No more boat graveyards! There is a solution: it is the scrappage incentives


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When a car reaches the end of its cycle it is scrapped. In boats, however, the rigmarole is different. Very different. We often see large “graveyards” of semi-wrecks abandoned to their fate. Some become unmissable bargains for various reasons (chief among them the very low price) of those who want to “get their hands dirty” refitting them. Others, however, have suffered damage (storm surges, accidents, etc.) too extensive to be restored at an affordable price. One solution would be to demolish them, but it is often just as complicated.

How much does it cost to scrap boats in Italy?

What should be avoidable, however, are the costs of scrapping boats: in one of our investigations we had taken stock of the process to be followed when deciding to entrust one’s boat to the scrapper and how disposal works.

Bureaucracy aside, if it comes to spending up to 7,000 euros to dispose of a 40-footer, that’s when we can understand why so many things happen. Because there are areas of Italy (river mouths come to mind, such as that of the Arno or Tiber rivers) that are real graveyards of half-destroyed boats, because you find junked hulls in campaign yards (and maybe the space has been rented off the books, much to the chagrin of the IRS), because there is Who, in defiance of the law, decides to sink the boat rather than face the cost of demolition and berth rental.

The solution? It would be simple

The solution would be there and has been in front of us for years. They are called state scrappage incentives. They are the ones we are used to in the automotive world-they are the ones that make you say, “but yes, now is the right time to change your car,” and turn the economy around.

Think of the benefits: by giving back your old obsolete boat, in addition to forgetting about the paperwork and the “greenbacks” you would be forced to shell out to scrap it, you could take advantage of a discount on your new one.

This would breathe new life into the market. Not to mention the boost to the industry of companies specializing in scrapping (to date, very few), which would then have a strong incentive to find eco solutions for the disposal of fiberglass.

And goodbye boat graveyards. As any barroom economist could teach, it is all connected and the solution is very simple. It is up to the government to implement it, perhaps knocking on the doors of the European Union for funds.

Eugene Ruocco


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