Massimo Perotti, chairman of Italian superyacht builder Sanlorenzo Spa, has won the ‘La Belle Classe’ award for environmentally friendly practices at the company’s Ameglia yard.

The award was presented by Bernard d’Alessandri, secretary general of the Monaco Yacht Club, at last month’s Monaco Yacht Show.

Built in the Montemarcello Reserve near the Magra River, Sanlorenzo’s Stefano Boeri-designed complex in Ameglia has attained ISO 14001 certification and will have plant fibre walls, phyto-filters and photovoltaic panels among other eco-friendly features.

“Sanlorenzo’s attention to the environment has always been very sensitive,” said Perotti in Monaco. “Our headquarters and the Ameglia division are located inside a natural park and we are surrounded by natural beauty that we respect with the highest attention.

“This attitude helps us to build our motoryachts with the same attention and respect to the building process, to the workers and, generally speaking, to the environment.”

The ‘La Belle Classe’ award was established by the Monaco Yacht Club at the instigation of club president H.S.H. Prince Albert II. Its aim is to promote technological innovation in the ongoing quest to improve boats; to safeguard the environment and the sea by acting responsibly; and to have respect for etiquette.