Prohibition on use of Marked Gas Oil on Personal Pleasure Craft from 1st Jan 2020
Ireland wishes to inform masters and owners of vessels that the Department of
Finance in the Republic of Ireland intends changing the law regarding the use
of Marked Gas Oil (MGO) in Private Pleasure Craft from 1st January
2020. The change is subsequent to an EU ruling against Ireland regarding the
use of MGO on pleasure craft. The Department of Finance will propose an
amendment to the Finance Act 2019, once the amendment is enacted, the use of MGO
as a propellant by private pleasure craft will be illegal. The practical
repercussions of this are that private pleasure craft will need to use auto
diesel as a propellant.
Directive 2003/96 defines “private pleasure craft” as “any craft used by its
owner or the natural or legal person who enjoys its use either through hire or through
any other means, for other than commercial purposes and in particular other
than for the carriage of passengers or goods or for the supply of services for
consideration or for the purposes of public authorities”.
simple terms the change to the law means that private and hired pleasure craft
operating in the Republic of Ireland must use auto-diesel from 1st
January 2020. Commercial and public authority craft are exempt from the
information can be obtained from the Office of the Revenue Commissioners.
Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation.