Amsterdam | 2020, 17 - 19 November
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 Georgia Boscawen (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 Ralph Dazert (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 Robert van Tol
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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 Irene Dros
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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...