Future of Yacht Recycling Conference promises top industry names and engaging topics….

With just over two months to go before the inaugural Future of Yacht Recycling Conference takes place in Amsterdam, the organisers have announced further details of confirmed speakers and panelists who will present their experiences and lead debates on the subject of End-of-Life Boats (ELB’s,) and how their growing numbers can be practically dealt with in the coming years.

Being staged at the Amsterdam RAI Conference Centre in the modern environmentally designed Elicium facility, and timed to take place the day before the 2016 METSTRADE Show opens, this dedicated one day forum will attract delegates and participants from all sectors of the international leisure marine industry.

The event is fully sponsored by METSTRADE and supported by ICOMIA, who have provided the chairman for the day in the shape of Udo Kleinitz their Secretary General.

Udo brings a lot of personal and professional interest to the subject matter having been closely involved with the marine industry for well over 20 years, after qualifying as a master boatbuilder, and holding technical management positions with ICOMIA and British Marine. (BMF)

Carla Demaria, the President of Monte Carlo Yachts, a speaker with acknowledged in-depth experience of the boat building industry, will deliver the keynote address.

Ms. Demaria who is also the President of the Board of UCINA, the Italian Nautical Industry Association will set out her views on why the global yachting industry has to seriously engage in the process of dismantling and responsibly recycling the boats of yesterday, in order to make way for the boats of tomorrow.

Mirna Cieniewicz, Secretary General of the Brussels based European Boating Industry will present an overview of the Boat DIGEST project, a collaboration between several EU based partners, which has been designed to bring forward a working platform, enabling safe and environmentally responsible dismantling of boats which have reached the end of their working life.

A number of other confirmed speakers will bring a varied and insightful contribution to the interactive panel discussions, these will be structured to deliver details on practical and relevant solutions to the challenges presented by End -of Life Boats, now and in the future.

For example, GS4C (Go Sailing, for a Change) will share how they have been addressing the issue of sustainability for the boating industry since their inception in 2010. Since day one, the founders, both with America’s Cup experience, have been engaged in the challenge of producing a racing boat that could bear a “zero-landfill” identifying mark.

Another ongoing project entitled ‘FRP up-cycling’ and designed to deal with the practicalities of processing redundant fibreglass (GRP) hulls, will be presented by Antimo di Martino from UCINA, and Mario Malinconico who works with the Italian Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials. (IPCB)

Pierre Barblou, who manages the established APER boat dismantling network in France, will give details on how their scheme has been set up, and share the latest developments they have experienced as part of the EU Boat DIGEST project.

With a welcome speech by Geert Dijks the Managing Director of HISWA, contributions from Jeroen van den Heuvel HISWA’s Membership Director, and from Netherlands based specialist companies such as Stichting Yacht Recycling, there will be plenty of topical input from the Dutch perspective into how their significant leisure marine industry is approaching this challenge to the boating world.

With an eye on the future, and accepting that yachts will have to be built with more sustainable and recyclable materials than they have been historically, there will also be an exclusive chance for conference delegates to have a ‘sneak peek’ at the Materials Xperience display, by special arrangement with METS, and on the day before it officially opens.

The Materia exhibition showcased 125 innovative materials at METS last year including diverse lightweight and fire retardant materials, along with luxury interior finishes, honeycomb panels, foam materials and bio-composites. In addition, practical finishing materials including the latest veneers and surface materials were on show. So, this will be something of additional interest for boat builders, designers, naval architects and anyone interested in modern or futuristic marine construction components.

Early bird registration for The Future of Yacht Recycling is now open at a special price of 275 euros for the day, and by kind arrangement with METSTRADE & ICOMIA, the first 35 delegates to sign up will also receive complimentary passes for entry to the METSTRADE show Breakfast Briefing, and the evening Happy Hour on Tuesday 17th November.

Online delegate registration can be accessed at: www.regonline.co.uk/RECY15.

A fully detailed conference brochure can be downloaded from the Quaynote website (www.quaynote.com) or via this short link: http://bit.ly/1Q6mXtq

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