A Green Commitment

A Green Commitment is the latest episode of the This is Monaco series. This fifth instalment provides an in-depth overview of the sustainability challenges faced by all stakeholders involved in the production and management of superyachts. It highlights the collaborative efforts between the industry and yacht owners to promote environmentally-friendly practices and explore ecological alternatives. Viewers will discover the initiatives and solutions implemented to address the environmental challenges within the yachting industry. Testimonials and interviews with industry experts showcase the measures taken to foster sustainability and environmental protection. A Green Commitment highlights the innovations of shipyards and showcases sustainable solutions. These will be prominently featured at the Sustainability Hub exhibition during the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show from 27 to 30 September 2023. The exhibition is supported by Siemens Energy, sponsor of the area, and Water Revolution Foundation, which is responsible for selecting the most viable exhibitors with sustainable solutions.   monacoyachtshow.com

Nominate now for The Honours

The Honours inaugural event, organised by the Superyacht Life Foundation and Monaco Yacht Show, recognises proponents of superyachting who have made a difference within their communities. The Awards event, 26 September 2023 on the eve of the Monaco Yacht Show, will be held at a unique location in Monaco, where the stories of three honourees will be told before they each receive a Bowsprit award to mark their achievements. Nominations for The Honours can be for anyone within or connected to the superyacht industry and should reflect inspirational people doing exceptional things such as preserving the environment, developing communities, driving conservation, inspiring exploration and cultural understanding, advancing design and technologies, contributing to diversity and inclusion, and instigating positive change across the industry and beyond. Nominations are open until 31 March.   TheHonours.org

Marianne Hendriks, Managing Director of Moonen Yachts

Ocean TV’s Monaco Yacht Show correspondent John Leonida spent time with Marianne Hendriks, Managing Director of Moonen Yachts, to talk about the yard’s rebirth since the buyout in 2019 from Australian owners and their outline for the future. moonenyachts.com

Bill Tripp, naval architect Tripp Design

Ocean Media’s Monaco Yacht Show correspondent John Leonida speaks to renowned naval architect Bill Tripp about developing future designs and takes a look at Tripp’s 75m Elemental motor yacht concept and its sailing yacht alternative, developed in collaboration with German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen and Studio Christian Liaigre.
“I think it’s our job as naval architects, like architects in general, to look into the future,” Tripp says.
trippdesign.net Additional camerawork: George Leonida Background music by: AderitoSilva

Jonathan Beckett, Chief Executive of Burgess

As Chief Executive of Burgess, one of the world’s leading brokerage firms, Jonathan Beckett is well placed to comment not only on the challenges of 2020 but also on the future of superyachting as a whole. Ocean magazine’s Monaco Yacht Show correspondent John Leonida caught up with Beckett during the 2021 show on board the magnificent 85-metre yacht Victorious to glean his insights into where superyachting is heading.
“The pandemic has made everyone feel more vulnerable, and it makes you realise you’re not immortal and you’re not bulletproof,” Beckett says. “Now is the time to enjoy life and not put it off for another five or ten years.”  
burgessyachts.com   Additional camerawork: George Leonida Background music: John Sib

Philipp Maracke, CEO Nobiskrug aboard Artefact

John Leonida, Ocean’s correspondent at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, spent some time aboard the remarkable 80-metre hybrid superyacht Artefact talking to the yard’s new CEO, Philipp Maracke. Maracke stepped into the role in August after Nobiskrug was acquired by Tennor Group, ending months of uncertainty about the yard’s future. With a history of building such groundbreaking yachts as Tatoosh, Mogambo and Sailing Yacht A, the revitalised yard can build for the future while drawing on its past. “It makes me very proud, looking at the vessels that were delivered from Nobiskrug that were so iconic,” says Maracke, “but it’s clear something has to change in terms of processes and methodologies. And that’s what we will do.” nobiskrug.com   Additional camerawork: George Leonida Background music by: bandersn4tch

Vasco Buonpensiere, CdM’s Sales and Marketing Director

A little over a decade since it was founded, the Italian Cantiere delle Marche shipyard has built a formidable reputation for building formidable explorer yachts. Ocean TV’s Monaco Yacht Show correspondent John Leonida talked to CdM’s Sales and Marketing Director Vasco Buonpensiere about the yard’s latest launch, the 40 metre RJ130. “We’re seeing a lot of boats self-proclaimed as explorers with a reverse windshield on the pilothouse,” Buonpensiere says. “What we’re doing with this RJ line is in a way showing to the market that an explorer is all about the contents and not the shape of it.” cantieredellemarche.it Additional camerawork: George Leonida

Captain Russ Strang on board M/Y Lady M

John Leonida, Ocean TV’s Monaco Yacht Show correspondent, spent time with Australian Captain Russ Strang of M/Y Lady M during the show. Russ spoke of his yachting career that spans over 16 years, from leaving Australia and starting out working the ski seasons in Switzerland to captaining a Sunseeker 40-metre charter yacht.  
“There is a lot of glitz and fun and an amazing lifestyle, but behind all that, there is a lot of hard work, long hours and being away from friends and family for extended periods, including being away from land.”  
“There’s also a lot of dirty hands and groundwork to get where you are. That in itself weeds out who is going to be successful, and who might last only a year or two.”