French Authorities Clamp Down on Tender and Jet Ski Operations in the South of France
French authorities are becoming far less lenient towards the operation of ships’ tender and jet skis in the South of France.
The stricter controls come as a result of a fatal jet ski accident in Porquerelles near St Tropez. The updated regulations put far more responsibility in the hands of the captain of the vessel in which the jet skis and tenders belong to, regardless of their direct involvement in the case of an accident. This extra responsibility given to captains hopes to ensure that crew and guests using tenders and jet skis are given full training and briefing on local regulations before use.
If a tender or jet ski is recorded by French authorities speeding or being involved in an accident on the water, the captain in charge of crew and guests will be prosecuted. The penalties are as follows:
· A fine of up to €30 000 maximum
· Up to six months imprisonment
· A ban from French Territory for at least 1 year
However, ISM Code (International Safety Management Code) and regulations put in place by the IMO (international Maritime Organization) should protect captains from these regulations as long as crew and guests sign a form confirming they have been informed about how to correctly operate tenders and jet skis, and that they are aware that they are fully responsible for their actions.
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Article by Jack Bartrop