The Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) and the Brazilian Boatbuilder's Association (ACOBAR) have developed updated technical standards for the Brazilian marine industry.

The board of ACOBAR met on Monday, April 16, during the 2018 Rio Boat Show to present to its boatbuilder members the rules of the updated ABNT certification, which was developed to ensure the quality and safety of recreational boats built from composite materials under 24m (79ft).

Since the launch of the first ABNT Technical Standard NBR 14574 in 2000, production requirements have become a constant subject in Brazilian boatbuilders’ work schedule. The standards were updated in 2005 and completely reviewed in 2012.

Brazilian boatbuilders will now be invited to have their vessels audited by inspectors at ABNT, who will independently assess all processes at the yard. This will include a checklist that must be adhered to and, if approved, the boats will receive a seal of certification.

The ABNT certification aims to improve and demonstrate construction criteria that increases the safety of recreational boats built from composite materials under 24m (79ft). The standards have been improved based on experience acquired during the process and follows international standards of construction and safety.