Crafting a zero-emission yacht
BURDAARD _ The Clean Wave foundation’s ambitions are not modest: “to launch and maintain trends and activities that target zero emissions.” That may sound like everyone’s wish, but Clean Wave works hard to make it a reality. It has a peerless pedigree. Working from a zero emission office in this northern Dutch town it is guiding a sustainable trans-Atlantic freight service and overseeing a ‘durable’ yacht project involving the construction of a 10.10m yacht.
The ocean-going yacht _ to be launched in late 2013 _ will be powered by sun light, wind and electricity. Launched in 2010, the project attracted the talent of Dick Koopmans Yacht Design in 2011. The ‘clean yacht’ project was conceived by Clean Wave President Peter Hoefnagels. An ardent sailor since he was 8 has, Hoefnagels is an environmental expert who has advised companies such as Exxon Chemical, Lyondell and Agip. His innovation in yacht construction is a stem to stern windows in a boat’s hull. It will be an eye-catching feature of the “Durable Yacht.”
At the moment, 4 volunteers are working on the yacht. Clean Wave says the project has attracted more than 30 private and corporate sponsors.