In honor of World Oceans Day on June 8, Northrop & Johnson is spotlighting ways in which superyacht owners and charterers can help save the planet’s seas both at home and while traveling.
Conceived by the United Nations, World Oceans Day serves as a timely reminder “to celebrate the beauty, the wealth, and the promise of the ocean.” The world’s oceans supply most of the oxygen people breathe while absorbing some 30 percent of human-made carbon dioxide, meaning healthy oceans are vital to addressing climate change.
When owning a yacht or choosing to charter through Northrop & Johnson, clients can actively help protect the planet’s marine ecosystems. While aboard your own yacht or during charter, you can get involved with hands-on experiences including organized beach cleans, ocean conservation projects, and seeking out sustainable seafood options.
Northrop & Johnson takes a deeper dive into ways owners and charterers can help save our seas:
Say no to single-use plastics: If the world’s population proceeds on its current path, plastics could outweigh all the fish in the ocean by 2050. To help reverse this trend it is imperative for people to avoid single-use plastic water bottles and seek charter yachts that do the same. Northrop & Johnson’s charter fleet have eliminated single-use plastic water bottles.
Help keep beaches clean: Visiting beautiful beaches whilst on board a superyacht is the perfect way for charterers to relax and unwind, but unfortunately many beaches across the globe are battling litter and micro-plastic waste washed up on their shores. To help turn the tide of plastic pollution, guests can actively get involved with local beach cleans during their yacht charter, along with crew who regularly volunteer to help clean up beaches in cruising areas.
Seek out sustainable seafood: Make responsible dining decisions, support conscientious restaurants and ensure your yacht charter is provisioned with sustainably caught seafood, is also key.
Support transformational scientific research: Help advance action for global marine conservation and combat climate change by inviting marine scientists on board your yacht charter. Yachts for Science and The International SeaKeepers Society are just two NGO’s with programs in which charterers can get involved.
Embrace eco-organizations through travel: Join NGO’s like YachtAid Global in their efforts to support local communities or support organizations such as BLUE Marine Foundation in their marine conservation initiatives that support the establishment of marine protected areas and promotes coastal conservation.
If you charter, choose eco-friendly and responsible charter yachts: The 164’ (50m) Mangusta superyacht DA VINCI is as eco-conscious as they come. The entire crew participated in ETYC, Environmental Training for Yacht Crew. As such, the crew is constantly looking for green solutions. There are two freshwater purifiers aboard, eliminating the use of plastic water bottles – each guest is provided with a refillable glass bottle. All crew use bamboo toothbrushes and all straws aboard must be bamboo. The crew strictly adheres to stringent recycling practices. The chef sources local produce and is extremely mindful of food waste. The crew uses only eco-certified cleaning products and is always mindful of water usage in their cleaning endeavors. Furthermore, if time and guests allow, the yacht’s captain will cruise slower to reduce fuel consumption. This also helps to reduce the charter’s carbon footprint. Lastly, for every charter booked this year, the yacht will adopt coral through CoralGuardian.org, an organization dedicated to protecting and restoring coral ecosystems worldwide through the empowerment of local communities and of people around the world.
Northrop & Johnson also is proud to announce this World Oceans Day that our President & COO Daniel Ziriakus is the latest addition to the Silent Group Advisory Board. The Silent Group, originally Silent Yachts, was “founded on the dream of eliminating the major downfalls of yachting as well as minimizing its impact on the marine environment without sacrificing the slightest bit of luxury.” We are proud Daniel will participate on the advisory board of such an eco-conscious organization.