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International SeaKeepers Society honours Wendy Schmidt at SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017

July 12, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

On the 22nd of June the International SeaKeepers Society hosted SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017 to celebrate recent achievements, acknowledge the dedication of its members and highlight the importance of recent and ongoing marine conservation projects undertaken by the organisation.

Award for Seakeepers Bermuda 2017 by Xavier Cortada

Award for SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017 by Xavier Cortada

The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) and at the Harbourfront Restaurant in Hamilton, Bermuda, were the venues for the program, which took place during the America’s Cup.

Michael T. Moore, Wendy Schmidt, and Richard Snow at Seakeepers Bermuda 2017

Michael T. Moore, Wendy Schmidt, and Richard Snow at SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017

During the event, Wendy Schmidt was honored as 2017 Seakeeper of the Year for her outstanding efforts in leading ocean and environmental conservation. Local conservationists Philippe Max Rouja, Judie Clee, Chris Flook, and John Paul Skinner were also honoured as part of the SeaKeepers of the World Program, which recognises the commitment of individual SeaKeepers and the value they bring to local conservation and their community.

Local Seakeepers Chris Flook, Judie Clee, JP Skinner, Michael T. Moore were also recognised at Seakeepers Bermuda 2017

Local Seakeepers Chris Flook, Judie Clee, JP Skinner, Michael T. Moore were also recognised at Seakeepers Bermuda 2017

Among the talks were the highlights of the DISCOVERY Yachts Program, in which the SeaKeepers Society works in conjunction with the yachting community by using vessels for scientific research, deployment of equipment and education.

The next SeaKeepers Event will be Founders 2017, which will take place at Fort Lauderdale on the 2nd of November, 2017.Charterworld-Dy-Banner

Seakeepers Bermuda 2017: Honouring the Commitment to Ocean Research

May 19, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The International SeaKeepers Society will be hosting SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017 to recognise the 2017 SeaKeeper of the Year, Wendy Schmidt, and the SeaKeepers of Bermuda, Judie Clee, Chris Flook, Philippe Max Rouja, and John Paul Skinner. At the event, which will take place in Bermuda on June 22nd during America’s Cup, programming with the current DISCOVERY Yacht Fleet will be featured showing how the International SeaKeepers Society partners with the yachting community.

Bermuda Seakeepers 2017

The DISCOVERY Yacht Chair of SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017 is Stefano Tositti and the Reception Sponsor is Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residences – Caroline Bay, Bermuda.

Wendy Schmidt is President of The Schmidt Family Foundation, where she works to advance the development of renewable energy and the wiser use of natural resources. The Foundation houses its grant-making operation in The 11th Hour Project, which supports more than 150 non-profit organisations around the world in program areas including renewable energy, ecological agriculture, human rights, and our maritime connection through its 11th Hour Racing program.

SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017 to recognise the 2017 SeaKeeper of the Year, Wendy Schmidt

SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017 to recognise the 2017 SeaKeeper of the Year, Wendy Schmidt

11th Hour Racing promotes sustainability in the sailing and maritime industries, and serves as the Exclusive Sustainability Partner for Land Rover BAR, the British team competing for the upcoming 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. 11th Hour Racing also recently signed on as the co-title sponsor with Vestas Wind for the American team in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race.

In 2009, Wendy Schmidt and her husband, Eric Schmidt, created the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), and in 2012 launched the research vessel, Falkor, as a mobile platform to advance ocean exploration, discovery, and knowledge, and catalyze the sharing of information about the oceans. Since 2012, Falkor has hosted more than 400 scientists from 29 countries.

To further her commitment to ocean issues, in 2010 Wendy Schmidt partnered with XPRIZE, following the Deepwater Horizon disaster, to sponsor the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XCHALLENGE, a $1.4 million competition designed to identify efficient and innovative solutions to clean up surface oil spills. She also partnered with XPRIZE in 2012 to design the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a $2 million purse, awarded in July 2015, which focused on ocean acidification, one of the harbingers of climate change.

Wendy Schmidt is the lead philanthropic partner of the New Plastics Economy Initiative (NPEC) and a founding board member of Climate Central.

The SeaKeepers of Bermuda Awardees

The SeaKeepers of Bermuda Awardees have been chosen because of their commitment to ocean research in Bermuda. Judie Clee has contributed much to our understanding of the oceans.  She introduced the REEF program to Bermuda in 2000 and as Principal Investigator, has engaged hundreds of divers to survey fish on our reefs.  Judie was named REEF Volunteer of the Year in 2005.

Judie Clee

Judie Clee

Judie has been an active volunteer for the Bermuda Zoological Society, Ocean Support Foundation, Bermuda’s Reef Ecosystem Assessment and Mapping Program, the Humpback Whale Project, the National Trust’s Marine Environment Committee, the Marine Debris Taskforce, BUEI and more.  For the last ten years, Judie has helped curate the Bermuda Humpback Whale ID Catalogue consisting of over 1,400 individual whale IDs.

In 2007, Chris Flook started the Bermuda Lionfish Project; bringing together the Bermuda Government, REEF, NOAA and domestic NGOs to adopt policies and protocols. The Lionfish Project in Bermuda has since been used as a management model by several Caribbean Countries. The initiative continues today through the Ocean Support Foundation and Chris is a member of the Board. From 2011–2014 Chris was the Director of the Blue Halo project through the Pew Charitable Trust. Currently, Chris works at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and is a founding member and sits on the Advisory Board ofRISE (Robots in Service of the Environment

Chris Flook

Chris Flook

Philippe Max Rouja is a cultural and medical anthropologist specialising in maritime communities, currently focusing his research on Polynesia, Australia, Bermuda and the Arctic. He is the Principal Scientist of Marine Heritage and Ocean Human Health at the Department of Conservation Services, where he oversees public health studies related to the use of marine resources in Bermuda and serves as Custodian of Historic Wrecks.

Philippe Max Rouja

Philippe Max Rouja

JP Skinner was born and raised in Bermuda where he developed a genuine passion for the ocean.  He pursued a degree in anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, before returning home to teach for several years in a local primary school.  A keen water-sports enthusiast and environmentalist, he eventually combined his interests in education and the outdoors by launching Waterstart Ltd., an ocean exploration program for teens.  After several successful summers of marine education, JP began work at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and began building a suite of outreach programs which included Waterstart as the summer focus.  These programs eventually coalesced into BIOS’s “Ocean Academy” and reached thousands of local students each year.

JP Skinner

JP Skinner

SeaKeepers BAL DE LA MER will be held in Florida on 28 January 2017

January 13, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Rescheduled from October 2016 BAL DE LA MER will be held in Palm Beach, Florida on 28 January 2017.

The International Seakeepers Society once again takes pride in honouring and promoting the key influencers and decision makers in the ocean conservation programs. Each year the prestigious SeaKeeper Award is presented at an exclusive event.

Bal de la mer

Bal de la mer

This time the magnificent Bal De La Mer will be held in Palm Beach, Florida to recognise one of the SeaKeepers’ Founding Members and Yachting Community Pioneer: Alexander W. Dreyfoos. An MIT and Harvard graduate, Dreyfoos holds 10 patents in the United States for his innovations in electronics and photography, and is distinguished by an Oscar for his contribution to the world of motion pictures.

To make a reservation for the event please visit the official website of the International SeaKeepers Society.

 

The Best Diving Spots Off Your Luxury Yacht

November 18, 2016

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Need some inspiration on planning a holiday? Explore the world beneath you on a luxury yacht charter voyage! Put world-class diving destinations at the very top of your yachting itinerary. Don’t forget to pack your diving camera. There’s everything from fascinating shipwrecks to kaleidoscope coral reefs, exotic marine life to underwater caves. Onboard a luxurious superyacht benefit from the skills of an expert diving instructor or if you’re experienced, do it alone and jump in from the yacht deck.

1. Virgin Islands – if exploring shipwrecks is your thing, then the Virgin Islands ticks all the right boxes. The sleepy Virgin Gorda Island is home to one of the most famous diving sites in the Caribbean, the wreck of the HMS Rhone, located off Salt Island. Many enthusiastic divers plan their entire yachting vacation around a trip to this famous site which has been in existence since 1867 when the Royal Mail steamer sank during a hurricane. What an adventure! If you love the spirit of sailing superyachts then Maltese Falcon for charter is an ideal option. Full selection on charter yacht available in the Caribbean you can check here.

Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands

88m megayacht Maltese Falcon by Perini Navi

88m megayacht Maltese Falcon by Perini Navi

2. MexicoMexico has a number of awe-inspiring dive sites which warrant a visit in their own right. Set sail for the coastal town of Playa del Carmen close to the Yucatan Peninsula. The majestic limestone bedrock is riddled with fresh water-filled skin holes called centos some of which are 14m deep. Explore the underwater caves, a true labyrinth for divers. Visit the Baja Peninsula close to Santa Rosalia and Espiritu Santos. You may be lucky enough to see the giant Humboldt squid which can grow up to almost 2m in length – wow! Why not charter the superyacht Mamma Mia for your next holiday

Diving in Mexico

Diving in Mexico

Mexico

Monumental underwater museum called MUSA, Cancun, Mexico

3. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia – no top ten diving spots would be complete without the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Considered as one of the natural Seven Wonders of the World, this underwater paradise is a fantastic diving destination from top to bottom, a perfect site for divers of all levels. Get your diving gear ready to explore the Coral Sea with visibility of almost 60m making it ideal for spotting sea snakes and sharks at a distance. It has the world’s largest collection of corals, sponges, molluscs, rays and dolphins. CharterWorld offers a large selection of luxury superyacht for charter in the area, for example the stunning motor yacht True North.

Motor yacht True North in Australia

Motor yacht True North in Australia

4. Vanuatu – like many regions in the South Pacific, Vanuatu is home to exciting diving spots. There’s the mighty shipwreck, SS President Coolidge, located off the coast of Espiritu Santo. This 22,000 tonne ship sank fully laden with war machinery during World War II just off the beach. For something a little different, how about diving around Tongoa and Million Dollar Point? It’s a great opportunity to explore the edge of a live volcano, how exciting will that be? The best way to reach all the islands of Vanuatu is on your own charter yacht, which CharterWorld can assist you with.

Vanuatu

Vanuatu

5. Rangiroa, French Polynesia – approximately 400 kms from Tahiti are the incredible islands of the Tuamotu Archipelago. They include a string of coral that encircles a luminous lagoon known as Rangiroa, the second largest atoll in the world. With more than 240 tiny islets over a 177 kms, it’s not surprising that this is one of the world’s most intriguing and diverse diving spots – awesome.

French Polynesia diving

French Polynesia diving

6. Egyptian Red Sea – the Egyptian Red Sea is ranked as one of the world’s best diving spots and a great destination for a luxury yacht charter with good reason. The eastern edge of the Sahara supports one of the most spectacular dive sites. Separated naturally from the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea has developed an individual reef system like no other. Diving, scuba diving and snorkeling are very popular water activities here so make the Egyptian Red Sea part of your yacht charter itinerary.

Red Sea, Egypt

Red Sea, Egypt

7. The Maldives – the best diving spots in the Indian Ocean can be found in the glorious tropical paradise of the Maldives. The channels here are full of caves, caverns and overhangs that hide soft corals, colorful sponges and unique invertebrates. There are plenty of sites to explore in this amazing region. Away from the reefs, you may be lucky enough to spot manta rays, eagle rays or different species of sharks. A yacht charter is the perfect way to enjoy the various adventures that diving sites offer.

The Maldives

The Maldives

8. Cayman Islands – these islands are a group of three islands all of which offer world class diving. Although Grand Cayman is the most established diving destination, for a more relaxed but equally as enthralling, there’s Little Cayman and for the daring, on the northern shore, Bloody Bay Wall and Jackson Point. These are sheer coral cliffs dropping 2,000m into a submarine trench. Many divers consider this to be the finest wall diving in the Caribbean. Some of the best luxury charter yachts will be cruising in the waters of the Caribbean this winter, and are available for charter!

85m luxury charter yacht Solandge built by Lurssen - Photo by Klaus Jordan

85m luxury charter yacht Solandge built by Lurssen – Photo by Klaus Jordan

Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands

9. Sipadan Island, Malaysian Borneo – one of the more secluded diving spots can be found off Sipadan Island in the South China Sea. This island is less than an hour’s sail from the mainland, so it shouldn’t take your skipper long to get there. It’s an unbelievable magnet for studying fish from barracuda to horse-eye jacks as well as stunning green turtles which are accustomed to the presence of divers. At South Point you may encounter reef sharks, huge schools of trevally along with herds of parrot fish.

Sipadan Island

Sipadan Island

10. Surin and Similan Islands, ThailandThailand’s best diving spots can be found in the Andaman Sea. There are fabulous diving sites like Hin Daeng (Red Rock) and Hin Mouang (Purple Rock) in the south west, off the Surin and Similan Islands. The Surin Islands are also home to Richelieu Rock, a 30m dive famous for shark sightings and giant schools of fish. There are many wonderful photograph opportunities here.

Similan Islands

Similan Islands

Upcoming Event: Founders’ 2016 by International SeaKeepers Society at Fort Lauderdale

October 31, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

The International SeaKeepers Society is to host its annual Founders’ 2016, kicking off the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show on the 3rd of November. The event will recognise the work of DISCOVERY Yacht Members and showcase a selection of research projects that SeaKeepers has undertaken this year.

Shark Tagging with University of Miamis Shark Research and Conservation aboard Fleet Miamis D/Y Shredder- Photo Credit Frank Gibson

Shark Tagging with University of Miami’s Shark Research and Conservation aboard Fleet Miami’s D/Y Shredder- Photo Credit Frank Gibson

In conjunction with the international yachting community, The International SeaKeepers Society has developed and implemented key research and conservation programmes throughout 2016 as well as providing educational trips for children and teenagers across the world. As of March 2016, SeaKeepers has extended its educational programme to the Asia region, giving participants in Singapore the chance to take part in real-life research expeditions and ‘floating classroom experiences’ outside the traditional teaching environment.

Educational Outreach Program aboard D/Y Lady Jo with the National University of Singapore

Educational Outreach Program aboard D/Y Lady Jo with the National University of Singapore

About SeaKeepers

The International SeaKeepers Society was established in 1998 to promote oceanographic research, conservation and education. Now in its 18th year, the society has evolved thanks to the support it has received from individuals and organisations across the world and currently activates a fleet of discovery yachts which it uses to carry out its key programming.

In recent months, a number of projects have been successfully carried out providing valuable research and insight into the changing oceanic conditions:

September 2016

  • DISCOVERY yacht Final Final and her crew collected water samples from two sites in the Intracostal waterway around Delray Beach in Florida. The samples will be used as part of a research for the ASC Global Microplastics Project into the environmental and human health risk they pose.
  • A DISCOVERY Yacht from Insetta Boatworks was used by both SeaKeepers and University of Miami researchers from The Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment (CARTHE). Together, they deployed biodegradable drifter cards with attached GPS devices across multiple locations within Biscayne Bay. The drifter cards will be tracked to study the flow of currents within the bay, which affects how oil and other pollutants migrate and accumulate in the marine environment.
  • DISCOVERY Yacht Silver Cloud deployed two SeaKeeper Drifters while en route to Iceland. Drifters are data collection devices. The collection of consistent and accurate data is extremely important for oil spills and marine debris accumulation analyses; weather and hurricane prediction models; quality control tests on satellites; and an overall better understanding of the marine environment. It is vital that the global instrument arrays are well distributed; private vessels achieve this along routes which are not typically traveled.

    eDNA Research with UCLA aboard the D/Y Valkyrie in the Channel Islands, California

    eDNA Research with UCLA aboard the D/Y Valkyrie in the Channel Islands, California

August 2016

  • DISCOVERY Yacht Valkyrie took scientists from  the Barber Lab of UCLA to study eDNA (environmental DNA) along the coasts of Anacapa and Santa Cruz in California. Water samples were collected and analyzed to determine which marine species had recently passed through the area, providing valuable data on the region’s biodiversity.

The International SeaKeepers Society is a not-for-profit organisation.

Drifter deployment aboard D/Y Forget About It into the Gulf Stream near Miami FL

Drifter deployment aboard D/Y Forget About It into the Gulf Stream near Miami FL

Founders’ 2016

WHEN
Thursday, November 3rd
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

WHERE
Private Residence, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

FOR EVENT INFORMATION AND TICKETS
Gill@seakeepers.org | 305.448.7089

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Sustainability Charter for the 35th America’s Cup

October 06, 2016

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The America’s Cup Authority (ACEA) have presented a Sustainability Charter for the 35th America’s Cup. The Susaitnability Charter has received much support from ACEA and Land Rover BAR, and has been signed by all six teams. Looks like the Land Rover BAR goal to create the UK’s most sustainable sports team will be achieved, thanks to cooperation with the team’s partners and their innovative projects.

Carbon fibre reuse and recycles, one of the biggest on-going problems, is now being address: in collaboration with Title and Innovation Partner Land Rover there has been continuous work on creating a new life cycle model for the marine industry.

America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta 2017 to be held in Bermuda

America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta 2017 to be held in Bermuda

Four time Olympic Champion, winner of the 34th America’s Cup and Team Principal and Skipper of Land Rover BAR, Ben Ainslie mentioned that the project is being highly expected to begin with a lot of enthusiasm from all the parties involved. Land Rover BAR is addressing one of the biggest problems of the marine industry nowadays: single use plastic, reuse and recycling, water conservation, avoiding water pollution, saving energy, protecting marine habitats, being diverse and inclusive, supporting the local economy, communicating a better future, and identifying a Sustainability Champion in our the a to collaborate with other teams. It should be mentioned that Land Rover BAR has already has some success in implementing strategies to address the issues.

Motor yachts welcome to tour the Great Barrier Reef after coral bleaching

June 10, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has confirmed at their annual conference that chartered yachts are not responsible for coral bleaching. Chartered tours to the UNESCO world heritage site are welcome and activities in the various zones have not been affected.

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Studies on the process of coral bleaching have found that coral exposed to high temperatures over a period of weeks undergoes stress. The ongoing stress to the organism may lead to initially vivid pink, blue and yellow hues in the coral, followed by bleaching and possibly death. 2016 has produced high temperatures in the oceans, with little cooling from monsoon rains.

Various sites across the Great Barrier Reef are undergoing monitoring and further tests to improve recovery, and observations have uncovered that the most damaged parts of the reef are in areas that yachts rarely visit, putting to rest fears that boating activities and water sports are the direct cause.

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The conference also discussed increasing the available marine services at the popular tourist destination, in order to make the reef more accessible and environmentally friendly to visitors wishing to take a luxury yacht charter. The Cayman Islands have undertaken similar developments, including increasing moorings, in efforts to prevent coral damage which may occur when chartered vessels drop anchor.

Visit the Great Barrier Reef in comfort and style aboard one of the many chartered superyachts available in the Australia and New Zealand region. Contact CharterWorld today, or search for charters to find out more.

SeaKeepers BAL DE LA MER 2016 To Be Held in Florida

May 24, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Usually taking place in Monaco, the 2016 Bal De La Mer has been organised to take place in Palm Beach, Florida in order to recognise one of SeaKeepers’ Founding Members and Yachting Community Pioneer: Alexander W. Dreyfoos. Each year, SeaKeepers honours and promotes key decision makers and influencers who made exceptional commitments to preserving our oceans. The event will take place on Saturday, October 8th.

SeaKeepers

Alex Dreyfoos is chairman and owner of The Dreyfoos Group, a private capital management firm founded in November 1963. Mr. Dreyfoos graduated from both MIT and Harvard Business School and is well known for his manufacturing of electronic equipment for the photography industry, in which he received an Oscar for his important contribution to the motion pictures industry. In addition to receiving an Oscar, Dreyfoos holds 10 patents for his photographic technology and electronic equipment in the United States.

Dreyfoos first became associated with SeaKeepers thanks to his support of programming and funding of ocean research, which grounded his long-term commitment to SeaKeepers mission. In 2008, Dreyfoos took ownership of a Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull, also known as SWATH vessel, Silver Cloud. He chose this unusual twin-hull design due to his wife, Renate’s sensitivity to motion. The unique design effectively minimizes all rolling motion and Dreyfoos has enjoyed many years with family and friends travelling around the globe in this exceptional yacht.

Dreyfoos is also enthusiastic about diving and a great photographer. During his travels, he has photographed thousands of underwater landscapes and coastal scenery – everything from crocodiles in Australia to parrots in the Amazon. In January of 2015, he went on to publish a book of his photography entitled, A Photographic Odyssey: Around the World with Alexander W. Dreyfoos.

Split into six regions, the photographs exhibit the planet’s underwater world including the Red Sea and the South Pacific Ocean. These images, selected from over 100,000 in his collection, span the years from 1950-2013 and include 60 countries.

Dreyfoos joins an elite and influential group of leaders in marine conservation including Monaco’s own H.S.H. Prince Rainier III and H.S.H. Prince Albert II; French explorer and film producer, Jean Michel Cousteau; Canadian film director/producer and deep-sea explorer, James Cameron; American marine biologist, author, lecturer and National Geographic explorer-in-residence, Dr. Sylvia Earle; French fashion tycoon, Agnes B.; Sargasso Sea Alliance (SSA), a partnership to protect the Sargasso Sea led by SSA Board Chair, David Shaw and the Government of Bermuda; Wendy Benchley, and most recently the 2015 recipient Fabien Cousteau.

Dutch Shipyard AMELS achieves new IMO Environmental Milestone

January 29, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

AMELS is pleased to announce that it had reached the final milestone in its 18-month ‘Tier III’ programme. The new milestone means that AMELS is the first Dutch shipyard to slash harmful NOx emissions by almost 80%. This custom engineering project lessens the environmental influence of the new 57,70-metre AMELS 188 superyacht, without the need to compromise the very highest AMELS quality and comfort on board.

AMELS 188 yacht in 3D

AMELS 188 yacht in 3D

The renowned constructor of luxury yachts is the very first builder in the Netherlands to achieve ‘Tier III’ levels, after the main engine tests last week and generator set tests as the end of last year. According to the strict new regulations developed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), large new motor yacht exceeding 500 GT with a global cruising area must drastically reduce harmful NOx emissions in their engine exhaust gases.

AMELS 188 rendering

AMELS 188 rendering

Even though there are concerns in the industry regarding the lack of available technology and the tight timeframe, AMELS is pleased to be demonstrating the way forward with its new AMELS 188 yacht, presently under build.

AMELS 188 - Rendering aft

AMELS 188 – Rendering aft

“When the IMO clarified the deadline for the Tier III limits, we realised that the industry had no available integrated solution and very limited practical knowhow.” says Amels’ Technical Director Hans van Triet. “So, we took the lead to ensure there would be no delays for our clients, no compromise on luxury space, and no compromise on our renowned low levels of noise and vibrations. And, I believe we’re doing our part to face up to these technical challenges and reduce the environmental impact of our industry. That can only benefit us all.”

AMELS 188 TIER III engine test

AMELS 188 TIER III engine test

In addition for being the first shipyard in the Netherlands, AMELS believes that it was the first organisation to reach out to Lloyd’s Register for IMO Tier III certification. AMELS engineered a complete, holistic solution, working together with suppliers to custom engineer components and integrate the MTU 12V4000 M53 diesel engine, HUG Engineering Selective Catalytic Reduction system, silencer and soot filter. The testing took place under independent Lloyd’s Register class supervision at MTU Benelux.

AMELS 188 TIER III engine test

AMELS 188 TIER III engine test

Further development of AMELS 188 The following step in the AMELS 188 construction is testing the design’s highly efficient, fuel-saving technology. The superyacht is the first AMELS to boast a Hybrid Power switchboard with peak shaving (battery bank); plus a generator set configuration with AMELS Smart Power Management (SPM) and AMELS Heat Recovery system.

AMELS premiered with the innovative 57.70-metre AMELS 188 (970 gross tonnes) at the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show in 2015. With a preliminary scheduled delivery of Spring 2018, the completely new Limited Editions design lead to a lot of excitement and with number of enquiries being handled by the shipyard at the moment.

72m VSY motor yacht STELLA MARIS once again promoting sustainability at sea

March 25, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The outstanding 72-metre VSY motor yacht Stella Maris once again represents the leading light in important initiatives concerning sustainability at sea. Thursday, January 29, in Porto Lotti, La Spezia, was marked by a presentation of the international project Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs), which was held within the context of programmes, organized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

From left ERICH HOYT, member of IUCN, MASSIMO FEDERICI, Mayor of La Spezia, CRISTIANA LONGARINI, Managing Director of VSY, VIENNA ELEUTERI, President of Eulabor Institute and Sustainability Manager of the shipyard as well,  DINO NASCETTI,  President of Promostudi of La Spezia, and GIUSEPPE NOTARBARTOLO DI SCIARA, President of the Thetys Institute of Milano and  and Co-President of the IUCN Task Force for protected Marine Mammals Areas.

From left ERICH HOYT, member of IUCN, MASSIMO FEDERICI, Mayor of La Spezia, CRISTIANA LONGARINI, Managing Director of VSY, VIENNA ELEUTERI, President of Eulabor Institute and Sustainability Manager of the shipyard as well, DINO NASCETTI, President of Promostudi of La Spezia, and GIUSEPPE NOTARBARTOLO DI SCIARA, President of the Thetys Institute of Milano and and Co-President of the IUCN Task Force for protected Marine Mammals Areas. Photo credit: Federico Neri

Professor Erich Hoyt, as a member of IUCN, and Professor Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara – President of the Thetys Institute in Milan and Co-President of the IUCN Task Force for protected Marine Mammals Areas, have presented a new international strategic plan for the protection of these creatures, supported by VSY.

The event has also served as a perfect backdrop for the signature of the Convention which sees the Italian shipyard, strong in their consolidated partnership with the Eulabor Institute, inaugurating their collaboration with the University Centre in La Spezia, Promostudi, through the support of a research project for the sustainable disposal of fiberglass.

From left MASSIMO FEDERICI, Mayor of La Spezia, VIENNA ELEUTERI, President of Eulabor Institute and Sustainability Manager of the shipyard as well, CRISTIANA LONGARINI, Managing Director of VSY, and Admiral DINO NASCETTI, President of Promostudi of La Spezia.

From left MASSIMO FEDERICI, Mayor of La Spezia, VIENNA ELEUTERI, President of Eulabor Institute and Sustainability Manager of the shipyard as well, CRISTIANA LONGARINI, Managing Director of VSY, and Admiral DINO NASCETTI, President of Promostudi of La Spezia. Photo credit: Federico Neri

Cristiana Longarini, Managing Director of VSY, Admiral Dino Nascetti, President of Promostudi, and Vienna Eleuteri, President of Eulabor Institute and Sustainability Manager of the shipyard as well, have chosen this occasion to sign a strategic pact solutions-oriented for sustainability in the yachting sector. This first step aims to identify La Spezia as the first important Mediterranean centre for sustainability.

VSY’s primary objective has long been the implementation of new models of integrated sustainability in the yachting industry, which has now led them to be an accredited reference point in the industry at an international level.

The main local institutions’ representatives, including the Mayor Massimo Federici and Councillors Alessandro Pollio and Davide Natale, attended the event to signify the strong commitment of the city to this initiative.