ABYC reveals speakers for standards summit

EDGEWATER, Md. – Representatives from industry associations around the world and U.S. Government officials will be featured speakers at the International Marine Standards Summit to be held in Annapolis, Md., May 9, the American Boat & Yacht Council said in a release yesterday.

ABYC will be the host organization for the standards summit and also for the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 188 Plenary Session, which will be held in conjunction with the summit. Both events will take place at the Loews Annapolis Hotel.

John Adey, ABYC technical director will serve as moderator for the one-day event designed to bring together representatives from the global boating standards organizations.

ABYC said the lineup of speakers would explore topics to help attendees discuss and address mutual issues surrounding boating safety and the import/export of marine products. The speakers include:

  • Phil Cappel, United States Coast Guard. Topic: Regulations in concert with voluntary standards.
  • Sandy Currie, Canadian Marine Manufacturers Association. Topic: Standards in Canada – now and in the future.
  • Maurene Horder, National Marine Safety Committee, Australia. Topic: Standards in Australia – now and in the future.
  • Tom Marhevko, National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Topic: Certification, standards and relations with other countries.
  • Tony Rice, International Council of Marine Industry Associations. Topic: Standards in the European Union – now and in the future.

  • Mike Samulski, Environmental Protection Agency. Topic: Upcoming EPA regulations.
  • Jennifer Stradtman, U.S. Department of Commerce. Topic: Blueprints for other industries.
  • ABYC said individuals applying standards to design or product evaluation as part of their jobs, and those interested in learning more about the global marine standards market should attend.

    “Bringing industry together to effect positive change in boating safety is an inherent part of ABYC’s mission,” Adey said. “We believe attendees will come away from this summit with an understanding of the global state of marine standards, current and future projects being undertaken by other nations, as well as contact information for key players.”

    Plenary session
    ABYC represents the United States in TC188, which is the ISO technical committee that updates and maintains small craft standards. Each year the ISO TC188 participants gather in a different location to review the past year’s business and begin plans for the next year.

    Those interested in registering for, or speaking at these events should contact Cindy Love, ABYC Technical Department coordinator at (410) 956-1050, ext. 28 or clove@abycinc.org.

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