Amsterdam | 2020, 17 - 19 November

Dive into water resource management, related policies and climate challenges

Climate change and human activity mean we are facing a challenging task in an unpredictable environment. The ongoing effects of human activity mean those responsible for managing water resources are facing a more challenging task in an unpredictable environment. Water resources management enables the effective management of water resources across all water uses, disciplines and even boundaries.

Blue Marine Foundation: Working to protect our ocean

Blue Marine Foundation: Working to protect our ocean

  • By METSTRADE
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  • 29-07-2020

Text: Emma Eatough, Blue Marine Foundation

Our ocean is in crisis. Marine life is under threat from climate change, acidification, pollution and invasive species. But these threats are compounded by overfishing, which strips the ocean of life, and so ...

World Sailing Trust: Teach Don't Preach

World Sailing Trust: Teach Don't Preach

  • By World Sailing
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  • 22-07-2020

There really is a science to encouraging pro-environmental behaviour. Having been on the front line of the marine industry working on environmental projects for the last 15 years, I have experienced a sizable shift in attitude, innovation and researc...

Will flax and basalt fibers become the future of marine composites?

Will flax and basalt fibers become the future of marine composites?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 15-07-2020

At last year’s METSTRADE show, the I-nnovationLab hosted speakers proudly presenting projects which had deliberately moved away from glass fiber / polyester resin composites; the kind that have dominated the boat construction market for decades...

Sustainability Panel Discussions at the I-nnovationLAB Stage during METSTRADE 2020

Sustainability Panel Discussions at the I-nnovationLAB Stage during METSTRADE 2020

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 15-06-2020

 

Tuesday 17th November: Ocean Biodiversity and Biofouling

The Global Project Task Force called GloFouling was introduced at last year’s METSTRADE. How has it been going? What more can we do?  Find out more from our panel of expert...

Save The Med Foundation

Save The Med Foundation

  • By METSTRADE
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  • 28-05-2020

Welcome to the second blog in our series of ‘Foundations for Ocean Health.’ This time from 'Save The Med Foundation.' A project started by Australian born diving instructor Brad Robertson. After moving to the Balearic Island of Mallo...

Hide & Seek - A yacht melting into the seascape

Hide & Seek - A yacht melting into the seascape

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 15-05-2020

As stated by Anna Borla, a Milan-based yacht designer who with “Hide” participated to the Rossinavi Design Challenge 2020 contest, Hide is a yacht that focuses mainly on the concept of sustainability as its main feature is to blend in wit...

Solar independence, the yachtsman's friend

Solar independence, the yachtsman's friend

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 13-05-2020

When I purchased my 42-year-old Dutch steel motor yacht 7 years ago, she came with a couple of 50 watt solar panels on the cabin roof, which had been fitted by the previous owner back in 2004. He had obviously not held back on the expenditure, as the...

Plastic Soup Foundation: Our mission

Plastic Soup Foundation: Our mission

  • By METSTRADE
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  • 03-05-2020

‘Foundations for Ocean Health’, a new regular online feature from METSTRADE.
Welcome to this series of blogs, in which we plan to feature several organisations that are dedicating their efforts towards preserving our seas and waterways.
Fi...

Will teak decks become a thing of the past?

Will teak decks become a thing of the past?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 15-04-2020

All of us who have been involved in boating are familiar with that moment when you kick off your shoes and step onto a pristine teak deck; it’s the first thing your eyes make contact with, and very often leads you to form an instant opinion abo...

METSTRADE Checks In With Icon Yachts

METSTRADE Checks In With Icon Yachts

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 02-04-2020

Amongst the visitors perusing the latest in marine equipment, and catching up on industry developments at last year’s METSTRADE Show, was Marcela Royer, Business Development Manager for Netherlands based superyacht builder Icon Yachts, together...

Making Super Yachts More Sustainable

Making Super Yachts More Sustainable

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 16-03-2020

Amongst a larger than ever number of sustainability focused presentations and debates at last year’s METSTRADE, there was a significant contribution from the Water Revolution Foundation. 

With a stated mission to neutralise the ecological f...

Greenboats make a sustainable splash at METSTRADE

Greenboats make a sustainable splash at METSTRADE

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 03-03-2020

The word ‘pioneer’ is quite often used in these days of rapid technological innovation, but Friedrich Deimann of Greenboats is one of those quietly determined, hard working heroes, who it’s easy to apply the description to, when it ...

Circular Beauties: Exploring new materials at METSTRADE

Circular Beauties: Exploring new materials at METSTRADE

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 17-02-2020

A regular feature at METSTRADE which has become very popular in recent years, is the Material District display, featuring dozens of futuristic materials on show with full descriptive details. 
Working as a leading match-making platform in the fi...

The propeller of the future?

The propeller of the future?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 27-01-2020

With the development of hybrid and electric propulsion systems gathering pace over the last few years, the high degree of focus on fuel savings and emission reductions was more evident than ever at METSTRADE 2019. But what about the piece of apparatu...

End-of-use boats: An update on progress

End-of-use boats: An update on progress

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 13-01-2020

On Day 3 at METSTRADE 2019 we comprehensively explored a subject which has been on the agenda at the show since 2015.

As a hangover from the composite mass production boom of the 70’s and 80’s there is an ever-increasing number of boats r...

How much greener are we a year on?

How much greener are we a year on?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 24-12-2019


This time our panel of experts explored how the quest for more sustainable boating has progressed in the last 12 months. Topics included disassembly, life cycle assessment, material selection for better recyclability at end-of-life, and the developm...

Biofouling: The way forward

Biofouling: The way forward

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 11-12-2019


Against overwhelming evidence that biofouling is contributing to the loss of Biodiversity around the world, a Global Project Task Force called Glo Fouling, has been initiated under the auspices of IMO (International Maritime Organisation.) The projec...

Actions Against Plastic, Update

Actions Against Plastic, Update

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 04-12-2019

Visitors to the 32nd METSTRADE show this year have seen see more than ever, our commitment to supporting and encouraging environmental sustainability in our industry.  As Platinum members of IFBSO (International Federation of Boat Show Organiser...

Boat Builder Award nominees to speak on METSTRADE Sustainability Panel

Boat Builder Award nominees to speak on METSTRADE Sustainability Panel

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 30-10-2019

‘How Green is Green in the Leisure Marine World?’ was the theme of a panel discussion which took place at the InnovationLab stage during last year’s show. A panel of well qualified technical experts discussed the current situation, ...

Promising prospects for end-of-life composite mountain

Promising prospects for end-of-life composite mountain

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 24-10-2019

At this year’s METSTRADE a panel of speakers will once again update visitors on the important challenge of how to deal with end-of-use boats.  Growing in numbers as the years go by, and with a high percentage of them constructed from almos...

Sustainability: a core component of METSTRADE

Sustainability: a core component of METSTRADE

  • By The Superyacht Group
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  • 22-10-2019

Sustainability is top of the agenda at METSTRADE, highlighting the industry’s burgeoning focus on this vital subject. 

In just over four weeks’ time, the RAI, Amsterdam, will be transformed into a yachting hub as the superyacht indust...

World's first Plastic Health Summit held in Amsterdam

World's first Plastic Health Summit held in Amsterdam

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 15-10-2019

I was privileged, shocked and motivated in equal measures to be at the very first Plastic Health Summit in Amsterdam recently, on behalf of METSTRADE.  The event was organised by Plastic Soup Foundation and Parley for the Oceans, and I had been ...

Charting the Superyacht Market

Charting the Superyacht Market

  • By SuperYacht Times
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  • 09-10-2019

At SuperYacht Times, we have noticed an increasing demand for intelligence about the refit market over the past few years. As a result, we started to regularly track superyacht refits from 2016 onwards. Refits have also been incorporated into the yac...

Green manufacturing from water plants, featured at HISWA Boat Show

Green manufacturing from water plants, featured at HISWA Boat Show

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 24-09-2019

Visitor records were broken earlier this month, at the 36th edition of the HISWA in-water boat show. Around 30,000 people ignored (or braved) the typically changeable Dutch weather, and travelled to Lelystad where the event was held for the second ye...

Dispose Recycle Reuse

Dispose Recycle Reuse

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 19-09-2019

The production and worldwide consumption of engineered composite materials, in particular fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP), have increased in recent decades, mainly in the automotive, aeronautical and nautical sectors. This increase in production and ...

Recyclable composite breakthrough to feature at METSTRADE

Recyclable composite breakthrough to feature at METSTRADE

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 18-09-2019

Since 2014, the subject of how to handle the increasing number of redundant boats, and in particular, the difficulties of recycling traditionally employed glassfiber (GRP) composites, has been on the agenda at METSTRADE. 

A regular speaker and c...

Loss of ocean biodiversity; Facts to consider

Loss of ocean biodiversity; Facts to consider

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 27-08-2019

The IMO GloFouling Project will be on the agenda at this year’s METSTRADE show, as part of the ongoing series of expert panel discussions around Sustainability issues; So, what is it all about? In broad terms, the preservation of biological div...

Can wood make a comeback?

Can wood make a comeback?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 14-08-2019

There is no question that the search for more sustainable boat building materials is being intensified for a number of environmental reasons.  Not least, because our industry is still struggling to find end-of-life solutions for millions of tons...

Sustainability: What does the METSTRADE Show do?

Sustainability: What does the METSTRADE Show do?

  • By METSTRADE
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  • 11-07-2019

During the last couple of years, we have seen a big increase in sustainable initiatives within the marine industry. Products and building methods become greener and materials are being recycled into new composites and some newly made materials are e...

Making superyachts truly 'super'

Making superyachts truly 'super'

  • By METSTRADE
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  • 10-07-2019

When it comes to leisure purchases, superyachts take the cake. And in line with their size, the business around them and the thousands of families that are supported by these investments made by wealthy individuals is equally unrivalled. This economi...

Ocean Conservation in focus

Ocean Conservation in focus

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 08-07-2019

On 7th June, during the IFBSO Annual Congress in Croatia, the organisers of the World’s leading boat shows enthusiastically attended a ‘Re-Think Plastic Workshop’, as a follow up to the ocean environmental awareness campaign that th...

Construction, composites & eco-compatibility

Construction, composites & eco-compatibility

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 04-07-2019

The marine industry is more and more committed towards eco-compatible solutions that respect the Earth and marine environment. An increasing amount of research is being pursued with the aim of creating ecologically compatible boats. Studies have been...

Sustainable boating projects highlighted

Sustainable boating projects highlighted

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 17-06-2019

Several interesting yachting sustainability projects were being showcased at this year’s Palma International Boat Show. A company called La Belle Verde was selected as the winning entry in the 3rd edition of the Boat Show Investment Forum,...

Water Without Waste

Water Without Waste

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 04-06-2019

This year’s Palma International Boat Show, was the 36th edition on the island of Mallorca, and it was the 7th year that the show has run concurrently with the Palma Superyacht Show (PSYS.) Last year we published a blog about Marja Kok, a Palma ...

From Whale Shark to Waste Shark

From Whale Shark to Waste Shark

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 22-05-2019

Intended to provide an international showcase for innovative start-ups with eco-friendly / green yachting product ideas, Nautical High Tech & Green  is a platform established by French ecopreneur Sophie Mordelet.

At last year’s METSTRA...

The world’s first hydrogen boat visits Amsterdam

The world’s first hydrogen boat visits Amsterdam

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 29-04-2019

Imagine a 32 metre floating twin hulled smart grid, utilising a combination of solar, hydrogen and fuel cell technology for propulsion, and all of her on board power requirements.
The Energy Observer is the world’s first hydrogen boat.

The Energ...

Sustainability shines at MaterialDistrict Show

Sustainability shines at MaterialDistrict Show

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 18-04-2019

MaterialDistrict (formerly Materia) is the world’s leading match-making platform in the field of innovative materials. As part of the Construction Material Pavilion (CMP) at METSTRADE, MaterialDistrict showcases innovative materials for the mar...

Cleaner Ocean Campaigns, Boat Shows at the leading edge

Cleaner Ocean Campaigns, Boat Shows at the leading edge

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 09-04-2019

As somebody who has enjoyed boating since childhood, I still have happy memories of my father taking me to the London Boat Show. That was several decades ago in the days when the event was held at Earls Court in the West End of the City and I vividly...

The future of antifouling the debate continues

The future of antifouling the debate continues

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 11-03-2019

Back in 2017, we published a blog entitled: ‘Antifoulings and the environment… a complex future.’ Peter Franklin touched upon the changes in regulations for coating type products as they could result in increased carbon dioxide emi...

End-Of-Use Boats… things are happening!

End-Of-Use Boats… things are happening!

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 18-02-2019

Millions of boats that were built in the 70’s and 80’s from virtually indestructible GRP (fibreglass) are now referred to as ‘end-of-use’ boats. Committing redundant GRP hulls to landfill is not an environmentally acceptabl...

Sustainable boating awareness campaign launched in UK

Sustainable boating awareness campaign launched in UK

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 23-01-2019

British Marine is the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry in the United Kingdom. A sector that in total adds around 3 billion GBP to the British economy. And in cooperation with the Royal Yachting ...

Putting waste plastic back into boating

Putting waste plastic back into boating

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 13-01-2019

In previous sustainability blogs we have highlighted positive actions against the proliferation of plastic waste in our oceans such as: The Seabin Project (2017 DAME Award winner,) The Great Bubble Barrier, The Ocean Cleanup and the JellyfishBot. And...

How investing in unemployed youngsters leads to a sustainable ‘Blue Economy’

How investing in unemployed youngsters leads to a sustainable ‘Blue Economy’

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 07-01-2019

Against a background of youth unemployment levels in Europe, at around double the overall rate than non-working adults, a new initiative aimed at attracting more youngsters into sustainable ‘Blue Economy’ jobs, was announced at an introdu...

How Green is Green in the Leisure Marine World?

How Green is Green in the Leisure Marine World?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 20-12-2018

‘How Green is Green in the Leisure Marine World?’ was the theme of a panel discussion which took place at the I-nnovationLab stage during this year’s METSTRADE Show. A panel of well qualified technical experts discussed the current ...

Cleaner Oceans Panel makes waves at METSTRADE 2018

Cleaner Oceans Panel makes waves at METSTRADE 2018

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 28-11-2018

This year at the I-nnovationLab stage an expert panel discussion, moderated by Albert Willemsen, explored how marinas, yacht clubs, sailing organisations and creative individual projects are contributing to environmental sustainability and ocean cons...

REVYTA - New life for boat-industry composites

REVYTA - New life for boat-industry composites

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 25-10-2018

Gluing composite materials is a real challenge. But structural adhesives can be used to glue different materials: they don’t cause problems either for composites, which do not react well to soldering or drilling, or for aluminium or other light...

Clearwater environmental rating launched at MYS

Clearwater environmental rating launched at MYS

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 22-10-2018

Two years ago, at the ‘Sustainability in the Marine Industry Conference’ held during METSTRADE week in 2016, Alasdair Reay of HPi Verification Services, presented his vision of an independent environmental performance rating system for ya...

$10,000 towards Sailing Sustainability Initiatives…nominations invited!

$10,000 towards Sailing Sustainability Initiatives…nominations invited!

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 01-10-2018

Back in January this year, we published details about the World Sailing Sustainability 2030 project; a multi-faceted approach towards substantially improving the impact that international sailing events have upon the ocean environment over the next 1...

Update on the ocean plastic revolution

Update on the ocean plastic revolution

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 12-09-2018

Most of us are now familiar with the staggering headline statistics: 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the oceans, 8 million tons leaked from the land every year, potentially more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, and the list goes on. 

Accord...

Going Green… wasn't meant to be like this

Going Green… wasn't meant to be like this

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 30-08-2018

Quite often my choice of subject matter for writing about sustainability, and the health of our oceans and waterways, is triggered by personal experiences. Living onboard for most of the summer, or until the winter chill drives me ashore, is the perf...

End-of-Use Boats - collaborative action at EU level

End-of-Use Boats - collaborative action at EU level

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 24-08-2018

The challenges presented to our industry by End-of-Use Boats, has been a featured discussion at METSTRADE for the last four years. Conferences and forums held during METS week in 2015 / 16 and 17 brought together senior figures from national boating ...

Ocean Cleanup moves towards implementation

Ocean Cleanup moves towards implementation

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 09-08-2018

This year’s METSTRADE show will feature a Sustainability panel discussion entitled, ‘towards cleaner, healthier oceans and waterways.’  Our assembled experts will be exploring how marinas, yacht clubs, sailing organisations and...

A robot that cleans marinas…why not?

A robot that cleans marinas…why not?

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 19-07-2018

Walk around any marina or enclosed harbour area these days, and it’s very likely that you’ll see a lot of floating debris which has blown in, or drifted in on tides from the sea or adjacent rivers.   Nobody likes to see that, an...

The flying Dutchman

The flying Dutchman

  • By Simonetta Pegorari
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  • 19-07-2018

“I started sailing when I was very young. My grandparents lived near a lake, where I had a small sailing boat. Even when I was just 15 I knew that I wanted to build and develop high-performance racing yachts. After winning the ‘Cape ...

Here come the Sea Cleaners

Here come the Sea Cleaners

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 26-06-2018

As we have mentioned in previous articles, there is an ever-growing amount of creative activity being undertaken by sea loving individuals, many of them yachtsmen, towards cleaning up the oceans for future generations.

Visiting the Marina High Tech s...

Ocean sustainability heroes...

Ocean sustainability heroes...

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 07-06-2018

Perfectly timed with our recent focus on ecologically sustainable oceans and waterways, BLUE Marine Foundation in partnership with Boat International, have recently announced the award winners in their 3rd annual edition of ‘The Ocean Awards.&r...

Stemming the ‘plastic tide’…with bubbles!

Stemming the ‘plastic tide’…with bubbles!

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 15-05-2018

‘Turning the tide on plastic’ is an expression that has captured imaginations and evoked emotions across the world, we have been following developments, and have more positive news to share here. The Great Bubble Barrier, is an idea ...

Turning the tide on plastic…on superyachts

Turning the tide on plastic…on superyachts

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 26-04-2018

Back in February we published an article about Marja Kok, a yacht captain who has dedicated her time and energy to convincing her fellow professional crew on superyachts that they can find better ways of providing drinking water onboard without the u...

Non-toxic antifouling, the future is here!

Non-toxic antifouling, the future is here!

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 12-04-2018

It’s that time of year again, or at least in the Northern Hemisphere it is. 

Walk around any marina, and you’ll be vividly reminded by the overpowering smell of solvents wafting on the breeze, that dozens of boat owners are now busy w...

Legends reborn, a contributor to the Circular Economy

Legends reborn, a contributor to the Circular Economy

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 21-03-2018

Keeping raw materials and products in productive loops for as long as possible is one very effective way of enhancing what has become known as the Circular Economy. The clear aim is to reduce unnecessary waste, and to make our world less dependent on...

Fully recyclable sail racing boats…a reality!

Fully recyclable sail racing boats…a reality!

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 13-03-2018

Some visitors to METSTRADE will be familiar with the name of Enrico Benco who started his company along with his partner Cristiana Talon, and the nice memorable name of ‘Go Sailing for a Change’ (GS4C) back in 2012.

Enrico has enthusiastic...

Plastic in the oceans, a revolution is underway!

Plastic in the oceans, a revolution is underway!

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 26-02-2018

The potentially devastating level of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways has become one of the most talked about and high-profile subjects in the last couple of years. The powerful BBC documentary series Blue Planet 2, graphically cont...

In the spotlight: Marja Kok

In the spotlight: Marja Kok

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 18-02-2018

Marja Kok was born in Den Helder, Netherlands, a town surrounded by water on 3 sides. Being out on the water and sailing was a way of life for her from childhood, and led to an occupation as a yacht skipper in later life. At 52 years of age, wit...

World Sailing invites your input on sustainability

World Sailing invites your input on sustainability

  • By METSTRADE
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  • 11-01-2018

Here is a chance to have your say on a major international sustainability initiative that will impact our leisure boating community!   

Last year we published an article about how the sailing regatta world is raising the awareness level arou...

End-of-Life boats, reuse of GRP... latest news!

End-of-Life boats, reuse of GRP... latest news!

  • By Peter Franklin
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  • 29-09-2017

It has been described as a ‘challenge that won’t go away’ for the leisure marine industry, and it has been the subject of several conferences in Europe over the last few years.

For sure these events have resulted in a lot of informa...

METSTRADE expands its outreach on marine sustainability

METSTRADE expands its outreach on marine sustainability

  • By METSTRADE
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  • 19-04-2017

As the leading platform for product and concept innovation in the Leisure Marine Industry, METSTRADE is actively continuing with its proactive involvement in matters related to environmental sustainability across all sectors of the boating market.

Bei...

Improving the ecological footprint of boating

Improving the ecological footprint of boating

  • By Kim Hollamby
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  • 17-11-2016

On Tuesday morning a highly experienced panel of experts gathered at the InnovationLAB to discuss the challenges posed by trying to move towards a circular economy where boats no longer contribute to landfill. Here are the summarised extracts from th...

Lightweight Sailing - Cooperation is needed

Lightweight Sailing - Cooperation is needed

  • By Kim Hollamby
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  • 16-11-2016

Ed van Hinte is an industrial designer who specialises in lightweight structures. Around 20 years ago he wrote a book on the subject, Light-ness, and has another in preparation to cover the many developments in this field since.

By Kim Hollamby: METS...

The virtuous circle

“We need to move our thinking from a linear economy where we focus on cradle-to-grave, to a circular economy where we create products that are designed to work from cradle-to-cradle.” So explained renowned architect Steven Beckers, Presid...