By | November 4, 2013


The Boat Dismantling Insight by Generating Environmental and Safety Training (Boat DIGEST) project aims to improve the Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) standards of recreational craft dismantling practices. It will address skill gaps, while at the same time raising the awareness of end of life responsibilities and options for recreational craft owners and professionals. This will be achieved through transferring innovative products, tools and training from previous research activities into vocational education and training (VET) for those involved with the dismantling of recreational craft and an awareness module which provides end of life guidance for those who own recreational craft.


The project aims to:

  • Improve the various identified gaps in recreational craft owner’s end of life awareness and recreational craft dismantler’s skills, knowledge and expertise, within the life cycle of this 2-year project, through creating and piloting bespoke education.
  • Reduce by 25% the number of reported cases of recreational craft abandoned in Europe, and therefore potential environmental damage in 2 years after the project completion, through an awareness module designed to encourage disposal behaviours from recreational craft owners;
  • Reduce, through vocational and educational training (VET),potential harm to health, safety and the environmentwithin the location, where recreational craft is dismantled.
  • Provide sustainable outputs that will contribute to improve the overall image of the boat dismantling industry, making the occupation more credible within society and setting in place required expertise and skills to manage the growing number of recreational craft which will need to be disposed


LEITAT’s role in the project: LEITAT will have the following roles in Boat DIGEST: manage and organise Boat DIGEST project efficiently. To identify Needs and User Capabilities. To generate “general profiles” of the possible locations and scenarios in which RC are likely to be dismantled and the variety of individuals/organisations who are active within this business.To take part in regional workshops.To analyse and review current RC dismantling practices (problems, accidents, hazards).Contribute with content for awareness module aimed towards RC owners.To provide technical guidance for the review of innovative products and VET.To provide knowledge and transfer of innovative outputs and results from the BOATCYCLE project and the Recovery of obsolete vessels not used in the fishing trade study. To participate in guidelines for marinas and small craft associations.To take part in design and development of training modules.To develop audio visual learning delivery mediums and supporting material.To disseminate the project


Number of Contract: 2013-1-ES1-LEO05-67616


Coordinator:  LEITAT


Starts: 01/10/2013


Duration: 24 months






Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Spain
Istituto di Chimica e   Tecnologia dei Polimeri -Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Italy
European Boating Industry Belgium
University Of Strathclyde, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering United   Kingdom
Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Turkey
FWD Servicios Profesionales  de Duplicacion Spain
PLATIN OHS Consulting Engineering Services Trade Limited Company Turkey
Association   pour la plaisance Eco-Responsable France


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