NEWSFalmouth’s eco-mooring trial15/08/2022Save articleFalmouth Harbour has begun trials on a unique eco-mooring system designed to protect sensitive areas of seabed from traditional mooring chain scouring.SHOW FULLSCREENSource: Falmouth HarbourFalmouth Harbour’s AMS eco-mooring trial will be monitored off Flushing Beach for the next two monthszoom inzoom outThe Advanced Mooring System (AMS) in place off Flushing Beach has been designed by naval architect and engineering firm MOREK, and uses floats along the length of the mooring chain to lift it off the seabed.“Ongoing monitoring of the scour patches by the University of Exeter shows the seagrass is regenerating itself which is fantastic and if the AMS functions as well as we hope with a yacht attached, we potentially foresee using them in environmentally sensitive areas, or on the fringes of these areas,” said Vicki Spooner, environment manager, Falmouth Harbour.Environmental protectionFor this project MOREK’s engineers took the existing Stirling design and optimised it, focusing on reducing strain on the vessel’s cleats and its movement around the mooring.They also used Orcaflex software to model the likely performance of AMS within Cornish Harbours for TEVI and Natural England.Falmouth Harbour is now monitoring how a yacht attached to the AMS sits in the water in all weathers and tides to gauge how safe and practical the system is as a way of minimising impacts on sensitive seabeds in the harbour environment.The harbour, which sits within the Fal and Helford Special Area of Conservation, was successful in gaining £3,000 backing for the trial in 2021 from the EU-funded TEVI, a venture set up to create economic and environmental growth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.Topicsadvanced mooring systemAMSeco-mooringFalmouth HarbourMarinasMarinas
NEWSNew life for used sails16/08/2022Save articleDoyle Sails has partnered with Sail to Shelter to upcycle used sails by converting them into shade and shelter.SHOW FULLSCREENDoyle Sails recycling old sailsDoyle Sails has found a way to upcycle used sails. Photo courtesy Doyle SailsThe question of what happens to a sail at the end of its life, has been a problem Doyle Sails has been working to solve for many years.However, as the sail maker points out, finding an economically and sustainably sound solution for the millions of square meters of high-performance sails neatly stored all over the world is easier said than done.“While most elite racing sails have a very short life with some not sailing more than a dozen times,” said a spokesman. “These sailors race to win and that means that your equipment has to be in perfect condition every time, and with custom designs specific to each yacht, there isn’t a secondary market.”Sail to Shelter is a not-for-profit organisation that upcycles retired sails by converting them into shade and shelter for humanitarian aid organisations to support crises around the world.The partnership will keep sails out of the landfill and give them a second life.It will also support humanitarian aid organisations around the world with basic shade and shelter solutions. TopicsDoyle SailsEnvironment & SustainabilitySail to ShelterUpcycling
NEWSOcean Race commits to slashing emissions09/08/2022Save articleThe Ocean Race is aiming to cut its emissions by 75% for the 2022/23 race and to do this it’s working closely with its stakeholders.SHOW FULLSCREENGreener racingSource: Ocean RaceAll stakeholders involved in the next edition of the event are being brought together in a drive to to cut their race-related GHGszoom inzoom outThe race is working with sailing teams, host cities, partners and suppliers in a shared ambition to slash their GHGs and hold a climate positive event.“While some event organisers offset their partners’ emissions we believe that the responsibility should be on everyone involved to play their part. By doing this we don’t just reduce the impact of a single event, but help to create change throughout the industry,” said Meegan Jones, sustainability advisor for The Ocean RaceCombined effortAll stakeholders involved in the next edition of the event, which starts in Alicante, Spain, on 15 January 2023, are being brought together in a drive to to cut their race-related GHGs, alongside their continued efforts to accelerate reductions in their own supply chains.This includes 11th Hour Racing, global logistics partner GAC Pindar (part of the GAC Group), IMOCA, which is one of the two boat classes that will form the fleet, the race teams, hospitality agency ATPI and official clothing supplier Helly Hansen.The group is supported by technical experts including Verra, which manages the world’s leading carbon standard (VCS Standard) and IOC UNESCO, the United Nations body responsible for supporting global ocean science.Work to make the next edition of the race climate positive is part of the ambitious Racing with Purpose sustainability programme, co-created with 11th Hour Racing, an innovative science programme in which vital data about the state of the seas is collected by boats as they race.The race is aiming to cut emissions by using significantly fewer shipping containers for transport, reducing the number of staff travelling internationally, more careful management of resources such as materials, food, waste and water and aiming to power the event sites with 100% renewable energy.Duration of the race has also been slashed to six months, down from nine, which will also reduce overall environmental impact. TopicsEmissionsIndustry NewsOcean Race
SailGP seeks to add value10/08/2022Save articleThe marine industry needs to do more to help worldwide events become more sustainable.SHOW FULLSCREENSailGP aims to be sustainableSailGP would like the marine industry to provide more sustainable productsThat’s the message from Fi Morgan, SailGP’s director of purpose and impact as she explained that the worldwide sailing championship is doing all it can to live up to its slogan of ‘Powered by Nature.’From routing its shipping containers the most sustainable way possible, to cutting out dairy products in the food served on site, SailGP aims to be as sustainable as possible.“Everywhere we go we ask what can we do to add value? What can we do to give back?” Fi explained.“We’re a global event and have been set up thinking about sustainability and having a more positive impact than our footprint.”The event, which recently hosted its Great Britain Sail Grand Prix in Plymouth, invests in local impact projects at each location visited.CommunityIn Plymouth, solar panels were provided for four community projects to help provide clean energy.In partnership with Aggreko, provider of mobile modular power, the Plymouth event was also provided the largest solar array SailGP has ever used, enabling the race village to be 100% powered by clean energy.The event also displayed bio-methanol fuel as an energy source at a live event.Other initiatives included agreements with RS Electric, Evoy and Vita, as part of SailGP’s target to power its entire on-water fleet by clean energy by 2025.However, as Fi points out, there is still a long way to go.Finding partners“Manufacturers need to make more electric boats, boats that go faster and are more powerful,” she said. “Marine manufacturers need to become more sustainable, for example the superyachts that we use as our hospitality boats.“Our problem is finding partners; we can’t solve it on our own.”And she explained that SailGP is speaking to Formula One teams about carbon manufacturing and space agencies.“They all have problems,” said Fi. “We’re asking how do we solve it together?”She concluded: “No-one wants the whole world to stop, it’s about not being scared, it’s about communicating. Athletes have a voice, people do listen to them, we have a power; it’s how we use it. If we were not a global sport, we wouldn’t have a global voice.”TopicsEnvironment & SustainabilityFormula OneIndustry NewsSailGP
NEWSF50 technology is identical10/08/2022Save articleSailGP’s LiveLine feature showing course boundaries and distances on the water, communications and umpire decisions all have one feature in common – that of data.SHOW FULLSCREENEach boat taking part in SailGP has 30,000 sensors fitted to provide real time information. Photo courtesy SailGPEach of the competing F50 foiling catamarans taking part in the sailing championship have 30,000 sensors fitted to a variety of components, feeding live data from the racecourse to a centre in London in milliseconds due to a partnership with Oracle.And what makes SailGP different to many worldwide sporting events is that all the competing teams have access to the same data and onboard technology.“The technology on the boats is the same, meaning any new teams coming in don’t have to start at the beginning,” explained Warren Jones, director of technology at SailGP.“From the rudder differential to the pressure on the foils, there’s so much information that we process. All the teams have access to the same data, real time data; the only difference between the teams and boats is the athletes on board.“Our goal is to give as much technology to the athletes as possible, for them to go out and go faster. They can analyse how a successful tack was made for example.”And Warren explained that the data is also used by the umpires meaning no on-the-water umpires are required.“We send raw data to Oracle, patterns and alerts and the umpire looks at the data,” he said. “When a boat crosses the boundary or there’s an infringement it’s automatically logged.“Everything is done from London; the umpires don’t need to travel.”He added: “We’ve got the infrastructure; we don’t have to be on site, and we have the ability to scale up our product.”TopicsdataF50foiling catamaranIndustry NewsOracleSailGP
600 boats unable to be shipped03/08/2022Save articleGroup Beneteau’s Boat Division saw almost 3% growth in the first half of 2022 with revenues of €548.2m.SHOW FULLSCREENMonte Carlo Yachts was recording a lossHowever, the growth was held back by supply chain disruption, particularly in the first quarter, with around 600 finished boats not able to be shipped and therefore billed as of June 30 2022 – equivalent to the level from March 3, 2022.The deliveries of these will be deferred to the second half of the year, with more than €80m of billing deferred – around 15% of the Boat division’s first-half revenues.“The boat and leisure home markets have continued to perform very well,” explained Bruno Thivoyon, CEO.“The disruption affecting supply chains slowed our rate of growth during the first half of the year, with nearly €80m of billing deferred to the second half of the year.”Revenues for the Motorboat business represent 57% of the Boat division’s revenues for the first half of 2022, supported by the dayboating segments of motorboats up to 40ft.In Europe, revenues contracted by -7.7%, as a result of the disruption to supply chains, which affected large units in particular, as well as the rationalisation of the brand portfolio – notably Monte Carlo Yachts and CNB Yachts, which were recording losses.However, in North America, business was strong, up 15% at constant exchange rates, helped by the development of the dayboating segments, the turnaround by the American brands and the growth of the Beneteau, Jeanneau and Lagoon brands.The Group has also continued developing its Boat Club business in the US, opening five new daily rental centres.The first half of 2022 also saw a return to growth in charter boat sales.TopicsBeneteauCNB YachtsGroup BeneteauIndustry NewsJeanneauLagoonMonte Carlo Yachts
NEWSPaper charts to be withdrawn28/07/2022Save articleThe UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is preparing to stop paper chart production by late 2026 to instead increase its focus on digital navigation products and services.SHOW FULLSCREENThe UKHO is planning on withdrawing from paper charts by 2026The organisation says its plans to withdraw Admiralty Standard Nautical Charts (SNCs) and Thematic Charts are in response to more marine, naval and leisure users primarily using digital products and services for navigation.The Admiralty Maritime Data Solutions digital navigation portfolio can be updated in near real-time, which the organisation says will enhance safety of life at sea (SOLAS).The phased withdrawal of paper charts from production will take place over a number of years and is anticipated to conclude in late 2026.In parallel, the UKHO will develop ‘viable, official digital alternatives’ for sectors still using paper chart products.“As we look to the future, our core purpose remains the safety of shipping operations and delivering the best possible navigation solutions to achieve that,” said Peter Sparkes, UKHO chief executive.“We understand the significance of this announcement, given the distinguished history of the UKHO’s paper chart production and the trust that mariners have placed in Admiralty charts over the generations.”And he said the move to digital navigation solutions has been accompanied by a rapid decline in demand for paper charts, driven by the SOLAS-mandated transition to ECDIS and the wider benefits of digital solutions, including the next generation of navigation services.TopicsAdmiralty chartIndustry NewsUK Hydrographic OfficeUKHO
NEWSWorld’s largest wooden catamaran02/08/2022Save articleTurkish boat builder Soyaslan has launched what it believes is the world’s longest cold-moulded wooden catamaran.SHOW FULLSCREENThe Soyaslan CAT63 – photo credit Pozitif StudioThe CAT63 measures 19.37m overall and was both designed and built by Soyaslan, with styling from Tumer Design Studio.“We have good experience in engineering and manufacturing with this method,” says founder Can Soyaslan. “We have engineered and built cold-moulded yachts which are already 30-plus years old. To date, we have produced more than 100 boats and yachts.”To build the catamaran, the boatbuilders built up the shape by forming sheets or planks of wood over a plug or frame.The individual wooden elements were glued together with high-performance epoxy and later sheathed in epoxy for protection and longevity.“In the final look, users cannot tell the difference between a cold-moulded yacht and a GRP or metal one,” continued Can.“In practice, the durability and longevity of the hull is without comparison. Wooden yachts can last well over a hundred years, while the vibration, sound and heat insulation are much better.”And he explained that weight for weight, there is little difference between cold-moulding and GRP.The 63ft catamaran is powered by twin Yanmar 110hp engines, connected to ZF saildrives, providing an 8.5-knot cruising speed with more than 10 knots at full throttle.The craft has a 60kWh bank of lithium batteries aboard and eight 430W solar panels.Accommodation runs to two large double cabins and two twins for eight guests, and a further three berths for crew.
Flax-based biocomposite prototypesBy Rebecca Strong27/07/2022Save articleThe SeaBioComp project has developed a number of demonstrator products showcasing flax-based thermoplastic biocomposites to help reduce the dependence on fossil-based materials in the marine sector. Over the past three years, project partners have been working on two different kinds of biocomposites – a self-reinforced PLA-composite which has been made into a variety of non-woven and woven fabrics suitable for use in compression moulding, and a flax reinforced polylactide or acrylic reinforced composite for use via RIFT, compression moulding and additive manufacturing.A range of products have been developed which do not rely on fossil-based materials Photo: SeaBioCompTesting has shown that, in some cases, these materials outperform conventional non-bio composites currently in use today. The new products have been shown to use the same compression moulding conditions as conventional materials and sometimes the process cycle time can be shorter. The products have also been assessed to ensure they are durable enough for the marine environment.Technically complexThe combination of thermoplastic polymers, natural fibres and 3D printing technologies can produce technically complex designs and applications for the marine environment, say the researchers.A number of prototypes, including a fender and other port structures, have been successfully created using 3D printing as well as scale model offshore wind turbine blades manufactured via monomer infusion under flexible tooling and complex curved structures using compression moulding techniques.The project has produced a series of technical leaflets detailing the various production methods.TopicsBoatbuilding
NEWSPaper charts to be withdrawn28/07/2022Save articleThe UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is preparing to stop paper chart production by late 2026 to instead increase its focus on digital navigation products and services.SHOW FULLSCREENThe UKHO is planning on withdrawing from paper charts by 2026The organisation says its plans to withdraw Admiralty Standard Nautical Charts (SNCs) and Thematic Charts are in response to more marine, naval and leisure users primarily using digital products and services for navigation.The Admiralty Maritime Data Solutions digital navigation portfolio can be updated in near real-time, which the organisation says will enhance safety of life at sea (SOLAS).The phased withdrawal of paper charts from production will take place over a number of years and is anticipated to conclude in late 2026.In parallel, the UKHO will develop ‘viable, official digital alternatives’ for sectors still using paper chart products.“As we look to the future, our core purpose remains the safety of shipping operations and delivering the best possible navigation solutions to achieve that,” said Peter Sparkes, UKHO chief executive.“We understand the significance of this announcement, given the distinguished history of the UKHO’s paper chart production and the trust that mariners have placed in Admiralty charts over the generations.”And he said the move to digital navigation solutions has been accompanied by a rapid decline in demand for paper charts, driven by the SOLAS-mandated transition to ECDIS and the wider benefits of digital solutions, including the next generation of navigation services.