They had at one point implemented auto-check in for ships in the safe zone of Velia, but people-as usual-threw fits over it. Apparently they couldn't be assed to spend 2 seconds to take their boat out, so it was removed. Auto-check in still exists, but it takes a fair amount of time now, whereas prior it was like 20-30mins. I tested this the night before Vell by leaving my Frigate out(I ALWAYS check it in otherwise), and out of the way of people trying to get their ships/not impeding anything. Woke up to find my ship was checked in.