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.

Obama seeks national policy for U.S. waterways

Obama Administration officials released the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force Interim Report for a 30-day public review and comment period. The report provides proposals for a comprehensive national approach to ensure accountability for the health of the nation’s oceans, coastal areas and Great Lakes. “This interim report represents a wide spectrum of views and considerations,…more

Company develops charting system for NOAA

Survice Engineering Co. of Belcamp, Md. recently completed a research effort for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to develop a new underwater charting system. The patent-pending system, ARGUS (Autonomous Remote Global Underwater Surveillance), harvests position and depth data from the chart plotters of under-way vessels to provide contour mapping of the sea floor. The…more

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Banks are balking at SBA floorplan loans

MRAA asks for some changes in the program, while the NMMA urges dealers to ‘educate’ lenders Industry leaders are hopeful the Small Business Administration’s dealer floorplan program can help resolve one of the biggest problems facing marine businesses, but they also acknowledge the program has some major kinks that need to be worked out. “We’re…more

Unemployment rate dips to 9.4 percent

Employers eliminated 247,000 jobs in July, the slowest pace in a year, and the unemployment rate dipped slightly to 9.4 percent, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Labor. From May to July, job losses averaged 331,000 per month, compared with losses averaging 645,000 per month from November to April. Since…more

SBA offers guidance for dealer floorplan program

The Small Business Administration completed a checklist and instructions for applying for a 7(a) loan as part of the new dealer floorplan program. The SBA expects lenders to maintain a complete file, including copies of all SBA forms, according to a recent advisory from the Marine Retailers Association of America. The MRAA said it expects…more

New SBA loan fact sheet now available

The Marine Retailers Association of America, National Marine Manufacturers Association and National Marine Bankers Association have prepared a revised fact sheet to better describe the loan options available to marine retailers from the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The organizations updated the fact sheet in response to a significant number of…more

SBA loan program available for veterans

The SBA has a special loan program for veterans who own small businesses, the Marine Retailers Association of America notes in an advisory to its members. Patriot Express, which launched in 2007, builds on the more than $1 billion in loans the SBA guarantees annually for veteran-owned businesses. These loans are a streamlined loan product…more

Dealers say finding lenders for SBA program is difficult

When the Small Business Administration announced a new dealer floorplan loan program several weeks ago, it was heralded by industry leaders as a way to ease the credit crunch. Since then, many dealers have complained that they can’t find SBA-approved lenders that offer floorplan financing. Industry leaders continue to praise the program, however, and say…more

Group fights proposal to call rigging knives switchblades

The American Knife & Tool Institute is fighting a U.S. Customs proposal that would characterize assisted-open knives as switchblades, and could jeopardize all pocket knives such as rigging knives and multitools. The group is lobbying for passage of the Wyden-Cornyn amendment to the Senate appropriations bill. The amendment would restrict U.S. Customs from using any…more

SBA expands loan program

The Small Business Administration expanded its 504 Certified Development Company loan program to allow small businesses to refinance existing loans used to purchase real estate and other fixed assets. The changes, authorized in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will allow small businesses to restructure eligible debt to help improve their cash flow,…more

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