On February 4, 2017, Sole 24 Ore released the news that the Harbour Offices would ask the Government to provide for legislation to regularize the use of the SDC on recreational craft.
The press and rumours on the subject are not clear, but it would seem that in this request there is also the adoption of the GMDSS regime (or part of it) for boats sailing over 30 miles. Although the news has been published by authoritative sources, the details that are reported are confused and we understand the comments of some newspapers in our industry that consider them even "absurd".
However, we disagree with the tone expressed by some newspapers that criticize the work of the Government or Ministries. There is nothing effective on which to base complaints and also within these bodies there are staff who try to do their best work (even behind multiple difficulties), they deserve the most encouragement and certainly not of the offenses. For those who do not do their job well, suggestions or offenses bounce back ...
In any case, we would like to thank the press for raising awareness from the outset. Just by taking your attention now, you can suggest to whom you will have to make a decision. However, we would like to point out that the subject is much more complex than it has been dealt with in other reports.
Since the GMDSS topic is unclear, we will not discuss it in this article and we will focus on the use of the SDC, because we believe that in this area some news will certainly come.
Marine Pan Service boasts a knowledge of DSC technology, offers an online glossary that is a reference for Italian yachtsmen and operators. In addition, it should have a better understanding of the market and the needs of yachtsmen than the authorities. We therefore feel responsible for offering our opinion, which the authorities, we believe, will be pleased to read.