MAKKUM – Custom superyacht builder Feadship has laid 420 solar panels on its recently opened 2nd build hall in this northern Dutch town. The giant facility includes a 112m (368ft.) dry dock and is one of 4 Feadship yards across the Netherlands.
The panels will generate 180 MWh of electricity a year, equivalent to the annual requirements of 52 households. The solar power will be used to support new-build and refit activities. Also, the hall’s white roof helps keep the facility cool in the summer months.
“This latest investment in Makkum reflects an organization-wide commitment at Feadship to build yachts in a carbon-neutral manner by 2025,” says Sijbrand de Vries, director of the De Vries Scheepsbouw, a Feadship constituent member.
“Every part of the Feadship group,” he adds, “is leading the way in reducing the ecological footprint of the superyacht sector as a whole. From the way we build yachts to lifecycle assessment studies aimed at reducing material waste. This philosophy applies to every aspect of our work. Ongoing research into how Feadships can become more sustainable is having a genuine impact.”
Feadship is making impressive tracks. In 2020, it had 1,500 solar panels installed at its Aalsmeer yard, just south of Schiphol Airport. These now generate 530 MWh a year.
And 2,262 solar panels were laid on the Feadship yard in the Port of Amsterdam that opened in 2019. These generate 550 MWh per year. The Port of Amsterdam site also brims with other eco-friendly assets such as LED lighting and district heating (aka teleheating) – heat distribution via insulated pipes to homes and commercial operators.
Feadship has put the sustainability bar high. Its patented Oxywash technology for exhaust gas treatment is proving an excellent innovation.
The company was a founding member of the Amsterdam-based Water Revolution Foundation whose Yacht Environmental Transparency Index (YETI), initiated by Feadship, is becoming an industry-wide measurement tool.
YETI is an index to compare yachts’ environmental credentials. The initiative runs parallel to WRF’s Yacht Assessment Tool that rates the green factors of individual yachts.
Until now, it was not possible to measure a superyacht’s environmental impact for lack of such a tool. The one developed by WRF considers the unique type of vessel a superyacht is, does a life cycle assessment and calculates its environmental impact based on 10 key environmental indicators.