BY Anna Cummins on 3 Apr 2023

The newly created role places emphasis on the boatbuilder's 'long-term sustainable development'

Sunseeker sustainability and environmental manager Sean Dempsey

Sunseeker sustainability and environmental manager, Sean Dempsey

Sunseeker International has appointed a permanent sustainability and environmental manager as part of what the British boatbuilder calls its “wider commitment to long-term sustainable development.”

Sean Dempsey joins Sunseeker with over 35 years of experience in the automotive industry, working on sustainability projects within the BMW Group. Sean has been at the forefront of green innovation in the automotive space for two decades, and for the last six months has lead the company’s sustainable growth by developing strategies that aim to reduce its environmental impact across the entire value chain.

“This key appointment has enabled Sunseeker to progress the company’s sustainable growth in a complex landscape,” says Andrea Frabetti, Sunseeker’s chief executive. “The focus of our new environmental and sustainability manager is to optimise our production facilities and work in collaboration with our design, engineering, and operations teams to develop strategies that will see Sunseeker advance its sustainability journey.”

Dempsey adds: “I am thrilled to have taken the position as environmental and sustainability manager at Sunseeker International. Together with a dedicated Sustainable Business Committee, we are proactively working on multiple projects across the business and look forward to building on the fantastic initiatives already in place.”

Sunseeker has been certified to the ISO 14001 International Environmental Management System for over 10 years and during this time has implemented a number of environmental initiatives. These include biomass boilers at two production facilities in Poole and Portland, which the company says can utilise wood offcuts to provide a source of renewable heat, resulting in savings of approximately 1,200 tonnes of carbon each year. The 20-year agreement seeks to reduce Sunseeker’s reliance on fossil fuels at production sites, in addition to emission reduction throughout the wider supply chain.

Sunseeker recently launched in the Middle East market, with the introduction of Sunseeker Gulf at the Dubai International Boat Show 2023. Its new Sunseeker 74 Sport Yacht XPS is available as part of a limited edition package with ‘turbocharged’ twin diesel-powered MAN V12-1900 engines that can reach speeds of 38 knots.

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