Superyacht sustainability lobby makes tracks in 1st year

By Robert Wielaard

AMSTERDAM – Water Revolution Foundation, an alliance of superyacht makers and suppliers in the Netherlands and elsewhere, says it made good tracks in its 1st year in raising awareness of sustainable yacht building. WRF’s marquee goal is to craft a general superyacht profile so yachts can be compared, and their environmental footprint benchmarked.

Henk de Vries

“We have already started a number of smart initiatives including ways to offset yacht pollution and the development of an energy label for specific yachts,” says Henk de Vries, CEO of Feadship and WRF’s founding chairman. “We are leading the way in encouraging everyone involved with building and operating large yachts to take responsibility for the impact they have on the environment.”

The non-profit, Amsterdam-based WRF said in its first year:

—it has found a 10th ‘anchor partner,’ Dutch marine services company De Koninggroep. It joins Dutch superyacht makers Amels/Damen, Feadship and Heesen;  German builders Luerssen and Abeking&Rasmussen, German coatings maker Alexseal, Italian builder Benetti, MB92, the Barcelona-based refit giant and the West Palm Beach, Fla. superyacht marina of Rybovich.

—it has crafted a ‘Sustainability in Practice’ management course tailored for yachting sector types. The first one-day course is set for Nov. 19 during METSTRADE in Amsterdam (€370. Max 18 participants.)

—it has worked on Yachting 4.0, the “scientifically-developed yacht assessment tool.” Watch that 2019 METS’ InnovationLAB Stage for details!

—WRF Executive Director Robert van Tol was named to lead a new, large-yachts ISO sustainability working group.

WRF says that through sharing information, experience, knowledge and best practices, and importing technology from other industries, the superyacht industry can accelerate the shift to sustainability and reduce its footprint significantly.

WRF corporate members (€10,000/yr if more than 50 employees; €2,500 if under 50) get access to information on sustainable solutions and joint industry project participation. Anchor members (€25,000 or more) get promoted as a sustainability leader and get priority access to pilot and joint industry projects.