- - The original poster relied on Noonsite for the information - Noonsite, as others have said, and I know for a fact (as I supply them with updates trying to correct some of the problems) is notoriously in error in some of their information. So be very wary of anything you see on Noonsite - especially if it is in a "side letter." Noonsite does not research
the veracity of side letters and does not update or change basic information within their site unless somebody from outside voluntarily takes the time and trouble to send updated information to them. And then typically they screw up the revisions and things are worse than before. Over a long persistent period of time the information finally - maybe - gets corrected. But by that time there have been new revisions and you have start all over again.
- - Be especially careful when searching the internet
for information as the vast majority of websites simply "link" to a single
original entry and repeat the same information over and over. If the original single
entry was wrong, a hundred other sites will also be wrong. It is frustrating trying to dig deep enough to get to an actual correct source.
- - I also researched this addendum to EU maritime policy and found it only consists of an extension of AIS to large fishing
boats and says nothing about private recreational sailboats. And if it did (which it doesn't )that would not be a bad thing as they state also that the EU will pay for at least 90% or more of the cost of acquiring and installing and AIS transponder. I, for one, would not mind getting one virtually for free.
- - The language is long and tedious and contains many qualifiers and escape clauses for vessels from countries where insurance and AIS is not required for their vessels. The EU does not want to shut down trade
with small countries or stop the flow of cheap
goods into the E.U.