Published: Thursday, 13 October 2016

Jointly organised by Quaynote Communications and YachtMedia, the ‘Sustainability in the Marine Industry’ (SIMI16) conference is powered by Metstrade and is technically supported by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA). SIMI16 will be staged Nov 14 Amsterdam, Holland – the day before Metstrade 2016 – and follows on from last year’s sold-out ‘Future of Yacht Recycling Conference’. 

Sustainability Marine Conference Early Bird Registration To Close Oct 17

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Having already announced a number of high-profile speakers and expert panellists, including Sanlorenzo’s Paolo Bertetti and Land Rover BAR’s Susie Tomson, the organisers have added more expertise and content to the programme. This is intended to enable exploration of sustainable design and construction concepts in line with future environmental demands, as well as revisiting and reviewing current progress on yacht disposal processes and schemes which can cater for the growing global fleet of End-of-Life Boats.

Clear Yacht International New Business Development and Sustainable Luxury Director Victoria Cerrone will explain how her company’s yacht design and operations programme is purposefully holistic and built on the foundation of ‘Circular Economy Thinking’. She will go on to outline the importance of ‘Education and Ocean Initiatives’ within this holistic approach and how it ultimately seeks to engage and motivate the yachting industry in promoting the critical connection between ocean preservation and the health and well-being of all life.

Rina Northern European Area Manager Pino Spadafora will address delegates and represent the view and role of classification societies in encouraging and enabling this kind of sustainability concept in the future. Much can be learned from the commercial shipping world, which has been subject to somewhat more regulatory pressure related to environmental issues than the leisure marine industry has thus far. Spadafora will outline the thinking behind Rina’s Green Plus Class Notation scheme and how it has evolved in commercial shipping. He will explain how Life Cycle Assessment is taken into account, and how such a ‘goal-based’ point scoring system can be applied to the building of a yacht whose Owner wishes to voluntarily exceed current regulatory environmental guidelines. 

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Also with a solid record in commercial shipping sustainability projects, together with being a very keen yachtsman himself, Leemans Maritime Consultancy’s Eelco Leemans has been working in the field of sustainable maritime operations for more than 15 years. As the founder and the first President of the Clean Shipping Coalition, Leemans has coordinated a group of NGOs at the International Maritime Organisation and has worked on strategies for ship recycling, emission control and incentive schemes to enhance sustainable shipping. His presentation will be structured to provide some valuable insights into the possible strategies for sustainable boating.

Swedish DIAB Group Vice President for Sustainability Per Hökfelt will present practical case histories illustrating how his company has partnered on sustainable vessel design and construction projects. These have, for example, brought together the twin advantages of hybrid propulsion with super lightweight composite construction materials. Hökfelt will explain how these designs have impacted on Life Cycle Assessment with particular regard to fuel efficiency and associated carbon emissions. 

European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) Sustainability Committee Chairman Dr. Jaap van der Woude will present his group’s work in developing a Life Cycle Assessment Tool for the composites manufacturers in Europe, which will calculate the environmental impact of their composite products from ‘cradle to gate.’ Dr. van der Woude recently retired as Director of Science & Technology with PPG Industries where he had global R&D responsibility for their reinforced thermoplastics products and processes. As such he will bring a lifetime of industrial experience in composites technology to the SIMI16 conference sessions on recycling of End-of-Life Boats, and the methodology of Life Cycle Assessment.

The early-bird rate of just 275 Euros per person is available until Oct 17, and the price will be 350 Euros per person thereafter.