Here’s how to get the DCI online to access STED in 2023


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One can obtain the DCI online to access the STED, Telematic Window of the Diportist.

The DCI, Declaration of Construction or Import, is no longer done via email with a bulletin, it can now be done, and paid, completely online, thanks to the new portal activated by Confindustria Nautica
We tried to get a DCI to register a new vessel, and… everything went smoothly!

Here’s how to get the DCI online for STED in 2023

The DCI, or Declaration of Construction or Importation, is required a priori in order to perform any operation within the new telematics boater window. We outlined this news in the 2021 inquiry into the causes that generated delays in the new telematics boater desk (now resolved) and discussed it in the updated article Good News for STED 2022 .

Now we are in 2023, another step forward has been taken. The Construction and Import Declaration is a document issued by Confindustria Nautica. To get it, until last year, it was necessary to send an email and pay a postal bill.

The new online portal for DCI

It has also been activated for the citizen, the portal through which, after registering online with our email, it is possible to obtain independently from the shipowner, paying online by credit card, (previously it was necessary to use the bulletin).

The portal itself provides clarity on what DCI is and when it is needed:

The issuance of the DCI is required for the first access to the Telematics Registry of both newly manufactured and used units. DCI renewal is required for safety certification renewal and when technical changes are made to the unit. A specific DCI is required for the application for test plates (temporary navigation authorization) by shipyards, assembly and outfitting companies, marine engine manufacturers/importers, recreational brokers, and sales companies (dealers).For vessels only, it is also possible to apply for DCI if the applicant does not wish to proceed with registration, using the “New DCI without registration” channel.

The necessary documents and data required

We have applied for a DCI for a 9-meter sailboat with an inboard engine, newly built (thus CE) that we would like to register for the first time, as the owner-operator. Through the portal we entered master data, and all boat data, retrieved from:

  • EC type approval certificate
  • Declaration of Conformity
  • Engine power declaration
  • Security Certificate

In the various portal masks activated by clicking on New DCI, a lot of data will be requested, and it will be a good idea to have pre-scanned all of the above documents, because you will be prompted to upload them in .pdf or .jpg on one of the screens.

Among the required data to be entered:

  • WIN (Watercraft Identification Number) which is the serial number of the hull, also imprinted on the boat.
  • Number, date issued, and body issuing the Declaration of Conformity.
  • Boat data: Model, Material (PRVF means Reinforced Fiberglass, we chose this for a sailboat), Length, Width, Year built, Boat type (we chose Sailboat with Auxiliary Engine), Number of Masts, Sup. Sail (the one listed on the certificate, mainsail and jib, no gennaker), Type of deed (Bill of Sale is the invoice).
  • Engine data: Power, Serial number, Manufacturer, Model, Year of construction, Fuel.
  • Safety Certificate: Since ours is a first-time registration vessel, we put “Not Present.”

Online payment, data checking, and email certificate

After finishing the data entry procedure to obtain the DCI online, we go to the screen for the online payment of 30 euros, which we did without any problems with a regular debit card. We received an email the next day from a Confindustria Nautica data verification employee, pointing out our error in typing the WIN. Logging into the portal we corrected the error in the wrong field, re-completed some data, and after 3 days the email arrived containing a PDF, an A4 page, with the DCI for our boat.

We are now ready to print this document and go to a STED to begin the registration process…we will let you know how it went!




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