Boat disposal, the French lead the way. What about us?

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The issue of the end of life of fiberglass boats and their disposal is a hot topic-perhaps not in Italy, but other countries are getting into the act. We told you about Sweden, where owners of boats that are no longer usable can scrap them for free, and about the U.S. where they are inventing a system to recycle fiberglass dismantled from boats to … build houses.

IN FRANCE THERE IS A CALL FOR DISPOSAL
Now we move to France, where APER (the first company in the world to specialize in the dismantling of recreational boats, created by FIN, the federation of French marine industries) has initiated a private tender in the territory of metropolitan France to select service providers responsible for the treatment of waste from recreational or sport boats.

Maritime Business Manager Emanuele Rinaldi writes on his website:

“The consultation is open until February 1, 2019 to all companies that provide DBPS treatment, which stands for depollution, deconstruction, recovery, recycling. The service covered by the tender includes:

  • Working alongside the unit owner for administrative formalities, follow-up, counseling
  • Receipt of vessels in dedicated treatment centers
  • The treatment of DBPS (de-pollution, deconstruction, recovery, recycling)
  • The transportation of waste to final outlets

Providers will be distributed throughout the country (metropolitan France, Corsica and overseas) and particularly on coastal areas and in the best-equipped depots to provide a solution that is in close proximity to the owners of the units themselves.”

For your information, the announcement is located here: https://www.aper.asso.fr/appel-d-offre-1/

LET’S GO SCRAP IN FRANCE
If you have a boat that needs to be scrapped, perhaps, you should take it to France, perhaps to the French Riviera. Deconstruction of your boat through APER can be done starting second quarter of 2019. In Italy, a system for disposing of decommissioned fiberglass boats is still utopia: there are no real services for dismantling fiberglass hulls because the cost of disassembly is greater than the value of the possibly recyclable material. The operation must then be carried out at a dedicated site that meets the many regulatory requirements in terms of environmental protection.

BOAT SCRAPPING IN FRANCE? IT WORKS LIKE THIS.

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