–“Europeanize” the NMEA Installation Standard so that it is suited for the UK and the rest of Europe.
–Implement NMEA educational /training courses, examinations and qualifications within the UK.
–Develop joint marketing, training materials and branding of the Installation Standard.
–Participate in each other’s conferences.
Significantly, the marine trade associations also agree to work together to promote closer business relations between the United Kingdom and the United States.
NMEA developed the Installation Standard, which is formally called NMEA 0400, to provide a methodology that yields consistent and professional results in the installation of marine electronics. The voluntary guidelines are published to aid electronics installers, technicians, electricians, surveyors, owners and others who install, service or modify the installation of electronics, electrical systems or other associated peripherals. The intended application of NMEA 0400 is for vessels that will use large and sophisticated systems of marine electronics for communication and navigation purposes.
“This agreement is the culmination of discussions that go back at least two years,” said David Hayden, President and Executive Director of NMEA. “Our goal is to ensure that the Installation Standard is used properly in the UK by establishing qualifications for the technicians who will use it. The result will be equipment and networks that perform at the highest level possible, adding value and an extra margin of safety for vessel owners. We’re looking forward to working closely with our British colleagues on a project that will benefit everyone.”
“We are delighted to be able to provide internationally recognised training and qualifications for our members in the electronics sector,” said BMF Director of Business Development Sarah Dhanda.
BMF is the trade association for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry. BMEA, an association within BMF, has a membership that is similar to that of NMEA.
Founded in 1957, the NMEA has led the way in establishing technical standards for data exchange in marine electronics, with the widely accepted NMEA 0183 data protocol, NMEA 2000® and certification standards for marine electronics technicians. NMEA standards and programs focus on insuring that the boating consumer is provided reliable products and professional service. For more information, visit the NMEA website at www.nmea.org or call (410) 975-9425.