Hainan yacht
Hainan, a tropical island province in south China, adopted a new regulation Tuesday, giving more freedom to foreigners yachting on the island’s waters amidst a yachting boom in the province.
Yachts with licenses from foreign countries can stay in Hainan’s waters for seven days without applying for Chinese licenses, said Zhang Jie, deputy head of Hainan’s Maritime Safety Administration.
For a longer stay, a foreign sailor can swap his license for a Chinese license if his country has made a deal for mutual license approval with China. If not, the sailor has to take a training course in China to get a license, he said.
Previously, yachts from overseas were often banned from Hainan waters because licenses issued by foreign countries were not recognized by the province’s maritime safety authorities.
The new policy gives foreign yachts access to ports on Hainan’s non-commercial waters, which have even better scenery and less disturbances, Zhang added.
Foreign ships, including yachts, used to be only allowed entry to six commercial ports in Hainan.
Yacht sailors no longer need to ask for maritime safety authorities’ approval before entering Hainan’s ports. Now they only need to inform the authorities in advance, Zhang said.
Hainan is the first Chinese province to have formally adopted a set of regulations to manage its yachting industry, which is still new in the country.
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