Eduardo Colunna, president of Brazilian boatbuilders’ association ACOBAR, was re-elected for another two-year term at the group’s general meeting this week. It is the fifth time that Colunna has been chosen for the role.

“We are moving forward, but it is becoming increasingly necessary to be attentive,” Colunna said in his speech. “We're going through difficult times, but we will certainly win and for that we need a lot of work and also plans to build up strong relationships among members and partners.”

Regarding his goals for the next two years, Colunna said: “We will implement the ABNT standard certification, continue with the ACOBAR broker campaign, still work to reduce tax issues, update the 2012 marine research and expand the Venha Navegar campaign. On top of that, we will continue to demonstrate the importance of the recreational marine sector in the spheres of government."

Earlier this week, ACOBAR and the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) introduced updated technical standards for Brazilian boatbuilders to ensure the quality and safety of recreational boats built from composite materials under 24m (79ft).