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Who can determine the information on an ABP?

The information on an ABP must be determined by a competent person. A competent person is defined as a person who has acquired through training, qualification, experience, or a combination of these, the knowledge and skills enabling that person to competently determine the information on a builders plate. The competent person is either:

The builder;

The importer; or

A third-party competent person. (e.g. marine surveyor or naval architect)

In general, a commercial boat builder is deemed to be a competent person for the purpose of the ABP standard. In the case of an owner-builder or importer, they may not meet the definition of a competent person, in which case a third-party competent person may need to be engaged to determine the information. Where this occurs, the name of the third-party competent person should be shown on the ABP, along with that of the builder or importer. A third-party competent person - e.g. marine surveyor or naval architect in your area.

Any person whose name appears on the plate is assuming responsibility for the information on that plate.

Examples:

Built by Sunhope Boats, Australia

Imported by RayStan Holdings, Australia

Information approved by E.R. Smith, Naval Architect, Sydney, Aust.