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SEA Index and RINA collaborate on new fuel assessment

SEA Index (Superyacht Eco Association by Yacht Club de Monaco) and RINA have developed a new assessment method to evaluate the direct emissions of yachts based on their fuel.

The new operational efficiency assessment method will evaluate the direct emissions of yachts over 25m and 400 gross tons based on the fuel used.

The new assessment will highlight operational aspects and provide life cycle transparency taking into approach the life cycle of the fuel using well-to-wake methodology.

The new assessment will also be able to calculate the emissions in case biofuels are used, such as HVO (Hydro Treated Vegetable Oil), even if they are blended with conventional fuels.

The Index will consider the same principles of the greenhouse gas strategies adopted by the International Maritime Organisation and the European Union.

The well-to-wake approach ensures the method is future proof.

Giuseppe Zagaria

“We are very satisfied collaborating with Sea Index and we appreciate their activities toward a greener yachting,” said Giuseppe Zagaria, RINA marine technical director, South-West Europe Region.

“We have a very long history of cooperation with the whole yachting cluster in Monaco to which we would like to affirm the RINA experience for environmental protection.

“We compliment the commitment of Mr. Bernard D’Alessandri and Natalie Quevert expanding the Sea Index initiatives towards the yachting operational efficiency aspect, a key pillar of any decarbonization strategy.”

SEA Index project manager, Natalie Quévert added: “Collaborating with RINA is enabling the Superyacht Eco Association to expand the scope of available tools for owners, captains and other stakeholders allowing them to assess impact depending on their choice of yacht fuel.

“The well-to-wake approach ensures the method is future proof and we commend RINA and Giuseppe Zagaria for this valuable contribution to the SEA Index.”

Well-to-wake emissions analysis – also known as life cycle analysis – includes emissions related to every stage in the life cycle of a fuel — from production until it is used to fuel a vessel.

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