Boating advocates in both the United States and Canada have reached agreement on standards and certifications that will help reduce duplication of work and reduce burdens on boat manufacturers.
Transport Canada, the national transportation agency, the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) have developed a Memoranda of Understanding to move into closer alignment by incorporating ABYC standards and NMMA certification for boat construction. Transport Canada and the U.S. Coast Guard are also drafting a Memorandum of Understanding covering enhanced collaboration for ongoing alignment, compliance monitoring and recalls.
According to a press release issued by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the plan sets the stage for fundamental changes in the way regulatory departments and agencies in both countries work together, making it easier for businesses to operate in both countries. The plan commits to deepening the level of regulatory cooperation between Canada and the U.S., a benefit to marine manufacturers on both sides of the border.
Further meetings are scheduled to complete alignment between Canada and the United States; the next will be held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8.