With an order book to class 25% of the worldwide production of mega-yachts, RINA has a long tradition in the classification and certification of yachts. Up to today more than 980 pleasure craft are classed with RINA, amounting to about 160,000 GT; new buildings planned to enter RINA Class are 420 for a gross tonnage exceeding 60,000 GT.
RINA is investing in the yachting market, developing new rules and services, which include all recent international standards, leveraging on its experience directly from the cruise ship sector. Its strength lies in its quick and highly valued service during the yacht's life cycle, starting from the construction, testing of materials and components to the in-service periodical surveys for maintenance of class; all these matters ensure owners and manufacturers that their yachts meet the highest safety standards and enhance their commercial and qualitative value during their life-time.
Yacht Class
The RINA Rules cover the traditional field of private pleasure craft and the rapidly growing sector of charter yachts. The RINA Rules for the Classification of Charter Yachts (2006) offer designers and shipyards the appropriate tools to design and build yachts which comply with the Code of Safety for Charter Yachts, and owners and charterers evidence of the maintenance of the applicable standards
EC Marking
The smaller yachts have to keep the pace with the ever-increasing focus on environmental impact and protection. On 1st January 2005, the Recreational Craft Directive 94/25/EC was amended by European Directive 2003/44/EC, later becoming the compulsory version of the Directive to be used after 1st January 2006. RINA is a notified body according to the aforesaid European Directive 2003/44/EC and offers a set of tools to assist designers and manufacturers and offers new services in application of essential requirements of the Directive.
The classification and certification of ships has been the "core business" of RINA ever since it was established in 1861. Since then, RINA has constantly developed technical partnerships in the shipping sector.
These include technological support during the design stage, construction surveillance, ship management and technical assistance during maintenance. The objective is to help ship owners and shipyards to achieve elevated standards of quality and safety.
In the shipping classification sector, RINA puts the experience it has acquired in over 145 years of activity at the disposal of designers, shipyards and ship owners by developing a series of tools:
  • Constant updating of specific RINA rules for the various ship typologies
  • Ship design guidelines covering both the class requirements and the main factors of correct design
  • An extensive and constantly growing network of exclusive offices providing design approval and building surveillance activities as well as a round-the-clock inspection service every day of the year
  • Thorough knowledge of international regulations and conventions
  • Authorization to audit conformity with international agreements on behalf of more than 70 flag authorities
  • Constant improvement of RINA's performance in Port State Control statistics, which is fast becoming an internationally recognized indicator of classified fleet quality
As well as providing classification services for merchant ships and pleasure craft, RINA also offers classification services for naval ships.
RINA’s Charter Class
RINA, is undergoing continuous changes in support of yachting. Among the novelties, one which we consider worth mentioning, concerns privately owned ships in need of modernizing, refitting, and reclassification into the Charter Class. The recent ruling, which as of the past couple of years allows charter ships to be enlisted in a special registry for commercial shipping purposes, represents a big plus for charter ship owners who wish to redeem expenses. Now ship owners can restructure the look of their ship and technically update it thereby enhancing the ship's worth specially on selling it and amortize such costs too. This may occur providing one is registered in the exceedingly sought after Charter Class whereby ships, which are closer in concept and dimension to a cruising ship, are classified. This means that rules that regulate privately owned super yachts become, pretty automatically, similar to shipping norms.
Not so long ago, who ever wanted to change their ship's class had to turn to foreign institutions, now, thanks to RINA's Charter Class it's possible to do it also in Italy. Let's see, though, what might induce a ship owner to change class. The first consideration is that an owner of a vintage or simply of an old pleasure yachting ship will sooner or later have to refit her technically or restyle her. It's obvious that today such restructuring work must be carried out according to set specifications on safety and that the work carried out costs in proportion to its amount. At this point, the ship owner is faced with the possibility of taking advantage of the opportunity given him. By carrying out a few improvements more on the technical systems and lodgings such as on: the cooling and heating system, the height of the ceilings and ventilator fans, fire escape hatches, height of the bulwarks, the positioning of the ship's lights, number and shape of the scuppers, the pleasure yachting ship may become a commercial ship and therefore be used for international charters. This is made even easier if the pleasure ship is classed as a "short range" ship which means that it is allowed to cruise within 70-90 miles from the nearest safe port. The shipyard performing the work and the institute which certifies it, RINA in this case, work in close contact and guarantee that the work done complies to the prescriptions of law thus enabling the ship to be registered in the Charter Class. A ship in such class may not only work and therefore generate an income but is also entitled to considerable tax relief to such an extent as to justify a more costly restructuring. Vintage ships, may certainly require heavier work but at the same time they are subject to exemptions due to the fact that a certain type of technical work cannot objectively be carried out on ships of a certain age. One must not forget either that the class makes the ship safer under every point of view, in as much as the work done on it, is certified and recognized internationally. To have a ship in this class may also lead to economic advantages when insuring and selling it since the class represents in itself a plus in terms of guaranteeing quality and maintenance. One of the more controversial topics on the subject matter has to do with the use of materials.
The market asks for innovative solutions to adapt to new tastes and the shipyards doing the refitting are obliged to seek new materials to satisfy esthetical standards guaranteeing at the same time the Class's specifications. In this case too, RINA's experience in shipping is precious. Its registry in fact lists those materials which correspond to the specifications thanks to which RINA can help the shipyards select them and even dare using advanced characteristics in creating new yachts. All the more so when the modern conception of such units resembles more and more those of a cruising liner. Since the decree has become effective in Italy, a lot of existing ships have been transformed into Charter Class in greater numbers even than new ones. The fundamental difference between RINA Charter Class and the MCA is that in building or reclassifying a ship over 350 tons, the MCA foresees only the "long range" classification. In Italy a shipyard may choose whether to apply the long range status or so as not to make the ship's renewal project heavier, opt for the short range status according to the ship owner's wishes taking into consideration the obvious structural and economical advantages.

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