“Android for boats with the intuition of Apple and the dynamism of Tesla,” is how Aidan Foley, chief executive of technology start-up, Raceix, describes his company’s new operating system for the marine leisure sector. “In short what we’re building is game-changing,” he says. “Our aim is to provide clear, current, navigational data that is easy to use with information that can enrich the boating experience on top. Imagine Waze (Google’s GPS navigation system) for boats, but with many more features such as the option to ‘shoot and share’ your adventures with friends or to find out what points of interest or marine life is in the area.
“There is currently no other platform that can support, enhance and inform boating activities to the same extent as ours can. People’s lives have been changed by their smartphones and we’ve already seen this connected technology moving into their cars. Now Raceix is doing it for the marine leisure sector which has been lagging way behind.”
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The famous Way of Saint James (Camino de Santiago) can now be completed entirely by sea, in the same way that it can be made on foot, horseback or by bicycle. The credentials or ‘passport’ for pilgrims wishing to follow the Way by sea can be obtained from any of the ports or organisations that have signed up to the NORTHMARINAS nautical association’s SAIL THE WAY agreement.
In order to obtain the Compostela certificate, the following requirements apply: Pilgrims must be able to prove with the stamps on their ‘passport’ that they have sailed at least 100 nautical miles and completed the final kilometres of the Way of Saint James on foot, obtaining the final stamp at Monte do Gozo.
More information on how to participate here.
The 2020 edition of the annual International Breakfast meeting (IBM) will feature the topic of sustainable boating with a focus on alternative fuels and engine systems. The European Commission, as well as innovators from the fields of electric, hybrid, digital and hydrogen will contribute to an exciting discussion on a key topic for the recreational boating industry.
IBM is organised by boot Düsseldorf and EBI. The theme follows the cross-sectoral developments towards decarbonisation and will bring together high-level experts to provide thought leadership on a key issue for industry, governments and the wider public. It will take place on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 from 8:30 until 10:30 in the Congress Center East at boot Düsseldorf.
Topics taking centre-stage will be the European Union’s strategy towards decarbonising Europe’s industry and the ambition to develop a carbon-neutral continent in the coming decades. The alternative solutions that will be presented and discussed in IBM’s interactive format are expected to be hydrogen, hybrid and electric engines.
The Recreational Craft Directive regulates key aspects of boat building, as well as that of certain components. The latest revision dates from 2013 and has been applicable since January 2016.
The Directive contains review clauses, meaning that the European Commission is obliged to review the Directive and its application with the possibility of proposing legislative changes. This process is due to formally start in early 2020 and will likely end in 2022. It will include reports analysing the Directive and a potential legislative proposal to change the RCD. This would then be subject to the legislative process in the Council and European Parliament. The review will likely focus on the feasibility of exhaust emission reductions, potential requirements for evaporative exhaust emissions, the current design categories and potential need for further subcategories. A third-party study will provide the underlying basis for the review and will be awarded to a contractor towards the end of 2019.
Members have been informed about the review and are asked to provide input to EBI by mid-December. EBI will closely follow the review process and engage with it in order to represent the recreational boating industry. Any questions or input should be brought to the attention of the EBI Office.
The European Commission’s BlueInvest Day will bring together innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and enablers to unlock opportunities for investment and growth. It will take place on 4 February 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. Registration is now open and can be accessed here.
More information about the European Commission’s BlueInvest platform can be found here. Further Information about the BlueInvest grants will also be published on 21 November, which have a budget of over €22 million. These will support the development of innovative services and technologies and awards grants to market- and investment-ready SMEs with innovative products, technologies and services for the blue economy.
The European Council adopted the decision to extend Brexit until 31 January. For the duration of the extension, the UK remains a full member of the EU. Prior to this, the two sides had concluded a new withdrawal agreement. This was however not approved by the UK House of Commons and the European Parliament. Should this be ratified before the end of January, the withdrawal would take place earlier. An election will also take place in the UK on 12 December, which will influence the next developments and also the negotiations for the future relationship between the EU and the UK.
EBI is monitoring the developments and urges members to take careful note of the Brexit preparedness notices provided by the European Commission. These include in particular:
For a full overview of the Brexit preparedness notices from the European Commission, please click here. The UK Government likewise published guidance for the recreational craft regulations in case of a no-deal Brexit here. General Brexit guidance from the UK government can be found here.