RCD post Brexit


There had been considerable confusion, conjecture and some concern in the run up to Brexit and the implications for the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) and CE marking following the UK’s formal departure from the European Union at midnight on 31st December 2020.

Just a couple of weeks after Brexit, IIMS presented ‘Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) and CE marking – what we know post Brexit so far – essential advice for surveyors’, which was delivered by Ross Wombwell, Head of Technical Services at British Marine.

Ross is perfectly placed to give an opinion and an update as he has had his head around this issue and its implications for many months.

Ross joined British Marine as a Technical Executive in 2014, moving into the Technical Manager role in 2015 before being promoted to Head of Technical Services in 2018. He has worked in the marine industry since the age of 18 in various roles ranging from a Dive Vessel Coxswain in South Devon and crewing onboard tall ships including Kaskelot, Earl of Pembroke and Phoenix to an independent surveyor in the Balearics, Spain.

Ross’s role at British Marine is to represent the UK marine industry in discussions with national and international standards bodies and regulators and to provide members with comprehensive technical advice and guidance. This role includes chairing the British Standards Small Craft Committee and representing UK interests in the ISO standards development of both small craft and large yacht standards.

In this presentation Ross gave a comprehensive overview of the changes, their implications and what we know so far. In addition, he took and answered some questions from the online audience.

Run time: 1 hour 16 mins approx.

‘Excellent presentation and completely relevant to today’s situation. And great to listen to a chap so on top of his subject!’ – Geoff B

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