- Operations - Côte d’Azur anchorage update

By Conor Feasey

Côte d’Azur anchorage update

The PYA has provided insight into the French maritime authorities’ latest updates for vessels over 45 metres anchoring on the French Riveria…

Image credit: PYA

The Maritime Prefecture of the Mediterranean (Le préfet maritime de la Méditerranée) has released new regulations for yachts over 45 metres wishing to stop in the French Mediterranean.

Whilst this new regulation does not provide major changes, and instead a few modifications on some anchoring zones, the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) has provided recommendations for captains looking to drop anchor in the region.

Firstly, to ensure that captains anchor in the correct area, the PYA strongly encourages captains to speak to the relevant sémaphore (radio station) on Channel 16, or via phone call – asking authorities to confirm that the vessel is in the right area.

It is also advisable for the captain to record the conversation as all sémaphore’s conversations are recorded.

A list of all sémaphores, with their area coverage, telephone numbers and email addresses is provided on Annex 1, page 9 of the regulations.

Annex II and III (pages 10, 11) detail what information captains should provide to the sémaphore when seeking anchoring or Dynamic Positioning authorisation.

Annex IV (pages 12-13) show the list of regulations (Arrêtés) relevant to anchoring for vessels over 24 metres, and Annex V (pages 14-47) presents a register of mandatory anchoring areas alongside charts.

The PYA adds that in addition to typical means of navigation to seek anchorage areas, captains should also use the smartphone application “Nav&Co – a Navéco experience”. This is the official application produced by the French maritime authorities and it is constantly updated with new regulations as they are adopted.

Profile links

Professional Yachting Association

Join the discussion

Côte d'Azur anchorage update


To post comments please Sign in or Register

When commenting please follow our house rules

Click here to become part of The Superyacht Group community, and join us in our mission to make this industry accessible to all, and prosperous for the long-term. We are offering access to the superyacht industry’s most comprehensive and longstanding archive of business-critical information, as well as a comprehensive, real-time superyacht fleet database, for just £10 per month, because we are One Industry with One Mission. Sign up here.

Related news

Image for A sobering reality

A sobering reality

As the industry looks to become more professionalised, Captain Kelly Gordon explains how dry boats can help solve the industry's drinking problem


Image for The MCA and REG recognise Maltese yacht-restricted CoCs

The MCA and REG recognise Maltese yacht-restricted CoCs

The PYA has received a statement from the British MCA detailing concrete information for crew holding Maltese Certificates of Competence


Image for Unfair dismissal in the UK

Unfair dismissal in the UK

Clyde & Co’s Heidi Watson discusses how a steward on a superyacht which never entered UK waters could still claim unfair dismissal in a British court


Image for Nautilus sends warning to Cayman Captains

Nautilus sends warning to Cayman Captains

The seafarer union has raised its concerns to captains of Cayman-flagged vessels following the recently amended Merchant Shipping Act 2024


Image for ISWAN publishes recruitment crisis action plan

ISWAN publishes recruitment crisis action plan

In the face of rapid change across the industry, ISWAN has outlined specific initiatives to combat the recruitment and retention crisis


Image for Crew harassment prevention

Crew harassment prevention

Benjamin Maltby discusses the requirement later this year for employers to take “reasonable steps” to prevent sexual harassment of their employees


Sign up to the SuperyachtNews Bulletin

Receive unrivalled market intelligence, weekly headlines and the most relevant and insightful journalism directly to your inbox.

The SuperyachtNews App

Follow us on