SPRING-SUMMER 2010I sea&iI73thinkgreenprocessing it into diesel fuel. The leaders of the project areexperienced ocean conservationists, film producers andentrepreneurs based between San Francisco, Hong Kong andLondon. The team also organises many events worldwide toincrease awareness of the project among the general public,particularly on World Environment Day on 5 June, and WorldOcean Day on 8 June. This year, its annual marine-debris beach-cleaning will take place worldwide on Sunday 6 June; everyoneis encouraged to take part. Project Kaisei is also currentlyseeking sponsors, participants and leaders in their respectiveindustries who can help to make a difference in reducingmarine debris. For further information, visit www.projectkaisei.org andwww.oceanvoyagesinstitute.orgOceanaOceana is an American-based organisation with branchesworldwide. It researches and produces reports on all oceanactivity, including the protection of reefs, destruction of marinehabitats and Arctic Sea ice destruction, and campaigns toprotect and improve the world's oceans. Its team comprisesmarine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates wholobby for specific policy changes to reduce pollution andprevent irreversible collapse of fish populations, marinemammals and other sea life. The organisation has more than300,000 members worldwide, with many celebrity supporters. For information, visit www.oceana.orgChanging crew tacticsEfforts to improve the impact of yachts on the environment areever-increasing, but all too often these are focused solely onnew-build yachts, and often concentrate on the mechanical andworking parts of the yacht, rather than day-to-day practiseson board. Therefore, a new initiative is now seeking to assistyacht crew in making more informed choices about the productsthey use on board. Working together over the past year, SheilaGoddard from Earthly Supplies and Scott Bartle from YachtAuditing International have surveyed crews' use of more eco-friendly products. They found that most crew use certainproducts simply because the owner of the yacht prefers it, orbecause certain stocks are difficult to find when on the move,or, most usually, that they simply had not thought of changingto different brands. In light of this, Yacht Auditing Internationalhas devised an online Green Survey that rates yachts accordingto their crew's environmental awareness. Earthly Supplies,meanwhile, has come up with an 'awareness tutorial' that helpscrew assess what is eco-friendly. Goddard believes that it is essential to educate crew on theenvironment and product use. Bio-fuels, pollution and efficiencyare big issues that receive attention, but rarely are the volumeand type of chemicals used on board considered. Polluting wastecould be reduced by 90 per cent if the International Conventionfor the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)requirements were to be extended to chemical products. Fortunately, with the new MARPOL 2010 regulations, yachtswill now have to be vigilant when it comes to what they put intothe black and grey tanks. However, Goddard states: "Myconcern is that they [the crew] are doing it based on regulationsrather than because they are aware of the damage being doneto the marine environment. Instead, it should be well knownthat the amount of chemicals discharged via the grey tanks isa main polluter of the seas. The products are, in many cases,not only toxic but create havoc in the tanks; uncontrollablesmells being the main issue." Many engineers are nowhighlighting the issues to their stewardesses, so hopefullychange will be forthcoming.Gradually, awareness of alternative, effective and moreeco-friendly cleaning products is growing among the yachtcommunity, but the process remains slow. Crew training in thismatter is thus essential, and all yacht owners are encouragedto pursue the matter further. For information, visit www.earthlysupplies.com andwww.yachtauditing.com In conclusion.The above initiatives are just a few that sea&iwished to bringto light to underline the diversity of endeavours that can - andwill - help to preserve our oceans, provided everyone takespart. These projects support the ever-changing landscape ofyacht building that is currently seeing many eco-friendly yachtson the drawing boards of international yards and designers.The carbon-offsetting trend and programmes initiated by CNIwithin the yachting industry in 2005, and extended to theMonaco Yacht Show (www.monacoyachtshow.com), have alsomade an impact. Other efforts include large engineering companies, such asRolls Royce Marine (www.rollsroyce.com/marine), working ontechnological improvements to reduce toxic engine emissions,and new construction standards improving the wayenvironmental issues and sustainable development arehandled. There are also evermore pioneering techniquesinvolving solar power and other improved means of providingenergy. As such, the dream of a bright future with clean oceansis plausible, but it is one that all who enjoy the yachting lifestyleneed to embrace. n
74Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2010KingshipWaving the eco flag for China, Kingship has developed a unique,environmentally-aware superyacht. According to the yard, the45m (148') Green Voyager was designed for an owner who seeksa low-impact motoryacht on which to cruise the oceansresponsibly, yet without compromising luxury and comfort. The designers of the yacht, Axis Group Yacht Design, havethus developed a yacht with strong, masculine lines andinnovative features, such as a large lounging area on theforedeck, a fixed awning over the sundeck (which is equippedwith sophisticated automated blinds), and large sliding doorsin the main saloon, opening up to folding bulwarks. Green Voyager will be able to comfortably accommodate upto 10 guests. The full-width master is located forward on themain deck and features large windows and a private balcony;perfect for coffee or an intimate dinner. On the lower deck, fourspacious guest cabins comprise two twin cabins and twodoubles. The yacht will be offered with three differentpropulsion and generator packages:nConventionalusing conventional generators and mainengines, but of a smaller size than on a regular yacht. nSemi-hybridusing conventional propulsion but fitted withhigh-tech battery banks and a power- management system toallow silent overnight operation.nFull hybridusing shaft generators and the Siemens Sishipsystem to allow silent running on batteries when under way.The foundation of Green Voyager's lowered environmentalimpact is compliance with RINA's Green Class notation. Thisdemands specific technical and operational systems to ensurethe superyacht's build and functionality is in excess of MARPOLand other regulatory requirements.This tri-deck Kingship features a full displacement steel hullwith transoceanic range and an aluminium superstructure, andshe will be built to Lloyd's and MCA requirements. She isexpected to be launched in 2011. Wave of changeSuperyachts have always been anexceptional way to explore the world, butall too often this is at a cost to theenvironment. Pollution, fuel and waste havea significant impact and the conscientiousyachtsman has long battled to reconcilehis passion for sailing with his regard for theenvironment. Thankfully, with leading yardsbringing eco issues to the fore, certainluxury superyachts are now getting the'green' light when it comes toenvironmentally aware design. Maarten Janssenreviews five yards that are leading the fieldeco builds?