ICOMIA, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations, elected new committee members during its annual general meeting at the ICOMIA/IFBSO Congress in Berlin, Germany last week.Andrea Razeto from Italian marine industry association UCINA has replaced Jouko Huju as ICOMIA president, while Sara Anghel of the National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada (NMMA Canada) and YP Loke of the Singapore Boating Industry Association (SBIA) were elected as vice presidents.
The ICOMIA Marinas Group (IMG), Technical Committee and Environment Committee also appointed new chairs.
“It is a great honour for me to take on this role at this particular moment, with the growth of the marine leisure in an increasing number of markets,” said ICOMIA president Andrea Razeto. "I wish to thank Dr Jouko Huju for all his work for ICOMIA during his years of service.”
The Executive Committee also confirmed the Hong Kong Boating Industry Association as a new full ICOMIA member and the Croatian Marinas Association and Wrede Consulting as sustaining members.
The three-day Congress was hosted by ICOMIA member IMCI, the International Marine Certificate Institute. IMCI plays a valuable role in the boating industry, providing certifications for boats and components, marinas and companies and one of the leading Notified Bodies under the Recreational Craft Directive, as well as the ABYC Component Certification Program.
Jürgen Tracht, chair of IMCI, said: “IMCI is delighted to have hosted this year’s ICOMIA/IFSBO Congress in Berlin. We are deeply grateful that these two organisations accepted our offer and decided to select the capital of Germany as the meeting place for such an important event.”
The Congress programme comprised of meetings of the following ICOMIA Committees with key agenda items being discussed:
- Technical: technical harmonisation of boatbuilding and equipment requirements
- Superyacht Division: IMO and Flag requirements, Tier III emission limits
- Grow Boating: initiatives and member campaigns to stimulate uptake of boating and measure campaign success
- Environment: updates on ever-increasing regulations and industry response
- Marinas Group: international marine association developments and planning of the autumn World Marinas Conference
- Statistics Committee: provision of industry market intelligence
- Exporters: new markets and international shows of interest
ICOMIA also signed a deal at Congress with the co-owners of IBEX, the International BoatBuilders Exhibition and Conference, with the aim of bringing the rest of the world closer to the US boating industry.
Next year’s ICOMIA Congress will be held from June 5-7, 2019 in Croatia and will be hosted by the Croatian Boating Industry Association (CBIA).
Source: IBI News