With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme

Boat DIGEST is in its final year: the project which started in the autumn 2013 is set to finish in 6 months, in September 2015. Let’s hope though that the results of our work will reap a harvest far beyond that date! After identifying key issues relevant to recreational craft owners with reference to end-of-life boats and analysing training needs for dismantlers in the past months, we would like to propose training and awareness contents for these two target groups. We have also come up with a set of guidelines targeted to marinas, associations, schools, repair and refit companies. But there is still much more to keep us busy, e.g. developing the tools to deliver the contents, such as an e-learning platform. We look forward then to receiving even more contributions and feedback from all those concerned, especially ahead of our final meeting and conference in September in Brussels.

We keep engaging in the cooperation with European Boating Association (EBA) whose working group on the end-of-life boats will present its report shortly during the association’s assembly general meeting in Venice on 10-11 April 2015.


Get training on boat dismantling owners and dismantlers

Boat Digest

Since there is no specific legislation on dismantling end-of-life boats and no standard procedures in place for carrying out such activities, Boat DIGEST decided to develop and put together useful information to simplify the job of current and future dismantlers.

The training content looks at various aspects of dismantling, from technical to environmental. The “training module” also includes a step-by-step guide on recycling and informs about its environmental impacts and available recovering methods which prevent environmental damage. It explains what hazards are associated with recycling and informs about the need of running risk assessment practices in boat yards. Some of the activities involved in boat recycling require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and this is why we can also find instructions in the contents on how to apply such equipment. Administrative and financial information is also provided under this module.

The tutoring material will combine case studies, photos, videos and e-learning platform to keep learning interesting and diverse.

Ahead of the actual training, a pilot programme will be carried out online from June-July 2015.

Training for dismantlers will be included in a web-based e-learning platform (available in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Turkish) which is under preparation now.

The pilot will be free and anybody interested in participating is asked to contact us by sending an e-mail to contact@boatdigest.eu


Give a treat to your end-of-life boat

Boat Digest

In the recent months Boat DIGEST has been gathering key information for boat owners, related to the end-of-life recreational craft. This information includes various options the owner has when they want to dispose of their boat, dismantling costs or impacts of abandoning old craft. In other words, you simply get advice and useful information on how to part with your beloved boat you can no longer use in an environment friendly way, best for you, your boat and the nature.

Details of these findings will be made available to the owners through a pilot programme, similar to the training pilot for dismantlers, to be run from May-June 2015. They will be included in a web-based e-learning platform (available in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Turkish) which is under preparation now.

The pilot will be free and anybody interested in participating is asked to contact us by sending an e-mail to contact@boatdigest.eu


Responsible boating from buying until end-of-life craft

Boat Digest

Despite the subject of end-of-life craft being raised more frequently lately, it is still the lack of information that creates confusion among those concerned by the topic. With these people in mind, Boat DIGEST will release in the following days 4 different “guidelines” which contain an overview of the problems caused by the end-of-life boats and offer some advice to targeted groups:

- nautical/maritime associations and/or federations and boat owner associations
- boating schools and skipper training centres
- marinas
- repair and refit facilities

The guidelines highlight the key role these groups play in encouraging and helping recreational craft owners to take the ownership of their end-of-life boats in a responsible and environmentally-friendly manner.

In preparation of the guidelines, Boat DIGEST received inputs and feedback from organisations, such as European Boating Industry (EBI) – representing boatbuilders, European Boating Association (EBA) – representing users or marinas, like Marina Port Vell (MPV). 
The guidelines available in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Turkish will be available at the Boat DIGEST website in the middle of April. They will also be distributed to associations, schools, marinas, repair and refit facilities at a local, regional, national and the European level.


Canadian government reaches out to Boat DIGEST

Being heard is already a part of success. Getting feedback and receiving questions from people interested in Boat DIGEST shows us that this project has a purpose to serve, especially if the questions come from as far as North America. A recent enquiry from the Department of Transport from the Government of Canada is a proof that the impact of the project grows, also geographically.

The Canadian authorities got in touch with Boat DIGEST to learn more about our EU-funded initiative, as they are currently working on the end-of-life boats related matters and would like to know what activities are being carried out in Europe. Some of the information gathered by us in the last months was sent to the Canadian government who will also share their findings with Europe, once they are ready by the middle of 2015.

Contact and exchange of information with the government of Canada will continue to build up an even stronger, not only European but international network.


Take part in a Lifeboat Decommissioning Challenge

Over the next 10 years, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in the UK (largest charity saving lives at sea) will decommission three different classes of lifeboats. The potential to recover, reuse, recycle and reimagine these boats (almost 90 search-and-rescue vessels) and their components is huge and according to RNLI includes: 172 high-powered engines, 86 radar systems, 954 tonnes of composite materials and 43 tonnes of plastic.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, together with LoToNo (cross-regional innovation platform), invites experts and specialists to submit commercial solutions and innovative proposals for lifeboat decommissioning, including hard-to-dispose-of materials like composites.

The open call is directed to engineers, technologists, researchers, designers and waste specialists from across Europe. It could be the start of a commercial relationship with the RNLI, and might offer business solutions for other industry sectors.

A technical briefing day at the headquarters of Royal National Lifeboat Institution is planned on 22 April 2015 in Dorset (UK).

You can register your interest and receive more information here: www.RNLIChallenge.org.uk