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ICOMIA publishes updated Global Environmental Legislation Guide

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) published in June its new and improved Global Environmental Legislation Guide. 
Prepared by ICOMIA environment consultant, Albert Willemsen, the guide features clear and concise outlines of the latest environmental legislation affecting the European Union, United States, Asia and Australia, plus international organisations such as the International Maritime Organization as well as the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and international approaches related to styrene. The guide explains what the legislation is, why it has been imposed, when it will take effect, who it may affect and how it may affect them – making it an invaluable tool for businesses, associations and organisations operating in the global recreational marine industry. 
The guide is suitable for non-technical readers and aims to provide user-friendly and dynamic guidance. It is updated biannually to provide readers with the very latest environmental information from the recreational marine industry and is available in the ICOMIA online library. ICOMIA members are granted free access and the guide is available to non-members at a 12-month subscription for €300.
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New US Act encourages dredging measures

Acknowledging that recreational boating is a significant contributor to the US economy as well as a growth engine for local communities, US President Barack Obama signed bipartisan legislation in June that recognises that the Federal government needs to do more to help small harbours, address longstanding dredging issues and improve boating and navigation infrastructure. The Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS) – an active advocate for the new measures – has applauded the passing of the 2013 Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) and will work towards its implementation.
“Maintenance dredging for small harbours and shallow-draft channels has been chronically underfunded,” said BoatUS government affairs senior programme coordinator David Kennedy. “In addition, funding for infrastructure such as jetties and some inland navigation locks has been significantly curtailed. The 2013 WRRDA Act directs the US Army Corps of Engineers to consider factors beyond total tonnage shipped in making dredging funding decisions, requires that not less than 10% of the value of operation and maintenance funds be directed to ‘emerging harbours’ or those that have less than one million tonnes of cargo shipped annually, and directs the Army Corps to report to Congress on the maintenance needs of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.”
For the first time, the WRRDA treats the Great Lakes as one single comprehensive navigation system, potentially allowing funding for dredging of smaller harbours. In addition, the US Army Corps has been directed to study potential new revenue sources for the Inland Waterways Trust Fund – and is required to consult recreational users, among other stakeholders.
Kennedy added: “From small West Coast ports to Great Lakes harbours of refuge, inland locks and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, boat owners depend on federal waterway infrastructure projects to keep them safe and provide authorised waterways deep enough for us to navigate. With 12 million registered boats in the USA and over 80 million persons participating in boating, we also need to remember that boating generates US$121 billion in US economic activity and over 950,000 jobs.

UK marine industry sees uplift, says BMF

The British Marine Federation (BMF) has announced in a new report that the full economic impact of the UK marine industry and spend associated with boating participation was estimated to total £6.2 billion in 2012/13. Latest industry trends results also announced by the BMF show encouraging signs of an upward trend.

The BMF’s Economic Benefits of the UK Boating Industry report also revealed that expenditures were estimated to support approximately 141,000 full-time jobs and more than £5.3 billion of Gross Value Added (GVA) in the UK economy, taking into account all direct and indirect effects. The estimates in the report included associated manufacturing, repair, servicing, distribution, retail, finance activities and other consumer and business activities as well as wider tourism activities and spend.

According to the BMF’s Industry Trends Report (November 2013 – May 2014) the sector is healthier than a year ago and future expectations for the marine industry are also more promising. Almost half of the respondents have experienced an increase in overall marine business activity over the last six months and profit levels are now reporting the most positive trend since the pre-recession period.

Hit hard by the downturn, the leisure market is now improving steadily and new build activity is seeing uplift over the last six months compared to last year. In the superyacht and small commercial sectors, both of which are still performing ahead of the leisure sector overall, the most significant improvement is being seen in the aftermarket/ refit markets.

Howard Pridding, chief executive of the BMF, said: “This economic benefits report now completes the picture and we can appreciate the full economic impact of the marine industry; £6.2 billion is a significant total. It’s also great news that latest indicators from our members really do show that the industry is moving forward.”


IMM course registration now open

IMI’s most widely available and popular programme, the IMM course, is being held 9-13 November 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Focusing on marina operations, policies and procedures, the Intermediate Marina Manager (IMM) programme is the first step towards becoming a Certified Marina Manager (CMM) and the second step to becoming a Certified Marina Operator (CMO).
Topics will include: marine law contracts, risks and liabilities; fire and emergency response planning; environmental management; health and safety compliance; human resource management; customer service and marketing; and personal self-improvement skills.
Registration for the course is now open and more information can be found at

IMI boatyard tour heads to Florida

The International Marina Institute’s 8th annual Southeast Florida Marina and Boatyard Study Tour will take place 28-29 October at Lago Mar Resort & Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. 
The study tour is a two-day mobile training course that provides participants with an in-depth look at the operations of different types of marinas and boatyards in South Florida. Attendees will participate in a facilitated roundtable discussion and SWOT analysis of each marina before a networking dinner. 
Following the study tour is the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show based 1.5 miles away at Bahia Mar, enabling visitors to attend both events.
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ICOMIA publishes 2013 boating industry statistics

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has published its new Recreational Boating Industry Statistics for the year 2013. Serving as the focal point for the global industry since 1966, ICOMIA’s membership is estimated to represent more than 90% of the world’s leisure boating business, making it well positioned to provide an international compilation of data. In addition to statistics collated from member Marine Industry Association in a standard format, ICOMIA’s Statistics Book features:
  • 2013-14 market analysis (courtesy of IBI Consulting) 
  • Global summaries of key product segments from 24 countries
  • Export/import data for international trade in boats from 40 countries
  • Marine engine statistics from ICOMIA’s Marine Engine Committee (IMEC)
  • International Boat Show statistics (courtesy of the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers)
  • Statistics on the Global Superyacht Order Book (courtesy of The Superyacht Group)
  • Detailed national reports on the industry’s largest market countries
In addition to the book itself, ICOMIA is offering subscribers the raw-data Excel spreadsheets, to assist those carrying out more detailed research. 
“I am extremely proud of our Recreational Boating Industry Statistics,” said Tony Rice, ICOMIA secretary general, “And I would like to give special thanks to its contributors including IBI Consulting; our New Zealand-based design agency Liquid Scope Limited; our MIA members; The Superyacht Group; the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers and the ICOMIA Statistics Committee”. 
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New-look show boosts Genoa profile

The 54th Genoa International Boat Show (1st to 6th October 2014, Genoa, Italy) is to test a new three-pronged formula as part of a three-year project to boost its profile. As organisers have reported a sharp increase in the sale of stand space when compared to 2013, early signs indicate that the plan is on the right track.
The show was already sold out in many areas in July and Massimo Perotti, president of the show organising association UCINA, is optimistic. “We are proud of the results we have achieved in terms of participants, which have increased by 20% compared to last year, and of the perception of the new format,” he said.
A newly formed company, Saloni Nautici, is putting the plan into action by focusing on (1) the international market, (2) a new exhibition layout and (3) ‘Made in Italy’ products. 
“The response of the professionals is the sign that we are moving in the right direction,” Perotti continued. “The Genoa Boat Show is the showroom of the most important boat industries around the world and aims at re-establishing its primary role as the most important and significant European nautical event in the central Mediterranean.”

Marine15 launches MarineX@Marine15

The organising committee of the Australia-based Marine15 conference (3rd-5th May 2015) has announced the launch of an associated business-to-business trade show.
To be known as MarineX@Marine15, the show builds on the success of the trade exhibition at Marine13 in 2013 that attracted 43 business exhibitors who networked with over 450 conference delegates. The committee is expecting at least 65 businesses to exhibit in 2015.
Darren Vaux, organising committee member and chairman of the Boating Industries Alliance Australia, said the entire event is expected to attract over 550 attendees from across Australia, New Zealand and the wider region.
“The delegate profile is owners, senior managers and staff of businesses across the spectrum of boating businesses including retailers, manufacturers and associated goods and service providers,” he said. “The marina stream attracts all the key decision makers and the conference safety stream attracts the senior government agency and corporation officials involved with boating safety and marina operations. With the increased focus on industry B-to-B opportunities as highlighted by the launch of MarineX@Marine15 we expect the event to be a sell-out.”
Marine15 will be held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. The prospectus for exhibitors and sponsors is now available on and exhibition rates have been held at 2013 prices with additional benefits.

Hunter to give keynote at IMBC

Professional speaker and author Jim Hunter will present the keynote address, ‘The Power of Servant Leadership’, at the International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) 28th-30th January 2015.
During his presentation, Hunter will discuss the rapidly emerging phenomenon known as Servant Leadership, a values and relational-based approach to leadership that seeks to create a high-trust culture by turning ‘bosses’ into ‘coaches’ and ‘head-honchos’ into ‘mentors’.
IMBC will be held at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, USA and is organised by the Association of Marina Industries.
As of 31st August, over 50% of the exhibit space at IMBC was sold with over 60 industry suppliers signed up as exhibitors.
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