NEWS — Green Princess

NEWS - Green Princess

Plymouth-based Princess Yachts said it has become the first significant British boatbuilder to achieve the RINA Green Plus (Y) notation for its entire range of V Class and Flybridge yachts up to 24m (85 feet).

The award provides an independently verified environmental accreditation from the classification society RINA and applies to each individual model, which is assessed for its environmental impact. The rigorous testing investigates all aspects of the craft from engines and electrical systems to materials and substances employed. Princess said it is the first brand to demonstrate the compliance of every boat applicable for the process.

Princess claims to also lead the way in responsible manufacturing, in 2010 becoming the first major motoryacht manufacturer to be awarded ISO14001 in recognition of achievements in reducing the affect on the environment. This followed a stringent year-long company review into every aspect of the manufacturing activities, products and services, from materials usage, noise and emissions, to energy management and waste disposal.

A significant part of the company’s environmental initiative is the use of large-scale resin infusion technology, a closed mould process that almost completely eliminates emissions in the workplace and local environment. This advanced technique also offers significant quality, weight and structural benefits resulting in better hull performance and fuel efficiency.

Chris Gates, Princess Yachts International managing director commented: “We are obviously delighted to achieve this recognition for our products to complement the award we have recently received for our manufacturing process.

“For Princess, engineering and environmental excellence go hand-in-hand for the benefit of our customers, our people and our local community and this is a further demonstration that we are leading the way in our industry,” he said.

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Photo: Princess Yachts' V Class, like the 72 pictured, and Flybridge ranges have achieved Rina Green Plus notation.