RINA Environmental Footprint, Fire Survivability: New Class Notations

The classification society RINA has helped spotlight the importance of environmental sensitivity with its voluntary Green Plus status. It’s now expanding its sustainability focus with two additional class notations. Specifically, they are Environmental Footprint and Fire Survivability. RINA Environmental Footprint encompasses a yacht’s lifespan, so to speak. It involves practices undertaken in her construction and Continue reading


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WRRDA, a.k.a. Highway Bill for Boaters, Signed Into Law

Good news for Yachts and megayachts cruising the Intracoastal Waterway, the Great Lakes, and more. President Barack Obama has signed the 2013 Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) into law. This legislation has been nicknamed the “Highway Bill for Boaters.” Why? Because the WRRDA provides much-needed funds and maintenance for dredging, inland locks, and Continue reading


RINA Green Plus Partners With Wood Forever Pact

Further emphasizing its environmentally conscious focus, RINA has incorporated membership in the Wood Forever Pact in the criteria for RINA Green Plus certification. The Wood Forever Pact is an initiative established in 2010 by Prince Albert II of Monaco, as part of his seven-year-old foundation focused on protecting the environment and encouraging sustainable development. Wood Continue reading