Canadians Attend ABBRA Marine Service Manager Course


The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA) in partnership with the Rhode Island Marine Trade Association (RIMTA) recently held a three-day Marine Service Manager course from April 9 to 11 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island at the Hinckley Yachts Portsmouth Service Yard.

The course had 20 boatyard professionals registered from Vancouver, Canada, Grenada and nine US states.

"We are very happy with the results of the Rhode Island 2013 MSM program,' says Executive Director of ABBRA Gordon Connell. "It was good to see how the course brought together the marine industry, not only nationally but internationally. Our aim was to offer boatyard managers and individuals preparing for leadership roles in boatyards a deeper understanding of their responsibilities and the best management practices that are expected in well-run facilities, and from all accounts we delivered that.'

The course covered various topics in boatyard management including leadership skills, time management, human resources, workforce development, safety, health and emergency response, maritime law and contracts job estimating, project management and financial management. It also included a boatyard study tour.

"The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association was thrilled to partner with ABBRA and host the Marine Service Manager Course,' said Wendy Mackie, RIMTA Executive Director. "The course instructors are among the nation's experts in boatyard management and they offered top-notch content that was very well received. It is wonderful to see the Marine Industry Professionals, coming together to cultivate professionalism and share knowledge for the betterment of the marine industry. We look forward to continuing our partnership with ABBRA.'

Marine industry and boatyard professionals, with years of experience as marine service manager instructors, taught the three-day program. These included Dennis Nixon, Associate Dean for Research and Administration Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island; Shirley Adams, Director of Human Resources at Correct Craft, Inc.; Pam Lendzion President of MarineTec Management Company; Kelly Crete, Safety and Loss Control Manager of The Gowrie Group; and Jim Bronstein President of Marine Business Advisors.