My headline I think should read carry more than 12 passengers
A new EU Regulation governing the carriage of passengers will come into force on 31 December 2012. Its provisions will impact on all yacht owners/operators established or operating in the EU and EEA that operate yachts certified to carry more than 12 passengers.
Significant features of the new Regulation are:
An increase in liability limits to 400,000 SDRs (approximately Euro 476,000 or GBP 383,000 as of 30 October 2012) per passenger.
An increase in limits for “valuable belongings” which have been deposited with the yacht to 3,375 SDRs and to 2,250 SDRs for cabin luggage.
A requirement of compulsory insurance for yachts involved in the international carriage of passengers and the right of direct action against those yachts’ insurers in the event of an incident.
A requirement for advance payments to be made by owners/operators of yachts established within the EU without recognition of liability in respect of certain incidents.
To ensure passengers are provided with appropriate/comprehensible information regarding their legal rights prior to departure.
If you want the full breakdown
It mentions yachts, but does this mean vessels certified for 12 or more passengers? If so a few RIB operators run with 12 plus 2 crew and also use cruisers and yachts as part of their charter offers.