EDGEWATER, Md. – The American Boat & Yacht Council and the National Marine Electronics Association have agreed to mutually recognize each organization’s scope of responsibility for standards development, implementation and application within the marine industry, ABYC said in a press release yesterday.
Under the terms of the agreement:
“In short, ABYC is responsible for electrical system standards and NMEA is responsible for electronic component installation standards – equipment that interfaces with or is connected to the electrical system,” said Skip Burdon, ABYC president & CEO. “A synergistic relationship clearly exists between ABYC and NMEA, and working cooperatively together can only benefit both the industry and the boating public.”
Steve Spitzer, NMEA technical director said NMEA’s Installation Standard Guidelines are designed to complement the applicable ABYC standards, making knowledge and understanding of the ABYC Standards and Technical Information Reports – especially E-10 and E-11, a prerequisite.
“Ultimately, our goal is the same,” Spitzer said. “And that is to ensure that safer boats are produced and maintained, which will reduce the level of risk, increase the level of enjoyment for the boating public, and ultimately increase the long-term sustainability and financial health of our industry.”
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