BY APB Staff on 25 Sep 2023

The industry-leading conference showcases sustainable developments in the marine sector and encourages initiatives to build more eco-responsible yachting solutions.

Monaco Smart & Sustainable Marina Rendezvous (2)

Candidates are preparing for the final stage in the International Smart & Sustainable Marina Awards, presented at the end of the Monaco Smart & Sustainable Marina Rendezvous from September 24-25 2023.

The two-day industry-leading conference is organised by Monaco Marina Management (M3), specialists in the development, management and promotion of marinas and yacht clubs. The event enables financiers, policymakers and innovators to get together at Yacht Club de Monaco and be put in contact with the whole marina ecosystem against a backdrop of sustainable tourism.

“We want to encourage initiatives to build more eco-responsible yachting. Infrastructures such as marinas must reflect yachting today, more restrained yachting in line with the environmental challenges we face today,” says Bernard d’Alessandri, President of Cluster Yachting Monaco and Yacht Club de Monaco general secretary.

“Over 250 people representing the ecosystem will be present,” adds José Marco Casellini, CEO of M3, “It’s so important to put everyone in contact with those behind these innovations. Sustainability is at the heart of investment decisions today”.

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Monaco Yacht Show. Image: 2022 MC-Clic

Consensus Meeting: final phase of the selection process

To participate in the International Smart & Sustainable Marina Awards, winners will have gone through a selection process of one-on-one interviews and then a Consensus Meeting with the 60+ experts that comprise the international jury. This year again positive impact innovation experts, Blumorpho selected 50 startups and scaleups to be in the E-Catalogue, while Monaco Marina Management (M3) selected 20 marinas and architects from 26 countries from its network.

Themes addressed in the e-catalogue include management of water, energy, waste and recovery, mobility, security, construction, port equipment and facilities to cope with climate change and protecting and regenerating biodiversity.

“Regarding startups and scaleups, 245 interviews were held by members of the Jury, with 75 per cent achieving the maximum score of 10 on the criteria of interest,” says Géraldine Gustin, CEO of Blumorpho. “The level of innovations put forward passed a milestone this year. One of the challenges of this exercise for Jury members is to have to make choices between innovation in the energy field, carbon sequestration, water management and solutions specific to the day-to-day running of marinas. The discussions this weekend are set to be very interesting.”

Monaco Smart & Sustainable Marina Rendezvous (2)

Professionals and students: architects in competition with new ideas 

The International Smart & Sustainable Marina Awards is announced for three categories, Startups & Scaleups, Marinas, and Architects, on Monday 25 September. This year there is also an ideas competition to inspire architects and students to create waterfront projects that are not only attractive and functional but also sustainable.

“This is the first time we’ve done this type of competition, and it looks very promising for the future,” says jury president, architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. “We have had some very surprising proposals showing just how the yachting world and its environment is evolving. Yachting and marinas have so much to offer in our lives today.”

Sustainable tourism from a European and international perspective Opening the debates on Monday, 25 September. Olivier Darrasson, General Delegate of the Mediterranean Investors Club is introducing, alongside Yassine Bouahara, President of Tell Group, PLIFF (PAMEx Local Investment Finance Facility), a funding tool for environmental projects in the Mediterranean, including its project for the green electrification of marinas.

“We have had some very surprising proposals showing just how the yachting world and its environment is evolving. Yachting and marinas have so much to offer in our lives today” – Jean-Michel Wilmotte

This will be followed by the first panel discussion, ‘Impact of the New Generation of Yachts on Marina Infrastructures’.

Martinho Fortunato, President of ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations), Alex Bamberg, CEO of Aqua superPower and Marcello Maggi, President of Wider Yachts, will look at the needs of infrastructures in the long-term to concrete cases in terms of electrification and refuelling with the new alternative fuels and accommodation of larger boats.

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Discussions will be on the Western Mediterranean but also the Caribbean, Eastern Mediterranean and North Sea. The next day focuses on sustainable tourism. With 960 million tourists recorded in 2022, international tourism revenue is on the rise again, breaking the $100bn mark. The sector is now proactively working towards more responsible tourism. Sustainable tourism is an essential asset for economic growth, and the key role played by public organisations and policymakers is the theme.

A first round table dedicated to the European example and its challenges will welcome Linos Voskarides, Maritime Policy Officer, European Commission; Professor Alessandra Priante, United Nations World Tourism Organisation; François Guerquin, Director of Plan Bleu; and Christophe Madrolle, President of the Biodiversity, Sea and Coast Commission, Regional Natural Parks, Risks – Preparation for the global Convention on nature.

Talks will then move to the international situation and growth of ecotourism in the Middle East with the presence of Her Excellency Ana Elena Pinto Lizano, Costa Rica Ambassador for France and UNESCO, His Excellency Prince Saud bin Turki Al Saud, Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Saudi Red Sea Authority, His Excellency Rear Admiral Reda Ahmed Ismail, Head of Maritime Transport Sector and Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for the Arab Republic of Egypt, and Elisabeth Anna Rebecca Chouraki, International Technical Expert PAMEx (Action Plan for a Model Mediterranean).

Monaco Yacht Show credit Vladimir Drozdin

Monaco Yacht Show. Image: Vladimir Drozdin

Sustainability is now an economic advantage and major issue for politicians, as evidenced by the presence of Heidy Serry, Consul General for Egypt, Guillaume Sainteny, Jean-François Dieterich, Mayor of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Metropolitan Councillor, Georges Botella, Mayor of Théoule, Regional Councillor Région Sud, President Marine Biodiversity for the Parliament of the Sea, Laurent Stefanini, General Secretary of the Oceans Summit Nice 2025, Anne-Marie Perez, Director of the Pôle CapEnergies, Laurent Moser, President of the Pôle Mer Méditerranée, Director Naval Group.

In accordance with the wishes of YCM’s President HSH Prince Albert II de Monaco, who believes that “faced with the climate emergency, it is imperative that proof replaces all the promises”, Yacht Club de Monaco aims to position the Principality as a driving force for responsible yachting, paving the way for innovations that could play a decisive role in the future.

The programme for the Monaco Smart and Sustainable Marina Rendezvous 2023 is available online

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