ABYC and Transport Canada announce one set of marine safety standards throughout North America

Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) has published a policy on the acceptance of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards as an approved alternative method for small vessel compliance in Canada. The policy is effective as of October 30, 2019.

“Having one set of standards throughout North America is a huge benefit for engineering, manufacturing, and trade for the marine industry,” said Craig Scholten, ABYC Technical VP. “Being able to design, certify, and produce product to one standard will streamline and simplify everyone’s efforts.”

TCMSS will accept the equivalent standards published by ABYC with some Canadian modifications. The policy affects pleasure craft less than 24 meters and other craft of not more than 15 gross tonnage constructed, manufactured or rebuilt in, or imported into Canada.

The details of the acceptance policy are available on Transport Canada’s. Click to read them.

ABYC remains very active in international compliance support and continues to broaden the harmonizing of ABYC standards around the world.

You can contact Craig Scholten by email to learn about how ABYC can support your organization in the ever changing world of global product compliance.  And be sure to visit ABYC’s Technical Tool Box to find their compliance resources.

About ABYC
Since 1954, the nonprofit American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has developed safety standards for boat design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance. The essential global source of marine industry technical information, ABYC’s product safety standards, credentialing, education, training, and other tools help members make boating safer.

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