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Boat DIGEST is in its final year: the project which started in the autumn 2013 is set to finish in 6 months, in September 2015. Let’s hope though that the results of our work will reap a harvest far beyond that date! After identifying key issues relevant to recreational craft owners with reference to end-of-life boats and analysing training needs for dismantlers in the past months, we would like to propose training and awareness contents for these two target groups. We have also come up with a set of guidelines targeted to marinas, associations, schools, repair and refit companies. But there is still much more to keep us busy, e.g. developing the tools to deliver the contents, such as an e-learning platform. We look forward then to receiving even more contributions and feedback from all those concerned, especially ahead of our final meeting and conference in September in Brussels.

We keep engaging in the cooperation with European Boating Association (EBA) whose working group on the end-of-life boats will present its report shortly during the association’s assembly general meeting in Venice on 10-11 April 2015.




Get training on boat dismantling

Boat Digest Training Modules

Since there is no specific legislation on dismantling end-of-life boats and no standard procedures in place for carrying out such activities, Boat DIGEST decided to develop and put together useful information to simplify the job of current and future dismantlers.

The training content looks at various aspects of dismantling, from technical to environmental. The “training module” also includes a step-by-step guide on recycling and informs about its environmental impacts and available recovering methods which prevent environmental damage. It explains what hazards are associated with recycling and informs about the need of running risk assessment practices in boat yards. Some of the activities involved in boat recycling require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and this is why we can also find instructions in the contents on how to apply such equipment. Administrative and financial information is also provided under this module.





Give a treat to your end-of-life boat

Boat Digest Pilot Programme

In the recent months Boat DIGEST has been gathering key information for boat owners, related to the end-of-life recreational craft. This information includes various options the owner has when they want to dispose of their boat, dismantling costs or impacts of abandoning old craft. In other words, you simply get advice and useful information on how to part with your beloved boat you can no longer use in an environment friendly way, best for you, your boat and the nature.





Responsible boating from buying until end-of-life craft

Boat DIGEST Guidelines

Despite the subject of end-of-life craft being raised more frequently lately, it is still the lack of information that creates confusion among those concerned by the topic. With these people in mind, Boat DIGEST will release in the following days 4 different “guidelines” which contain an overview of the problems caused by the end-of-life boats and offer some advice to targeted groups.

The guidelines highlight the key role these groups play in encouraging and helping recreational craft owners to take the ownership of their end-of-life boats in a responsible and environmentally-friendly manner.





Canadian government reaches out to Boat DIGEST

Being heard is already a part of success. Getting feedback and receiving questions from people interested in Boat DIGEST shows us that this project has a purpose to serve, especially if the questions come from as far as North America. A recent enquiry from the Department of Transport from the Government of Canada is a proof that the impact of the project grows, also geographically.





Take part in a Lifeboat Decommissioning Challenge

Over the next 10 years, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in the UK (largest charity saving lives at sea) will decommission three different classes of lifeboats. The potential to recover, reuse, recycle and reimagine these boats (almost 90 search-and-rescue vessels) and their components is huge and according to RNLI includes: 172 high-powered engines, 86 radar systems, 954 tonnes of composite materials and 43 tonnes of plastic.




With the support of the Life Long Learning Programme of the European Union. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication /communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Grant Agreement 2013-1-ES1-LEO05-67616.


This is the third issue of the Boat DIGEST newsletter. Boat DIGEST is a 2-year EU-funded project aiming at improving boat dismantling practices in Europe and raising awareness on this issue in the nautical community.

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