Regulations and Compliance

Many federal and state government regulations affect the marine industry. Trade Only follows developments as companies strive to operate in compliance with the rules.

House bill adds outdoor recreation to GDP index

In one of its first acts upon returning to Washington, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Outdoor REC Act, a bill that moves to count the outdoor recreation economy as part of the U.S. gross domestic product.

The carbon monoxide poisoning death of a 7-year-old girl last October led to the passage of a law that will require CO detectors on some boats in Minnesota.

Minnesota mandates CO detection

At the funeral last October for 7-year-old Sophia Baechler, who died of carbon monoxide poisoning aboard the family’s boat, the girl’s parents asked Minnesota state Sen. Melisa Franzen to do something to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

Webinars set on new California emission regulations

Starting in model-year 2018, boatbuilders with installed gasoline fuel tanks that sell or offer to sell their boats in California will need to meet stringent new evaporative emission regulations, the National Marine Manufacturers Association said today.

Interest rate increase could hurt U.S. manufacturers

Financial analysts continued to dice up the Federal Reserve’s 0.25 percent rate hike, wondering how or whether it will have negative or positive effects on the still fragile U.S. and world economy — and some are suggesting that American manufacturers could be most hurt by the increase.

VIDEO: NASA charts ‘garbage islands’ in oceans

Before what appears to be part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 floated ashore on Réunion this summer, more than a year of false reports pointed to another issue: the mysterious flow of refuse and debris in the world’s oceans.

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