Fantastic offers from BBO

Fantastic offers from BBO

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To kick things off though here’s an exclusive discount for all Burgess yachts and crew (and it’s also a great feel good story from an ex-Burgess crew member…).

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Ocean bottle x burgess crew discount!

Our last circular mentioned successful startup Ocean Bottle. Every Ocean Bottle sold funds the collection of 1000 plastic bottles.

We have secured exclusive discounts for Burgess crew and yachts.

Head to their website or read our interview with ex-Burgess crew Will Pearson, CEO of Ocean Bottle, who was inspired by his time at sea to step up and make a difference.

The exclusive offer code BURGESSCREW will give you 10% off each bottle.

For yacht branding and bulk orders (minimum order of 24) click here to email Will.

Bored of business cards? You’re not the only ones…!

SEANNA Captain, Matt Baldizzone has decided to take things into his own hands and set up SuperYachtIn, a solution specifically, at least at first, for the superyacht industry…

“I was always frustrated with business cards: forever seeing them end up in the bin, never able to find them when I needed them, having to change them regularly with new contact details or job titles. I did some research and found that 90% of business cards are thrown out within the first week.

I started working on a platform tailored to yachts, crew, marinas, companies and all

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professionals involved in the superyacht industry. Having teamed up with the nonprofit organisations 1% for the Planet and One Tree Planted, not only will we stop wasting paper and trees for business cards we will actually be planting them.” Good work Matt!

Head to the website for more information or contact Matt via your Burgess contacts.


Reefsafe sunscreen: samples available for trial

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While the temperature falls for most of us outside, Blue Oceans team member and ex-Chief Stew Eva has been researching sunscreens for us ahead of 2021. (See Appendix.)

Did you know that 14000 TONNES of sunscreen end up in the ocean each year from swimming, showers and baths, and sunscreen sprays that land on sand particles.

OXYBENZONE (Benzophene-3) is the main culprit found in 3,500 sun care products. It damages the DNA of corals and increases abnormal growth and deformities. Oxybenzone’s toxicity is also said to make corals more susceptible to disease such as Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease, which is hitting Caribbean reefs particularly hard.

Former yacht stewardess, Chanel Dankert was inspired by her global travels over eight years working on board yachts to create an ocean-friendly sunscreen. Her company produces Back2Nature Active Zinc sunscreen: a natural, mineral-based, waterproof sunscreen with SPF 30 that is not only reef-safe due to non-nano zinc oxide, but is also vegan, plastic free and not tested on animals. (See Appendix 1 for more information on Chanel’s products.)

Chanel is offering free sunscreen samples to Burgess yachts for you to trial on board via her French supplier. Please email Burgess Blue Oceans for your products. Thanks finally to yacht crew Oliver Harvey for the introduction!


The Problem:

  • 14, 000 tonnes of sunscreen end up in the ocean each year. It enters the ocean through swimming, sprays covering sand particles and from rinsing it off in the shower.
  • Oxybenzone (Benzophene-3) is the main culprit found in 3,500 sun care products. It damages the DNA of corals and increases abnormal growth and deformities. Oxybenzone’s toxic qualities are also said to make corals more susceptible to disease such as Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease which is affecting reefs, particularly those in the Caribbean Sea.
  • How sunscreen impacts coral bleaching
    Corals are usually covered in tiny creatures called zooxanthalle. The two have a symbiotic relationship. They absorb light and use photosynthesis to create food for the coral. When corals become stressed due to increased water temperature (climate change) and chemicals found in sunscreen they expel the zooxanthalle. Without them their main food and oxygen source is gone along with the wide array of colours making the coral so attractive. Bleached corals are vulnerable to disease, their growth is stunted, and the damage will negatively impact surrounding marine life. Although some can recover, it is thought that corals in heavy tourist destinations end up starving to death.
  • Mineral sunscreens may not be as good as we think they are. Many contain nanoparticles that are absorbed by other marine animals, once within the food chain they can prove toxic to many ocean species and ultimately cause death.

What is being done?

Palau, Hawaii, US Virgin Islands, Key West and Bonaire are all banning toxic sunscreens. Do you know of anywhere else? Let us know!

What can we do?

Avoid aerosols; spray on sunscreens create a chemical cloud that is either blown into the sea or settles on the sand and eventually gets swept into the sea by the tide.

  • Avoid sunscreens that contain harmful chemicals such as: Oxybenzone Benzophenone-1 Benzophenone-8 OD-PABA 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor
  • Look for the Protect Land and Sea Certification
  • Try to provide good mineral sunscreens these include: Zinc oxide Titanium dioxide
  • Encourage guests to wear rash vests instead of sunscreen. Even better, many companies make them out of recycled ocean plastic!

Non-Harmful sunscreens recommended by yacht crew

(nb. we cannot certify the efficacy or ocean-friendly credentials of the below products but can share these yacht crew recommendations):

  • Tropic Great Barrier sun lotion (Protect Land and Sea certified)
  • Badger Active Natural Unscented Mineral Cream SPF 30 (Protect Land and Sea certified)
  • REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 (comes in recycled plastic tube)
  • Green People's Organic Scent-Free Sun Lotion SPF 30
  • ORGANII sun milk
  • BACK2NATURE Sunscreen

In Chanel’s own words:

“I worked in the yachting industry for almost 8 years and saw the immense demand & necessity for the use of natural, eco friendly products on board yachts, particularly sunscreens.

Travelling and exploring the most beautiful parts of the oceans I acknowledged the vulnerability and threat the oceans were facing in many aspects, one of the threats being the toxic pollutants of conventional sunscreens. Most sunscreens contain toxic chemical filters such as oxybenzone, avobenzone & octisalate to mention a few. Thankfully parts of the world have actually banned the use of sunscreens that contain these chemicals, the first country being Palau.

I then formulated a product that ticked all of the 'ocean friendly’ boxes. Back 2 Nature Active Zinc came to life - a natural, mineral based sunscreen that is not only reef safe by using non nano zinc oxide, but it also vegan, plastic free and not tested on animals. Active Zinc has an SPF of 30 with a broad spectrum coverage, is waterproof and has a skin tone tint to ensure you your skin looks great whist being safely protected from harmful UV rays.

Active Zinc is basically the ultimate yachty sunscreen, not only for the guests but for the crew.”


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