Title Boat Dismantling Insight by Generating Environmental and Safety Training
Project Number 2013-1-ES1-LEO05-67616
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The Boat DIGEST project aimed to improve the Health, Safety and Environmental standards of recreational craft (RC) dismantling practices. It addressed skill gaps, while at the same time raised the awareness of end of life responsibilities and options for recreational craft owners and professionals. This was achieved through transferring innovative products, tools and training from previous research activities into vocational education and training
Europe has the largest concentration of recreational craft in the World made of materials such as Fibre-reinforced plastic, wood, PVC and neoprene. The life span ranges from 10 years for inflatable boats to 30 years for motorboats, and when it comes to the end of life of recreational craft there is no financial incentive to dismantle it, as the materials have no recyclable value leading sometimes to a dramatic increase in abandonments at sea and port. Some facilities, such as a car recycler, where the dismantling of recreational craft is a secondary activity and more often than not the skills, knowledge and expertise required to deal with the potentially hazardous and hard to recycle materials onboard are lacking.
The Boat DIGEST project aimed to improve the Health, Safety and Environmental standards of recreational craft dismantling practices. It addressed skill gaps, while at the same time raised the awareness of end of life responsibilities and options for recreational craft owners and professionals. This was achieved through transferring innovative products, tools and training from previous research activities into vocational education and training for those involved with the dismantling of recreational craft and an awareness module which provides end of life guidance for those who own recreational craft.
The Boat DIGEST project has met the initial objectives specificied in the proposal.
A big amount of owners have been reached by means of the workshops, questionnaires, interviews and contacts with regional, national and European boating associations. Furthermore, most owners approached have been very open to participate and many were happy to know more about the problem related with end-of-life boats. Dismantlers have been reached by means of workshops, questionnaires and contacts with national dismantling associations, nevertheless this target group is not so easy to reach since recreational craft dismantling activities are not organised in Europe, do not have an association to be a member of and most of them are not professionalized. International events such as the Boot Düsseldorf International Conference (January 2014) have shown to be very useful taking into consideration all the contacts made and interest received from target groups and other stakeholders after the event.
Boat DIGEST has developed an awareness module designed to encourage better end of life behaviours from recreational craft owners contributing to reduce the number of reported cases of abandoned recreational craft in Europe by at least 25% in the 2 years after project completion and therefore potential damage to the environment and marinas. The Boat DIGEST project has made contact and has involved a very extensive network involving European Boating Associations, marinas and marinas' associations, nautical and marine associations, regional, national and public stakeholders; all this network has helped in reaching the target groups of the project who have become multipliers of the project informationa and dissemination actors, helping this way to achieve project objectives.
The Boat DIGEST project has provided sustainable outputs helping to improve the overall image of the Boat Dismantling Industry. A dismantling network map (that will continue to be updated after the project) has been created within the project giving visibility to this occupation. The training module has also contributed to this object, reducing as well the potential harm to HSE within the location where the recreational craft is being dismantled. The overall image of the dismantling industry has also improved by having involved within the project other stakeholders that must interact with them such as marinas, regional public organisations, owners and associations.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Other Service Activities
material for open learning
Deliverables produced :
- Project Website (www.boatdigest.eu )
- Content Recommendation for RC Owner Awareness Module
- Report on Training Needs Analysis and User Capabilities for RC Dismantler VET
- Report on Innovative products, recycling methods, tools, bio degradable materials and VET
- Awareness Module Content for RC Owners
- Guidelines for Marinas and Associations
- Training Module Content for RC Dismantlers VET
- E-learning and E-assessment Platform
- Delivery Mediums (Videos, animations, supporting materials)
Project Publicity Materials
- Report on Piloting, Evaluation and Validation
- Recognition and Certification
- Post Project Workplan
- Promotional DVD of Project Achievements
- Final Project Conference/Seminar