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.

Trinity Yachts responds to OSHA violations

Trinity Yachts sales and marketing vice president Billy Smith says workplace violations alleged against the commercial arm of the company’s business have been greatly reduced.

New rules in Texas seek to prevent invasive species

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved a rule requiring anyone leaving or approaching public waters in 17 north Texas counties to drain their boats to prevent the further spread of invasive zebra mussels and is proposing that 28 additional north and central Texas counties be added to the mandate. As a result of the…more

Michigan trade group applauds new trade-in law

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law Wednesday that will give tax breaks to car, RV and boat buyers with trade-ins, a move celebrated by the Michigan Boating Industries Association. Michigan will now follow the same policy as surrounding states, which allow consumers to pay sales tax only on the difference between the trade-in value…more

House passes expansive waterways legislation

A water resources bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives with 417 votes last week would address dredging issues, do a comprehensive study of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, require that the Army Corps of Engineers see the Great Lakes as one system rather than port by port and begin addressing how to spend money…more

Training needed for new OSHA hazmat standards

Marine facilities that handle hazardous chemicals will have to train employees on new label elements by Dec. 1 because of a change in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s standards. The changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard are bringing the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.…more

Maine Maritime Academy gains school’s largest grant

The Maine Maritime Academy was awarded a $1.4 million research grant to study and develop environmentally savvy transportation technology. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant is the largest research grant that the school has ever received, according to the Bangor Daily News. It will fund the academy’s efforts to build a marine engine-testing and emissions…more

ICOMIA names new technical manager

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations appointed Patrick Hemp as the group’s new technical manager. Hemp will represent ICOMIA on technical legislative and standardization issues covering recreational craft, restricted-range superyachts and equipment, including marine engines, the group announced. A naval architect with almost 20 years of project management and design experience, Hemp is from…more

NMMA and European trade group join on regulatory issues

National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich and European Boating Industry president Robert Marx signed a joint declaration stating the intent of both organizations to work together to reduce and eliminate what they called unnecessary regulatory costs and unjustified regulatory differences between the European Union and the United States in the boating industry. The common…more

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