Marine Tourism Watercraft Classification Regulation.

Article 1: Definitions

The following terms and words, wherever mentioned in these Regulations, shall have the meanings assigned to each of them, unless the context otherwise requires:

Kingdom:

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Authority:

Saudi Red Sea Authority.

Board of Directors of the Authority:

Board of Directors of the Saudi Red Sea Authority.

Regulation:

Marine Tourism Watercraft Classification Regulation.

Large Yacht:

A large yacht equipped with a motor or sail, with a length of 24 meters or more, designed for commercial and recreational use and not carrying more than 12 passengers according to the Large Yacht Code in force in the flag country or 36 passengers according to the Passenger Yacht Code in the flag country.

Cruise Ships:

A large passenger ship designed or used for the purpose of entertainment or

tourism, paid costs, capable of accommodating a large number of passengers on board.

Geographical Scope:

The territorial sea of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea, in which navigational and maritime activities are practiced, and the part of the land associated with the exercise of such activities, except for the military, security and other zones therein.

Marine Craft:

Any floating marine craft prepared for work above or under water bodies used for tourism or recreational purposes, and the accessories of the marine craft necessary for its exploitation are part of it.

Fishing Vessel:

A vessel used for fishing or authorized for Marine life fishing, with a total tonnage exceeding thirty (30) tons or exceeding twenty (20) meters in length.

Fishing Boat:

A boat used for fishing or authorized for Marine life fishing with a length of less than 20 meters and a tonnage of less than 30 tons, otherwise it is considered a fishing vessel.

Yacht:

A marine craft used for the purpose of recreation and tourism with a total tonnage exceeding ten (10) tons or exceeding twelve (12) meters in length and not exceeding twenty-four (24) meters.

Recreational Boat:

A marine craft used for the purpose of excursion and tourism with a total tonnage not exceeding ten (10) tons and not more than twelve (12) meters in length and not authorized to sail outside the territorial seas of the Kingdom.

Cargo Vessel:

A vessel that transports various goods in different forms, whether in bulk or packed.

Personal Watercraft

A floating watercraft intended for work above or below water bodies used

for tourist or recreational purposes, designed to carry only one or two persons powered by motors.

Article II (2): Purpose of the Regulation

This Regulation aims to classify the marine tourism watercrafts used in coastal tourism, in which related Regulations will be issued by the Authority that enables the practice of maritime and marine activities within the Geographical Scope.

Article III (3): Classification of marine tourism watercrafts

This Regulation includes the classification of marine tourism watercrafts used in coastal tourism in Saudi territorial waters on the Red Sea coast approved by the Authority. The Authority classifies marine tourism watercrafts as follows:

    

 Not motorized

 

 Motorized

Sailing ships

Definition:

Marine Crafts operating without an engine or other means of operation.

 

Marine Crafts powered by fuel engines or other means of operation, whether electrical or mechanical.

Marine Craft that move by the force of the wind and include one or more sails to operate them.

Length:

Not more than 9 meters

 

a) Not more than 12 meters

 

b) Greater than 12 meters and less than 24 meters

 

 c) Greater than 24 meters

a) No more than 24 meters

 

b) Their length is greater than 24 meters

These include but are not limited to:

Canoe, Kayak, Paddleboard, Kitesurfing, Parasailing, Rowing, Stand-up Paddleboarding, Surfing, Bodyboarding, Foil boarding, Water Towing and flyboarding

 

Cruise Ships, yachts, Large Yacht, Recreational Boat, Cruise Ships, diving boat, diving vessels, jet ski, recreational submarines, and Personal Watercrafts.

Catamaran, Trimaran, Yawl, Schooner, Ketch, Dhow, Keelboat Boat, Sloop, Cutter and Dinghy Sailing.

Article IV (4): Exceptions

This Regulation does not apply the following Marine Craft classification:

  1. Cargo Vessels and barges.

  2.  Warships, personnel carriers, or any other vessels belonging to the State for non-recreational or tourist purposes.

  3.  Commercial vessels operating in non-coastal tourism sector.

  4.  Ferries.

  5.  Speedboats are used in domestic and international races.

  6.  Research vessels.

  7.  Taxi boats.

  8.  Fishing Vessel.

  9.  Fishing Boat.

Article V (5): Adoption and Amendment of the Regulation

This Regulation shall be issued by a resolution of the Board of Directors of the Authority, and approves any amendments thereto, whether by deletion, addition or cancellation.

Article VI (6): Publication and Validity of the Regulation

This Regulation shall be published in the Official Gazette and shall enter into force 90 days after the date of publication.