Agenda set for pre-METS yacht-recycling conference

The inaugural Future of Yacht Recycling Conference place Nov. 16.

The inaugural Future of Yacht Recycling Conference, which takes place Nov. 16 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Center the day before the Marine Equipment Trade Show opens, announced speakers and panelists.

The speakers will present and lead debates on end-of-life boats and how their growing numbers can be dealt with in a practical way.

The event is sponsored by METS Trade and supported by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations. ICOMIA secretary general Udo Kleinitz, who has been involved in the marine industry for more than 20 years, will be chairman of the event.

Carla Demaria

Carla Demaria

Carla Demaria, president of Monte Carlo Yachts and board president of the Italian nautical industry association UCINA, will deliver the keynote address. She will explain why she believes the global yachting industry has to seriously engage in dismantling and responsibly recycling the boats of yesterday to make way for the boats of tomorrow.

Mirna Cieniewicz, secretary general of the Brussels-based European Boating Industry, will present an overview of the Boat Digest project. This collaboration among several EU-based partners has been designed to create a working platform that facilitates the safe and environmentally responsible dismantling of boats that have reached the end of their working life.

A number of other confirmed speakers will contribute to interactive panel discussions, which will be structured to deliver details of practical and relevant solutions to the challenges that end-of life boats present.