The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has announced the appointment of two new members of the ICOMIA Marine Engine Committee (IMEC).

IMEC representatives unanimously voted in Jeff Wasil as chair of the committee at last week’s annual general meeting in Ostend, Belgium. Wasil is currently responsible for marine outboard engine emissions testing and certification at BRP Evinrude.

Tom Tveitan, senior engineer at Volvo Penta, was voted in as vice chair.

“IMEC has the opportunity to work alongside global regulators to create meaningful marine engine regulations, which not only protect the environment but also ensure the recreational boating experience is preserved,” said Wasil. “I'm so excited to work alongside the many great leaders in our industry who serve on this international committee – and I'm honoured to be appointed as chair.”

Together with the committee’s observer, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in the US, and its Joint Diesel Task Force with EUROMOT, IMEC is able to collate the opinion of all engine manufacturers concerned by leisure marine emission rules.

“IMEC has been at the forefront of all recent legislative developments to regulate engine emissions by establishing trusted and constructive relationships with regulatory bodies,” says Udo Kleinitz, ICOMIA secretary general. “We have succeeded in applying virtually the same limits in the US and EU and in promoting them in other areas where they are being drafted.

“We are pleased about the appointment of Jeff and Tom as respective chair and vice chair of IMEC,” he adds. “Following our recent meeting, we agreed a tight working schedule in order to address a number of topics that will require the full attention of the marine engine manufacturing industry.”

Formed in 1972, IMEC represents 14 recreational marine engine and personal watercraft manufacturers worldwide.