US boat sales reached a 13 year high in 2020 and are set to continue in 2021

With heightened interest in outdoor recreation activities and ways to social distance, consumer demand for new boats surged across the US in 2020. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), representing North American recreational boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturers, reports that retail unit sales of new powerboats in the US increased last year by an estimated 12 percent compared to 2019. More than 310,000 new powerboats were sold in 2020, levels the recreational boating industry has not seen since before the Great Recession in 2008.

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European Recreational Boating intensifies initiatives against ocean plastic pollution

European Boating Industry (EBI), the organisation that represents the recreational boating sector in Europe, announces its partnership with the NGO The SeaCleaners, created by the sailor and ecologist Yvan Bourgnon, with the aim of strengthening its actions to protect the marine environment and combat plastic pollution.

The recreational boating industry relies on the health of our seas. That is why EBI is strongly committed to reducing marine pollution and raising awareness among boaters and the general public. The SeaCleaners is a natural partner to EBI, given its commitments to awareness-raising, biodiversity protection, plastic waste collection and scientific Continue reading “European Recreational Boating intensifies initiatives against ocean plastic pollution”

Leading classification society DNV GL set for new name from 1 March

DNV GL, the assurance and risk management company, will change its name to DNV on 1 March 2021. The move comes after a comprehensive review of the company’s strategy as it positions itself for a world in which many of DNV’s markets are undergoing fundamental change.

The present name has been in place since the 2013 merger between DNV (Det Norske Veritas) and GL (Germanischer Lloyd). The name simplification is a natural consequence of a successfully completed merger and of having operated as a fully integrated company for several years now.

Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO, said, “We merged Continue reading “Leading classification society DNV GL set for new name from 1 March”

UK office established by IMCI to certify recreational boats to meet United Kingdom Conformity Assessment mark

United Kingdom Conformity Assessment mark is set to replace the European Union's CE certificates. from 2022
United Kingdom Conformity Assessment mark is set to replace the European Union’s CE certificates. from 2022

The United Kingdom Conformity Assessment mark will be required from 2022 when it replaces the European Union’s CE certificates. In readiness, Brussels based International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI) has founded IMCI (UK) and established offices in Liverpool to ensure that recreational boats placed on the British market meet the country’s post-Brexit technical, safety and environmental standards.

The European Union’s CE certificates remain valid in Britain until the end of 2021. But from 2022, CE-marked goods will be required to obtain a United Kingdom Conformity Assessment mark to enter the UK.

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