Staff and technical board members of the American Boat and Yacht Council were appointed to leadership roles in the development of the International Standards Organization for small-craft standards, representing the United States.
The working groups met in Berlin, Germany, the week of June 19 and reviewed 20 different ISO standards.
“The payoff for the U.S. delegation engaging in ISO standards development is far greater than most realize,” ABYC technical vice president Craig Scholten said in a statement. “We collaborate with the industry in efforts to harmonize requirements with ABYC standards and support boating safety internationally, allowing builders to standardize products and better succeed in export markets.”
Working groups of experts negotiated all aspects of the development of ISO standards, including scope, key definitions, content and alignment with the Recreational Craft Directive.
Plenary meetings of TC 188 and TC 188/SC2 were also held with new appointments of U.S. delegates to leadership roles within the working groups and TC 188.
The list of U.S. delegates and positions are below (new appointments indicated by an asterisk):
* Tom Marhevko, ABYC technical board member, NMMA – chairman of ISO TC 188, and convener of WG 6 personal watercraft
* Pete Chisholm, ABYC technical board chairman, Mercury Marine – chairman of ISO TC 188/SC2 engines and propulsion systems
* Craig Scholten, ABYC technical vice president – convener of ISO/TC 188 /SC2 WG 3 steering and project leader of waste treatment systems
* David Broadbent, ABYC technical standards specialist – convener of ISO/TC 188 WG 10 electrical
* David Marlow, ABYC past chairman, Brunswick Corp. — convener of ISO/TC 188 WG 9 main dimensions and documentations
* Robert Newsome, NMMA – project leader of ISO/TC 188/SC2 WG 2 ventilation