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Please register for the conference using the link above – rate is 350 euros. This includes the full one day conference and the drinks reception at the end of the day.

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Following the inaugural and highly successful Future of Yacht Recycling Conference staged by Quaynote Communications and YachtMedia on the day before the METSTRADE Show kicked off last November, the organisers have announced a second edition with an expanded environmental theme.

The event will not only revisit the dismantling and responsible recycling of leisure craft, but also engage in debate about whether the Boating Industry can effectively embrace the ‘Circular Economy’ and how it can interact with the environmental desirability of ocean and waterway conservation.   

 Fully supported by METSTRADE and with technical cooperation from ICOMIA, the event will fit conveniently into the travel planning for anyone attending the METSTRADE event in the Netherlands. Starting at 11.00 am on the day before the big show opens its doors, there will be a registration / talk-shop period from 8.30 onwards, where visitors arriving early will be able to take a coffee, chat to various experts about the subject matters, and share experiences with like minded colleagues.

ICOMIA Secretary General Udo Kleinitz, who very ably chaired the 2015 edition, will again preside over the day’s proceedings, and individual segments of the agenda will be moderated by Chairmen from the Confederation’s Technical, Environment and Marinas Working Groups.

Peter Franklin speaking for the joint organisers said, “Last year’s Yacht Recycling Conference was very well attended and kick started fruitful discussions about how to deal with End-of-Life Boats, bringing together many businesses and organisations with a professional interest in the subject and its environmental implications. The feedback we received from delegates and participants afterwards indicated that they would very much welcome the opportunity to review the key topics again in 12 months time, in order to monitor progress, cross-fertilise latest ideas, and to plot where the boating industry stands with regard to any forthcoming regulatory interventions.”

“But, actually we have recognised that we are not only working for the sustainability of the marine industry, but also for the cleanliness and biodiversity of our seas and waterways” Franklin added. “So we also plan to dedicate part of the program this year to the concept of ocean conservation, and how to encourage our industry and its customers to be actively involved in responsibly sustaining the very environment that supports its being.”

“Irene Dros, Maritime Domain Manager at METSTRADE commented, “we are dedicated to continuing our commitment to environmental sustainability in all aspects of our show, and are therefore delighted to host another forum that focuses on sustainability in our industry.  We also believe that widening out the discussion to embrace the ‘clean seas narrative’ can only help to increase the focus on dealing with End-of-Life or End-of-Use Boats.”

IBI News who took a keen interest in last year’s event and organised a debate on the subject matter in the METSRADE Innovation Lab afterwards, have been confirmed as Media Partners for the 2nd edition.

For speaker/sponsorship opportunities connected with this engaging event please contact Peter Franklin at YachtMedia:


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Session One – Welcome to Sustainability in the Marine Industry 2016.

09.30Registration, coffee, croissants and ‘Interactive TalkShop.’
Supporting Sponsors: BLUE Marine Foundation
A one-hour period for arrival of delegates.
Incorporating an overview on current ocean conservation projects.
An informational and interactive discussion on a subject close to
every boater’s heart…
Including examples of how we can best sustain the future of the
oceans that provide the environment for our hobby / sport/ leisure
pursuit, and thus secure the ongoing growth of our Leisure Marine
10.30Welcome and introduction from the conference chairman.
Udo Kleinitz – Secretary General of ICOMIA.
10.35Welcome speech from senior representative of the Dutch Water Sports Industry.
Geert Dijks – Managing Director, Netherlands Marine Industry Trade Association. (HISWA)
10.40Session Two: User Demographics:
Moderated by: Udo Kleinitz
Speakers: Jouko Huju, President of ICOMIA; CEO Finnboat
Neil Chapman, Founder
11.10Session Three: End-of-Life Boats, one year on…an update:

  • What progress has ICOMIA, EBA, EBI and the industry in general
    achieved in the last 12 months?
  • What developments have there been towards future legislation
    and government/local authority engagement?
  • Has there been any progress with the challenge of composite
  • Have further dismantling/recycling facilities been established.
  • Has the acceptance of responsibility for disposal shown by boat
    owners seen any improvement?
    Moderated by: Brian Clark, Chairman, ICOMIA Environmental Committee
    Mats Eriksson, Sweboat
    Jeroen van den Heuvel, HISWA
    Pierre Barbleu, Manager APER France, Boat Dismantling Network
    Jose Luis Fayos, ANEN
    Sandrine Devos, Secretary General of European Boating Industry
    Willem Dekker – President, European Boating Association. (EBA)
    Paul Gramsma, Xtreme Eco Solutions
    Dr lr Albert ten Busschen, Associate Lecturer in Plastics
    Jaap van der Woude – EU Composites Association (EuCIA), Former chair of Working Group on composites sustainability.


    Bram Van der Pijll, Bootjessloperij “het Harpje”
12.25Questions, Discussion and Panel Debate
12.45Lunch. Sponsored by METSTRADE.
13.45Video and Presentation by BLUE Marine Foundation. All about Marine Reserves and Fishing Sustainability Projects.
Presented by Rory Moore and Sara-Jane Skinner.
14.00Session Four: Designing and constructing boats for easier dismantling and
more environmentally responsible recycling in future:

  • The naval architects/designers viewpoint. Practical examples of
    how design principles are changing (or not) to meet this requirement.
  • The boat builder’s viewpoint. Practical examples as above.
  • Developments in sustainable materials. What is actually out there
    now, or possibly coming in the future, which can genuinely meet the
    demands of marine use, and still be 100% recyclable or
    biodegradable at an acceptable cost level.
  • What can we learn from other industries that may already be
    moving more positively in this direction?
    Moderated by: Patrick Hemp, ICOMIA Technical Manager
    Speakers/Panellists include:
    Susie Tompson, Sustainability Manager, Land Rover BAR America’s Cup Team
    Enrico Benco, CEO, GS4C, Go Sailing for a Change
14.30Questions, Discussion and Panel Debate
14.45Session Five: Life Cycle Assessment:

  • What does LCA really mean for the marine industry?
  • How can the LCA principle be employed to drive down costs for
    boat builders as it has in other industries?
    Moderated by: Albert Willemsen, ICOMIA Environmental Specialist
    Paolo Bertetti, SAN LORENZO
    Alasdair Reay, CEO HPi Verification Services
    Eelco Leemans, Leemans Marine Consultancy
    Pino Spadafora, RINA
    Per Hokfelt, VP Sustainability, Diab Group
    Jaap van der Woude – EU Composites Association (EuCIA), Former chair of Working Group on composites sustainability.
16.00Questions, Discussion and Panel Debate
16.45Session Six: The Circular Economy:

  • What does it really mean, and how could/should it relate to the
    Marine Industry?
  • How are other industries (aerospace/automotive/consumer goods
    manufacturing) accepting and adapting to the CE Concept?
  • Practical examples of pioneers in our industry who are embracing
    and moving towards the CE Concept.
    Moderated by: Barbara Fountoukos, Head of Communications, ICOMIA

    Ben Kubbinga, Circle Economy
    Victoria Cerrone, Clear Yacht International
    Thomas Strasser, EU Commission Maritime Affairs
    Sieger Sakko, International Account Manager, EST-Floattech BV
17.45Questions, Discussion and Panel Debate
Els Zijlstra – Creative Director, Materia Group.
18.15Chairman’s closing remarks.
18.15Delegates VIP tour of the 2016 Materials Xperience
An exclusive look at a large range of the latest innovative
construction and manufacturing materials. Presented by Materia, a
global network organisation that connects naval architects, designers
and boat manufacturers with materials that add value to their
projects. With complimentary drinks and canapés.
19.15Conference ends.

Udo Kleinitz

Udo Kleinitz

ICOMIA Secretary General

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Geert Dijks

Geert Dijks

Managing Director, Netherlands Marine Industry Trade Association. (HISWA)

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Neil Chapman


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Dr Jouko Huju

Chief Executive, Finnish Marine Industries Federation

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Brian Clark

Chairman, ICOMIA Environmental Committee

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Jeroen van den Heuvel


Pierre Barbleu

Manager, APER France

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Jose Luis Fayos


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Sandrine Devos

Secretary General, European Boating Industry

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Willem Dekker

President, European Boating Association. (EBA)

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Paul Gramsma

Extreme Eco Solutions

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Dr lr Albert ten Busschen

Associate Lecturer in Plastics Technology, University of Windesheim

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Jaap van der Woude

EU Composites Association (EuCIA), Former chair of Working Group on composites sustainability

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Boj van Baars

Yacht Recycling Foundation

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Bram van der Pijll

Bram Van der Pijll

Bootjessloperij "het Harpje"

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Sara-Jane Skinner

BLUE Marine Foundation

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Rory Moore

BLUE Marine Foundation

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Patrick Hemp

Technical Consultant, ICOMIA

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Susie Tomson

Sustainability Manager, Land Rover BAR America's Cup Team

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Els Zijlstra

Creative Director, Materia Group

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Enrico Benco

CEO, GS4C, Go Sailing for a Change

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Albert Willemsen

Technical Consultant, ICOMIA

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Paolo Bertetti

San Lorenzo

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Alasdair Reay

CEO, HPi Verification Services

Eelco Leemans

Leeman Marine Consultancy

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Pino Spadafora

Area Manager, RINA

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Per Hokfelt

VP Sustainability, Diab Group

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Barbara Fountoukos

Head of Communications, ICOMIA

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Ben Kubbinga

Circle Economy

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Victoria Cerrone

Clear Yacht International

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Thomas Strasser

EU Commission Maritime Affairs

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Sieger Sakko

International Account Manager, EST-Floattech BV

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The one day conference is to be run in conjunction with METSTRADE 2016 (Marine Equipment Trade Show) at the Amsterdam RAI conference and exhibition centre on Monday 14th November, and is fully supported and sponsored by METS.

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