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International Marine Electronics Alliance formed

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The International Marine Electronics Alliance has formed, with the goal to improve maritime safety and education. The group, a supporting organization of the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), said it is seeking board members, donor and partners.

“The IMEA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that will support NMEA,” Mark Reedenauer, president & executive director, told Trade Only Today. “We’re focused on advancing international maritime safety using marine electronics. Our end goal is to promote safety worldwide, whether it’s in the recreational or commercial sectors.”

The new alliance plans to collaborate with other nonprofit associations and government agencies worldwide to advance relevant education, scientific knowledge, and testing of marine electronics. Its current board of directors includes: Chairperson Johnny Lindstrom of Westport Yachts, Directors Brian Tetreault of the Army Corps of Engineers, Ben Ellison of Panbo, Phil Whitehurst of Actisense UK, Yung-Ho Yu of the Korean Marine Electronics Industry Promotion Association, and Sean Hatherley of Navico.

IMEA has established a "Safe" campaign, focusing on four areas:

  1. Safety through marine electronics by promoting standards that promote safe interoperation of marine electronics on all vessels from SOLAS, to commercial, to pleasure.
  2. Advocating for marine electronics worldwide by forming alliances with industry partners and associations. IMEA has the subject matter experts to address specific issues within the marine electronics industry.
  3. Funding initiatives through public and private grants and donations.
  4. Educating boating consumers and industry professionals through training, educational materials, and promoting the value of participating in standards meetings.

IMEA has been awarded Category A Liaison status with both International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

“These are the world's two leading standards bodies who focus on the commercial maritime sector,” said Reedenauer.

The IMEA plans to provide educational programs that will enable military service veterans to transition into the marine electronics workforce, says Reedenauer. “This could involve establishment of an apprenticeship program through collaboration with stakeholders in the industry as well as cooperation with vocational institutions and advanced training programs for current employees,” he said. 

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