Welcome Alexey

Welcome Alexey

We are delighted to welcome Alexey Shifman, Programme Director, to the Water Revolution team.

As a naval architect with over 13 years of experience and a Master’s degree specialized in cruise liner design, fluid mechanics, and structural optimization, Alexey is driven by a passion for creativity. Alongside his naval architecture background, he also served as CEO of a 3D printing start-up, spearheading the company’s innovation efforts and discovering new ways to advance this emerging technology. Alexey believes in the power of creativity to create a sustainable future for the superyacht industry and is committed to finding cutting-edge solutions to the sector’s challenges.

A warm welcome to the team, Alexey!

Welcome Jaime

Welcome Jaime

It is a pleasure to have Jaime Barros, Junior Marine Engineer, join the Water Revolution team.

From sunny Lisbon, Jaime grew up sailing and has ever since nurtured a deep love and respect for the ocean. He moved to the Netherlands at a young age with the motivation to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s program in Marine Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. His Master’s thesis, titled “Modeling the Electric Power Consumption of a Yacht,” was written in cooperation with Water Revolution Foundation and has been instrumental in the development of the Yacht Environmental Transparency Index (YETI). Recently graduated, Jaime feels compelled to leave his contribution for a better tomorrow for future generations to come and wants to ensure his skills and knowledge are put to good use. On a personal level, he’s passionate about wild camping, photography, and weird science facts.

Happy to have you onboard, Jaime! Welcome to the Revolution.

Welcome Gigi

Welcome Gigi

We are thrilled to have Gigi Migliazzo joining the Water Revolution team as a Marketing Executive. 

With a Bachelor’s degree in International Communications & Media, Gigi is passionate about global marketing, content creation, and sustainability. Her prior experiences include managing the brands for a plant-based food distributor based in the Benelux region and building sustainable business ventures to combat ocean pollution in Indonesia. Having grown up between Melbourne, Australia, and California, USA, she has always had a love for the ocean and is dedicated to promoting its conservation and restoration. 

Welcome aboard, Gigi! We look forward to the journey ahead in making the superyacht industry sustainable together.

What to expect from us at this year’s The Superyacht Forum & METSTRADE

What to expect from us at this year’s The Superyacht Forum & METSTRADE

As strategic partner for this year’s The Superyacht Forum and METSTRADE, we are eager to share our additions to these events. From the launch of YETI 1.0 and the Superyacht Sustainability Route to panel discussions and keynote presentations, we have been preparing a number of initiatives to showcase throughout the week. 

The Superyacht Forum will feature a presentation by chairman Henk de Vries III and board member Peter Lürssen on Monday 14 November from 11:30-13:00, where they will discuss the future of yachting and sustainable developments in the industry. This will be followed by a breakout session at 14:30 pre-launching version 1.0 of the Yacht Environmental Transparency Index (YETI) to delegates of the forum. 

Visit our stand at the Superyacht Sustainability Route

During METSTRADE, we are proud to be introducing the first edition of the Superyacht Sustainability Route, an initiative rewarding the sustainable solutions that have been proven as such through a third-party verification process. The starting point of the route will feature the Water Revolution Foundation stand at C01 in the hallway next to the Superyacht Pavilion, which will describe said process and point visitors toward the verified solutions.

Discussing the future of superyacht design & LCA-based verification

An expert panel has been organised in collaboration with KNTVS to discuss sustainable yacht design on Wednesday 16 November at 14:00 in room D202 situated in the Elicium building. The following day at 12:30, we will be giving a presentation concerning the Life Cycle Assessment and how it can be applied to the yachting sector, in addition to unveiling a new course in our education programme covering LCA-based decision making. This event will take place in the central METSTRADE Theatre. 

YETI 1.0 launch 

On the final day of METSTRADE at 13:30, we are thrilled to officially present and launch YETI 1.0. Those who attend will be given the opportunity to witness the release of this highly-anticipated tool and hear a panel of YETI participants review this unique collective journey with an audience Q&A session. Seats are limited so RSVP here to attend the event. 

We look forward to seeing you at The Superyacht Forum and/or METSTRADE later this month. Should you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Sustainability Conference offers window into sustainable superyacht industry initiatives

Sustainability Conference offers window into sustainable superyacht industry initiatives

The Monaco Yacht Show – held from 28 September to 1 October – may have closed its doors on the 2022 edition but the Show also marked the opening of several new initiatives. Among them was a Sustainability Conference held on Tuesday 27 September, on the eve of the Show’s opening.

The Monaco Yacht Show and Water Revolution Foundation, together with SYBAss and Superyacht Life Foundation, were the key partners behind the Sustainability Conference – an open-door panel discussion that aimed to inform the wider media and interested industry personnel alike with a snapshot of how the industry is making progress in the area of sustainability.

The representatives on the panel included iconic naval architect Philippe Briand; CEO of the Baltic Yachts shipyard Anders Kurtén; Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director of the Monaco Yacht Show; Robert van Tol, Executive Director of Water Revolution Foundation; and Giedo Loeff, who works as Head of Research and Development at Dutch superyacht builder Feadship. The panel was hosted and moderated by Tony Harris, Superyacht Industry Ambassador at Informa Markets.

Environmental initiatives at Monaco Yacht Show 

The first part of the discussion included short updates from each of the panelists, who gave an insight into key developments and thought processes that are driving the industry forward. Among those, outlined by Gaëlle Tallarida, was an introduction to a new initiative for the 2022 Monaco Yacht Show – the Sustainability Hub. Created in order to highlight innovative projects and start-
ups offering sustainable solutions to the superyacht industry, the Hub’s exhibitors had all been vetted by Water Revolution Foundation, the non-profit organisation that is developing various tools to help the industry reduce its environmental footprint.

Tallarida also described the Show’s efforts to become more sustainable, including measures it is taking to reduce its own impact, its commitment to the Monaco Pact in collaboration with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and its work with Water Revolution Foundation on setting up the Sustainability Hub.

“We are committed to a more sustainable event, and we already have solutions in place,” said Tallarida. “Moreover, the Sustainability Hub showcases sustainable solutions and eco-friendly projects that help minimise the superyacht environmental footprint with the support of the yachting industry and with the help of Water Revolution Foundation. The Hub has start-ups specialising in technology, solutions and eco-friendly concepts to reduce the environmental footprint of superyachts, and it is set to take a leading role in showcasing innovative and future superyachting solutions.”

Tackling sustainability in the superyacht industry 

For Robert van Tol of Water Revolution Foundation, the Conference was a chance to explain how the Foundation is driving both measurement and cooperation within the industry to highlight the importance of full lifecycle assessment, develop the tools that will enable builders and suppliers to make tangible differences in their collective footprint, and foster a community of shared research that will benefit the whole industry.

“Yachting is the only maritime sector that has a dedicated non-profit organisation for tackling its environmental impact, and there’s a huge amount you can gain in terms of efficiency to share what has been worked on – and the results of – research and development,” said Van Tol. “And where commercial ships just use the oceans to transport goods from A to B, yachting has an extra connection – it is our back garden. As an organisation we focus on reducing the negative impacts on the ocean but also on ocean conservation, which is an opportunity to have a positive impact. This is a growing initiative and more and more companies are coming on board.”

Eco-friendly design 

Philippe Briand presented technical detail on how yacht design can make a significant difference in the efficiency of vessels, in particular when low-resistance hull design typical in sailing yacht naval architecture is applied to motor yacht hulls. He also explained some of the advancements being made in capturing green energy by harnessing the wind and through hydrogeneration when sailing, alongside solar energy. It speaks to reducing the demand for and dependence on fossil fuels, a key consideration as yachting looks to make the energy transition to renewables and carbon-neutral power.

It was a facet that was emphasised further by Giedo Loeff, who explored how Feadship’s own research over the past 15 years has focused on the transition to renewable fuels, epitomised by the recent Pure yacht concept which lays out a roadmap to 2030 with a propulsion system that begins now using renewable, fossil-free diesel and progresses through alternative fuels such as methanol and hydrogen.

A greener approach to yacht construction

Anders Kurtén also addressed the build side of the industry, outlining how Baltic Yachts has been taking steps to incorporate more renewable, recycled or alternative materials in yacht construction – for example, using flax in place of glass fibre or carbon in hull and frame construction and monitoring the development of bio-resins to replace vinylester. “A superyacht is a product that exists for one reason – to put a smile on the owner’s face,” Kurtén enthused. “Seeing as the world is changing, we’d like to act in a way by which they can continue to buy a yacht with a good conscience. We believe that our customers represent about 0,003 percent of the global population but as they control 15 percent of global assets, their actions are lighting the way as thought leaders. There’s no silver bullet but sustainability is achieved by focusing on multiple small details all combined. And our customers collaborate with us to create sustainable solutions.”

Added Van Tol: “The goal is that this is a collaborative platform that attracts like-minded companies and individuals to work together.”

Together toward a sustainable future 

“Our aim with the Conference was to show that the industry is really making progress in this area of sustainability, and to inform the media and the wider public about all of the new developments that are going on in the background both with existing and established builders and suppliers but also with new companies that are innovating in this sector and attracting investment in this sector,” said Tony Harris. “All of the ideas presented at the Conference are happening.”

Welcoming three new products to our Database of Sustainable Solutions

Welcoming three new products to our Database of Sustainable Solutions

A crucial pursuit in our efforts to accelerate change in the superyacht industry is our Database of Sustainable Solutions – where Hull Vane, Explore E8 & E9, and Hempaguard X7 have recently been verified as sustainable solutions for offering innovative alternatives to business-as-usual systems.

Reducing the superyacht industry’s environmental impact means implementing more sustainable solutions throughout. Such solutions can be verified by the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and found in our Database of Sustainable Solutions, where systems, knowledge, and best practices are being shared in order to enable collaborations and accelerate change within the yachting community. Once published, this online hub will offer a space for suppliers to promote alternative solutions and inspire buyers to shift away from conventional practices in preference of sustainable systems, like Hull Vane, Explore E8 & E9, and Hempaguard X7. As the first verified solutions in our database, we are proud to share these products’ achievements in driving the superyacht industry toward sustainability. 

Hull Vane: an energy-saving solution for hulls
With a mission to improve the comfort and hydrodynamic performance of vessels, Hull Vane B.V. has developed a patented, energy-saving solution that reduces a ship’s motion and stern wave. The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) conducted on Hull Vane confirms its capacity to reduce ​​fuel consumption and related emissions whilst having negligible impact on the environment through its construction and end-of-life.

Explore E8 & Explore E9: maximum power, minimum energy
OceanLED’s E8 and patented E9 underwater lights have also been verified as a sustainable solution by the LCA assessment. By providing maximum lighting effect with minimised power usage, Explore E8 & E9 exceed conventional on-board lighting systems in terms of effectiveness and sustainability.

Hempaguard X7 anti-fouling: fouling-free coating for all
Another sustainable solution verified under the LCA methodology is X7 by Hempel A/S, an antifouling coating that uses advanced technology to extend the fouling free period. This eco-friendly alternative to standard antifouling products is suitable for all yachts, with no limitations on service speeds, including those that are slow/ultraslow steaming vessels. There are likewise no restrictions for vessels operating with long service intervals up to 60 months and/or very long idle periods of up to 120 days, the latter of which matches the average operational profile found by Water Revolution Foundation for yachts over 30 metres. 

Calling on suppliers!
Hull Vane, Explore E8 & E9, and Hempaguard X7 exemplify the purpose of our database in showcasing sustainable alternatives to conventional systems within the superyacht industry. As innovative solutions that have been rigorously assessed by a third party and proven to reduce environmental impact, these products have been given access to showcase themselves in Monaco Yacht Show’s Sustainability Hub and the upcoming METSTRADE Sustainability Route.

We encourage suppliers to take inspiration from the development and verification of such products by sharing their own sustainable solutions with us in order to reach key decision makers, gain valuable insights about a product’s impact, and demonstrate the verifiability of its solution. Start the process of submitting your solution by becoming a partner of Water Revolution Foundation and supporting our efforts to neutralise the superyacht industry’s ecological footprint.