The latest news on one of the industry's hottest topics: improving the sustainability of boating through more eco-friendly products, by reducing the impact of manufacturing, encouraging more recycling, and preserving the natural resources recreational boating depends on.



NZ sets up Marine Electrification Fund

New Zealand has set up a Marine Electrification Fund to encourage the use of electric propulsion and has announced the first recipients of four grants. These are for passenger ferries and the world-famous Shotover Jet canyon river ride boats.

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Amsterdam ‘Bubble Barrier’ traps plastic but not fish, boats

In a global first, an environmental project has been launched in the Port of Amsterdam that uses a curtain of rising air bubbles to trap plastic waste preventing it from reaching the North Sea.


Lignia Wood Co joins Water Revolution Foundation as corporate partner

Lignia Wood Company, a British timber modification business whose Lignia Yacht range is a real-wood alternative to Burmese teak, has joined the Water Revolution Foundation as a corporate partner.


Ocean Cleanup tackles plastic garbage in rivers

Days after reporting a breakthrough in trapping plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean using the ocean’s current, Rotterdam-based Ocean Cleanup has unveiled a solar-powered trap that similarly capturers plastic garbage in rivers.

UK marine firms to develop new lifecycle assessment tool

With a growing emphasis on sustainability in the marine leisure market, a new tool for lifecycle assessment (LCA) for the recreational and performance yachting sector is planned to be developed by an international collaboration between marine logistics specialist GAC Pindar and UK-based MarineShift360 that works to drive sustainability initiatives.

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‘Sustainability’ key focus of Barcelona show

Sustainability in the leisure marine industry is the key focus of the 2019 Barcelona Boat Show, which is now in its 58th edition. The theme is complementary to the show also reflecting the recovery of the boating sector with 7% growth in 2018.


METSTRADE teams up with Water Revolution Foundation

METSTRADE, the world’s largest B2B platform for the leisure marine equipment industry, has teamed up with Water Revolution Foundation as the non-profit’s first strategic trade show partner.

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Colorado boating under threat by invasive species

The state of Colorado has seen a dramatic rise in the number of invasive mussel-infested boats, which some officials say could lead to a shutdown of boating activities in the state’s 38 drinking water reservoirs.

UK creates 41 new marine conservation areas

As part of its ongoing policy to protect its extensive marine environment, the UK government has created 41 new marine conservation zones (MCZs) to expand its protection of British marine life.

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Australian MIA to ban single-use plastics at marinas by 2025

The Australian Marinas Industries Association (MIA) has joined the global fight against plastic waste by announcing at its Marinas19 Conference a new policy aimed at eliminating single-use plastics in the country’s marinas. The conference, held every two years, ran from May 27-28 at the Sea World Resort in Southport on ...

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A US vessel Turn-In Program is gaining momentum

The State of Texas is trying to combat a growing trend in the US and abroad: the number of derelict boats being abandoned along roadways, on vacant land, or worse, moored or scuttled on the water.

Rhode Island recycles fibreglass boats

With tens-of-thousands of fibreglass boats manufactured between the 1970s and 1990s coming to their end-of-life cycle, the Rhode Island Marine Trade Association (RIMTA) is hoping its Fiberglass Vessel Recycling Pilot Project (FVR) could be a solution to a growing disposal concern.

Maverick Boat’s CEO testifies at US Senate hearing on ‘Blue Economy’

Scott Deal highlights need for an updated and robust infrastructure, a clean and healthy environment and sound fisheries management policy to help grow the recreational boat business

The ENATA Foiler, made in the UAE, was hugely popular at DIBS

Green initiatives take centre stage at DIBS

The 27th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS), which closed on Saturday 2 March, revealed a growing interest in environmentally friendly boats and propulsion systems.

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New funding for fibreglass recycling pilot project

A pilot project to develop a sustainable way of disposing with end-of-life fibreglass boats has received new funding from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water.


Sustainability_IBI magazine OctNov Issue 2019

>> Read more about the industry's latest sustainability initiatives in the Oct-Nov issue of IBI.