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

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

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

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

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

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

Zero Emission Propulsion: The Quest Continues

Posted: 30th Apr 2021

Written by: Peter Franklin

A METS webinar about how tugs and a ‘new era of green marine propulsion' kicked off with a concise review of the current situation by Kimmo Lheto, Chairman of the European Tug Owners Association, who ran through the available fuel options. Read More

Implementing Real Change: Sustainability and Superyachts

Posted: 2nd Apr 2021

Written by: Rachel Rowney

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

Water Revolution Foundation: A 2021 Update

Posted: 8th Mar 2021

Written by: Water Revolution Foundation

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

Four Ways The Ocean Race Is Helping Our Blue Planet In 2021

Posted: 21st Jan 2021

Written by: The Ocean Race

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 Joins ‘Eyesea’ Initiative to Map Maritime Pollution

Posted: 7th Dec 2020

Written by: Charlotte Bailey

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

IbizaPreservation and Save the Med Join Forces to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics

Posted: 25th Nov 2020

Written by: Sabrina Barceló

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

What Happens to your Garbage when you are Cruising in Remote Regions?

Posted: 17th Nov 2020

Written by: Christelle Holler

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

Project Menorca: A Successful Marine Environment Programme

Posted: 9th Nov 2020

Written by: British Marine

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 & OceanoScientific Steer Environmental Research Sailing Expedition

Posted: 4th Nov 2020

Written by: Muneira Al Adwani

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.
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Superyacht Anchorages Restricted in France to Protect Seagrass

Posted: 20th Oct 2020

Written by: David Robinson

Marine and environmental authorities in the French Alpes-Maritimes on the Cote d’Azur have introduced new laws that restrict anchorage areas in the region for yachts over 20m (66ft) in an action to protect seagrass, which has been a protected species for over 30 years. Read More

Oceanco Launches Pioneering Initiative Oceanco NXT

Posted: 19th Oct 2020

Written by: Emy Artolli

Oceanco NXT brings together a cohort of luminaries in the yachting, technology and design worlds to marry innovation and sustainability in an authentic and meaningful way that will transform how we spend time on superyachts. Read More

Water Revolution Foundation Kicks off its Second Year

Posted: 6th Jul 2020

Written by: Water Revolution Foundation

After a year that can be characterised by strong industry support and willingness to improve, the inaugural year of Water Revolution Foundation has officially come to an end. The board looks back on this year with pride. Read More

Superyachts and the Environment: Lessons from COVID-19

Posted: 8th Jun 2020

Written by: Zoe Smith

Today on World Oceans Day, West Nautical reflects on the impact of the global pandemic we find ourselves in, as the superyacht industry relies on the planet’s magnificent oceans and beautiful scenery to make sailing worthwhile.
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Celebrate the World's Largest Mums This Mother's Day

Posted: 6th May 2020

Written by: Sea Shepherd

With Mother’s Day in the US held this Sunday 10th May, it’s the perfect time to celebrate all of the wonderful mothers and carers. And while all mothers deserve recognition, this year we're celebrating whales - the world's largest mums with the biggest hearts! Read More

UNESCO Looks to Yachting to Help Save the Ocean

Posted: 28th Apr 2020

Written by: Rosalinda Much

Dr Emma Heslop, Programme Specialist for the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), is currently setting up a system for the monitoring of the ocean as part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030. Read More

Introducing Water Revolution Foundation’s Yacht Assessment Tool

Posted: 9th Apr 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

Water Revolution Foundation has launched a Yacht Assessment Tool which is designed to revolutionise the design and build processes of superyachts by empowering decision-makers with the information needed to make sustainable choices. Read More

Now is the Time for Green Yachts

Posted: 30th Mar 2020

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

Global warming, climate change and plastic pollution are just three of many forces threatening our planet today, so there’s no better time for the superyacht industry to do its bit and start evaluating its degree of efficiency and sustainability. Read More

Are Yacht Shows Letting the Side Down on Sustainability?

Posted: 1st Mar 2020

Written by: Rebecca Whitlocke

Within the yachting industry, sustainability talk in the media focuses to a large extent on those who design, build or own superyachts. But when it comes to yachting trade shows and events, just how sustainable are we? Read More

Mission Ocean – From Panama to Paradise

Posted: 3rd Dec 2019

Written by: Laura Beard

The shipyard in Shelter Bay, where we hauled out Contigo for a well-needed bottom scrub and some urgent repairs, was literally in the middle of the jungle. For miles there is nothing but thick forest from which howler monkeys complain loudly every time it starts to rain. Read More

Sustainability in the Spotlight at METSTRADE 2019

Posted: 28th Nov 2019

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

While superyachts may seem unlikely candidates to boast any green credentials, in recent years the industry has been striving to build, run and dispose of superyachts in ways that are both eco-friendly and won’t cost the earth. Read More

Introducing 'Yachting Gives Back'

Posted: 25th Nov 2019

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

It was Christmas 2018, and Nick Entwisle was sitting at his desk looking down at a jam-packed STP. Hundreds of millions of euros worth of megayachts were lined up and Palma’s biggest shipyard had never been so full. Surely they m... Read More

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