Sustainability & Conservation in Yachting

How Healthy Aquatic Life Below our Keels can Help Save the Planet

Posted: 16th Nov 2023

Written by: Peter Franklin

Peter Franklin reviews the latest book by renowned ocean scientist and conservationist Erich Hoyt, Planktonia: a ‘deep dive into the night-time ocean with a magnifying glass and a waterproof pen.’ Read More

Captain Nigel Marrison: The Man Behind Blue ESG

Posted: 19th Dec 2022

Written by: Richard Hagen

During lockdown, Captain Nigel Marrison decided to change the world of yachting forever with his new company, Blue ESG. We caught up with him to chat about sustainability in yachting, caring about people, and about a gargantuan mass of stranded assets.
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Making the Future of Yachting More Sustainable with Life Cycle Assessments

Posted: 3rd Nov 2022

Written by: Peter Franklin

The concept of Life Cycle Assessments has become a central theme of most discussions around the subject of sustainability, and this applies just as much to the leisure marine world as it does to the other sectors including industrial manufacturing or automotive. Read More

MYS Sustainability Conference Explores Sustainable Superyacht Industry Initiatives

Posted: 19th Oct 2022

Written by: Virginie Proaskat

The Monaco Yacht Show – held from 28 September to 1 October – may have closed the doors on its 2022 edition, but it also marked the opening of several new initiatives. Among them was a Sustainability Conference held on Wednesday 28 September, upon the show’s opening. Read More

Water Revolution Foundation is Creating a Database of Verified Sustainable Solutions

Posted: 17th Oct 2022

Written by: Water Revolution Foundation

We know that there are more sustainable solutions available today than most yachting professionals are aware of. If these were all to be implemented, a significant reduction in environmental impact could be immediately achieved. That’s Read More

The Challenges and Innovations for Reducing Carbon Emissions at Sea

Posted: 17th Aug 2022

Written by: Peter Franklin

Anyone who still thinks climate change is not a reality must be inhabiting an alternative universe or living permanently in an underground cave. The facts supporting the massive increase in carbon emissions during the postindustrial era are irrefutable. Read More

Captain Petros takes EKKA Yachts to the Next Level in Sustainable Yachting

Posted: 13th Jul 2022

Written by: Elisa Corti

Captain Petros - as a sea turtle - has witnessed firsthand the harmful effects of plastic and chemical pollution on marine life; he provided EKKA Yachts with valuable advice to help him protect his beautiful home which he shares with humans. Read More

OpenOceans Global Launches Citizen Science App to Map Coastlines Fouled by Plastic

Posted: 11th Jul 2022

Written by: Carl Nettleton

OpenOceans Global has announced the launch of an online application allowing citizen scientists to map coastlines around the world that are pervasively fouled by plastic. Read More

Pelorus Foundation Announces new Climate Investment Fund

Posted: 11th Jul 2022

Written by: Olivia Graham

Pelorus Foundation’s new Climate Investment Fund is a dynamic investment portfolio made up of nature and technology-based solutions to remove carbon from the atmosphere, addressing travel emissions responsibly. Read More

Rewilding the Sea: How to Save our Oceans

Posted: 22nd Jun 2022

Written by: Peter Franklin

The sad fact is that marine habitats are ruined, species are decimated and ecosystems are paralysed due to ocean pollution and uncontrolled activities such as overfishing, trawling and dredging. Read More

Helping Ocean Life to Save the Planet

Posted: 6th May 2022

Written by: Peter Franklin

Now is the time for us all to focus more on how improved stewardship of the oceans can contribute positively to the total climate change mitigation planning, as well as restoring our critical aquatic biodiversity. Read More

Save The Med: 2022 Highlights So Far

Posted: 25th Apr 2022

Written by: Save the Med

From The Changemaker's Project which continues to engage students in the reduction of single-use plastics to its marine protection work on the Cape of Formentor, Save the Med has been extremely busy over the first four months of the year. Read More

Is the Metaverse Compatible with Sustainable Yachting?

Posted: 13th Apr 2022

Written by: Gemma Harris

The conversation around the metaverse has been getting louder by the day, infiltrating our news and social feeds. But what is it really? And how does it relate to the superyacht industry?
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Towards Circularisation in the Leisure Marine World

Posted: 2nd Mar 2022

Written by: Peter Franklin

As some readers will know, for several years I have been helping to organise discussion forums around the subject of sustainability in the marine industry at the METSTRADE Marine Equipment Trade Show, which is held in Amsterdam every November. Read More

Is Renewable Diesel a Viable Solution for Superyachts

Posted: 15th Feb 2022

Written by: Malcolm Jacotine

In recent years, there has been a lot of focus on new technologies and green fuels such as hydrogen and methanol as a means of decarbonising the superyacht industry. While these will offer solutions for new builds in the future, what about the large fleet of legacy vessels? Read More

How Can Yacht Chefs Run a More Sustainable Galley?

Posted: 2nd Feb 2022

Written by: Gemma Harris

The yachting industry has been clutching onto the sustainability buzzword for some time now. Sustainability has rightly entered the limelight across various topics within the industry and there has been a lot of talk involving pledges and promises, but how much is being put into practice? Read More

Plastic Soup: Yachting's Fight Against Plastic Pollution

Posted: 14th Jan 2022

Written by: Peter Franklin

In my last two articles for OnboardOnline I referred to the three main threats to environmental sustainability and the fact that they are all inexorably linked to the conservation of our oceans and waterways. They are climate change, loss of biodiversity and plastic pollution. Read More

How Can Crew Develop Greener Operations On Board?

Posted: 24th Nov 2021

Written by: Gemma Harris

It's no surprise to read that our world is in an environmental crisis, facing huge problems which need addressing immediately. From climate change, plastic pollution, overfishing to acidification, our marine environments are in dire need of help. Read More

Marine Biofouling: the Silent Underwater Destroyer

Posted: 28th Oct 2021

Written by: Peter Franklin

It could be argued that the loss of biodiversity has received the least amount of publicity as a threat to environmental sustainability, but for those of us involved in the recreational boating world, it’s all about what happens out of sight beneath the water line. Read More

MB92 Releases First Report on Superyacht Industry Sustainability

Posted: 28th Oct 2021

Written by: Júlia Quintana

The superyacht industry is running out of time to course-correct on sustainability if it and its playground – the oceans – are to survive the century, a new report finds. Read More

Scuppered Dreams, Abandoned Boats: An environmental threat in pictures

Posted: 7th Oct 2021

Written by: Peter Franklin

The Centre for Aquatic Environments at Brighton University in the UK has released a video outlining current environmental hazards in decommissioning leisure boats, stressing the urgent need for more sustainable practices.

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Sustainability: Putting the Word into Practice

Posted: 26th Aug 2021

Written by: Peter Franklin

Sustainability: it's a word that has become one of the most frequently used and passionately debated over the last decade. And for reasons we are all aware of, even more so during the past 18 months. Read More

United Nations Study Warns of Major Inevitable Climate Change

Posted: 9th Aug 2021

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

"Climate change is not a problem of the future, it's here and now and affecting every region in the world." These are the words of Dr Friederike Otto, one of the many authors on the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which was released today, 8 August 2021. Read More

Inspiring Ocean Conservation Films to Watch Right Now

Posted: 28th Jul 2021

Written by: Sea Shepherd

Looking for something to watch at home? Sea Shepherd has you covered with ocean conservation films available to stream online. Read More

Summer with Save the Med

Posted: 8th Jul 2021

Written by: OnboardOnline

From shark conservation projects to education and awareness initiatives, it’s been a busy summer for Save the Med. Plus, with the boat refit done and the team having conducted their annual first aid and in water rescue training, everyone is all ready and excited for the 2021 expedition season. Read More

How Teams in The Ocean Race Europe are Taking Action for the Planet

Posted: 2nd Jul 2021

Written by: OnboardOnline

Joining UN Sports for Climate Action, collecting scientific data about the state of the seas, cutting out single-use plastic, measuring and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were just some of the initiatives taken by the 12 teams competing in The Ocean Race Europe to support the ocean and climate. Read More

Turtle’s Tale Reveals Double Fishing Threat on World Sea Turtle Day

Posted: 16th Jun 2021

Written by: Jasmine Spavieri

The story of a female loggerhead turtle caught twice in fishing gear reveals a dual threat facing many marine animals. Thunderbird was entangled in fishing gear in the Mediterranean off the coast of Mallorca last year, and was subsequently fitted with a satellite tag and freed.
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Five Ways We Can Protect the Global Ocean

Posted: 9th Jun 2021

Written by: Pew Charitable Trusts

From protecting international water with a UN treaty to establishing more fully-protected marine reserves, the Pew Charitable Trusts reminds us about the beauty and importance of our marine wilderness, and how and why we must preserve it for future generations. Read More

How to Have an Environmentally Friendly Yacht Charter

Posted: 9th Jun 2021

Written by: Sarah Mackenzie

The superyacht industry has a responsibility to protect the environment and here West Nautical lists a few practical ways that crews can make their superyacht charter operations more environmentally friendly. Read More

On The Frontlines: Illegal Fishing in Africa: The Must See Follow Up To Seaspiracy

Posted: 24th May 2021

Written by: Sea Shepherd

The waters around Africa are home to a huge array of breathtaking marine animals including many species of tuna, leatherback sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and migratory species such as whale sharks, birds, humpback whales, porpoises and Bryde’s whales. Read More


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