Staff and technical board members of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) have been appointed to leadership roles in the development of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) small craft standards, representing the United States.

“The payoff for US delegation engaging in ISO standards development is far greater than most realise,” says ABYC technical VP Craig Scholten. “We collaborate with the industry in efforts to harmonise requirements with ABYC standards and support boating safety internationally, allowing builders to standardise products and better succeed in export markets.”

Working groups of experts negotiate all aspects of the development of ISO standards, including scope, key definitions, content and alignment with the Recreational Craft Directive.

The working groups met in Berlin, Germany, last week and reviewed 20 different ISO standards. Plenary meetings of TC 188 and TC 188/SC2 were also held with new appointments of US delegates to leadership roles within the working groups and TC 188.

The list of US delegates and positions are below (new appointments indicated by an asterisk):

*Tom Marhevko, ABYC Technical Board Member, NMMA – Chairman of ISO TC 188, and convener of WG 6 Personal Watercraft

*Pete Chisholm, ABYC Technical Board Chairman, Mercury Marine – Chairman of ISO TC 188/SC2 Engines and propulsion systems

*Craig Scholten, ABYC Technical VP – Convener of ISO/TC 188 /SC2 WG 3 Steering and project leader of Waste Treatment Systems

*David Broadbent, ABYC Technical Standards Specialist – Convener of ISO/TC 188 WG 10 Electrical

David Marlow, ABYC Past Chairman, Brunswick Corporation – Convener of ISO/TC 188 WG 9 Main dimensions and documentations

Robert Newsome, NMMA – Project leader of ISO/TC 188/SC2 WG 2 Ventilation

The ABYC is a non-profit organisation that has been developing safety standards for boat design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance since 1954.