Further to the temporary postponement of enforcing documents for inland navigation by the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT), because of COVID-19, the current ILT position has changed.
Namely, as of the 23 October 2020 the ILT will require additional evidence for continuing to use the temporary suspension of enforcement:
- Show that it was impossible or difficult to comply with inspection, testing or certification due to Covid 19 measures;
- A step‐by step plan indicating how inspection, testing or certification can be conducted within 6 months after the end of the document.
Depending on the type of certificate of the ship, the following requirements and step by step plan will need to be submitted:
- For ships with a Community Inland Vessel Certificate (CBB / UCB), the additional requirements must be submitted before October 23, 2020;
- For ships with a Certificate for the Rhine (CvO), the above documents must be submitted before 23 November 2020.
If these requirements are not adhered to and the certification of the ship expires, the ship will be treated as a new build and will have to comply with the latest regulations, for example, the installation of a CAT 5 powertrain.