Recreational Navigation



Recreational crafts and personal watercrafts (water bikes) (thereinafter – recreational crafts) or their components may access the Lithuanian market (may be registered and used) only if they meet requirements set in the Technical regulations on design, construction, supply to the market and commissioning of recreational crafts (thereinafter - Regulations), approved by the order No. 3-352 of the Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania of 15 June 2004. Regulations are prepared in accordance with the Directive 94/25/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 June 1994 on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to recreational craft (OJ L 164, 30.6.1994, p.15) and determines requirements of protection of safety, health, environment and consumer‘s rights.

Recreational crafts can be operated only after the inspection performed under the procedure established by the Minister of Transport and Communications whereby technical status of recreational craft, its engine and components are inspected and conditions of safe using are stipulated.

After inspection, the right to navigate in the appropriate navigational area is granted depending on the design category and radio-navigational, fire-fighting, life-saving equipment on board, etc.:

  •  Inland water navigation area – rivers, lakes and Curonian Lagoon to the limits of Klaipeda State seaport waters;
  • Coastal navigation area – within the limits of Klaipeda State seaport waters and zone of sea waters of 12 nautical miles from coast.  


Navigational area is indicated in the inspection sheet.

Primary, annual, extraordinary inspection of recreational crafts, primary inspection of outboard engines and issuance of appropriate documents is executed by Recreational navigation department surveyors in Vinius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Panevėžys, Šiauliai, Šilutė, Ignalina, Molėtai, Marijampolė and Alytus regions.


Documents to be onboard exploitable recreational craft:

a)      Certificate of Inland Watercraft Registration,

b)      Certificate of Inland Watercraft's Outboard Engine Registration,

c)      Check-up sheet of Recreational craft or personal watercraft,

d)      Boat master‘s Certificate.


For boat masters of small crafts with a propulsion power of 4kW or less (5,4 hp) navigating inland waters, excluding Klaipeda State seaport waters, boat master‘s certificate is optional.

In case of incident or accident the boat master must notify Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration (J. Janonio str. 24, Klaipėda; tel. +370 616 59791) without delay.


For more information on issues of safe recreational navigation, please, contact Recreational navigation department:

+370 46 469675

+370 46 469676


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Recreational Navigation Division, tel. (+370 46) 469 675

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