The American Boat and Yacht Council Foundation launched a standards-based online purchasing directory called the Marine Industries Global Purchasing Directory.
"I am very excited to announce that the ABYC Foundation's marine industry global purchasing directory is now available to all businesses worldwide that manufacture, build, repair or offer and use marine services," said Skip Burdon, the foundation's secretary and president, in a statement.
"This new service may well revolutionize the method by which customers will research, locate and possibly even procure self-certified standards-based products and services," he said. " For the first time marine businesses that build, maintain or repair boats, or provide standards-based services have a one stop tool from which to reach local, national, as well as global customers at no or very low cost."
As an added benefit to ABYC business and manufacturing members, the foundation is offering a standard listing in the Global Purchasing Directory at no cost.
Manufacturers, retailers and/or service providers appearing in the directory must self-certify that their product and/or services listed meet one or more of the following qualifying criteria:
- Applicable ABYC standards
- Product is on the NMMA Type Accepted List
- Product is Certified/Approved by a Classification Society
- Product is CE Compliant
- Product is on the NMMA Listed Component List
In order to meet the "Applicable ABYC Standards" criteria, the business entity must be a current ABYC member. Users of the service must acknowledge that self certification does not in and of itself guarantee compliance to ABYC standards or any of the criteria for appearing in the directory.
The ABYC Foundation does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of any statement by any self-certifying participant appearing in the directory.