Publications

Accreditation – a change in marine culture

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The marine industry for many years has and remains one of the most unregulated areas of commerce and industry. The question to be asked is ‘can the marine industry afford to remain unregulated?’ in face of mounting pressure from; international markets, government, local market forces and recent courts decisions. And while there are many within the industry (and boating…

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Unfair Contract Terms

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With the enactment of the new Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Act (No 1) 2010 (Cth), which will be referred from here on in as the ‘ACL’, I can already hear the reader sighing and muttering “not more legal hoops to jump through”! However, it can be argued that this legislation has not burdened business further, as the principles…

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Propelling change to boating safety – $3.8 million US awarded

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One thing as certain as death and taxes, is change to law, and while not all legal changes are palatable, they occur as a result of different catalysts. In the United States of America the most recent catalyst for change (pending an appeal) is the Texas case where Brunswick, the builder of Sea Ray and Mercury Marine was ordered…

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Boat show exhibitor traps and pitfalls

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Boating industry members have been exhibiting their products, services and trade displays at organised boat and trade shows for many years. Boat and trade shows provide a unique and exciting opportunity for exposure to the industry and public, networking and ultimately generating future income. Expenses incurred by the exhibitor at boat shows vary greatly depending on such things as the…

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Is your business structured correctly?

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Businesses in the marine industry, while governed by the same rules and regulations as other general businesses, operate in their own peculiar commercial realm requiring legal needs to be tailored to fit. From the owner operated mobile shipwright through to the big dealerships buying and selling large vessels these businesses operate in an economy that is not only seasonal…

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Blended fuels and litigation – a volatile mix

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From 2010 both Federal and State laws will generally disallow the sale of standard petrol that is not blended with 10 per cent ethanol (capped) and all diesel will more than likely be bio-diesel. The potential effect upon the boating public and consequently the marine industry could be serious and result in many unwanted legal claims, if the boating…

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Stolen: Your intellectual property – your profits – your business

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Being in the marine business is difficult enough let alone the headaches, stress and potential legal costs incurred when claiming or defending your ownership of your ideas. The importance of protection through registration of your intellectual property has been made all that more important in today’s electronic world. It has become increasingly easy to access information on the web…

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