What is an International Certificate Pleasure Craft (ICP)?

What is an International Certificate Pleasure Craft (ICP)?

The International Certificate for Pleasure Crafts is a so called unofficial proof of ownership, which is issued in the languages English, French and Dutch. The ICP document states the name and address of the owner of the vessel and basic details of the boat, like name, hull-number, engine etc.

 

Sample of an ICP document

 

An ICP is not a proof of nationality and registration such as the Certificate of Registry is, and therefore does not give the right to fly the flag of the Netherlands. An International Certificate for Pleasure Crafts is an unofficial proof of ownership.

 

Where is an ICP accepted?

Throughout Europe the International Certificate for Pleasure Crafts is accepted as proof of ownership, that is because most countries in Europe have signed the resolution of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations ECE/TRANS. In some countries, like Turkey who did not sign the resolution, ICP’s are accepted without too much difficulty.

 

Although the International Certificate for Pleasure Crafts is only intended as an unofficial proof of ownership within the boundaries of Europe,  we know of vessel owners whom have sailed off to the Caribbean, Central- and South-Americas were the document was also accepted.

 

Vessel owners who plan to sail outside the boundaries of Europe, are however strongly advised to register for a Certificate of Registry, which gives you the right to sail under the flag of the Netherlands and therefore gives the vessel the Dutch nationality.

 

Who issues the International Certificate for Pleasure Crafts (ICP)

In the Netherlands the International Certificate for Pleasure Crafts, or ICP as it is popularly called, is issued by two sailing associations whom have been appointed to do so by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management in the Netherlands.

 

The International Certificate for Pleasure Crafts is issued on the basis of Resolution 13, a (non-binding) recommendation from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). In some countries, such as France, it is mandatory to have an ICP if you want to sail with a pleasure craft. The ICP then serves as proof of ownership of the vessel. For that reason alone, the sailing associations issue the ICP on the basis of a covenant they have with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management in the Netherlands.

 

 

 

 

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Igor

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23rd October 2018 at 14:09

Hello
Can I enter the USA on a sailboat with an ICP?
Thanks,
Igor

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Lorrendraaier

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9th May 2019 at 13:15

No, as strictly speaking the ICP is only meant for the inland waters of the EU.

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Paul Wachs

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31st December 2018 at 22:25

In meinem ICP steht bei Flagge “not applicable”
Welche Flagge darf ich dann anbringen?
Meine nationale? (Luxembourg)

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Lorrendraaier

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9th May 2019 at 13:26

Please read the article “CAN I SAIL UNDER THE DUTCH FLAG?“and the reactions.

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Ólafur St. Arnarsson

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16th January 2020 at 15:45

Can I sail to Iceland from the Netherlands with an ICP?

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Lorrendraaier

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16th January 2020 at 16:35

No. An ICP is officially only meant for navigating the internal waters of the European Union. Mind you there are more then enough people who sail international waters with an ICP.

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R van Dijk

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30th June 2020 at 19:23

Hi
i have a dutch passport but live in the uk can i buy and sail a dutch flagged yacht with proof of vat paid in eu /nl

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Lorrendraaier

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1st July 2020 at 10:03

Yes you can, whether you are a Dutch or British passport holder. Do keep in mind that the ICP is an unofficial ownership’s document which is not accepted in all EU countries.

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