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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has granted the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) an extension in its “consultative status”. SYBAss was given provisional status in 2010 and was given permanent consultative status in 2013.
To retain consultative status, non-governmental organizations (NGO) are expected to make a substantial contribution to the work of the relevant bodies of IMO. And they must disseminate information on and promote the work of IMO to their membership and beyond. IMO evaluates the performance of each NGO with consultative status biennially and extends that status if it is found satisfactory.
At its 29th session in November, the IMO General Assembly approved SYBAss’ participation in IMO’s work between 2013 and 2015.
“This will help ensure that the superyacht industry continues to be represented in a professional way at the highest maritime regulatory body and be acknowledged as a unique sector,” SYBAss secretary general Theo Hooning said. “It also reinforces the role of SYBAss in protecting the superyacht sector from regulations that might jeopardize the industry.”
In other company news, SYBAss technical and environmental director Chris van Hooren retired, and Hans Huisman assumed the position at the start of this year.