Are sustainable flax and basalt fibers the future of marine composites and set to replace glassfibre in boat production?

The all-electric Voltaire 33 Sky utilizes flax fiber in a bioepoxy resin that can be fully recycled when the power cat is no longer in use.
The all-electric Voltaire 33 Sky utilizes flax fiber in a bioepoxy resin that can be fully recycled when the power cat is no longer in use.

At last year’s METSTRADE show, the I-nnovationLab hosted speakers proudly presenting projects which had deliberately moved away from glass fiber and/or polyester resin composites; the kind that have dominated the boat construction market for decades, and still don’t have an environmentally acceptable waste stream solution in order to deal with the ever-increasing volumes coming from end-of-use boats.

For instance, Amer Yachts announced their intentions to build from a basalt (volcanic fiber) based composite, while Greenboats presented their 27ft day sailer constructed from a flax/bio resin derived matrix. James Starkey from Norco Composites speaking on one of the Continue reading “Are sustainable flax and basalt fibers the future of marine composites and set to replace glassfibre in boat production?”

ABS issues ballast water management for yachts guide

A ballast water management for yachts guide is freely available to read
A ballast water management for yachts guide is freely available to read

ABS has published a ballast water management for yachts guide now that they are now required to comply with the IMO International Convention for the Control and management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) which requires an approved ballast water management system.

As all vessels, yachts are included within the definitions of the BWM Convention according to Article 1.12, whereby a “Ship” means a vessel of any type whatsoever operating in the aquatic environment.

Specifically, the ballast water management for yachts guide highlights that new vessels (keel laying date after September 8, 2017) are r Continue reading “ABS issues ballast water management for yachts guide”

MB92 Barcelona has reorganised its operations department in drive to increase efficiency

Jordi Ariet of MB92 Barcelona (pictured) has announced a reorganisation of the business
Jordi Ariet of MB92 Barcelona (pictured) has announced a reorganisation of the business

Refit, repair and maintenance shipyard MB92 Barcelona has announced the reorganisation of its Operations department in order to increase efficiency and cater for the important workload since the launch of the new 4,800T shiplift last year. It follows the departure of Miquel À. Lliteras, Shipyard Manager, who after 21 years, has decided to start a new professional adventure.

The new Operations structure comprises HSE, Project Management, Project Administration and Operations Management, and will be headed by Jordi Ariet who has been with the company for more than 15 years. Jordi, who trained as a marine engineer, began his career at MB92 Barcelona as a Project Manager and progressed through the company before becoming Project Director in 2011 and Director of Continue reading “MB92 Barcelona has reorganised its operations department in drive to increase efficiency”

Italian Coast Guard rescues seventeen from flaming yacht off coast of Sardinia

Dramatic footage shot by the Italian coast guard showed a burning yacht sinking below the surface of the Mediterranean off the coast of Sardinia. Coast guard officials confirmed they had rescued 17 people from the vessel, which left a plume of smoke behind as it disappeared into the water. Two coast guard boats and a helicopter were involved in the operation.

According to Italian news agency ANSA, the 50-metre yacht, the Lady MM, was heading from Capri to Sardinia when a fire broke out on board. The seventeen people, which included eight tourists from Kazakhstan and nine crew members, had already abandoned the ship and were in a smaller boat when the coast guard arrived.

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