The much anticipated conference Sustainability in the Marine Industry will
explore recycling, life cycle assessment and how the supply chain, including
designers, boatbuilders and manufacturers, can profitably adopt the circular
economy.

To be held at RAI Amsterdam on Monday 14 November – the day before METSTRADE begins –
Organisers of Sustainability in the Marine Industry (SIMI16) have added several high profile
speakers to the programme.

Paolo Bertetti, Operations Director for SANLORENZO, will share his company’s views and plans
for ‘cradle to grave’ construction and usage of yachts. Whilst Dr Jaap van der Woude,
Sustainability Committee Chairman of European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA), will
give an overview on progress in the recycling of composites, and the methodology of life cycle
assessment.
Jouko Huju CEO of Finnboat and Neil Chapman CEO of Boatshed.com, will give their views on
‘user demographics’, providing data and insights into the changes in ownership habits and
usage of leisure yachts – and how this plays into the sustainability discussion for the future of
our industry.
As already announced, Susie Tomson, Sustainability Manager for the Land Rover / BAR
America’s Cup race team, will share her findings on the work they have done and are
continuing to do in life cycle assessment and composite recycling at the team’s UK
Portsmouth base. In addition, the BLUE Marine Foundation will present details of their ocean
conservation/marine reserve projects around the world.
“Developed by the same team that brought us last year’s ground-breaking conference, ‘The
Future of Yacht Recycling’, SIMI16 pushes the concept one step further by looking at the
problems associated with recycling and how life cycle assessment is relevant in minimising
issues surrounding end-of-life-boats” explains Udo Kleinitz, Secretary General of ICOMIA and

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations – ICOMIA – is the international trade association representing the
global marine industry since 1966. ICOMIA brings together national boating federations in one global organisation and
represents them at an international level, presenting a strong and united voice when dealing with issues challenging the
industry. For further information, visit www.icomia.org
SIMI16 chairman. “To further expand on the problems with a linear ‘take-make-dispose’
approach, which results in massive waste, SIMI16 will present a new business model – the
‘circular economy’ – and showcase how it can be applied, profitably, to the marine industry”.
Organised by Quaynote Communications and YachtMedia, SIMI16 is powered by METSTRADE
and technically supported by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations
(ICOMIA).
For more information visit www.quaynote.com or register directly at
www.regonline.com/SIMI16
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
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