The 13th edition of the Valencia Boat Show by Insurnautic has a notable increase in proposals and initiatives related to sustainability, from nautical products and applications, to technological solutions through a complete agenda of talks and activities that highlight the sector’s commitment to blue growth.
Leading exhibitors in innovation and sustainability
Electric motorization is undoubtedly the most visible part of the transition towards greater sustainability in the sector. The Torqueedo electric motor brand is a pioneer in this type of proposal, which is exhibited every year at the Valencia Boat Show by Navaltec.
This year, together with the Torqeedo proposal, they will be exhibiting the Temo, an electric and portable motor that was launched in 2019 and has already been awarded, as well as a proposal for anchoring with an electric motor that allows the anchor not to be used to avoid damaging the sea bottom.
They also present, together with the Excess line of catamarans from the French shipyard Beneteau, their Deep Blue system, which goes beyond the electric motor by offering a complete option of propulsion and energy management. The Excess 15, one of the novelties of the contest exhibited by its distributor SportNautic, has the Deep Blue Hybrid system, which guarantees an efficient production and distribution of energy and the use of renewable energies.
This edition of the Valencia Boat Show has also been joined by the American brand of 100% electric vehicles Tesla, which has an exhibition area in which visitors will find its entire range, including the Model Y, its latest all-electric model of seven plazas.
Leisure and rescue accessories such as those exposed by Seabob Rescue or Movesea also have electric motors and lithium batteries that allow maximum enjoyment with minimum environmental impact. Other proposals that are framed in a more sustainable use of energy, are those of the multinational Vulkan, which presents its hybrid transmission with PTO / PTI or completely electric, or those of Ecobat, a company dedicated to the recycling and sale of lead batteries.
Energy transition in Albufera
One of the most surprising proposals of the contest was the one presented yesterday by Azimut Marine, the Polytechnic University of València y Mínguez SA, of electric motorization of boats in La Albufera, replacing the diesel internal combustion engines with electric motors that, in addition to not having Fossil fuel emissions do not generate noise, which would be great benefits for the fauna and flora, as well as for the visitors themselves.
The project already has two electric vessels and aims to complete the fleet in the future. Azimut Marine, which includes the development of 100% electric projects, lithium batteries, and the conversion of any combustion engine into a hybrid solution, already has another motor hybridization project for the trawling fleet in Gandía developed together with the UPV. They also have the EcoBus Boat project, an ecological bus for children that crosses the bay of Santander, with 100% electric and solar motorization.
“It is a requirement that Europe asks and a conviction that people have, that boats have to be more ecological. What is happening in the houses and in the cars is also happening in the boats, although in a slower way ”, assured Alfonso Carreres, from Azimut Electronics.
Conserving Posidonia, a common challenge
Posidonia conservation is a major problem in the field of marine ecosystem conservation, since nautical tourism is the main risk factor for this species. The Valencia Boat Show hosts during its five days of duration various talks on the subject, such as the one given by Ricardo Burriel, manager of the Nou Fontana Marina, or the one given by the Oceanographic in charge of the researcher and scientific communicator Alicia Borque Espinosa.
After trawling, the uncontrolled anchoring of boats is the main concern of experts for the survival of this species since it is in the Valencian Community, where more than a third of all oceanic posidonia in Spain is concentrated, that is why its conservation is a challenge for the nautical sector.
Tomorrow Saturday 30, the association Ambiens with Seahorse project and Anavre, will participate in the Valencian room with presentations on the conservation of seahorses and on the Royal Decree on Safety and Prevention of Pollution, respectively. On Sunday it will be the Sanamares organization who will take over with their talk “How little you know the sea that you don’t know what a cucumber is.”
The care of boats increasingly takes into account the sustainability factor, and for this reason initiatives such as ecological antifouling and the new WRAPPING technique arise, consisting of the vinyl of the dead work of the Nautic Service hull, or the system of containment of oil and hydrocarbon spills, barriers and absorbent blankets from Disher Levante.
The opening day of the Valencia Boat Show by Insurnautic also welcomed the delivery of blue pennants by the Valencian Community Sailing Federation and ADEAC to those sailing and sea sports schools that in 2021 have promoted environmental care initiatives, demonstrating that The practice of these sports should not be at odds with the conservation of the sea and its surroundings.
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