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RIMTA is committed to ensuring that its members have the most up to date information on Covid-19 related topics impacting their businesses.

 

Information and resources related to Covid-19 are changing so rapidly that we are providing links to the direct sources wherever possible so that you can get the most up to date information.  Below, you will find a curated list of information directly related to the marine industry in RI as well as relevant resources from our parters.   At the bottom of the page, we also include an updated schedule of helpful webinars that are related to the issues with your business.

A United Voice

As always, RIMTA is here to advocate for and speak on behalf of the entire marine industry.  We are in constant communication with our members and have developed messaging consistent with maintaining our business under the current guidelines provided by the state.

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We ask that all media inquiries at this time be directed to the RIMTA publicist Andrew Golden (agolden@rushtongregory.com) so that we are able to provide a unified answer on behalf of our membership.

Guidelines for Marine Businesses

 

ReOpeningRI Phase II beginning June 1.

 

RI Department of Environmental Management:

 

Industry Guide to Operating Your Boat Business Safely

  • This marine industry specific guide is a manual for  your boat business, your employees and your customers so that you can better navigate your way through and more quickly find the resources that you need right away. Released May 8th.

 

Customer Messaging Template

In response to several member inquiries and concerns about customer compliance issues connected to the social distancing the rules and regulations, RIMTA has developed a template to help you communicate the “do’s and dont’s” of summer 2020 boating with your customers.

 

US Coast Guard Marine Safety Information Bulletin

 


Would you like to submit a question?

 

  • If you are a marine business:  you can submit a question, comment or concern to RIMTA pertaining to the operation of your business or the guidelines mandated by the state and we will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner.
  • If you are a boater:  please contact your marina facility for direct guidance or refer to the Boater Safety Guidelines issued by the RI DEM on May 4th.
  • If you would like business assistance:  Business advisors at Rhode Island are standing by to assist you during the COVID-19 emergency.  Complete this Business Assistance Request Form  and someone from CommerceRI or the Department of Business Regulations will respond to you within 1 business day.
  • If you have a question about Unemployment Insurance Benefits:  you can submit your Unemployment Insurance Benefit Question to RIMTA  and we will respond directly or guide you to the proper resource.

 


Are you hiring new employees or training your current staff?

 

RIMTA is continually recruiting potential employees for the marine and composite industries.

Please contact Jen Huber  jen@rimta.org or Brian Dursi brian@rimta.org if you would like to:

  • Post an Open Position on the RIMTA Job Board
  • Receive resumes for qualified candidates to interview
  • Apply for up 75% in reimbursement funds for training your current employees.

Please contact us to help with your hiring and training needs.

Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday  June 2nd

 

9:00 am   Managing Supply Chains In Times of Uncertainty-Bryant University/Chafee Center for International Business

The pandemic has had a major impact on supply chains, causing delays in shipments, cancellation of orders, unbalanced inventories, out-of-stocks and overstocks, and an uncertain future. In particular, retailers and importers have been hit hard, with store closures, transitioning more to e-commerce sales, missed seasonal sales and a decline in consumer spending. As retail stores gradually start to reopen, they and their suppliers will have to rethink their supply chain strategies without a clear idea of what the future will look like. During this webinar, our panelists will discuss how they are moving forward despite the uncertainties and what scenarios they are preparing for.

 

Wednesday  June 3rd

 

12:00 pm   Association of Marina Industries:  What Boaters Are Saying About This Summer

Each day, the Dockwa Customer Support team spends hours speaking with boaters about their questions and concerns for the boating season, upcoming trips, and favorite destinations. In “What Boaters Are Saying This Summer,” Dockwa co-founder and COO Tyler Kneisel, and Customer Support Manager, Ryan Walsh discuss the most common questions boaters are asking heading into Summer 2020, and how your business can best support their needs this boating season.

Monday  June 8th

 

12:00 pm   Dousing the Marine Industry’s Pandemic of Stress-Association of Marina Industries

Each day, the Dockwa Customer Support team spends hours speaking with boaters about their questions and concerns for the boating season, upcoming trips, and favorite destinations. In “What Boaters Are Saying This Summer,” Dockwa co-founder and COO Tyler Kneisel, and Customer Support Manager, Ryan Walsh discuss the most common questions boaters are asking heading into Summer 2020, and how your business can best support their needs this boating season.

2:00 pm   Polaris MEP 5S Lean & Covid-19 Webinar Series:  Easy SORT Tools & Techniques

        Part I-Easy SORT Tools & Techniques

-Learn what it means to sort the Lean Manufacturing way

-Discover the benefits of a clutter-free workspace to fighting coronavirus

-Brainstorm solutions to your facility’s challenges with a certified   Lean Six Sigma instructor

 

Tuesday  June 9th

 

2:00 pm   Polaris MEP 5S Lean & Covid-19 Webinar Series:  New SET IN ORDER Ideas for Safe, Productive Workspace

-Understand the SET IN ORDER principle of the 5S philosophy

-Learn 5 ideas to reduce movement in the facility and contact between workers

-Get answers to questions about how this 5S Lean manufacturing tool helps stem the spread of COVID-19

Wednesday  June 10th

 

2:00 pm   Polaris MEP 5S Lean & Covid-19 Webinar Series:  Protect Workers from Covid-19 and SHINE

-Understand the 5S Lean principle of SHINE

-Discover how it helps RI manufacturers fight COVID-19 now … and save time/money later

-Find resources, answers to COVID-19 cleaning questions

 

Thursday  June 11th

 

2:00 pm   Polaris MEP 5S Lean & Covid-19 Webinar Series:  STANDARDIZE for Faster, “Foolproof” Covid-19 Training Results

-Discover the principle — and benefits — of 5S Lean standardization

-Learn three ways you can increase adoption of new COVID-19 protocols

-Get tips for improving compliance and control

Friday  June 12th

 

2:00 pm     How to Mitigate International Contract Problems During and After the Global Crisis-U.S. Commercial Service

Exporters across the U.S. have been impacted by the current crisis. Supply chains, workforce issues, and local health rules may impact your ability to meet requirements of existing international contracts. This webinar is designed to help and offer practical advice to exporting companies. Takeaways will include a checklist of tips for reviewing future international contracts.

 

2:00 pm   Polaris MEP 5S Lean & Covid-19 Webinar Series:  How to SUSTAIN Lean Culture for Long-Term Success

-Learn about the benefits of the final 5S Lean “step,” SUSTAIN

-Get four practical ideas for applying the principle to COVID-19 response and beyond

-Brainstorm ways to make correct procedures the norm at your facility

Direct Resources for Your Business

For more information on any of the above topics, or to request assistance with a specific issue please contact Ann Hof at RIMTA

(ann@rimta.org / 401-396-9619)