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The General Directorate of the Merchant Navy has confirmed the incorporation of a provision regulating qualifications following pressure from APEAM and mediation by the General Directorate of Ports of the Balearic Islands.

It is now official: British qualifications will be valid in Spain despite Brexit. The Directorate General of the Merchant Navy has communicated this through an informative note in which it highlights the incorporation of a final amending provision of Royal Decree 875/2014, of 10 October, which regulates the nautical qualifications for the government of recreational vessels, in which the recreational titles issued by the United Kingdom are added to be able to rent Spanish recreational vessels and also to be able to govern recreational vessels with the Spanish flag.

Before the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, both activities were allowed, but once outside the EU, an update of the regulations is required, as well as the rest of the States that do not belong to the European Economic Area and which are covered by Royal Decree 875/2014.

This amendment, which is a great relief for the nautical charter sector in the Balearic Islands, is the result of the pressure exerted by the Nautical Charter Commission of the Provincial Association of Maritime Activities (APEAM) and the coordination work carried out by the Director General of Ports and Airports of the Balearic Islands, Xavier Ramis, with the Directorate General of the Merchant Navy.

The forecast for the recognition of UK recreational titles will come into force the day after the publication of the royal decree in the BOE (Official State Gazette).

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