At a conference held on May 17 in Palma, Mallorca, the General Directorate of Merchant Marine Mr. Benito Núñez Quintanilla signed a Service Instruction that will allow yachts carrying more than 12 passengers (passenger yachts) to anchor in Spain.
This new move means it will now be feasible for superyachts carrying more than 12 passengers to host private yacht charters in Spanish waters.
The announcement comes after significant lobbying by the Spanish National Yachting Association (ANEN).
“Until now, unlike France, Italy and Greece, passenger yachts were not allowed to anchor in Spain, which meant they could only sail overnight or berth in ports, meaning a severe and unjustifiable restriction to commercial operations.” Explains Miguel Ángel Serra Guasch, legal and fiscal advisor of ANEN.
Until now, unlike France, Italy and Greece, passenger yachts were not allowed to anchor in Spain, which meant they could only sail overnight or berth in ports.
The Service Instruction has been careful to set boundaries as to where sailing and motor yachts can and cannot anchor, in order to protect the ecosystems and underwater environment of this pocket of the Mediterranean.
Passenger yachts looking to anchor off the coast of Spain will now have to liaise with the local authority to establish any restrictions before dropping anchor.
As the number of PYC (Passenger Yacht Code) compliant charter yachts continues to grow, this new move means that Spain will become an increasingly desirable option for yacht charters.
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