As predicted, the storm has arrived (and we’re not even mentioning US presidential campaign or celebrity break-ups on the other side of the Atlantic). Simply, as it does after the calm, keeping us busy. At Genoa boat show, EBI and ICOMIA agree to continue working on previously identified aspects of cooperation; Tourism Manifesto grows stronger with more high-level support from; Secretary General is invited to debate on marine sustainability at METS & EBI changes its ADDRESS! Don’t forget the approaching end of transition period for Directive 2013/53/EU, VIP tickets for Composites Europe and learn more about innovative “Roboat”. Last chance to apply for Blue Technology call; more on Horizon 2020 programmes and upcoming events.
At the occasion of the Genoa boat show, taking place on 20-25 September, European Boating Industry President, Piero Formenti and his ICOMIA counterpart, Jouko Huju, signed an agreement on cooperation which is the continuation of the current partnership between the associations.
It contains the exchange of expertise and information on the key issues relevant to both organisations, being to each other complementary rather than doubling each other’s work or competing. The current cooperation between both marine organisations include mainly technical and environmental issues.
In Autumn 2014, European Boating Industry together with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations published an EU RCD guide to help companies prepare for the new Watercraft Directive (2013/53/EU).
On 16 September 2016, signatories of the Tourism Manifesto for Growth and Jobs, the initiative European Boating Industry has been a proud member of, met together to discuss the progress which has been made since the first meeting of the stakeholders one year ago. With the continuously growing support of the EU institutions, such as the European Parliament (represented at the Assembly General by MEPs István Ujhelyi and Ana-Claudia Tapardel) and the European Commission (with participation of Carlo Corazza, Head of the Tourism Unit at DG GROW), the main postulates raised by the Manifesto get more visibility and recognition at EU and national level.
Signatories of the Manifesto, currently 34 private and public stakeholders, believe a favourable environment for tourism development can be achieved by establishing an integrated approach to the travel and tourism sector. The Manifesto sets out the European policy priorities that need to be further improved in the area of tourism, such as competitiveness, skills and qualifications, reducing seasonality, digitalisation and sustainability.
In order to reach even a wider audience, the partners came up with a logo of the initiative and will now work on making the document itself even more accessible and easy to understand to serve as a better tool in tourism promotion. At the occasion of the September Assembly General, new signatories of the document were welcomed, including, make it sound like a fairytale, Disneyland Paris.
Let’s just remind here that at the end of last year, the Manifesto already received support from various Members of European Parliament and European Commissioners Elżbieta Bieńkowska in charge of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and Tibor Navracsics, in charge of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.
As we are now 4 months away from the end of the one-year transition period, European Boating Industry provides you with a short summary of the current state-of-play to assist companies in getting ready for the milestone of 18 January 2017 when solely the new Directive 2013/53/EU will apply.
9 months after the new Watercraft Directive became applicable, still a quarter (seven) of Member States are lagging behind with its transposition, incl. such big boatbuilding countries as Germany or United Kingdom. Other countries are: Belgium, Ireland, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Romania. Whatever the reason for a delay, political circumstances or national administrative barriers, countries must remember that all companies willing to sell their products on the EU single market from 18 January 2017 must have their products CE-marked according to the Directive 2013/53/EU. European Boating Industry has been alerting the European Commission about the problems arising from the lack of Directive’s transposition and proposing actions to protect the boating industry from the negative effects of non-compliance of Member States.
The lack of transposition of the EU law into the national legal order, is an infringement of the EU law. The European Commission who manages the process of infringement procedures for non-transposition is currently preparing the second step of such a procedure which is an investigation by the Commission. The first step, a letter of formal notice was generated automatically about one month after the transposition deadline. Member States had two months to respond to it. After the European Commission’s evaluation of the responses, a reasoned opinion – in cases when the response was not satisfactory (meaning that a date of foreseen adoption in a Member State would be later than addressing of the reasoned opinion) – was sent.
Delay of Implementing Act on Manufacturer Identification Code (MIC) publication
An important change with the new Directive is the fact that all non-EU based manufacturers will have to apply for their Manufacturer Identification Code with the national authority of the EU Member State where they mainly intend to sell their products. However, the implementing regulation laying out the long-awaited procedure and initially foreseen for February 2016 has still not been published. The European Commission informed that the final act will most likely be published in October 2016. European Boating Industry has already expressed its concerns to the European Commission, informing that delay will create long waiting times at national level as authorities could face massive numbers of requests from companies all over the world, all seeking the attribution of their Manufacturer Identification Code in order to export compliant products to the EU single market from 18 January 2017 onwards.
Delays with accreditation of notified bodies
Currently only 16 notified bodies are accredited for the new Directive 2013/53/EU whereas 36 notified bodies have been active for the old directive. As of 18 January 2017, only notified bodies that are accredited for the new Directive will be able to carry out the required conformity assessment procedures. The bottlenecks that have already been created (due to national barriers or late transposition of the Directive) in various countries are very unlikely to be unblocked in time, by the end of transition period – 17 January 2017. European Boating Industry has been therefore proposing solutions at EU level, in order to help companies, especially SMEs, which in certain countries face big financial losses, due to this situation.
Use of the right templates: Declaration of Conformity and Importer’s Label
We highly recommend using these approved templates. The Declaration of Conformity (see also the French version now) template was prepared by European Boating Industry and ICOMIA and approved by market surveillance authorities.
Two EN ISO standards were published in the Official Journal of the European Union, delivering now the Presumption of Conformity under the new RCD 2013/53/EU:
1. EN ISO 16135:2016 is brand new and covers "Electric Propulsion Systems" on small craft
2. EN ISO 14895:2016 will replace the 2003 version at the end of 2016, until then both the 2003 and the 2016 version will provide Presumption of Conformity under the new RCD; the standard deals with "Liquid-fuled Galley Stoves and Heating Appliances"
European Boating Industry changes its office
We are pleased to announce a move to a new, more spacious office in Brussels in the heart of the European quarter, just a few steps away from the European Parliament and other EU institutions. The address of the new location, which you can already use in your correspondence with us, is the following:
Please note that our website and email addresses remain the same, but the old address: Rue de la Loi 227, 1040 Brussels (level 4), Belgium, as well as the old phone and fax numbers: T+32 2 403 36 20 / F +32 2 403 36 36 will no longer be in use after 30 September 2016.
Following the inaugural “Future of Yacht Recycling Conference” organised by Quaynote Communications and YachtMedia with participation of European Boating Industry last year in METS, on 14 November 2016 the organisers will be hosting a second edition of the event with an expanded environmental theme, under the title “Sustainability in the Marine Industry”.
This year, our Secretary General has been invited again as a guest speaker to discuss the situation in the recreational craft sector a year-on after the end of our project Boat DIGEST on boat dismantling (finished in September 2015). Sandrine Devos, together with other panelists and the audience will reflect on what has been achieved and what still needs to be done with regard to possible legislation, national authorities’ engagement and the challenge of composite recycling in general.
In the context of dismantling and responsible recycling of leisure craft, the event will also try to answer whether the boating industry can effectively embrace the circular economy and how it can interact with the environmental desirability of ocean and waterway conservation. Part of the programme will also be dedicated to the concept of ocean conservation, and how to encourage our industry and its customers to be actively involved in responsibly sustaining the environment.
The one-day conference is to be run in conjunction with METSTRADE 2016 (Marine Equipment Trade Show) at the Amsterdam RAI conference and exhibition centre on Monday 14th November from 11:00-19:15
Get your VIP vouchers for Composites Europe 2016 In cooperation with COMPOSITES EUROPE, European Boating Industry is pleased to invite its members for the 11th European Trade Fair & Forum for Composites, Technology and Applications, taking place in Messe Düsseldorf (Germany) on 29 November - 1 December 2016.
COMPOSITES EUROPE is the international forum and networking platform for the composite sector taking place every year since 2006. This is where manufacturers, processors, users and service providers meet designers, engineers, scientists, buyers and suppliers from the most important industries. During three days, you can experience the entire process chain of the composites industry in one single location, gain a complete overview of the market and meet major exhibitors (around 400 from about 30 countries).
The forum is attended by over 10,000 visitors from more than 60 countries. The 2016 edition is already expecting about 1,000 guests more, including 40% of visitors from abroad, mainly Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands. As a consequence of the rising demand for lightweight applications, especially focusing on state-of-the-art production and processing technology for composite materials, the composites sector has been expanding rapidly in the recent years.
The event is therefore an opportunity to identify new trends, view range of business specific products and see practical demonstrations, as it reflects this dynamic growth of the composites industry.
More information about the event, including the programme and what’s new in the 2016 edition, can be found on www.composites-europe.com
Meet Roboat: self-driving boat
Every now and then we hear about tests in American cities on the self-driving cars, which are apparently our future. Certain European cities however, such as Venice or Amsterdam would certainly be more interested in similar solutions on water... This is why, last week the Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) announced a new, five-year research initiative to explore the possible functions of floating robot vehicles.
The programme named “Roboat” is being carried out by researchers from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and two Dutch universities (the Delft University of Technology and Wageningen University and Research). With €25 million in funding for their work ($27 million), their aim is to have the first prototype robo-vehicles floating on Amsterdam's canals by 2017.
Researchers will be looking into not only autonomous boats for transportation of goods and people, but also into creating dynamic and temporary floating infrastructure, like on-demand bridges and stages, that can be assembled or disassembled in a matter of hours. The “Roboat” project will also explore the creation of data-gathering robots to help with public health issues.
The project wants to explore the commercial applications of these systems, looking at how sewage-monitoring technology (or semi-autonomous water taxis) could be sold to other cities. According to project organisers, 80% of global economic output is found around coastal and delta areas, while that same portion of land is home to 60% of the world's population. Rising sea levels caused by global warming are also likely to increase the need for this sort of floating technology.
C. Open consultations & calls for EU funding
Last chance to apply for Blue Technology call
With both calls for “Blue Careers” and “Blue Labs” now being closed (budget of over 7,5 million euros for these 3 thematic calls), there are still a few days left to apply for the “Blue Technology” call.
With the budget of 2,5 million euros, this call is addressed to participants active in the field of research & innovation, regional cooperation, implementation of national and regional research and innovation smart specialisation strategies, blue economy and related sectors. The aim is to get new lightweight materials tested, accepted and certified to be used in manufacturing of new products; like wind turbines and maintain the competitiveness of renewable energy.
EU funding: Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2016-2017
Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020 are contained in bi-annual work programmes setting out the large majority of support which is available. The work programmes are prepared by the European Commission through a process which integrates EU policy objectives into the priority setting.