Sustainability Panel Session: End-of-Use Boats - How are we progressing a year on?

Thursday, 10 December 20203:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sustainability Stage

The future sustainability of our industry could be directly related to this subject, and once again, (for the 6th year,) our panel will be reviewing latest developments.


Legend has it, that the first 16 foot fiberglass speed boat was produced in the USA back in the early 50's by Conny Ray, (founder of SeaRay Yachts,) who chose the material because it had been used for making coffins, so that they wouldn't rot underground. How ironical and tragic that 65 years later there are thousands of GRP hulls being sent to landfill where they will still be in hundreds of years time!


One of the main challenges to dealing with this ever growing waste stream, has been with regard to the indestructible nature of GRP composites, and the number of fiberglass boats that were produced in large volumes back in the 70's and 80’s, and now reaching end-of-life, or more accurately ‘end-of-use’ in many cases.


Over the years we have hosted speakers representing various developing projects, including some boat breaking/disposal schemes, and several interesting routes towards upcycling or reuse of GRP composite waste materials. As always, we aim this year, to present more evidence of tangible and practical developments that have been achieved since the last METSTRADE show.


Our show partners ICOMIA have published a policy paper earlier this year, which sets out the background to the challenge of ELB’s with some suggested guidelines on how to go forward. And, the EU Commissions's ‘European Green Deal’ includes clear objectives to develop a sustainable ‘Blue Economy’ in order to protect the ocean environment, so dealing with millions of end-of-use boats should be considered as part of this strategy.


After the Panel Session (45 minutes) a 15 minutes AfterTalk will take place. The Panel Session is open to everyone, however the number of attendees in the AfterTalk is limited. Therefore make sure to secure your spot by registering on the METSTRADE Connect platform. 


This Panel Session is brought to you by Cummins Inc.


This Panel Session is organised by our sustainability partner Peter Franklin and it is endorsed by ICOMIA.



Albert Willemsen

Moderator: Albert Willemsen

Albert Willemsen is the Environment Executive of ICOMIA since 2005. Albert Willemsen was educated as an engineer. Qualified as an engineer with aerospace and automotive experience, Albert brings over 30 years of specialist knowledge to the panel. His work with ICOMIA focuses on how the yachting industry impacts upon on the environment, and how it has to comply with international legislation. In the 1970s, he started working in the aerospace industry in his native country, the Netherlands. Somehow he's gone from that beginning, an engineer focused on the sky, to being an environmental expert focused on the sea.



Corina Ciocan

Speaker: Corina Ciocan

Corina Ciocoan is a Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology at University of Brighton, UK. A Marine Biologist, Corina’s expertise is in functional ecotoxicology, focusing on biological responses of marine organisms to environmental stressors. Prior to working at the University of Brighton, UK, Corina was a full-time Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, UK after starting as a Research Assistant for the Romanian National Marine Institute. She has been involved in a wide range of international research programmes (International Mussel Watch, EU Interreg Channel III-IV), looking at the detoxification mechanisms in marine invertebrates, DNA damage and impairment of reproduction mechanisms. Recently, Corina has developed a strong interest in the marine microplastics pollution and the potential input from boating associated activities. Corina has published her research in high impact scientific journals, written book chapters and has recently appeared in a BBC 1 program centred around her research into GRP contamination of the aquatic environment. Her article on end of life fibreglass boats has been published this summer in The Guardian newspaper and online.



Evan Ridley

Speaker: Evan Ridley

Evan Ridley is Project Manager at Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling. Evan has worked to create a foundation of research and collaborative, multi-industry actions that can support the development of sustainable management solutions for end-of-life vessels, and other composite material products. To enable this, he has studied boat recycling and cement kiln co-processing activities across Europe and the United States, engaging with stakeholders on critical strategic development issues, and subsequently establishing the primary network model for the Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling Pilot Program.



Mario Malinconico

Speaker: Mario Malinconico

Mario Malinconico is Research Director at the International Science Council ISC CNR, Italy. Mario graduated cum laude in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Naples in 1979, and worked as Research Assistant at the University of Liverpool Dept. of Chemistry until 1981. From 1983 to date, he has been involved in polymer research projects at the Italian Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB.) In 2018 Mario was admitted as Corresponding Member in the National Society of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, and earlier this year he was nominated as the Italian Representative at the International Science Council. For several years he has been working with UCINA (Italian Marine Trade Association) to develop solutions for recycling GRP composite material from end-of-use boats.



Phil Horton

Speaker: Phil Horton

Phil Horton is Environment Secretary of the European Boating Association. Phil is a Chartered Engineer and started his career working for the BBC. He later studied for an MSc in Environment and Development and moved to the Centre for Alternative Technology in mid Wales, where he worked on sustainable building, renewable energy and water treatment alongside leading the funding and construction of a 2,000m2 eco-education centre. After a further 7 years working for a renewable energy co-op, latterly as Managing Director, he decided to change direction and combine his 20 years of work in sustainability with his love of sailing and moved to the Royal Yachting Association as its Sustainability Manager. In that role, he also acts as Environment Secretary for the European Boating Association.



Steve Frankland

Speaker: Steve Frankland

Steve Frankland is the Managing Director at BoatBreakers UK. Steve has spent practically all of his life on the sea starting at 10 years old in Mirror Dinghy’s, Toppers, Albacores, Lasers, windsurfers, kite surfers, Royal Navy sailor, Ocean racer… the list goes on and on, and nowadays with yacht master ocean and MCA STCW Master (Yachts) he is acknowledged as a widely experienced maritime professional with a broad set of skills. With this in-depth maritime industry experience behind him, Steve heads up the leading UK based operation specialising in the professionally regulated disposal of end-of-life boats.