as a minimum. Some countries require at least two crew to have certification
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