Recycling process

First, what is “recycling” precisely? Once extracted components and materials, how are they recycled? Here is a great website explaining the recycling methods in detail, per type of material: BIR, the Bureau of International Recycling.

Next, what does a sustainable sailyacht recycling concept entail?
Such a service would offer complete dismantling of the yacht in an (environmentally) safe way. Extracted components and materials are retrieved for complete recycling by specialised cooperating firms. That way, these components reach other yacht owners, to be fitted in other yachts for another lifespan.

More precisely, the service would comprise, in order of the working steps to be performed:

  • Transportation of the sailyacht to the dismantling site.
  • Yacht being lifted out of water or unloaded from a truck.
  • Removing / taking down the mast.
  • Transport of the sailyacht inside the dismantling hall.
  • Dismantling of the yacht.
  • Clean-up of extracted components and materials.
  • Collection of material to be recycled in separate containers.
  • Collection of components for resellers in separate containers.
  • Sale of extracted materials and components.
  • Certifications: De-registration of the sailyacht with local authorities, and proof of sustainable disposal done.Optional and a nice plus:
  • Ongoing documentation of best practice with sustainable sailyacht disposal.
  • Training and other knowledge transfer offers to interested institutions.

2 thoughts on “Recycling process

  1. I am from the US. One of our problems is the ability to transport a yacht due to it’s long distances from a dismantling facility. We are researching more of a partial on site dismantling where a vessel is partially demolished and sent to dismantling facility for complete demolishing using standard dump trucks. Waterfront property/facilities are expensive to use for demolishing sites making sites away from the water more attractive. We are looking to locate the demo facility close to road transportation hubs.
    A large part of the boats for demoi are small in the 7-10 mtr size, small runabouts. Trying to demolish such a craft is hard to do for an economic return, we are trying for some form of subsidies. Our other problem is trying to get a clear and legal right to demolish an abandon vessel. This is a real problem where the vessel is located in a boatyard, has unpaid fees yet the yard does not have the legal right to demo the yacht with out a drawn out and expensive court proceedings to obtain the legal right for demolition.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Glenn! Very well described. It’s an entire set of obstacles still to overcome indeed. I know of an Italian project aimed to provide exactly the service you envision here: Mobile dismantling. Busy at the moment to check what their current status is. Given that transportation costs for yachts via road often still are prohibitively expensive, mobile & on site yacht dismantling definitely is a sub-industry branch that may have excellent chances for business at the given time.

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