Metstrade plans two sessions on sustainability issues

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The 2017 Metstrade show has scheduled two sessions on sustainability in the marine industry for the Innovation Stage during the first two days of the Nov. 14-16 event at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Center in the Netherlands.

“After the successful conferences on environmental issues held alongside the two previous Metstrade shows, we are now bringing sustainability into the heart of the event for the 2017 edition,” RAI Amsterdam maritime director Irene Dros said in a statement. “This will enable us to reach the widest possible audience.”

On Nov. 14 the program will include activities about the end of life of boats. There will be a roundup of the latest developments related to this substantial threat to future sustainability. It could affect as many as 40 million boats worldwide in coming decades.

The session will aim to bring the subject to a wider audience and encourage a more entrepreneurial focus on ways to address the challenges while keeping the financial realities in mind.

The panel will be moderated by Albert Willemsen, environmental consultant at ICOMIA, and include Neil Chapman (CEO of; Willem Dekker (president of the European Boating Association); Jeroen van den Heuvel (HISWA membership manager); Pierre Barbleu (president of the APER boat dismantling network, France); and Albert ten Busschen (professor of plastics technology at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences).

On Nov. 15 the stage will focus on the leisure marine industry’s plans to cope with future environmental regulations and expectations. It will look at how boat design and construction techniques can be adapted to minimize the harmful effect on the environment over their entire lifecycle without reducing profitability and growth.

Moderated by Patrick Hemp, technical manager of ICOMIA, the panel will feature Christoph Ballin (CEO/co-founder of Torqeedo); Renaud Tourte (R&D director of the Beneteau Group Boats Division); Michaël Steenhof (yacht building manager at HISWA); and Shyaam Ramkumar (knowledge and innovation manager at Circle Economy).


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