Canada may adopt more ABYC standards:
renewal between the American Boat & Yacht Council and Transport Canada
will give Canada’s transportation department broader access to ABYC standards as a reference tool.
and standards in place to govern marine safety
in Canada. Although these regulations
and standards are developed by the department, they sometimes incorporate standards developed by other organizations in Canada, the United States and internationally, such as the ABYC standards for the design, construction, maintenance
and repair of small vessels.
expands existing electronic access to seven ABYC standards to cover all ABYC standards. In addition, Transport Canada will examine the ABYC standards to determine if more of them can be incorporated into Canadian regulations.
“We are thrilled that Transport Canada has broadened its access and potential use of ABYC standards,” said ABYC president Skip Burdon, in a statement. “My hope is that this will encourage other Canadian marine
industry organizations to work with ABYC.”
ABYC, NMEA agree on standards roles
The American Boat & Yacht Council and the National Marine Electronics
Association have reached agreement on each organization’s role in setting industry standards.
“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 ABYC president and CEO, Skip Burdon.
“Ultimately, our goal is the same — and that is to ensure that safe boats are produced and maintained,” said NMEA technical director Steve Spitzer.