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Boat DIGEST is as its halfway stage now

The project which started in the autumn last year is set to finish in September 2015. All of the deadlines have been kept so far and most importantly, we have progressed with our work. During the last months important information from the interested parties has been gathered. Based on this input, we have proposed recommendations for recreational craft owners and analysed training needs for dismantlers. The next steps will include coming up with training contents and guidelines for both owners and dismantlers. So there is still a lot to keep us busy for the next year and we look forward to receiving even more contributions and feedback from all those concerned.

    Survey results: what boat owners & dismantlers know & think

Are recreational craft owners ready to pay for their old boat to be dismantled? What are the most common practices and equipment used while disassembling such boats? These are some of the many questions answered by boat owners and dismantlers in the course of Boat DIGEST project’s surveys.

Interviews, online questionnaires and workshops carried out by the Boat DIGEST partners this year helped gather information from, among other countries: France, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. These valuable inputs covered the current practices and attitudes of recreational craft owners and dismantlers, in relation to end-of-life boat issues.

The detailed results of the surveys for recreational craft owners are available on:

And for dismantlers on:

Boat owners are invited to fill in and return the questionnaires (available in English, Spanish, Italian, Turkish and French) until the middle of 2015, using this link: http://www.boatdigest.eu/diseminate.asp

    Next steps: developing awareness & training contents

Information gathered during the first half of the project (see article about survey results) will now help Boat DIGEST to come up with the “awareness module for recreational craft owners” and a “training module for dismantlers”. The first one will address issues related to end-of-life boats at the EU level, owners’ responsibilities and available solutions, as well as information about the environmental impacts of abandoned boats. The training module for dismantlers will look at the environmental effects of dismantling and suggest the best available practices. It will also provide safety information and recommendations for the personal protective equipment to be used by people involved in disassembling and recycling boats.

Additionally, a set of guidelines will be developed for marinas and nautical associations, in order to provide them with key information and help them address the end-of-life related problems. To complement the modules and strengthen the messages, visual material will be created and a pilot training will start running throughout Europe (via a web-based e-learning platform) by the middle of 2015.

If you are a recreational craft owner or a dismantler and you wish to participate in this pilot training, please send a message to contact@boatdigest.eu



Catalonia introduces an environmental licence for boat dismantling


A member of Boat DIGEST Advisory Board, the Catalan Waste Agency, (www.arc.cat) recently released a document explaining the procedure to obtain the environmental licence for dismantling activity involving recreational craft in Catalonia (Spain).

The document informs about the steps a company has to take to be authorised to carry out boat dismantling activities. The agency indicates how companies should classify their activity (according to the law), what documents should be provided and where to submit them.

The Catalan Waste Agency explains in its paper the administrative requirements that must be fulfilled, once the company has received the environmental licence and informs that the dismantling facilities also have to be checked and approved.

More information is available (in Catalan) on this link


Collection of end-of-life boats in France


On 9-10th October 2014 in Brittany (France) Arc Environment enterprise, member of APER (Boat DIGEST partner) network, started a collection of abandoned boats, as part of the campaign led by EcoNav association, with the support of territorial communities. Six 30-40 years old boats (4-7 metres) were collected from the coast and the gardens during the 2-day event in Brittany.

The idea behind this pilot initiative is to collect end-of-life boats that would later be disassembled. EcoNav wants to raise current and future users’ awareness about the responsibility that comes with owning a boat which reaches the end of its useful life. The association also wants to draw users’ attention to the fact that deconstructing craft comes at a cost but there are already solutions in place to tackle the problem and boats don’t have to be abandoned.

Persuading owners to pay for deconstructing their old craft, is one of the main challenges faced by the EcoNav. This time, in order to encourage the owners to act, Arc Environment offered to pick up the boats at an average price of 500 euros. EcoNav believes that the collection in Brittany is not just a one-off event, but it will be a long-term solution which will eventually reduce the cost of transport and maintain a low price for deconstructing a boat.

The event in Brittany was also attended by APER, one of the very few associations in Europe which coordinates dismantling and recycling of end-of-life boats in France and promotes environmental solutions, such as research & development projects on recycling fiberglass.
The date and the place of the new collection within the campaign run by EcoNav have not yet been decided.


Sailing racing company Oracle engaged in recycling


The sailing racing group Oracle Team USA recently received an award from an applied research specialist for reusing carbon-fiber composite materials from decommissioned racing yachts. The America’s Cup winner was recognised for its “intelligent design and commercial integration of reclaimed carbon-fiber from composites.”

Oracle Team USA has recycled two of its racing yachts by recovering carbon and reusing the material in a mould for its next-generation watercraft. The carbon was recovered using a closed-loop process in a geothermal plant and was then shipped to Team Oracle USA's supplier, Core Composites, for repurposing. Unused, recycled carbon-fiber was sent to a Materials Innovation Technologies (MIT-RCF) company which specialises in reclaiming, re-engineering and repurposing carbon-fiber composites.

Oracle Team USA sets an example for carbon-fiber consuming organisations which could reuse or reclaim their excess and scrap carbon more in the near future.


In search for innovative approaches to recycling and reuse

Available solutions in Europe

In the last issue of the newsletter we reported about new recycling methods available in Italy (patent for technocomposites) and Belgium (REPROCOVER). This time, we’d like to share information about other available solutions in Europe.

Available solutions in Europe


Extreme Eco Solutions is a Dutch company proposing new ways to recycle waste composite materials. The company developed a partnership with a Scandinavian research laboratory and will be in charge of the patented technology that allows the production of a new composite material by mixing waste fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) and polyethylene plastic.

Extreme Eco Solutions and its partner are also investigating a second route, which is a process allowing to separate the resin from the reinforcement fibre at a cost effective price and to reuse the materials again in new products.

The company claims they can recycle nearly 100% of the boat FRP and offer it as raw material for reuse in new products. Beside the innovative technology, Extreme Eco Solutions says it has advanced logistics solutions that will further reduce the transport cost.
Extreme Eco Solutions is currently looking for volumes of waste FRP and plastics to collect in Europe. Partnerships with local waste companies could offer new solutions in various European countries.

For more information, take a look at the company website http://extreme-ecosolutions.com and/or contact Paul Gramsma at Paul@Extreme-Ecosolutions.com


Available solutions in Europe


In France, the process of researching new ways of recycling waste composites has also been in place for a few years. Since 2007, CRITT Matériaux Poitou-Charentes (CRITT MPC), a French laboratory specialised in material studies, analysis, trials and expertise, has been working on innovative ways to give composite waste a second life andavoid landfilling.

Based in Rochefort, CRITT MPC presented a new material it developed which includes 40% of waste. Fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) waste is mechanically crushed and sieved, and mixed with thermosettings resins to manufacture new composite parts. CRITT MPC is looking for manufacturing companies that could use this new technology and material for their production.

For more information, take a look at the website http://www.crittmateriaux.fr and/or contact Ms Pascale Jousse at CRITT MPC via email p.jousse@crittmateriaux.fr

With the support of the Life Long Learning Programme of the European Union. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication /communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Grant Agreement 2013-1-ES1-LEO05-67616.


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This is the second issue of the Boat DIGEST newsletter. Boat DIGEST is a 2-year EU-funded project aiming at improving boat dismantling practices in Europe and raising awareness on this issue in the nautical community.

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