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Free USCG Risk Mitigation Series V- NOV 1

Reminder November 1, 2023

USCG Risk Mitigation Series 5

Navigating Compliance in the Age of Evolving Technology

The U.S. Coast Guard and the American Boat and Yacht Council announce the fifth edition of the Risk Mitigation Series; “Navigating Compliance in the Age of Evolving Technology,” scheduled for November 1, 2023, from 2:00 to 4:00 Eastern Daylight Time. The USCG Risk Mitigation Series is a biannual virtual, free event hosted by ABYC every May and November.

Topics to be discussed: The Big USCG Update With their new equivalency authority, the USCG is changing their approach to issuing regulatory exemptions. During this roundtable discussion, the presenters will cover how the USCG will initially use this authority on PWCs and the placement of fuel pumps on gasoline engines. Additionally, you’ll hear about updated USCG policies and projects, including outboard center-of-gravity testing, global compliance labels, and a new approach to the factory visit program.

Roundtable Discussion: Brian Goodwin (ABYC), Jeff Ludwig (USCG), Kevin Ferrie (USCG), Eric Johnson (USCG), Craig Scholten (ABYC) USCG Factory Visits and Compliance: In this session, we will hear from the USCG about a program being developed that would provide Coast Guard compliance-training for boat manufacturers to allow them to voluntarily submit data that confirms their boats are in compliance with the Coast Guard safety standards. In return, manufacturers could lower the likelihood of a USCG inspection at the factory. Additionally, the presenters will share proven methods that can be implemented today to confirm and maintain your product’s compliance.

Presenters: Jeff Ludwig (USCG) and Craig Scholten (ABYC) Electrification and Standardization: A Global Update Electric propulsion is all the buzz in the boating industry. As this technology becomes more mainstream, what are the gaps and challenges, and what is currently being addressed? This session will provide an overview of current electric propulsion regulations and standards in development, from a global prospective.

Presenter: Craig Scholten (ABYC) Lithium Ion Battery Testing Update Lithium ion batteries have become an integral part of modern life, powering everything from smartphones and laptops to electric vehicles and boats. However, in recent times, there have been numerous reports of lithium-ion batteries experiencing fires or malfunctioning. This presentation provides an overview of tests conducted by ABYC to examine the failure modes of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4 or LFP) batteries. The testing represents likely scenarios that may occur in recreational boating, including specific misapplications. Find out what was the most spectacular test. Presenter: Maciej Rynkiewicz (ABYC)

This seminar is free, and you can register here:

Once registered, you will be sent a link to view the seminar via Zoom.

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