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UK boater fined for red diesel in Belgium 

Thursday, 29 June 2017

UK boater fined for red diesel in Belgium 

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has recently received a report from a boater who has been fined €500 for having traces of red diesel in his yacht’s fuel tank following an inspection by Belgian Customs in Nieuwpoort.

Belgian Customs boarded the UK flagged boat at the KYCN Marina and in addition to checking paperwork examined a sample of fuel, which was found to contain traces of red diesel.

The RYA advises that although it is still legal to purchase red diesel for use in pleasure craft in the UK, it is unlawful in Belgium to use red diesel for propelling a private pleasure craft.

Boating in Belgian waters with marked 'red' diesel in your fuel tanks in 2010 and 2011 put you at risk of receiving a significant fine. The Belgian Authorities then appeared to have become more tolerant of UK boaters using red diesel and the risk of being fined seemed to have reduced.  We received a report in May 2016 which suggested that the Belgian Authorities were hardening, however no reports of fines were received until now.

If you are anyone you are sailing with is fined in Belgium for having red diesel in their tanks please contact the RYA, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. giving as much detail as possible.

Click here for more information and advice from the RYA on red diesel abroad.  

Safe sailing.

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