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ICOMIA milestones

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ Superyacht Refit Group recently celebrated its anniversary in Barcelona, where it was formed in 2008. The group of 12 refit yards from Europe and the US was hosted by Barcelona-based MB92 for its anniversary celebration.

“Working together has helped improve the levels of professionalism and environmental standards within our industry,” said Pepe García-Aubert, president & CEO of MB92 Group in a statement. “It gives our clients a determining factor when deciding where to carry out refit projects. We at MB92 look forward to working alongside ICOMIA and their members to continue to drive the industry forward for the next 10 years and beyond.”

ICOMIA said that the Superyacht Refit Group “represents quality refit, repair and maintenance yards that aim to collectively improve quality within the group, follow professional working standards and meet specified environmental best practices.” The group has produced documents such as the Code of Practice and the ICOMIA Superyacht Refit Standard Framework Contract to improve certainty in refits.

“All members are subject to strict entry criteria, ensuring that only those with the highest professional standards can join,” said the statement. “The member yards must abide by the ICOMIA Superyacht Refit Group’s Code of Practice, which ensures that they continue to provide the best level of service. It includes mandatory requirements such as insurance, warranty, transparency, environmental practices, customer satisfaction and €10 million liability.”

ICOMIA also recently announced that the Israeli Marine Innovation Association has joined as a full member. That brings the number of ICOMIA marine industry association members up to 38.

ICOMIA said in a statement that the separate Israeli MIA brings together innovative companies, industry influencers, and municipal developers that are shaping the future of the Israeli and global Maritime industry.” The association was founded by Shabtai Levi and Idan Cohen.

Cohen said his group is “thrilled” with the ICOMIA membership and called it an “historic day” for the Israeli maritime industry. “Israel is a coastal country, and the sea is part of its history and its culture,” said Cohen in the statement. “Due to its size and location, it faces a lot of challenges and it has the innovation capability to develop groundbreaking solutions wherever they are needed. We are certain that the exchange of ideas and collaborations within the ICOMIA community will disrupt the industry and tackle the challenges it faces around the globe. We are look forward to sharing the Israeli insights for the industry.”

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