Sustainable crew award

What an unexpected honour, I am nominated and voted for as one of the 3 finalists for the Acrew sustainable crew award.

It surely feels as a reward for all the energy that I used during the last year to create awareness among my fellow yachties for the quantities of single use plastic we are using. Especially plastic bottled water on board of yachts leaves an enormous unnecessary amount of plastic waste. My survey ‘Turn the tide on plastic, also on superyachts’ and the results got quite some attention in the nautical press and made captains and crew think about how to make a change and encouraged them to make the transition to water without waste.

The teaming up of Water without waste with Andreas Buhl, water filtration and purification expert/developer and general manager of a Dutch technical company has brought the activities of Water without waste to a next stage. We offer, deliver and (optionally) install complete sustainable and measurable drinkingwater purification systems as well as reusable branded/personalized drinking bottles.

On Saturday the 13th of October, the Acrew award gala will take place in Le Palace in Nice. A glamorous event for captains and crew with cocktails, dinner and party.

As one of the finalists I want to share this event with those who showed their interest for water without waste, for example by participating in the survey or (showing interest in) making the transition from plastic plastic bottled water to water without waste. If you are interested to join this event, please get in touch with me via email or the contactform on the website and receive a free entrance ticket (value € 150). Free tickets are limited, so don’t wait long.

Looking forward to see you in Nice!

Marja Kok

More info about the event, can be found here Acrew International crew awards

From plastic bottles to water without waste: do it the right way!


Water without Waste (WwW) proudly recognizes a fast growing interest in water treatment solutions for yachts since its Survey ‘Turn the tide on plastic, also on superyachts’ about plastic bottled water consumption within our industry. Relevant press published diverse articles and lively discussions on online platforms show different opinions and experiences.

It is in our utmost interest to provide captains, crew and owners with information and to create awareness on technologies which can be trusted and which treatment solutions are of limited or no value for the yachting industry, respectively are riding the market opportunity.

To explain it in simple wordings: yachts, taking raw water from different sources and thus of different quality, and storing it in tanks and pipes (of different materials and condition) where the water is sitting at for bacterial growth favorable temperatures, have different filtration/purification needs than a house/office with potable water from a running tap.

Only complete, reliable and measurable solutions can create the necessary trust to turn the tide on plastic. Any technology that is not 100 % trustworty or a half solution, will lead back to plastic bottled water and that is undoubtedly our worst scenario.

Therefore it is important to identify the commonly found pollutants and to understand the difference between potable water and drinking water.

Any inline cartridge filtration (downstream the watertanks) coming in a range from micron to ultra filtration, activated carbon and magic filters are sufficient to enjoy transparent, odor and taste less fresh water under your shower. However, to have truly healthy and tasty drinking water, treatment solutions downstream the watertanks below Nano membrane technology are not recommended since they don’t take care of carcinogenic DBPs (disinfection byproducts for example after chlorination of water in the tanks), pharmaceutical residues, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and micro plastics.

In other words and as an easy check of your actual system or your foreseen system, filtration/purification methods downstream the watertanks that discharge water, function on the level of membrane technology and are either nano (the most sustainable since the discharge of water is the least possible) or low RO (with a higher discharge of water). If there is no discharge of water, the level of filtration/purification is less and doesn’t exceed the level of ultra filtration.

Solutions which match the above recommendation come also with monitoring equipment which guarantee best water quality and indicate maintenance requirements, an important point which is often neglected. Raw water qualities are changing with every tank filling and therefore make producers replacement recommendations of limited value.

Additional hardware such as cooler/carbonator devices and capacity to provide required volumes as well as easy to clean, attractive reusable bottles complete the convenience, another cornerstone to turn the tide on plastic and to fit superyacht standards.

Please continue the road to plastic bottle free superyachting and provide water without waste, but do it the right way.

For more info or a specific advice for your yacht to get tasty, healthy and safe drinking water without waste on board, feel free to get in touch.


How is your mind set?


Do you think we need plastic bottled water to hydrate ourselves?

Do you think that by not throwing plastic bottles in the sea, but in the ‘recycle’ bin you are doing perfectly fine?

Do you think it is not possible to have perfect drinking water on board by filtration, purification and cooling?

Do you think plastic in the ocean is something the animals in the sea as well as ourselves should get used to?

Is plastic bottled water still being drank on board of your yacht?

In case your answer to one or more of the questions above is YES,  please read the article Mindset Shift by Michael Howorth, published on page 40 and 41 of the July 2018 issue of The Telegraph, a publication of Nautilus International.



The Superyacht Cup Palma: who is competing with whom?

From 20-23 June, 18 of the most beautiful sailing superyachts raced against each other in the bay of Palma in great circumstances. Instead of, like in the past, sailing on one of these beauties, I have chosen this time not to compete with my fellow sailors but to fight against the biggest monster threatening our oceans, called ‘plastic’.

The Superyacht Cup joined the Clean Regatta program of ‘Sailors for the sea’, in fact world’s only sustainability certification for water-based events. By this the SYC made a commitment to reduce the environmental impact as much as possible. Main target was to have the yachts sail plastic bottle free. For this a shore filtered drinking water refill station was available as well as free reusable bottles sponsored by Southern Spars were provided.

Imagine how many small plastic bottles of water become disposed at regattas! It is difficult to understand why still so many of these technically advanced yachts need a shore refill water station to have healthy, tasty and environmental friendly drinking water on board. Has it been a blind spot in the building or running process of yachts to forget to install filtration/purification/cooling equipment of drinkwater? Or has plastic developed so quickly from a useful product to an (ocean)life threatening monster of which the nautical industry slowly becomes aware of?

Although not all yachts complied (completely) to the request to sail plastic bottle free, there absolutely could be noticed a huge reduction of single use plastic used during and after the races and an increased awareness about this subject.







Water without waste (WWW) was present:

1. to help to create awareness and willingness among the yachties to comply to the Clean Regatta program and to practically assist at the SYC water refill station and distributing the reusable bottles:

2. to encourage yachts to go for a permanent nautical drinkwater filtration/purification/distribution solution on their yachts to sail plastic bottle free all year round. No provisioning, storing, cooling and garbage disposal of huge amounts of bottles anymore which is not of these times. It was promising to see that quite some captains showed their interest and will join (the Action plan of) WWW to come to water without waste on their yachts.

Every small step makes a big difference. May many yachts and regattas follow in our wake!


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World Environment day: Yacht with water without waste leaves port


5 June 2018: For Giles & Becky, the crew of SY Spirit of Phantom this day means mainly the start of their busy summer chartering season. They probably didn’t spent a minute thinking about the fact that today is World Environment day, they simply didn’t have time for it, putting all their energy in preparing the boat for departure today from Palma de Mallorca to their chartering destination.

However, Spirit of Phantom made a big step today re caring about the environment. During their winter chartering season in the Caribbean the crew decided not willing to have another season producing so much plastic waste due to their guests, owners and theirselves drinking plastic bottled water on board. Besides the annoying quantity of plastic waste that they left on the sometimes tiny Caribbean islands where recycling is not possible, they considered this habit of drinking plastic bottled water as a waste of time, space, money and energy (provisioning, storing, cooling of the bottles and finally disposal of the plastic waste). While being in the Caribbean they got in touch with Water without waste to follow its Action plan to come to a sustainable drinking water solution before the summer season would start. Requirements, technical details, measurements and options were exchanged via email and shortly after their arrival, equipment (filtration/purification, cooling, carbonizing & multifunctional tap) as well as 100 sustainable reusable branded and personalized bottles were ready to be installed and delivered.

Wishing Spirit of Phantom and its crew, owners and guests enjoyable sailing with tasty, fresh and safe water without waste, may many yachts follow in your wake!

Proud of this beauty of a beast!



Picture: Breed Media

Being the 133st superyacht recently completing the survey ‘Turn the tide on plastic, also on superyachts’, this beauty of a beast deserves a position on the Wall of care since it completely banned plastic bottled water. Thanks to environmental conscious crew that used its influence at the capable shipyard during the building process to get equipment installed to be deliberated from buying, storing, cooling and above all from leaving the environment around 8.500 plastic bottles (based on a liter quantity) in a year.

Even by consciously separating garbage, only 10 % of plastic garbage is recyled, the majority of the other 90 % ends up at landfills or gets flushed into rivers and seas and end up as small plastic particles in the oceans harming marine life and entering human bodies.

Since not all yachts have the ‘luxury’ of having a complete concept of drinkwater filtering equipment installed during the building, they have to find solutions afterwards to become more environmental friendly and to reduce the plastic footprint. Water without waste developed a straight forward, but customized Action plan to give recommendations how to deliberate your yacht from plastic bottled water.

#To turn the tide on plastic on yachts, start @ the yard

#Drinking water filtering equipment should be a standard environmental requirement during yachtbuilding

#Be the difference that you want to see in the world

#Small changes make a big difference