The ICC is in common use throughout Mediterranean. We’ve been asked many times if Brexit will have any adverse effect on acceptance of the licence.

It shouldn’t do! Read on.

Where does the ICC come from?

The ICC itself is a product of the United Nations, not the European Union which is a common misconception. Although is the UN economic commission for European Inland Water committee (UN ECE IWC). Resolution 40 states that the ICC may be issued by a government of one state to its nationals and residents who may be on the waters of a foreign state, on condition that both countries governments accept the requirements and conditions that are set out in the resolution.

In ordinary speak, an ICC is a certificate that may be issued to anyone who has either successfully completed certain boating licences or has passed an examination to prove necessary competence for pleasure craft operation.

So, what will happen when the UK leaves the EU?

Worth of note is that the ICC is the only boating licence approved by the UN as a legitimate recreational sailing licence. We stress again, this is United Nations not European Union, (Spain joined the UN in December 1955 at the same time as Italy; UK and France both joined in October 1945 … the EU wasn’t formed until 1993). So even when the UK does eventually leave the EU, it won’t leave the UN and the ICC is a UN certificate.

Resolution 40

The United Kingdom government appointed the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) to issue certificates on its behalf. The ICC itself provides documentary assurance, from one government to another, that the holder meets the levels of competence that were set in Resolution 40. It is the professional opinion of the UNECE IWC “that the standards set out in Resolution 40 provide a reasonable and appropriate level of competence for day sailing with due regard to the safety of navigation and crew and the protection of the environment”.

Interestingly Spain has not adopted Resolution 40 but widely accept the ICC, and the ICC is clearly stated in Real Decreto 875/2014 (Agencia Estatal Boletín Oficial del Estado). If you’re worried about your ICC being valid after Brexit, we have received assurances (albeit not in writing) that the acceptance of the ICC will continue.

The ICC can be endorsed for ‘power up to 10m’, ‘personal watercraft’, ‘power’ and/or ‘sail’. Completion of the CEVNI course online will add the ‘inland’ endorsement.

If you’d like to know more, of apply for an ICC, contact the SOVREN Nautical Academy team today.