【DE】boot Düsseldorf 2023: blue innovation dock brings international expertise on board

From 21st to 29th January, boot Düsseldorf will kick off for the first time with the blue innovation dock (bid) in Hall 10 of the fair. On all nine days of the fair, the focus will be on future-relevant topics such as sustainability in boat building, alternative drives or the innovative design of modern marinas. International experts from the water sports and boat building industry, European politicians as well as representatives of institutes and associations will discuss and present solutions for the implementation of climate goals, sustainable tourism or the development of recyclable materials.  Current information on the bid is available at https://www.boot.com/en/Trade_Visitors/Events_for_Trade_Visitors/blue_innovation_dock.



Excerpt from the list of speakers:


„What is your vision for innovation and sustainability in the boating industry?”


Francesca Goi (Independent Consultant)

The way towards sustainability is a real challenge for this industry: boats are complex products, in which different technologies and materials coexist. The high level of customization and craftsmanship, which are pride of this sector, make the process mapping challenging. Nevertheless, sustainability is finally at the heart of the development strategies for many brands. The shift towards a more sustainable boating can only go through innovation: a responsibility, but also a great opportunity for a sector that trough magnificent objects make customers’ dreams come true.


Tim-Eike Krebs (Chairman of the committee for Quality, Federal Canoe Assosiation – BVKanu)

When it comes to boating and sustainability, we don’t only need awareness and responsibility by decision-makers, but also a well developed infrastructure and modern management-systems in water tourism areas.


Francis Hueber (Co-Founder & CEO, Caponnetto Hueber SL)

Our goal is to use our creativity, innovation-driven thinking, and extensive fluid dynamics knowledge to improve the nautical and maritime industries, to make them more efficient from an energy point of view, and ultimately decarbonize them through effective design and optimization, foiling for small and medium crafts, and development of alternative 0-emission propulsion systems for large vessels.


Amedeo Migali (Managing Director, Micad)

We need an Eco Design Thinking –  A human-centered process for creative problem solving to stay closer to the users, and all other related stakeholder, keeping in mind the importance of environmental protection, for future generations.s


Oto Dzenis (Manager, Marina Auda Riga)

I believe that the future is in quality and environmentally friendly boats made for sustainable use in connection with the boat sharing platform.


Karlheinz Jungbeck (Tourism President, ADAC e.V.)

The boating industry and sector can make a special contribution to sustainability in tourism by massively intensifying existing efforts and implementing innovations as quickly as possible.


Nicholas Ball (CEO & Co-Founder, XFuel)

Our goal is to accelerate decarbonisation for marine industries by creating sustainably-sourced and scalable advanced fuels, that can be used as a direct replacement to diesel based marine fuels, and help boat owners and operators to seamlessly cut their emissions today – without the need for new infrastructure, switching fleets or retrofits.


Laurent Probst (Partner, PwC Luxembourg)

The transformation and innovation for a sustainable boating industry can be accelerated by developing the venture capital market size for the sector. Focus should be put on the cooperation with other blue economy sectors as well as on the capacity building for investors and SMEs.


Melanie Symes (Secretary, TransEurope Marinas)

As challenges surrounding ocean health and climate breakdown become increasingly evident, more collaborative effort across the board is needed to help the nautical tourism industry better serve its local and wider communities. This includes understanding and addressing harmful impacts, better resource efficiency, employing green infrastructure, facilitating public access to the ocean, promoting more diversity in the workplace and taking steps to develop new nautical activities such as marine science tourism.


Karl-Oskar Tjernström (Fossil Free Marine, Co-founder and CEO)

My vision is that every popular boating destination will be able to supply sustainable fuels for existing boats, to drastically cut emissions right now, as well as fast charging to electric boats, creating a positive spiral of electric boat adoption, as existing boats are gradually replaced.


Ollie Taylor (Associate Director, Anthesis Consulting Group)

A marine industry that truly takes into account the full impacts of their products, placing lifecycle assessment at the heart of all decision making, ensuring we deliver the lowest possible impact on both planet and people.


Roberto Perocchio (President, Assomarinas)

Electric propulsion with both slow or fast charge for short range boaters, Hydrogen and Methanol (with fuel cell or combustion engine) for long range yachting.


Linos Voskarides (Policy Officer for Coastal and Maritime Tourism, European Commission DG MARE)

My “vision” for the boating industry is to see boats that are easily accessible to a large public and with zero CO2 emissions, connected between them and with the marinas (and marinas connected between them)


Gabbi Richardson (Founder and CEO of Yachting Ventures)

We need to address the funding gap and develop a robust framework to financially support founders developing new technologies addressing environmental impact and bringing innovations to market, especially where long R&D periods are required before a business can start generating revenue.


Felix Leinemann (Head of Unit “Blue Economy Sectors and Maritime Spatial Planning”, European Commission, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)

I am pleased to see that the boating industry embraces the European Commission’s new approach for a sustainable blue economy, committing to a transformation together with other maritime sectors.


Benno Weissner (Project Manager, ZENIT – Center for Innnovation and Technogy)

People and technology must be reconciled for a clean industry



boot Düsseldorf 2023 online tickets


Tickets for boot Düsseldorf 2023 are available now at www.boot.com. The regular online admission price is €19.00, for www.boot.club.com and ADAC members there is the discounted price of €17.00. An afternoon ticket is available online from Monday to Thursday from 14:00 to 18:00 for only € 10,00. “Messe Düsseldorf has decided not to increase the prices for online admission tickets to boot 2023. This means that we will remain at the level of 2020 and will not join the general price increases,” explains Petros Michelidakis. At the box office on site, admission costs €27.00. In January, the Caravan Center of Messe Düsseldorf offers inexpensive accommodation for all boat and caravanning fans (€ 25.00 per night, arrival from 4 p.m., departure until 6 p.m. the following day). A large selection of hotel rooms is available from the travel agency bcd travel (Tel: +49 30 40365 2117, Mail: 347.01@bcdtravel.de) All the latest information on boot and its accompanying program is available online at www.boot.com.


Home port for international water sports

boot Düsseldorf will once again anchor on the Rhine from 21 to 29 January 2023.


boot Düsseldorf has been the home port and motor for international water sports for 54 years. It offers boating in all its facets from 21st to 29th January 2023 and has the top brands on board. Both sailors and motor boaters will find a comprehensive range of boats here, from entry-level boats and dinghies to luxury yachts. Diving, surfing, paddling and fishing are also in the spotlight at boot. With the innovative and technically sophisticated products of the exhibitors, boot is the international innovation platform for its sector and, apart from the pandemic-related break, the starting signal for the new water sports season every year in January. With its comprehensive range of tourism products in the destination seaside for holidays and sports on, by and in the water, it attracts all people who want to spend their leisure time by the sea, rivers and lakes. Attractive stage programs with interesting interview partners from the industry, the latest trend sports offers and a top-class combination mix of workshops and meetings for both leisure sports enthusiasts and experts make the fair unique worldwide. boot Düsseldorf is once again in 2023 the first address for both the water sports enthusiast family and international experts.

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