Thirty Five Years of Excellence

4 MINUTES READ

Celebrating its coral anniversary, MYBA has decided not do it in an ordinary manner, but to see it as an opportunity to promote the protection of our oceans and inspire the yachting community to take small steps in a positive direction

This is a very special year for MYBA The Worldwide Yachting Association as it is celebrating its coral anniversary. Founded in 1984, by a small group of visionaries, MYBA is an international professional organisation whose focus is on safeguarding the superyacht industry’s interests and promoting standards of excellence. It has always been characterised by a strong belief in working together for the good of all and driven by a vision of a sustainable future for yachting.
As sustainability becomes an increasingly important topic, it is only natural that the Association feels an increased responsibility towards the protection of our oceans and the marine life that inhabits them. The fact is that yachting is an activity which relies heavily on a healthy natural environment and it’s in all of our interests to do what we can to minimise our impact on the planet. By adopting good practices across the superyacht industry, we can safeguard the waters we enjoy sailing in and depend upon for our livelihoods. In this light, MYBA has chosen not to celebrate its 35th anniversary in an ordinary manner such as staging an event or advertising the fact. Instead it has decided to invest its time and communication resources in a campaign aimed at promoting the protection of our oceans. We first need to accept that human activities are primarily at fault for the current state of our oceans and although this may be disheartening, it also means that there is an enormous opportunity for us to turn the ship around – ‘the more we know, the more we can do’. There are a few easily achievable choices that can make a difference. The first one is the issue of waste disposal.

Myba
MYBA is celebrating its 35 years coral anniversary

Over the past few years there have certainly been positive developments as far as waste management on board is concerned. More and more yachts are separating their waste and storing it correctly until they reach shore. Owners and crew are working hard to ensure that waste from superyachts does not find its way into the waterways. You may ask where MYBA fits into this equation. The answer lies in part with the MYBA Yacht Management Committee which is currently preparing a survey for captains in order to discover what happens to the waste when the yacht actually reaches shore. It seems that very few ports and marinas have the appropriate reception facilities and operational waste can, and often does, end up in the sea. So, it is imperative to discover more and MYBA has the network to do so. Once the data has been collected it will be used to open dialogues with individual ports but also to initiate discussions at an EU level and within the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), where MYBA possesses a strong voice. The second choice to be made is to practice safe boating, which means anchoring away from areas with sea grasses and coral formations. The damage from a dragging anchor and/or chain can destroy decades of coral growth in an instant. Disturbance and destruction caused by anchors can also influence the three-dimensional structure of the reef and this loss of complexity can, in turn, have a negative impact on fish abundance as well as biodiversity. We must check carefully before that anchor drops! ‘Taking nothing but photos, leaving nothing but bubbles’ is the third choice we can make. Respecting the ocean means never touching or taking something from the marine environment. While the compulsion to touch beautiful things that we see underwater may be natural, as we would like to ‘connect’ with them, it can cause serious harm. Human touch is toxic for coral and may even kill it, with the results not showing until months later. So look, but please don’t touch. Over and above its efforts to generate awareness, and in cooperation with Yacht Carbon Offset, the Association is increasingly endeavouring to reduce the impact its activities have on the environment by offsetting most of the travel arrangements of MYBA Admin and with plans to offset the 2020 MYBA Charter Show. MYBA is also a strong supporter of Ecomer – Yachts du Coeur which has the ability and logistics to collect donations of good food, clothes and linen from large crewed yachts and redistribute them to those who truly need it. MYBA’s initiative may be one of many with ocean protection as its clear goal, but it is one of the few organisations which has the network to support and promote it within the yachting industry. We definitely can make a difference, one choice at a time!

Myba

Text Pat Sakellari – Marketing Consultant for MYBA The Worldwide Yachting Association

Photos MYBA

Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
This is a photography of Ayrton 63m superyacht Yachting

Ayrton 63m: Obsessive Detailing and Unmistakable Lines

The Ayrton 63m concept is based on sporty details from both the automotive and jet design world, on large internal volumes and on obsessive detailing …

This is photo of a Antonini Navi OPV 56 Yachting

Antonini Navi 56-metre Superyacht Under 500 GT

OPV 56 is a custom yacht developed in partnership with Fulvio De Simoni and has an aluminium hull and superstructure and a clearly military inspired …

This is photo of Columbus Atlantique Yachting

Columbus Atlantique 43m: Architecture for Voyagers

Columbus Yachts, a brand of Palumbo Superyachts, is pleased to announce the launch of a new line devoted to elegance and versatility: Atlantique The first …

This is photo of a Majesty 120 by Gulf Craft Yachting

Gulf Craft Delivered Majesty 120

Gulf Craft, one of the world’s premier shipbuilders, delivered tri-deck Majesty 120, another luxury superyacht under its flagship Majesty brand. The 120 feet long composite …

This is a photography of Royal Huisman project 406 Yachting

Royal Huisman Unveils the World’s Largest True Sportfish Yacht

Vripack Yacht Design and Royal Huisman are delighted to unveil the overall looks of the magnificent new Project 406 for the first time since contracts …

This is photo of a Oceanco Kairos concept Yachting

Oceanco Presented Superyacht Kairos Concept

Oceanco, Pininfarina and Lateral have joined forces to recalibrate yacht design with Kairos Kairos is the result of a first-time collaboration between renowned design studio …

This is photo of a new Grand Banks 85 Yachting

Remarkable Attitude of Grand Banks 85

An ocean-cruising 85-footer with a half-load displacement of 49,000 kilos, which is remarkable in the marketplace The company that pioneered the trawler-yacht niche more than …

This is a photography of Swan 108 Yachting

Swan 108: Evolution Is Better Than Revolution

Positioned between the Swan 98 and Swan 120, the Swan 108 is based on the evolution of the previous Maxi Swan, particularly in regard to …

This is photo of a Yanmar tested boat Yachting

Yanmar Maritime Hydrogen Fuel Cell System

Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary Yanmar Power Technology Co., Ltd. have conducted a field demonstration test for the maritime fuel cell system. The …

This is photo of a Benetti launches MY Hawa Yachting

Benetti Launched Custom Yacht MY Hawa

Benetti launched from Livorno MY Hawa, a 48-meter full custom yacht designed in collaboration with the famous English studio RWD, who penned the exterior and …

This is a photopgraphy of 80 Sunreef Power Great White Tests

80 Sunreef Power review: Approved by Rafa Nadal

Power multi-hull 80 Sunreef Power gives motoryachts of the same size a run for their money. This model might just be the one to propel …

This is photo of a Tomislav Hrala, direktor prodaje i marketinga Portonovi Interviews

Tomislav Hrala: One&Only is new standard of luxury

The first One & Only resort in Europe is located in Herceg Novi, in the Bay of Kotor, which is considered one of the most …

Scroll to Top