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EBI SDGsEBI partnered with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, thus strengthening its action for environmental and economic sustainability and its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As a partner to the high-level initiative, EBI leads the environmental engagement of the European recreational boating industry.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2021-2030 as the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to draw attention to the role of ocean health and bring together stakeholders for sustainable development. “EBI is a strong supporter of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we are delighted to now be a partner of the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Engagement with the various branches of ocean science is key to develop policy at European level that is geared towards sustainability”, EBI President Jean-Pierre Goudant declared.

The EBI Council committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), among which “Decent Work and Economic Growth”, “Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure” and “Life Below Water” are key areas for the recreational boating industry. “Our industry promotes clean and healthy oceans and we are engaged to achieve economic and environmental sustainability. It is a transition that requires strong support by policy-makers at European, regional and national level. We look forward to working together for these goals within the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development”, commented Philip Easthill, Secretary General of EBI.

More about the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development can be found here.

Navigating a Changing Climate PartnershipPIANC Navigating a Changing Climate

EBI also became an official supporter of PIANC’s Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership. Participants have committed to work together to support the inland and maritime navigation infrastructure sector in their response to climate change. Activities aim at furthering understanding, providing technical support, and capacity building to 1) Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and shift to low carbon maritime and inland navigation infrastructure and 2) strengthen resilience and improve preparedness to adapt to the changing climate.

EBI will be participating to support the further development of environmental sustainability and climate change adaptation policy in the European recreational boating sector.

PIANC is the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure. PIANC members include Governments, corporate members, public and private sector organisations and, individuals from 65 countries around the world.

More about the partnership can be found here.

EMSA EBI meetingEBI met with Maja Markovčić Kostelac, Executive Director of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and key leadership staff to discuss the agency’s new strategy, its new work on recreational boating and common priorities around environmental sustainability and maritime safety.

The discussions centred on the new strategy of the agency covering the period 2020-2024 that will focus on recreational boating for the first time. EBI and EMSA will be working together on topics related to maritime safety and environmental sustainability to develop concrete outcomes.

Both organisations share an understanding of the importance of maritime safety and environmental sustainability. EBI will be engaging with EMSA to develop a positive approach to the issues and represent the European recreational boating industry. The meeting took place at the Lisbon headquarters of EMSA with the EBI delegation consisting of Philip Easthill, Secretary-General of EBI and Stefano Pagani Isnardi, Research Department Manager, Confindustria Nautica.

EMSA provides technical expertise and operational assistance to improve maritime safety, pollution preparedness and response and maritime security. It is an official EU agency and its mission is to serve EU’s maritime interests for a safe, secure, green and competitive maritime sector. EMSA works on maritime safety, security, climate, environment and single market issues.

EBI SDGsEuropean Boating Industry (EBI) partners with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, thus strengthening its action for environmental and economic sustainability and its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As a partner to the high-level initiative the EBI leads the environmental engagement of the European recreational boating industry.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2021-2030 as the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to draw attention to the role of ocean health and bring together stakeholders for sustainable development.

EBI is a strong supporter of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we are delighted to now be a partner of the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Engagement with the various branches of ocean science is key to develop policy at European level that is geared towards sustainability”, EBI President Jean-Pierre Goudant declared.

The EBI Council committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), among which “Decent Work and Economic Growth”, “Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure” and “Life Below Water” are key areas for the recreational boating industry. “Our industry promotes clean and healthy oceans and we are engaged to achieve economic and environmental sustainability. It is a transition that requires strong support by policy-makers at European, regional and national level. We look forward to working together for these goals within the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development”, commented Philip Easthill, Secretary General of EBI.

The upcoming EBI International Breakfast Meeting organised at the boot Düsseldorf boat show on 21 January 2020 will bring together the European Commission and the most important industry actors to discuss sustainable boating and decarbonisation. EBI was also involved in the recently-completed Pharos4MPAs project together with NGOs such as the World Wildlife Fund, and research institutes to develop recommendations for marine conservation in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

More about the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development here and the International Breakfast Meeting here.

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In order to promote the positive economic impact and opportunities that the recreational boating industry offers for Europe, EBI commissioned a new graphic for publication on its channels. It shows the key figures per EBI member country, as well as key overall figures. This was also published on the EBI website, social media channels and is available for download here.

012Philip Easthill43371Philip Easthill started as Secretary-General of EBI in September. He takes up his position from September and follows in the footsteps of Sandrine Devos. He joins EBI after working in Public Affairs and Association Management. He also has a strong personal connection to the recreational boating industry, having grown up as an avid sailor and worked as a commercial skipper. Together with the Council and its new President Jean-Pierre Goudant, he will be lead the association on the key topics for the industry from skills to environmental policy, tourism and international trade relations.

SLAAt Cannes Yachting Festival, the collaboration agreement between the European Boating Industry (EBI) and ICOMIA was renewed. The partnership aims to bring the interests of the leisure marine industry to the attention of the EU institutions and stakeholders with the aim to advocate for the common interests of the leisure marine industry. The agreement was signed by Andrea Razeto (President, ICOMIA), Udo Kleinitz (Secretary-General, ICOMIA), Jean-Pierre Goudant (President, EBI) and Philip Easthill (Secretary-General, EBI).

EU-U.S.: Call for proposals for regulatory cooperation activities
April 29, 2019

 

European Boating Industry is grateful for the opportunity to comment on the regulatory cooperation activities between the EU and the USA, and warmly welcome the initiative.
We are cooperating closely with NMMA (USA Association of the nautical industries) and ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) as we are convinced that the European boating industry needs a transatlantic approach. Our view is that mutually beneficial economic growth is achievable through tariff elimination, simplified certification procedures and internationally harmonized standards.
As Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström said: trade means jobs. In our case, trade is vital as we are an export-oriented industry.

 
The boating industry in the EU and in the USA
Recreational boating is a significant contributor to the US and European economy, contributing $41 billion in annual US sales through 691,000 jobs and 35,000 businesses. For the European Union, the boating industry is a significant contributor to the economy, accounting for over 32,000 businesses directly employing more than 280,000 people and generating an annual turnover of nearly 20 billion euros. Our industry was vocal during the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) discussion and we would like to reiterate our support of reducing technical barriers to trade that address standards harmonization, regulatory convergence and conformity assessment procedures.


The US and EU are natural trade partners and have a long tradition of exchanges in the boat industry. The US and the EU remain the two largest boating markets in the world and represent about 80% of the world’s production (boats, engines, equipment, components, accessories) and also 80% of the world’s boating market. The US and the EU share similar boating cultures in the way boats are used and recreational watersport activities are practiced. This is further reflected by the fact that the safety and environmental rules are similar in both regions. For instance, the EU revised its Directive on Recreational Craft to align the new limits for engine exhaust emissions with the US EPA Rules.

 
Regulatory convergence and coherence
Fragmented rules place significant burdens on product design and regulatory coherence will improve the business climate in all markets.
Manufacturer costs are reduced when there is a single global standard that would ensure that U.S. and EU boat building standards and certifications are compatible.

We advise you to focus on addressing the following:
1. Certification
   a. Simpler ISO standards
The breadth and complication of ISO standards make it difficult for many manufacturers to interpret and comply. Manufacturers without the ability to dedicate an entire engineering team to ISO standards, will be prevented from understanding complicated ISO requirements like stability, scantlings, windows, hatches and port lights, and drainage. Simple, easy to use, and effective standards models like those employed by ABYC make it easier for manufacturers and engineering teams to comply and therefore produce vessels for international markets. No discernable safety issues can be attributed to the different standards, just complications requiring a high level of expertise.

   b. Better acceptance of ISO standards
The EU Recreational Craft Directive (2013/53/EU), the US Code of Federal Regulations and the US agencies address the legal and mandatory requirements for the boating industry. In Europe, the Recreational Craft Directive is supported by over 60 standards, most of which are harmonized EN ISO standards covering the essential safety and environmental requirements of the Directive. In the US, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) develops and maintains voluntary safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance of boats. ABYC develops standards, through ANSI processes, based on extensive consultation with standards project technical committees, a development technical board, comprised of USCG, industry stakeholders and technical experts.
Although the use of standards is voluntary, increased efforts by the industry have been made in the recent years in order to bring more convergence between the US standards and the EN ISO standards used in Europe. Where technical standards are not harmonised between the EU and the USA, parties should agree to the principle of mutual recognition.
However, there is a lack of Reciprocity of ISO to ABYC or other national standards. Manufacturers who use a harmonised ISO standard are presumed to be in conformity with the RCD. The RCD allows for other standards to be used, but the onus is on the boat builder to show conformity with the RCD essential requirements. Notified Bodies are typically unwilling to accept non-ISO standards as conforming to the essential safety requirements. This creates a monopoly for ISO standards in European markets. We ask negotiators to consider the principle of mutual recognition between ABYC and ISO standards.


   c. Recognition of standards
When the requirements are different but compatible, in the sense that a requirement from one side of the Atlantic is stricter than on the other side, the product which comply with the strictest requirement will comply with the other.
In order to simplify trade between Europe and the US, European Boating Industry propose that the USA and the EU agree on which US and EU standards can be recognised as “substantially” equivalent. In this area, US or EU standards could be used alternatively in the future. Double certification and thus double costs in this area could be avoided.


2. Conformity Assessment: One-stop shop
In order to limit the double cost of conformity assessment for products that are almost identical for both markets in terms of safety and environmental requirements, we propose to allow notified bodies in Europe and their US equivalent bodies to become a "one-stop-shop" being able to offer conformity assessment procedures according to both the EU recreational craft directive and the US regulations, depending on the market destination of the product.
In any case, recreational craft sold on the EU market would have to undergo the assessment foreseen in the EU recreational craft directive, and reciprocally for the US market. The boating industry which is mainly composed of small and medium sized enterprises sees a significant gain at this simplification, which will reduce the costs of trade between Europe and the US without jeopardizing existing regulations in place in both markets.


3. Regulatory dialogue between the EU and US agencies
European Boating Industry also call for a formal mechanism to be implemented that will guarantee a regulatory dialogue between the European Commission and the relevant US agencies (US Coast Guard and Environment Protection Agency) in the field of maritime industries, with a particular attention to avoid additional technical requirements for RCD certified craft.
The calendar could also be aligned: in the USA, the new standards apply once a year, in July. In the EU, this takes place twice a year, with transition periods. This creates perturbations in the application of the new standards.

 
Tariffs
We support the matching and/or the elimination of tariff schedules for recreational craft, their components and other accessories.
The steel and aluminium dispute has dramatic consequences for our industry, as expressed in several letters which we sent to the European Commission. For instance, in Germany, as a result of the higher US tariffs on imports and in response the EU imposition of punitive tariffs, the US shipyards did not offer discounts to their dealers in order to cushion the rise in cost, and US boats were 25% more expensive for EU countries. We encourage negotiators to come to a resolution on steel and aluminium tariffs while ongoing cooperation is being discussed between the EU and the USA.

 
European Boating Industry remains at the disposal of the European Commission for any clarification and additional information on the submitted comments.


The European Boating Industry represents the interests of the European leisure marine industry and its members. Our work facilitates our members’ access to the EU Single Market (for boating industry – a harmonised market) of all Member States and over 500 million people.
The boating industry is a significant contributor to the European economy, accounting for over 32,000 businesses directly employing more than 280,000 people and generating an annual turnover of nearly 20 billion euros.


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Monday, 11 February 2019 10:19

EBI Manifesto: Boating matters!

PRESS RELEASE – 11 February 2019

 

European Boating Industry is proud to announce the publication of its Manifesto

The boating industry is a key player for Europe’s industrial future and for its citizens. It provides highly specialized jobs, growth, trade, regional development, it fosters the contact with nature and the oceans, promotes active lifestyle and encourages the social development of the communities invested in it. As we navigate through a period of uncertainty on the global stage, it is vital to focus on our strengths and maximise the opportunities we encounter. The European Union is the primary source of legislation and regulation for the industry, therefore accurately developing a European strategy and monitoring the development in the EU institutions is paramount to the success of the sector. To represent the interests of the industry and to help develop tools to surpass these challenges, European Boating Industry supports the fostering of European know-how, innovation, standardization and sustainability in order to keep the European market an attractive sector for both new and regular users and to be the voice of these excellencies.

 

For more information, please contact:

European Boating Industry
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PRESS RELEASE – 30 January 2019
The fourth edition of the International Breakfast Meeting focused on the Charter boats business and its challenges

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On January 22nd, the 50th edition of boot Düsseldorf international boat show saw the industry gather at the annual International Breakfast Meeting, jointly organised by European Boating Industry (EBI) and boot Düsseldorf.


The fourth edition drew record numbers of participants, reaching 150 attendees from all over the world. Petros Michelidakis, director of boot Düsseldorf, Robert Marx, president of boot Düsseldorf and Piero Formenti, president of EBI, together welcomed the participants and highlighted the achievements, the challenges and the opportunities for the sector.


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Secretary-General of EBI Sandrine Devos introduced the speakers and moderated the event. The keynote speech was given by Felix Leinemann, Head of Unit at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE). In his intervention, he addressed several issues and topics, ranging from the growing size of the “Blue Economy” to the shifting user behaviour from full ownership to rental or fractional ownership, the end-of-life policies in member states and at the EU level, the lack of cross-border recognition of professional qualifications and, of course, of the growing impact of the Charter business.


After the keynote speech Josie Tucci, sales and marketing Vice-President at The Moorings and Sunsail, took the floor and gave an inspiring presentation, focusing on the history of the charter business as well as a current overview of this sector. In particular, she highlighted the ever-closer cooperation between the charter business and boatbuilders, the innovations driven by chartering such as space and home comfort, navigation equipment, water management and much more. She then continued by analysing the growth of the multi-hulls market as well as the importance of the user experience on board and on the lesson to be learned from the automotive sector.


The next speaker was Fabian Escudé, sales manager at Hermanos Guasch. In his presentation he highlighted the specific needs of the chartering business and how they are addressed in the industry. These needs include the evolving experience the users seek while chartering, such as celebrations and corporate events, tours and fishing experiences, all year navigation and so on. He continued by giving an overview of the charter market in Spain, the negative and positive trends in the sector and a few forecasts for the future.


David Irvine, co-founder and CTO of Enaviga, closed the session with a thought-provoking presentation on the business model of chartering and its future evolutions. In particular he addressed the issue of the gap in the supply chain between users and manufacturers, the lack of focus on the user experience and on innovation, particularly when it comes to automation, sustainable manufacturing and usage models.


A Q&A session followed, where the participants had the opportunity to engage in discussions and network with the speakers and with the rest of the audience.

 

For more information, please contact:
Sandrine Devos – European Boating Industry
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Lara Hannappel – boot Düsseldorf
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4th INTERNATIONAL BREAKFAST MEETING

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Congress Centre Düsseldorf

CCD EAST, room M

From 9:00 to 10:30

boot Düsseldorf & European Boating Industry are pleased to invite you to their flag event IBM, under the theme:
Charter boats – a booming business and its challenges

 

   8:45-9:00 Registration and breakfast

   9:00-9:15 Welcome address

  • Petros Michelidakis, Director of boot Düsseldorf
  • Robert Marx, President of boot Düsseldorf
  • Piero Formenti, President of European Boating Industry

   9:15-9:30 Keynote address

  • Felix Leinemann, Head of Unit, DG MARE, European Commission

   9:30-10:15 How is the chartering business impacting boatbuilders?

  • Josie Tucci, Vice President Sales and Marketing, The Moorings and Sunsail
  • Fabián Escudé, Sales Manager, Hermanos Guasch and Be Charter Boats
  • David Irvine, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Enaviga

Boatbuilders need to address and fit the specific needs of the chartering business in terms of equipment and demands of their customers. What are the specificities of charter boats and how can boatbuilders adapt accordingly? What will be the future trends?

   10:15-10:25 Q&A from the audience

   10:25 Conclusions & End of the event

  • Sandrine Devos, Secretary General, European Boating Industry

 

The International Breakfast Meeting is held in English.

Participation is free of charge but prior registration is required, thank you!



Felix Leinemann

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Felix Leinemann is Head of Unit for Blue Economy Sectors, Aquaculture and Maritime Spatial Planning in the European Commission's Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. He and his team promote sustainable blue growth for the benefit of mankind and the oceans.

Mr Leinemann has worked for the European Commission since 2003 in various fields including fisheries and maritime policy, shipping, aviation and urban transport, as well as the EU's global navigation satellite system Galileo. Between 2012 and 2014 he worked as Transport Counselor in the EU Delegation in Washington, DC. Before that, he was a member of the private office of European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, after having been Assistant to the Director General for Mobility and Transport since 2010. Mr Leinemann holds a PhD from the University of Freiburg, Germany, following law studies in Germany and Italy.

Josie Tucci

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Born in the UK, Josie started her yachting career on the West Coast of France, where she developed an affinity for seafood and sailing, working for MACIF Centre de Voile and then boat builder Dufour Yachts, where she supported the charter company accounts. In 2001 Josie moved to the USA to run marketing for The Moorings, the world’s premier yachting vacations company, now part of Travelopia Group. There she launched the Leopard Catamarans brand as well as Moorings Power. Josie now manages charter sales and marketing as Vice President of Sunsail and The Moorings and has been fortunate to enjoy sailing in their pristine cruising grounds, including her favorite destinations: the British Virgin Islands, Croatia and Thailand.

Fabián Escudé

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Fabián Escudé holds a Degree in Business Administration. He started his professional career in investment banking but came back rapidly to his passion, which is sailing and the yachting industry in general. After 10 years managing a marina in the region of Tarragona (Club Nautic Cambrils), he joined Hermanos Guasch as Sales Manager, to help Develop the business.He has also participated in two Sailing Olympic Campaigns in Tornado (2008) and Nacra 17 (2016).

David Irvine

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David Irvine is co-founder and chief technology officer at Enaviga. A keen outdoor enthusiast, David has spent many months in the great ranges and on the high seas. Prior to joining Enaviga, David was CTO at ICFLIX, a leading OTT media platform catering for emerging markets where he had overall responsibility for the development of the in-house technology platform, and day-to-day management of the technical team.

Prior to joining ICFLIX, David held numerous roles within the high performance and scientific computing (HPCS) industry, where he developed large scale distributed compute systems to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

 


Be sure to visit www.boat-duesseldorf.com and www.europeanboatingindustry.eu websites to stay tuned.

To confirm your participation, please complete the registration form here.

For more information, please contact:

Sandrine Devos – European Boating Industry
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Lara Hannappel – boot Düsseldorf
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