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For Immediate Release June 2, 2011

Contact: Trevor Blakeley at RINA

+44 (0) 20 7235 4622


Contact: Skip Burdon at ABYC

(410) 990-4460, x25



The Royal Institution Of Naval Architects and Westlawn Institute Of Marine Technology Announce RINA Accreditation of Westlawn Institute’s Yacht & Boat Design Program


June 2, 2011, Annapolis, MD and London, England: The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), an international organization representing naval architects in over 90 countries has accredited the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology’s Yacht & Boat Design Program.   


Both organizations exist to promote and enhance knowledge and understanding of naval architecture and boatbuilding, and to serve the needs of the marine industry. Their goals are to assist their members or students to design, supervise, construct, manage, or repair boats or ships of the highest quality. Westlawn has been training boat designers for over eighty years and RINA has been serving naval architects and the marine industry for over 150 years demonstrating truly long-term commitments to their goals.


Universities and training providers whose academic and professional courses provide the knowledge and understanding which underpin the professional skills required by those involved in the design and construction of maritime vessels and structures may apply to have their course accredited by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.


The Institution assesses such courses against the standards required for full membership of the Institution.  It will consider the content of the course for its scope and applicability to the design and construction of maritime vessels and structures. It will also consider the methods and quality of delivery of the course, and the output standards set for successful completion of the course.


The Institution considers that the Yacht & Boat Design Program provided by Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology meets these standards, and therefore provides good preparation for those who wish to practice of yacht and boat design and construction.


RINA Chief Executive, Trevor Blakeley, stated, “Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology has a well deserved international reputation for its programmes, and it is a pleasure for the Royal Institution of Naval Architects as an international professional society to accredit its Yacht & Boat Design Course.”


“RINA is one of the foremost organizations dedicated to enhancing the art and science of naval architecture,” said Westlawn Institute director Dave Gerr. “It’s an honor to have Westlawn Institute’s Yacht & Boat Design Program accredited by RINA. Not only does this recognize the breadth and quality of the Westlawn program, but adding RINA accreditation to our long-standing DETC accreditation provides our students and alumni with an additional international confirmation of the marine industry’s broad acceptance of Westlawn Institute training.”



Founded in 1860 in London, today the Royal Institution of Naval Architects is an internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, repair and operation of marine vessels and structures in over 90 countries. RINA has members in over 90 countries and is widely represented at all levels in the maritime industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations. 


Membership of RINA is open to those who are professionally qualified in naval architecture or marine technology, or who are involved or interested in the maritime industry. Full membership as a Member provides an internationally recognized  professional qualification which demonstrates the achievement and commitment to the highest standards of professional competence and integrity. Student and Associate Membership is available to those who are gaining the academic qualification and professional competence required for full membership.


RINA members enjoy a wide range of benefits and services, including advice on education, training and professional development. The RINA also publishes a range of technical journals, and organises an extensive programme of international conferences and training courses covering all aspects of naval architecture and maritime technology. The Institution accredits academic and professional programmes which meet its standards required for membership. To learn more about RINA, call +44 (0) 20 7235 4622 or visit the RINA website at www.rina.org.uk.



Founded in 1930, the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is the only nationally accredited distance-learning school of small-craft design in the United States. As the not-for-profit educational affiliate of the American Boat and Yacht Council, the mission of the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is threefold:

■ To provide our students with the skills knowledge required to build a rewarding career in the profession of yacht and small-craft naval architecture.

■ To support continued growth of the recreational and small-craft marine community through the development of well-trained, safety oriented, boat designers developing better products for the benefit of the boating public.

■ To provide continuing education to marine industry professionals.

To learn more about Westlawn, please call (207) 853-6600 or visit the Westlawn website at www.westlawn.edu.