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American Boat and Yacht Council Hosts First International Marine Standards Summit


New York, Mar 15, 2006

A member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) will sponsor the first International Marine Standards Summit on May 9 in Annapolis, MD.

The purpose of the summit is to bring together stakeholders from the global boating standards community to:

  • identify applicable standards for various boating markets
  • discuss existing and future work areas for standardization
  • identify issues hindering harmonization among markets
  • develop a network for information and future discussions

“This summit will serve as a forum to discuss and address mutual issues surrounding boating safety and the import/export of marine products,” said John Adey, ABYC technical director. “I look forward to the outcomes, which are expected to have a positive impact on how the marine industry approaches standards writing, to include streamlining inter-organizational communication efforts to ensure we all stay current and informed about ongoing standards projects on a global level.”

In conjunction with the summit, ABYC will host the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 188 plenary session on May 11. ABYC is the U.S. representative to TC188, which coordinates standards addressing the equipment and construction of small craft boats. ISO TC188 participants convene annually to review past activities and to identify upcoming areas of standardization. Drawing technical experts from across the globe, ISO TC188 working group and subcommittee meetings will take place May 8 and May 10.

The events will be held at the Loews Annapolis Hotel in Annapolis, MD. To register, contact ABYC technical department coordinator Cindy Love (clove@abycinc.org; 410. 956.1050, ext. 28).

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