Inaugural Future of Recycling conference in Amsterdam unveils programme


The first details have been announced of a one-day conference addressing the main issues in the environmentally responsible dismantling and recycling of redundant boats. The Future of Recycling conference will be held on Monday 16 November 2015 in RAI Amsterdam, the day before METS gets underway. It will also feature a dedicated exhibition area where specialist contractors, suppliers and advisers can discuss their products and services with delegates and trade visitors from all sectors of the yachting industry.
The conference agenda will consist of key topics that focus on both the technical/ commercial challenges, and the significant opportunities presented by what has become known as `End-of-Life Boats` (ELB), and will be held on Monday 16th November at the RAI Conference Centre in Amsterdam.
Powered by METS and supported by ICOMIA, the conference entitled The Future of Yacht Recycling will be staged by Quaynote Communications in partnership with YachtMedia, and will form part of the annual METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show) in the Netherlands.
Geert Dijks – HISWA A welcome speech by Geert Dijks, Director of HISWA, the Netherlands Water Sports Association will set the tone for the day, and specialist speakers from the ICOMIA Environmental and Marinas Groups will feature in presentations and panel discussions covering the background to the present situation, and its affects on the yachting industry and marina operations.
Britta Eklund, Bo van Baars and Gert van der Have Other speakers such as Britta Eklund from Stockholm University, and Bo van Baars who runs a successful yacht recycling operation in Holland will share their experiences on process developments that are showing promise for the future. Gert van der Have of the water sports advisory consultants ARN, will lead discussions on how the yachting industry can adapt in order to deal with the future costs of yacht disposal, and how it could be funded. Other key elements such as transportation, designing of yachts with sustainable materials, and the all important recycling of GRP composite materials will be covered during the day.
An engaging program in a perfect location… This all makes The Future of Yacht Recycling Conference and its location in the heart of Europe alongside the world`s premier nautical trade show, a particularly relevant forum to bring together as many interested parties as possible, to share experiences, latest technologies, legislative updates, commercial funding possibilities, and of course business opportunities!

Online delegate registration is now open for the conference with an early bird rate of 275 euros for the day. For full details, updated agenda or to register online go to or access the event page via