Dutch boat-builder Amels has introduced an eco-friendly raft to assist in its efforts to cut down on environmental waste.
The Netherlands-based yard is currently installing various sustainable facilities, including 5,000 solar panels in the production halls, which will generate 1.8 MW per year when completed.
Amels will also be decreasing the amount of power it consumes by up to 75% with LED lighting, whilst it will also install six separate waste recycling streams and erect wind turbines to harvest the North Sea breeze.
Bert Beckers, production manager at Amels, said, “We can always improve so the bar is set high and stays high. It’s challenging in such a busy and complex shipbuilding yard, but we see it as part of our responsibility in this industry.”
Meanwhile, the yard has also announced it is designing drinking water purification systems for all new Amels Limited Editions yacht projects. The systems will enable the yacht to produce all drinking water consumed on board and will cut down on 10,000 plastic bottles a year per yacht.
The project derived from a drinking water system pioneered by Remo Mayer, the captain of Amels 242 yacht New Secret. Mayer’s system has dramatically cut down the plastic waste produced by the yacht. Instead of using plastic, each crewmember now has a designated steel bottle.
Mayer commented, “This is maybe a small step, but I think more ships should do it. It’s good for the environment to have something like this in place.”