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ABYC standards accepted by Canadian government

The U.S. standards have been accepted as an alternative method for small-vessel compliance by Transport Canada.

Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security has accepted American Boat and Yacht Council standards as an approved alternative method for small-vessel compliance in Canada. The policy became effective Oct. 30, according to an ABYC statement.

“Having one set of standards throughout North America is a huge benefit for engineering,

manufacturing and trade for the marine industry,” Craig Scholten, ABYC technical

vice president, said in the statement. “Being able to design, certify and produce product to one standard will streamline and simplify everyone’s efforts.”

TCMSS will accept the equivalent standards published by ABYC, though there will be some Canadian modifications. Transport Canada recently published the details on its website.

Scholten said his association “remains very active in international compliance support 


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