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Spirit Yachts has been recognised for its environmental innovation by Europe’s leading boat builder awards

Spirit Yachts wins Environment Initiative Award at METSTRADE

Nigel Stuart


Spirit Yachts has won the Environment Initiative Award at this year’s IBI Boat Builder Awards held at METSTRADE in Amsterdam.  The boat show is the world’s largest marine trade exhibition and the awards celebrate outstanding business achievements across the global leisure marine and superyacht industry.

Selected by an independent judging panel of leading journalists and business leaders, the Environment Initiative Award recognised Spirit Yachts’ improvement to the sustainability of its manufacturing and design processes.

Spirit Yachts managing director Nigel Stuart commented, “The award is fantastic recognition for the team’s dedication to continually improving Spirit Yachts’ environmental footprint.  We work incredibly hard to innovate in-house, collaborate with suppliers and invest in research to reduce the eco-impact of our yachts in build, on the water and at the end of life.  In order to meet global environmental targets, the industry must work together and share insight to create a sustainable future.”

IBI Editor and chair of the Boat Builder Awards judges, Ed Slack, commented: “The Boat Builder Awards celebrates the achievements of the people and companies that build the boats that drive our industry. They also recognise the invaluable work of those that supply vital equipment and services.

“In our fifth year of the Awards we have seen a record number of entries from across the globe that were accepted for final assessment by our panel of judges. They spanned small craft production, right up to large superyachts and from niche producers through to volume manufacturers. Their entries demonstrate encouraging response to current challenges, from finding new customers, workforce talent development and environmental diligence, to exploiting new technology. Our congratulations go to all who participated.”

Spirit Yachts has a long history of environmental awareness. Since the company was founded in 1993, its methods and materials have been selected for low carbon impact and maximum performance on the water.   This awareness of the environment coupled with investment into research and development has steadily grown and in the past 12 months, Spirit Yachts has emerged as one of the most sustainable yacht design and build yards worldwide.

Having recently launched the Spirit 111 superyacht, Spirit Yachts is now constructing a full electric 44ft yacht (Spirit 44E) and a hybrid 65ft Spirit Deckhouse (Spirit DH65).