THE KYRENIA CHRYSOCAVA CULTURAL FOUNDATION
high-speed small vessels law 56(I)1992
brief outline of the Regulations
REGULATIONS APPLY TO ALL HIGH SPEED CRAFT = Engine powered Vessels capable of
navigating at a speed of at least
15 knots and which have a
Length Over All (LOA) not
greater than 15 meters.
1. Covers the terminology used by the
law. (Jet ski, etc).
Categories of High speed craft. There are
Two categories: class (A) for private use, class (B) For rental. (For
Tourist purposes class “B” ).
requirements regarding the construction and equipment of
High Speed Craft (HSC), must
comply with the provisions of the Law in force. This will be adjusted according
to European Union Directive for High-speed craft.
HSC below 6 metres must be unsinkable
– contain buoyancy compartments.
Equipment and provisions:
The size and horsepower of the engine should be within the limits
prescribed by the vessel’s manufacturer.
jackets: HSC must include lifejackets (keeping
mouth+nose of unconscious person out
of water, or give at least 10 kgs buoyancy) or buoyancy aids(assisting survival of conscious person swimming in the
water) at a number equal to the
number of persons allowed to be carried PLUS one. HSC above 6 metres must in addition have a life
saving ring and rope attachment.
HSC must have at least one anchor suitable
for her size. (except small i.e. jet-skis)
Oars: Two oars with all the
necessary paraphernalia, or paddles as necessary.
Bucket: One bucket (baler) with
rope attachment with a length twice the freeboard.
Extinguisher: Fire extinguisher (foam or heavier in windy
environment) at least two kilos which must be valid at all times.
Light: Must carry a waterproof
torch. With reserve batteries and lamp.
Aid Box: with necessary medical paraphernalia.
2 orange colour smoke signals and two red parachute flares. Smaller
vessels are excempted (6 metres without deck) (except small, i.e. jetskis).
signals: Air horn or other for HSC above 6 metres.
Lights: According to the International Regulations for
the prevention of Collision at sea (colregs 1972 and 1980,1989).
Compass: For boats Above 6 metres.
Flooding: An emergency hand operated water pump for HSC
above 6 metres.
Communications: A 25-Watts VHF Marine radio for above 6 metres
and 3 watts for smaller (the smaller must be floating and waterproof ).
Equipment Unsuitable for jet-skis and very small HSC
are excempted (a list is given).
emission: Engine operation and subsequent smoke emission
is prohibited if this is above the prescribed
rate by the engine manufacturer or
if this is causing conspicuous problems to human beings (difficulties in
breathing, vision, smell) and the environment.
Maximum Carrying capacity:
Length Over All (LOA) of vessel (in metres)
number of crew or
Marks. All HSC must carry a very clear registration
number on their hull (Details and measurements are given by the regs). (20 cm
height each figure or 5cm for small
vessels like jet-skis) .
Inspection: Class "A" HSC (private use) will be inspected once
every 5 years by the Dept of Merchant Shipping, class B (public use) will be inspected every year. If the inspection
brings a positive result then a
license to navigate is issued for the HSC (this is a
sticker which MUST be
exhibited on a very conspicuous surface on the vessel so it may easily be
inspected by the Marine Police) . If not then
the HSC will not be allowed to be used.
License: HSC operator license.
Must have one at all times when using an HSC.
Persons above 17 may have a learner’s license, Above 18 may have a normal HSC operators
Authority: The department of merchant shipping in
Limassol will be issuing these HSC operators licenses to all Cypriots which will
pass the examinations. (TEL:05-848100)
The examiners will be selected by the responsible
authority which is the Ministry of Communications and works and will be
scrutinized by the Department of Merchant Shipping. Lessons and examiners will
be carried out by the approved Nautical Clubs of Cyprus
which are under the Cyprus Sports Organization.
The cost for each
person examined will be £35.
The KYRENIA NAUTICAL
been the only
has been working for the creation of this law for the last 10 years (since 1986-1987)
with the late Admiral Alexios Moschonas
of the Ports Authority
of the Republic of Greece, and it
the first Nautical
Institutions in Cyprus to receive permission
to examine applicants
high speed craft operators
must have a health certificate as
prescribed by the regulations not older than 6 months.
Practical boat handling skill examination: ability to control speed and direction of the HSC. Also must have the
ability and knowledge to: prepare/start the engine, cast away and berth or
anchor, maneuvers anchoring, stopping the engine, rowing, swimming., Know how
the engine operates cooling, lubrication, fuelling electrics,
troubleshooting,Firefighting, flooding, emergencies, M.O.B (man over board
retrieval) knots marlinespike and
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Theoretical knowledge to be examined: Lights and Navigational aids, Colregs, meteorology, lifesaving
man-over-board, basic first aid related Cyprus Legislature.
CYPRIOTS (TOURISTS) : If they do not have an equivalent license from their country,
making them eligible to operate an HSC then,
if they wish to use a HSC they may do so only if they accept to
receive a very brief practical instruction (10-15 minutes) by the Operator/Owner of the vessel. Each tourist wishing to rent a HSC
will be issued a TEMPORARY operators license (for 15 –30 days only)
provided they sign a lengthy declaration (two pages ) making sure that the most
important issues and the very basic knowledge has been received and being
comprehended. Class "B" vessels are rented under the strict
supervision of the owner and their
navigational activity should remain at all times within
line of sight of the owner.
Objects under tow.
: Sea surface
objects, flying objects.
Towing a person of less than 12 yrs old on a flying towed
is prohibited unless accompanied by a person older than 18 yrs old.
Flying at a distance less
than 300 metres from any land or other object or any
sea area of depth of water less
than 2 meters is
Using Flying objects in bad conditions
or not in exact compliance to manufacturers specs is prohibited,. The end
of the towing line must be securely attached to the vessel.
The total length of the line must not exceed 100 meters
when towing flying objects. Must not be used with wind speed above 16 knots and
before or after daylight. A second person is required to monitor the towage.
THE REGULATIONS IN GENERAL PUT A VERY HEAVY
RESPONSIBILITY ON THE OPERATOR OF THE HSC OWNERS OR BUSINESS. Similar lengthy
detailed regulations exist for the towage of skiers. The towing rope must not
exceed 50 metres. Skiing is prohibited at a distance closer than 200 metres to ANY
beach . In sea areas marked by red buoys which are called or known as
"swimmers protection areas"
the skier and the vessel towing must have a distance NOT LESS than 100
metres from the buoys of the
swimmers protected areas (skiing less than 100 metres from the orange-red buoys
is strictly prohibited).
NO HSC vessel is allowed to navigate at a speed higher
than three (3) knots (3 knots is the swimming speed of a good swimmer, free
style, without swimming fins) at a
distance equal or less than one hundred meters (100m) to the nearest land (AT
ANY BEACH) (protected or not)
. HSC or any other floating hull (it includes
even canoes,pedaloes,windsurfers etc) are strictly prohibited from entering
declared “swimmers protected
areas” (from June to 30th of October from 07:30 to 20:30) which are
marked by orange-red colour buoys,
In such areas HSC have to keep a distance of
100 metres from the buoys. (usually the offshore line of orange colour
buoys are anchored at a distance of 100 to 200 meters from the beach, so the HSC
will have to navigate 200- 300 meters from the beach.)
Jet skis in particular are only allowed to operate
between 10.00 –13.000 and 16.00-19.00 at
a distance of NO LESS THAN 100 METRES FROM THE RED BUOYS OF
THE SWIMMERS AREAS. Jet ski
operators wishing to operate outside this time limit
may do so ONLY IF THEY
OPERATE AT A DISTANCE NO LESS THAN
500 METRES FROM THE BEACH.
IT IS STRICTLY
PROHIBITED to any HSC to move inside boat corridors which are sign posted and
marked by two perpendicular to the beach ,
buoy-lines , at a speed
greater than 3 knots.
It is prohibited for a HSC to create noise which is
greater than 74dB(A) measured at a distance of 17 metres
from the engine at maximum revs. Wave jumping should be avoided.
Vessels are obliged to inform the Marine Police the
port, marina or fishing Shelter Authorities if they are planning a trip
with duration more than 2 hours, giving details of
their sailing plan (Departure, Arrival, route, persons on board).
wear your lifejacket or buoyancy aid. It is not enough to have it on board.
Should the Marine Police sees you without a buoyancy aid or a life jacket
you will be fined on the spot for £100 or £200
The Penalties for infringing any of the above regulations are heavy. £2.000 or/and 2 years in prison.
In addition to the above we advice the
WARNING FLAGS = ALL FLAGS ARE SQUARE
FLAG 1= RED HORIZONTAL STRIPE ON TOP OF YELLOW HORIZONTAL STRIPE=
You must look for TWO(2)
flags on the beach. These are marking the boundaries of
the covered by lifeguard beachfront . Please have in mind that a
lifeguard under normal conditions is expected to operate satisfactorily at a
range of no more than 100 yards (say approximately 100 metres) from the
observation position. So it is highly recommended to swim within this range.
These two flags mentioned above should be hoisted
upon commencement of duty and should be lowered in the afternoon at the end of
FLAG 2= GREEN = the Sea is safe to swim.
FLAG 3= YELLOW= Be cautious and careful as the wind speed
is rising. Swim with caution .
FLAG 4= RED= Very Dangerous, immediately come out. Do not swim.
VERY IMPORTANT !!! ALWAYS
AVOID SWIMMING AT A DISTANCE OF LESS THAN 30-40 METRES FROM
THE EXTREMETIES OF COASTAL MAN MADE STRUCTURES,
LIKE THE PERPENDICULAR OR
PARALLEL TO THE BEACH , STONE
MADE BREAK WATERS AS THERE IS
USUALLY A STRONG EDDY-FORM CURRENT
AT THESE ENDS. (if you are carried
away please do not panic, just stop struggling, swim calmly on the surface, the
current will normally take you out at sea for 50-60 meters and then will bring
you back further down on the beach - Do not try to fight back.).
Nautical Club (dept. Open Sea).
(dept. Open Sea).
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