A new processing centre for dismantling end-of-life pleasure boats has opened serving the Paris region of France.
The opening brings the number of APER run centres classified as being dedicated to the dismantling of boats from 2.5m to 24m registered in France in the pleasure category, to 32.
It follows the opening of another centre near Chambéry earlier in 2023.
The centres treat, recycle and recover end-of-life boats.
In October, 224 boats were dismantled by the network of processing centres, bringing the total number of boats dismantled since APER was founded in 2019 to 9,179.
Earlier in 2023, APER oversaw and provided financial support for a major operation to clean up sunken wrecks in Martinique.
More than a dozen wrecks that had been abandoned were recovered and taken to be dismantled at the Metaldom centre.
The APER covered the costs related to the treatment of the boats.
“It doesn’t matter if your boat is based in Martinique or elsewhere, don’t let things get worse by persuading yourself that ‘maybe, one day, I’ll have the time and money to fix it up’. In reality, this sweet dream rarely comes true,” said an APER spokesperson.
Motor monohull boats account for the majority of deconstructions with more than 48% of boats, followed by monohull sailboats with 34% of volumes.