End-of-use boats

 

Problem recognised

In November 2016, the European Commission published its study on the Nautical Tourism, with the contributions and support of European Boating Industry, where the Commission listed the "end of use" boats as one of the main challenges for the nautical industry which might pose a threat to the environment and a recycling challenge.

The study confirms that the yachts' average lifespan has been estimated at 30 years, although in some instances this may stretch to 40-45 years. This lifespan has further increased over time due to the use of stronger materials, such as fibre reinforced polymer (FRP), 'reinforced plastic'. It is thought that between 1% and 2% of the 6 million boats kept in Europe, in other words at least 80,000 boats, reach their 'end of use' each year. However, only around 2,000 of those are dismantled.

You can read the full study 'Assessment of the impact of business development improvements around nautical tourism'.

 

Boat DIGEST dismantling map

On 23 September 2015, European Boating Industry hosted the final Boat DIGEST conference in Brussels, which presented the general overview on the end-of-life boats (ELB) and the main project outcomes. While challenges are still remaining, especially when it comes to financing models of dismantling ELBs, the Boat DIGEST project gave more visibility to the work carried out in Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey and UK (consortium of 9 partners from these countries). As the inititative's main activities have been to identify boat dismantling locations and practices in those countries in order to understand the common problems, accidents and hazards that can be encountered in Europe.

After studying key issues relevant to recreational craft owners related to ELBs and analysing training needs for dismantlers in the past months, Boat DIGEST has come up with four sets of "Guidelines" targeted to marinas, associations, schools, repair and refit companies. The "Guidelines" (available in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Turkish) target various audiences: boaters and nautical associations, marinas and leisure harbours, repair & refit companies, and boating schools. They also offer information on the actions that can be taken by these four groups and the role they play in raising boat owners’ awareness about the issue. They can be freely distributed to all interested parties, as long as they are not modified in their current format.

Boat DIGEST also developed an online and free of charge training course for the professional staff working at waste management facilities and having to treat boats. The training contains 4 units covering administrative, financial and practical issues. An online test verifies the dismantlers' knowledge and if over 70% of answers are correct, a certificate is issued by University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland), one of the project partners. Another useful outcome is the regularly updated dismantling network map which helps identify and locate professional dismantling sites in Europe.

The above-mentioned and other tools, such as an awareness raising module for users, educational videos or posters are all accessible via www.boatdigest.eu

You can see a boat dismantling network map created by the project.


Paris Nautic 2015Mirna speaking on stage

On 8 December 2015, the conference “Boat’s end-of-life, truly the end?” was held at the Nautic – Paris International Boat Show - jointly organised by European Boating Industry, the French federation FIN and Reed Exposition. The event gathered a large audience made of exhibitors, companies, visitors and public authorities eager to learn more about the current approaches to boat dismantling across the world and discuss how to make this activity viable in the long term.

Watch the video spot.

 

 

The numbers

Estimated global fleet: 40 million units

Average lifespan: 30 to 40 years

 

Current projects

Current European project involving EBI:


PHAROS4MPAs

In a nutshell

Time period:

Visit the project website: soon to be available

 

Project's objectives

Key expected outcomes

 

 


Blue Generation

In a nutshell

Time period:

Visit the project website: soon to be available

Project's objectives

Key expected outcomes

 


Skippers Without Borders

In a nutshell

Time period:

Visit the project website: soon to be available

Project's objectives

Key expected outcomes

 

 

EU projects

In order to defend the interests of the European leisure marine industry as efficiently as possible, EBI take part in several european funded project.

In a European project different policy organisations, stakeholders from several countries in Europe come together for several months to collaborate, learn from each other and address policy issue of common concern.

Participating in a European project presents some undeniable perks:

  • Extend our sector network
  • Finance our research
  • Reinforce ourimage and renown toward the European sector
  • Participate in EU policies
  • ...

In “EU projects” section, you will learn all about the projects European Boating Industry participates in and consult the results.

Take a look at our current EU projects

  • PHAROS4MPAs
  • Blue Generation
  • Skippers without Borders

Read the archive of our past projects

  • Boat DIGEST
  • TCC-SCV

Past EU projects

Archive of past projects:


Boat DIGEST

 Boat Digest logo

In a nutshell

Time period: 2013 - 2015

Visit the project website: www.boatdigest.eu

Read the project outcomes and results

 

Project's objectives

The Boat Dismantling Insight by Generating Environmental and Safety Training (Boat DIGEST) project aimed to improve the Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) standards of recreational craft dismantling practices. It addressed skill gaps, while at the same time raising the awareness of end of life responsibilities and options for recreational craft owners and professionals. This was achieved through transferring innovative products, tools and training from previous research activities into vocational education and training (VET) for those involved with the dismantling of recreational craft and an awareness module which provides end of life guidance for those who own recreational craft.

 

Key outcomes

  • Guidelines on end-of-life recreational craft

After studying key issues relevant to recreational craft owners related to end of life boats and analysing training needs for dismantlers, Boat DIGEST has come up with four sets of "Guidelines" targeting various audiences: boaters and nautical associations, marinas and leisure harbours, repair & refit companies, and boating schools.

Because your national language is important, these "guidelines" are available in 5 languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish and Turkish.

  • Training modules

Boat DIGEST also developed an online and free of charge training course for the professional staff working at waste management facilities and having to treat boats. The training contains 4 units covering administrative, financial and practical issues.

An online test verifies the dismantlers' knowledge and if over 70% of answers are correct, a certificate is issued by University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland), one of the project partners.

  • Dismantling network

A regularly updated dismantling network map helps identify and locate professional dismantling sites in Europe. 

You can see a boat dismantling network map created by the project.

 

TCC-SCV Logo TCC-SCV final-small

 

In a nutshell

Time period: 2014 - 2016

Visit the project website: http://www.tcc-scv.eu

Read the project outcomes and results

 

Project's objectives

Despite a single internal market and greatly simplified administrative procedures for EU citizens to live and study anywhere in Europe, certain professional qualifications are still not accepted by various Member States and this is why an EU-funded project called TCC-SCV (TRECVET Core Curriculum for Skippers of Small Commercial Vessels) was initiated.

TCC-SCV kicked-off in Palma de Mallorca in November 2014 and finished in August 2016 with its main outputs presented at the "Skippers Working Without Borders" conference on 16 June 2016 in Brussels.

The project has been looking at the problem of restricted working mobility with regard to professional skippers on small vessels within the European Union (who unlike merchant seafarers don’t enjoy worldwide mobility). The initiative has gathered 10 partners from 9 countries, namely Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and UK.

TCC-SCV expanded its comparison software (back then 3 sets of qualifications), developed in 2011 with TRECVET project, to 7 national qualifications now from Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Slovenia, Spain and UK. The comparison software (providing transparency and simplicity when comparing similar qualifications from different countries) will also contain information about the commonalities and differences of all 7 qualifications. This information will be used to inform and assist the maritime administrations in Czech Republic and Romania, where work is in progress to develop the relevant legal framework for the profession. The detailed analysis of both theoretical and practical fundamental elements of each national qualification carried out by the TCC-SCV project will provide the information needed by maritime administrations to understand other national qualifications.

 

Key outcomes

Two main outcomes of the TCC-SCV initiative are: the Online Comparison Tool and the Common Core Curriculum. The Online Comparison Tool showed that today 80 to 90% of the 7 analysed qualifications are identical. It means that differences are far less than commonalities and that generally speaking the various qualifications are already very similar. This tool brings the much needed transparency and details about the content of each qualification, making it easy to understand what additional training or competences would be required when working for another Member State’s flag.
The Common Core Curriculum was designed based on the current common base. Based on the identified differences among Member States, the additional knowledge and competences would be proposed as modules. This way, each skipper can personalise his training needs according to the common core and the necessary additional modules requested by individual Member States. Therefore, the additional compensation measures would be limited to the truly different competences required by the destination Member States.

For more about the project, take a look at the TCC-SCV project website.

Even though the project has officially ended now, the research and work are being carried out to extend the project findings to other EU Member States to get an even better picture at the problem in the entire EU and find the right solutions.

Events

Our calendar displays the events and meetings organised by European Boating Industry and those in which we participate, as well as most of the boat shows organised in Europe.

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