ICOMIA releases revised global guidelines for construction standards

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The International Council of Marine Industry Associations has published new and amended Global Conformity Guidelines for construction standards for boatbuilders looking to export.

The purpose of the guidelines is to assist boatbuilders that comply with either American Boat and Yacht Council or international standards, but are looking to start exporting to countries that use the opposite system, according to ICOMIA.

ICOMIA now publishes nine universal guidelines.

ABYC and ISO standards’ systems have different requirements for the construction of boats and are based on separate calculations and criteria.

“Any boatbuilder interested in exporting overseas faced a severe challenge in trying to comply with both standards’ systems,” the association said in a statement. “It was with this in mind that ICOMIA decided to form a dedicated standards harmonization working group in 2007. The standards harmonization working group is made up of partners from the American Boat and Yacht Council, British Marine Federation, ICOMIA, International Marine Certification Institute, ISO and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.”

The Global Conformity Guidelines are aimed at boatbuilders that have experience with ABYC or ISO standards. They are not meant to replace or guarantee compliance with either standard system, but to act as a guide for the user.

Click here for the free guide.

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