Please select your home edition
Edition
BandG Triton2 AUS 728x90

MarineShift360 signs new partners

by MarineShift360 8 May 13:52 UTC
The RS21, launched by MarineShift360's new Pilot Partner, RS Sailing, earlier this year. © MarineShift360

MarineShift360, the collaboration developing a new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool for the marine industry, has announced the first seven businesses to partner with the project.

Allen Brothers, Arksen, Emkay Plastics, Multiplast, Princess Yachts, RS Sailing and Wessex Resins have formed this unique collaboration and will contribute valuable data from their materials and processes to further develop the LCA tool ahead of its commercial release in late 2019.

Motivated by consumer demand and expected changes to legislation, the marine industry is under the spotlight to make advances in closed-loop product design, moving away from the linear 'take-make-waste' approach and towards a circular economy. In collaboration with founding sponsor 11th Hour Racing, an international organisation that harnesses the power of sport to innovate change for the health of our oceans, MarineShift360 is actively developing its LCA tool to equip the industry with the means to understand product sustainability. With extensive expertise in LCA, software development and the marine industry, Anthesis Group, a global leader in sustainability services and solutions, is responsible for the custom build of the LCA tool as well as advising on the project. The project is being led at Anthesis Group by international LCA expert and trans-Atlantic sailor Craig Simmons.

The LCA tool quantifies the environmental impacts of a product's full life cycle, from raw materials to disposal, ultimately allowing the user to make informed decisions at the design stage to mitigate such impacts. The pilot partners will work alongside MarineShift360 to tailor the tool to the unique needs of marine businesses in a bid to empower the wider industry to make smart choices within design and manufacturing processes. The project will continue to forge new partnerships to further enhance the performance of the tool, with the vision of creating a tool that is built by the industry, for the industry.

Todd McGuire, Program Director at 11th Hour Racing, founding sponsor of MarineShift360, says: "The new partners are already leaders in their respective fields, and joining this collaboration enables them to become leaders also in sustainability. There is no time like the present to adopt sustainability practices, both for business and environmental reasons, ensuring end-of-life considerations are embedded at the design stage. By gathering reliable data from the partners, MarineShift360 will develop a fully comprehensive database that supports a life cycle assessment tool tailored to the needs of the marine industry. Once complete, the tool will empower users to compare choices and investigate alternative materials that increase efficiency and reduce costs, leading to innovation in design -- our ultimate goal for this project."

Craig Simmons, Chief Technology Officer at Anthesis Group, says: "Like all sectors, the marine industry needs to respond to the 'triple whammy' of increasingly eco-conscious consumers, the rising cost of raw materials, and a tougher regulatory environment. Design innovation sits at the heart of this, and the new LCA tool will help businesses to make smarter design choices; making better use of resources, improving efficiency and better responding to market needs. We're proud to be supporting this initiative through both an advisory and delivery perspective."

To find out more about the tool and the exclusive benefits of becoming a Pilot Partner please visit: marineshift360.org

All businesses in the marine industry are encouraged to provide immediate input by taking part in a questionnaire on the MarineShift360 website, which will help ensure the data and processes modelled are useful industry-wide: marineshift360.org/questionnaire-form

Related Articles

Magic in motion - Ocean Alexander 45 Divergence
Australian launch of the game-changing Ocean Alexander 45 Divergence Since its launch at the Miami International Boat Show in February 2019, the Ocean Alexander 45 Divergence has certainly attracted a lot of attention. Posted today at 4:05 am
8 things boaters ought to know
New video outlines unique precautions required when heading offshore to a marine sanctuary The NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries include more than 600,000 square miles of marine protected areas, from the rugged Olympic Peninsula of Washington to the "shipwreck alley" of Michigan's Thunder Bay and the turquoise-hued shallows of the Florida Keys. Posted on 23 Jul
WIN a Simrad NSS9 evo3 Fishfinder/Chartplotter
Arvor has joined forces with Simrad to give you a chance to win a Simrad NSS9 evo3 Just visit the Arvor display on the marina (M186-190), fill in the entry form with three easy questions, and you could win. Posted on 23 Jul
World premiere of the BRIG Eagle 670
The global launch of the new BRIG Eagle 670 Sirocco Marine will host the global launch of the new BRIG Eagle 670, part of what will be the largest display by any exhibitor at this year's Sydney International Boat Show, 1 to 5 August. Posted on 23 Jul
Tennis star joins Sunreef Yachts' Family of Owners
Tennis star joins Sunreef Yachts' Family of Owners Rafael Nadal has recently commissioned an 80 Sunreef Power catamaran with Sunreef Yachts. An avid multihull enthusiast, the international tennis superstar has selected the shipyard's latest motor yacht model Posted on 23 Jul
Leopard 53 Powercat
The 4th generation of Leopard Powercat Succeeding the most popular powercat of all time (Leopard 51 Powercat), this Leopard 53 Powercat ushers in the 4th generation with a yacht that features all the attributes that made her predecessor successful, while reimagining what a powercat should be. Posted on 21 Jul
New flagship of the MJM fleet, the 53z Breeze
53z Breeze commissioned in Newport on a spectacular summer evening On a spectacular summer evening in front of dozens of MJM owners and friends the Reverend Mary Johnstone pronounced "I christen thee Breeze!". Posted on 21 Jul
Yammar's X47 Express Cruiser
A new addition to the Yanmar X-series A new addition to the Yanmar X-series. The new X47 combines a sporty and elegant design subjugated with innovative high-tech solutions. Posted on 20 Jul
Marine Auctions Forthcoming Online Auctions
Download the brochure of boats to be auctioned Please see a copy of the August Online Auction Brochure of various Marina Berths and Vessels we have to offer along with our Best Buys. Please note Bidding will commence on Friday 9th August 2019 and will end on Thursday 15th August 2019 at 2pm. Posted on 19 Jul
Monte Carlo 52 - Ahead of the Curve
The second generation of high-end motor yachts by Beneteau With an ultra-modern profile, an unprecedented number of windows, and softer sleeker lines, the new Monte Carlo 52 marks the introduction of the second generation of high-end motor yachts by Beneteau. Posted on 18 Jul
GJW Direct - Motor Cruiser 2019 - FooterRaymarine AUS Lighthouse 3 Annapolis 3.9 - BOTTOMNanni Diesel 2019 Footer