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Hydro and Vaan launch world’s first recyclable luxury yacht

The Dutch start-up Vaan now presents the world’s most sustainable luxury sailing yacht to the market. The Vaan R4 is a catamaran made almost entirely of circular materials, including recycled aluminium from Hydro.

The Vaan yacht
The world’s first fully recyclable yacht is made with recycled aluminium from Hydro.

“One of the biggest industry challenges today is that many of the products designed and produced are too difficult or expensive to take apart and recycle when they are no longer in use. We are proud to work with a visionary company like Vaan to address these challenges, and to contribute to the first fully recyclable yacht. The yatch is built with our 100 per cent recycled aluminium, consisting of 75 percent post-consumer scrap,” says Marijn Rietveld, Director Offshore and Marine in Hydro.

The new yacht addresses one of the biggest challenges of modern production: How to make sustainable products. In the leisure boat industry, few boats are recycled when they are no longer in use. Every year, 78,000 boats are scrapped and burned in in Europe, causing large CO2 emissions. Less than 3 percent are being dismantled.

The Vaan yacht is made from circular materials that can be recycled when it is no longer in use. A key material in the Vaan R4 is the Hydro 75R alloy, made of minimum 75 percent recycled post-consumer metal, which is now used at sea for the first time.

Designed for disassembly

To improve the percentage of materials that go back into recycling, products need to be designed with a full life-cycle perspective in mind starting at the drawing board. This idea is new to the marine leisure boat industry, with the Vaan R4 representing a future-oriented approach.   

 “The yacht industry is quite a traditional industry where sustainability is not a top priority, which is why we wanted to make a luxury yacht with no negative impact to the environment. Developing a truly circular solution requires collaboration along the entire value chain. Hydro’s expertise has been invaluable in making this a truly circular product with recycled aluminium,” says Igor Kluin, founder and CEO of Vaan.

In addition to aluminium, the yacht is made of other natural materials, such as lyocell (an alternative to silk), a plant-based alternative for leather made of pineapple leaves, cork, linen, and certified wood.

For more information, images and/or interview requests, please contact:

Ina Strander John, Communication Manager
ina.strander.john@hydro.com / + 47 47613277  

Facts about the Vaan R4

  • Igor Kluin, founder and CEO of Vaan, is a well-known business founder in the Netherlands, having pioneered successful and highly innovative ventures within the renewable energy sector. He has also been a prolific proponent for sustainability, circular economic principles and a more fair and balanced banking sector.
  • When Kluin decided to bring the world’s first luxury yacht built of recyclable materials through his company Vaan, Hydro was a natural partner to look towards.
  • Almost 100 percent recyclable, the yacht is made from only circular materials that can be recycled when it is no longer in use.
  • Each yacht will contain 6,000-7,000 kg of Hydro aluminium, both extrusions and rolled sheet.
  • The extrusions will be made from the new Hydro 75R low carbon alloy, which consists of 75% consumer scrap. The rolled sheet on the hull will also consist of minimum 50% post-consumer scrap.

The Vaan R4 yacht is available for pre-order from February 2019.