Recommended Safety Equipment based on categories

As from 1st May 2015 the Division 240 Regulation has applied to all pleasure craft under 24 m in length dedicated to personal use or boating school activities.

Sheltered Up to 2M to nearest port*
Coastal Up to 6M to nearest port*
Offshore From 6M to 60 M to nearest port*
Ocean Over 60 M to nearest port*

* * Harbour or sailing area where a boat can find shelter and be secure in case of technical or weather problems

tenders, non registered craft such as ship service boats are restricted to areas < 300 m to nearest shelter.
The ship is considered as a shelter. When over 300 m away from the coast, detection (light) and buoyancy equipment is compulsory for each crew member.


Compulsory equipment

Sheltered Coastal Offshore Ocean
Personal lifejacket or buoyancy aid
Waterproof torch
Fire fighting equipment
Hand pumps / bailing device
Towing equipment
Mooring warp
Tide tables publication
National flag
3 x hand held red flares  –
Detection equipment  –
Compass (GPS for coastal)  –
Charts  –
COLREGS (international regulations for preventing collisions at sea)  –
Buoyage description  –
3 x parachute rockets + 2 x smoke signals or fixed VHF  –  –
Liferaft  –  –
Navigational drawing equipment  –  –
Updated navigation lights book  –  –
Log book  –  –
Radio receiver for weather forecast  –
Safety harness and line per vessel for non sailing boats  –  –
Safety harness and line for each crew member on sailing boats  –  –
First aid kit and manual complying with A. 240-2, 16  –  –
Light equipment for detection / location in darkness  –  –
Fixed VHF marine radio
EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon)
Hand held VHF radio


RIPAM. The convention provides that all craft must have the following on board:

  • 1 x anchor ball proportional to size of craft
  • 1 x motoring cone (sail only)
  • 1 x bell for craft > 20 m in length
  • Navigation lights if navigating at night