You are invited… An evening with RATS next week

Mark your calendar for an evening with the Cruising Association’s Regulatory & Technical Services group (RATS) at 1900 hours on Thursday 21 March.

RATS will delve into the current hot topics impacting cruisers and share practical advice. Open to members and non-members, you can participate either in person at CA House, London, or via Zoom. The evening will feature concise 5 to 15-minute presentations lasting approximately one hour, followed by a Q&A session:

  • Orca: insights into ongoing interactions with orca off the coasts of Portugal and Spain, discussing avoidance tactics.
  • HVO and Sustainability: examining Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil which could be an eco-friendly replacement for diesel, weighing the pros and cons and exploring regulatory obstacles.
  • EU Visas and Permits: addressing challenges posed by the 90/180-day rule for UK citizens visiting Schengen countries, with updates on positive developments in some nations.
  • CE/UKCA and RCD: the latest on conformity marking of vessels brought into service from outside the UK and the EU and exploring the impact of the UK Government’s decision on CE marking.
  • RATS Technical Projects: an overview of other issues, including battery technology, end-of-life boat scrapping, emissions, electrical systems, remote monitoring of boat systems, alternative propulsion, connecting to shore power, UV degradation of safety lines/equipment, transmission of emergency information and diving from your boat.

You can attend in-person at CA House, London or via Zoom – free for CA members / £7 for non-members. Please book at


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