Founded in 1964, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association represents all aspects of the marine industry. Our membership companies and organizations are dedicated to the growth in recreational boating and the creation of jobs for our industry in an environmentally friendly, safe and responsible way. Read more about RIMTA, including our accomplishments.
RIMTA Vision: Position Rhode Island as a worldwide leader in the marine industry.
RIMTA Mission: Growing the Rhode Island Marine Industry through advocacy, education, and promotion.
Pre-apprenticeship Training: To learn more about our PAT program and to apply please click here.
Advocacy and the RIMTA Political Action Committee: RIMTA is your watchdog during the legislative session to ensure our industry is not unfairly regulated and to ensure the taxes we worked so hard to repeal are not reinstated. Please consider making a donation to the RIMTA PAC today.
Our focus at RIMTA is to establish Rhode Island as a worldwide leader in the marine trades. That sounds like a big job, but it boils down to a simple premise. The building blocks of this Ocean State business sector are our member companies—and if their businesses are strong, so too is our statewide industry. This guide for RIMTA members will help you get maximum value out of your RIMTA membership.
RIMTA and Nicholson Yachts will host the first Luxury Yacht Career Day on June 21, during the Newport Charter Yacht Show. The event is designed to educate attendees and about the career opportunities of working on large yachts.
The Marine Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program—a free, seven-week program coordinated by RIMTA where individuals gain the entry-level skills needed to work in local industry—has been expanded to include the skill sets needed by composites companies in Rhode Island. The Pre-Apprenticeship Program now includes a full week of composites instruction.
When Volvo Ocean Race competitors sailed into Newport in early May, they brought with them the grit and glamour of offshore adventure, big crowds, and a spotlight on Rhode Island as a premier boating destination. But the race and stopover organizers at Sail Newport also brought something more: a focus on ocean conservation and the peril we all face if we let the tide keep running the way it has been. In the first of a special three-part environmental series from RIMTA News we cover the Ocean Summit on Marine Debris, which was held at the Volvo stopover in Newport.
How can waterfront businesses deal with sea-level rise? How do we begin to tackle the challenge of recycling fiberglass? In the second of this three-part series we cover the Rhode Island Sea Grant program, which marries science with the practical challenges of managing our state’s coastal marine resources.