Metstrade I-nnovationLAB stage designed to inspire

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Boats that run on alternative fuel sources will help contribute to cleaner waterways and oceans.

Boats that run on alternative fuel sources will help contribute to cleaner waterways and oceans.

The 2018 edition of Metstrade will again have an I-nnovationLAB stage that is intended to stimulate discussions on myriad topics in the marine industry. The stage on the exhibition floor will host two panel debates on the first two days of the show, November 13 and 14.

The first session will cover the health of the oceans, rivers and lakes and will look at initiatives being used by marinas, yacht clubs, sailing organizations and individuals to contribute to environmental sustainability and conservation. It will be moderated by Albert Willemsen, an environmental consultant from the International Council of Marine Industry Associations and the panel will consist of Lonneke Holierhoek, COO of the Ocean Cleanup, Tony Browne, director of Adriatic Marinas, Porto Montenegro, Pete Ceglinski, managing director at the Seabin Project, Dan Reading, sustainability program manager at World Sailing, and Sara-Jane Skinner, head of partnerships at the BLUE Marine Foundation.

Session two will look at the effectiveness of many green initiatives in the marine industry. It will consider the long-term benefits of sustainable measures and ways to measure their lifecycle effect and total environmental impact. The session will be moderated by Patrick Hemp, technical manager at ICOMIA, and the panelists will be Dr. Vienna Eleuteri, sustainability manager at Viareggio Superyachts, Ken Wittamore, managing director of Triskel Marine, Hybrid Power & Propulsion Systems, Jaap van der Woude, sustainability committee chair of the European Composites Industry Association, James Starkey, yacht design and production graduate from Southampton University, and Charlotte Schiffer, designer at the LADIDA Design Institute.

“This is the second year that sustainability will be at the very heart of the Metstrade show,” said Irene Dros, RAI Amsterdam’s maritime domain manager, in a statement. “This clearly demonstrates our commitment to these crucial issues and ensures we have the broadest possible reach. We intend to continue placing sustainability at the forefront of our activities as Metstrade encourages and advocates for ways to implement more environmentally friendly practices throughout the industry.”