The 2016 IFBSO/ICOMIA Congress was held in Trieste, Italy, from Tuesday through Friday last week and was hosted and organized by ICOMIA member UCINA Confindustria Nautica, the Italian Marine Industry Association.
ICOMIA environment consultant Albert Willemsen spoke to the environment committee about chemical substances used in boatbuilding and throughout all levels of the supply chain that can be categorized as hazardous and become altered or phased out of production.
ICOMIA will issue a bulletin to members and industry explaining the issues about consistent and sufficient transparency relating to substance identity and potential changes in substance compliance and availability.
On Thursday, delegates toured two local boatyards: Alto Adriatico Custom and Italia Yachts.
The IFBSO/ICOMIA Joint Session featured London-based European Travel Ventures, founders of The Yacht Week, an initiative focused on shared sailing experiences for millennials. The ICOMIA Working Session followed on Friday afternoon and featured industry updates from ICOMIA members.
The final meeting of Congress was the 50th ICOMIA annual general meeting, where Jouko Huju, of Finnboat, was appointed the new president of ICOMIA. He succeeds National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich.
Andrea Razeto, of UCINA, and Simon Cook, of BIA Australia, were appointed vice presidents.
The AGM also played host to the final farewell of ICOMIA’s longest-serving representative, Paul Boomsma, who retired as honorary treasurer; he is succeeded by Peter Methven.
Congress concluded with the annual gala dinner, which was held at Duino Castle, a 14th-century fortification overlooking the Gulf of Trieste. A fireworks display commemorated ICOMIA’s 50th anniversary.
“This year’s Congress was especially memorable due to the anniversary celebrations, but also because of the innovative work achieved at our meetings — demonstrating that even after a quarter of a century ICOMIA is still leading the recreational marine industry," Huju said in a statement.
“We will continue to focus on eliminating restrictions on trade, to keep conditions in established markets as industry-friendly as possible [and] to provide information on emerging markets for our members wishing to advance globally,” ICOMIA general secretary Udo Kleinitz said. “The development of infrastructure, creation of technical guidance and promotion of boating is still very much on our agenda, as it was 50 years ago.”
Next year’s ICOMIA Congress will be held May 24-27 at the Gold Coast, Australia, and will be hosted by ICOMIA’s Australian member, Boating Industry Association.