Sustainability & Conservation in Yachting
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
"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
Looking for something to watch at home? Sea Shepherd has you covered with ocean conservation films available to stream online. Read More
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
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
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.
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
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
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
As the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the daily realities of the superyacht industry, how many well-intentioned sustainability initiatives have continued and had a genuine impact? And what lessons can we learn from other sectors such as aviation and automotive? Read More
Just over two months into 2021 and Water Revolution Foundation has been busy with everything from holding sustainability training courses to hosting a superyacht designers roundtable to discuss their vital role in the necessary transition towards sustainable yachting. Read More
In 2021 there needs to be urgent action to help the ocean, including ambitious work to fight climate change. Here are four ways that The Ocean Race is taking action this year. Read More
Fraser is proud to be the first yachting company to commit to the Eyesea initiative, which encourages superyachts to map marine pollution using the combination of the unique technology available on board and the significant reach offered by the maritime sector. Read More
Mallorca-based Save the Med Foundation and IbizaPreservation have collaborated to launch 'Plastic Free Balearics'. The project aims to create a certification standard that is largely aimed at the hospitality sector, the main generator of waste in the Balearic Islands. Read More
For breathtaking scenery and off the beaten track destinations, many are cruising further and further afield. Some adventures are only possible by sea. Nowadays, more and more superyachts are designed and built to be able to explore remote destinations. Read More
Following the launch of Sunseeker International and The Blue Marine Foundation’s marine environment programme ‘Project Menorca’ in 2018, numerous positive outcomes have been recorded including a reduction in single-use plastics by local fishmongers and beach cleans. Read More
AMAALA, the ultra-luxury destination along Saudi Arabia’s north western coast, recently took to the seas with Monaco-based OceanoScientific on a two-week scientific expedition to measure the impact of river water pollutants on human and sea life.
Save the Med has announced the launch of their new project, 'Define Humano'. The new initiative, set up in collaboration with Patterson Agency, brings together scientists, environmentalists and creators to redefine together what it is to be human and to co-create the future of humanity. Read More