Published: Friday, 09 September 2016

The much-anticipated conference ‘Sustainability in the Marine Industry’ Nov 14 at RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Holland will explore recycling, life cycle assessment and how the supply chain, including designers, boatbuilders and manufacturers, can profitably adopt the circular economy. 

Prominent Speakers Added To Sustainability In The Marine Industry Conference

(Logo: ICOMIA - Sustainability in the Marine Industry)

Organisers of Sustainability in the Marine Industry (SIMI16) have added several high profile speakers to the programme. Sanlorenzo Operations Director Paolo Bertetti will share his company’s views and plans for ‘cradle to grave’ construction and usage of yachts, whilst European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) Sustainability Committee Chairman Dr Jaap van der Woude will give an overview on progress in the recycling of composites, and the methodology of life cycle assessment. 

Finnboat CEO Jouko Huju and CEO Neil Chapman will express their views on ‘user demographics’, providing data and insights into the changes in ownership habits and usage of leisure yachts - and how this plays into the sustainability discussion for the future of our industry. 

Prominent Speakers Added To Sustainability In The Marine Industry Conference 2

As already announced, America’s Cup race team Land Rover / BAR Sustainability Manager Susie Tomson will share her findings on the work they have done and are continuing to do in life cycle assessment and composite recycling at the team’s UK Portsmouth base. In addition, the Blue Marine Foundation will present details of its ocean conservation/marine reserve projects around the world. 

“Developed by the same team that brought us last year’s ground-breaking conference, ‘The Future of Yacht Recycling’, SIMI16 pushes the concept one step further by looking at the problems associated with recycling and how life cycle assessment is relevant in minimising issues surrounding end-of-life-boats,” explains SIMI16 Chairman and Icomia General Secretary Udo Kleinitz. “To further expand on the problems with a linear 'take-make-dispose' approach, which results in massive waste, SIMI16 will present a new business model – the ‘circular economy’ – and showcase how it can be applied profitably to the marine industry”.

Organised by Quaynote Communications and YachtMedia, SIMI16 is powered by Metstrade and technically supported by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA).