Denmark to introduce new personal watercraft insurance rules

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) plans to introduce a requirement that personal watercraft have a new certificate and insurance, as well as greater possibility of the imposition of penalties after accidents involving personal watercraft, powerboats and similar vessels.

Last week the Danish Government submitted a bill for consultation to increase the safety of persons involved in recreational activities at sea. It proposes to require operators of personal watercraft and powerboats to take out liability insurance and to make it easier to confiscate such vessels in cases of very bad sailing or repeated violations of the law. The move follows an accident with a personal watercraft in the Port of Copenhagen. The DMA has submitted for consultation rules on a new special certificate for the operation of personal watercraft. The new rules will require anyone operating a personal watercraft or similar vessels to complete both a theoretical and a practical test.