Canal certificates are required on European rivers and canals.
Special regulations apply to voyages by inland waterways, rivers and canals. These regulations have been laid down by the CEVNI countries, inter alia Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Austria.
The CEVNI countries require vessels from abroad to observe the regulations on voyages by inland waterways. The regulations include, inter alia, special conditions for the duty to keep clear and aids to navigation. The master is also required to have completed sailing teaching and acquired the canal certificate.
Danish sailors who have already acquired a certificate of competency for yachtsmen can complete an additional course and take a test in the CEVNI regulations and, subsequently, be issued with a canal certificate. This additional course is offered by several sailing associations in Denmark, such as Dansk Sejlunion, Foreningen til langturssejladsens fremme and Danish Yacht Master Association. The canal certificate applies to vessels with a length of up to 15 metres. In addition, supplementary regulations apply to voyages on large rivers such as the Rhine, the Danube and the Rhone. If you intend to navigate the European inland waterways, you should familiarize yourself with the local provisions.
What is CEVNI?
A number of European countries with a net of inland waterways have acceded to the so-called CEVNI Code. The code has been made by United Nations' Economic Commission for Europe. CEVNI is short for "Code Europèen des Voies de la Navigation Intèrieure", which means regulations on navigation by inland waterways.