Join our #cleanermarina movement
Why be a cleaner marina?
Define the future of our marinas.
We marinas are a unique intersection between land and sea. We are gateways, meeting places, safe harbours, centres of safety, utility, maintenance and service. Let's lead as places of experience, innovation, education and conservation, also.
For cleaner seas.
We need clean, healthy oceans to survive and flourish. With the health of our oceans and wider environment also now top of the global agenda, we must demonstrate our commitment to a better planet and ensure our activities have minimal impact on our waters.
Building a better, more resilient industry.
Our industry depends on clean seas and waters whilst meeting the challenges of increasing demand, operations and changes to our climate. By investing in and increasing our resilience, we can help ensure a strong and healthy future for our industry, in line with our commercial objectives.
CLEANER MARINA CASE STUDIES
How eco-refill stations can help keep our waters clean with: Boatfolk
Cleaning up greywater in our marinas with: Ecoworks Marine
Keeping sewage out of our seas with: Boatfolk
Harnessing solar energy with: MDL Marinas
Addressing the unspoken issue of antifouling with: Finsulate
Celebrating Our Species with: Boatfolk
TEN FOUNDATIONS FOR A CLEANER MARINA
1. Plant, Rewild.
Trees, plants and wild flowers are incredibly important for our keeping our global ecosystem balanced, healthy and cool, not least because they absorb carbon dioxide.
They are also home to a whole host of creatures and insects that keep our food chains and global food production running, and are hugely important to our wellbeing and mental health, too.
2. Anti-fouling and bottom-scrubbing.
Antifoul paint is unfortunately a very toxic substance, full of chemicals and microplastics.
Studies now show that in our inshore waters and sheltered seas, ship and boat coatings are the principle source of microplastics pollution.
3. Pick-up, Clean-up.
With 10 million plus tonnes of plastic heading into our waters each year, there is a lot to clean-up. As safe-havens of slow waters and limited tides, waste can collect quickly and often in our marinas and harbours
Whilst it's incredibly important to prevent waste from entering our waters, it's also necessary to clean up what is already there.
4. Anchoring and mooring rules.
Our seabeds are the largest carbon storehouse on our planet, so it's vital we preserve and protect them.
Anchors, in particular, can cause huge damage to seagrasses and corals, destroying these structures which are anywhere between a few years to a few thousand years old.
5. Full waste and recycling facilities.
Using, maintaining and servicing our boats creates waste - from paint and oil to compost and packaging.
Providing full collection and disposal units in our marinas and harbours helps to ensure such waste stays out of our environment, and our seas.
6. Low-tox, ocean-minded products.
From deck-cleaner and washing-up liquid to sunscreen, most of what is used on and around boats ends up in our marinas and surrounding waters, whether directly overboard or through grey water.
7. Celebrating our species.
Our waters are incredible - home to millions of species, all over the world. Our marinas are safehavens, not just for sailors and seafarers but also for many amazing creatures that use our marinas as a home, a feeding ground, a mating ground, or a playground!
8. Supporting life below the waterline.
There is a whole world beneath our pontoons and boats. Seagrasses, mussels and oysters in particular favour safe, shallow UV light rich waters in which to live and grow.
Not only are these species highly important in preserving our marine ecosystem and food chains, they are great at filtering and oxygenating our waters - keeping them rich, healthy and full of life.
9. Cleaner, safer re-fuelling.
Over 90% of all oil and fuels spills in our global waters coming from every-day filling up of tanks and leaky engines.
We as marinas, ports and harbours are best placed to help ensure cleaner, safer refuelling and to help educate boatowners and users on refuelling and engine maintainence.
10. Raw sewage and pump-out facilities.
In some of our countries, holding-tanks and pump-out facilities are mandatory but for many, they still aren't.
Sewage contaminates the water, promotes the spread of viruses and bacteria such as E.coli, can reduce the amount of oxygen in the water by promoting species such as mucilage (or 'sea snot') to grow, as well as being unsightly and smelly.
At boatfolk, we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. As a boating business the coastline is our lifeline, and we need to protect it for the generations to come. We believe that people and places can inspire, educate, and influence behaviours. We want the boatfolk community to have a positive impact on the marine environment (and the planet) and we know that this change must happen soon. The Cleaner Marina movement is an opportunity for the global sailing community to come together to drive real change and we are excited to be a part of it.
The International SeaKeeper's Society
Together we see an urgent need to inspire future generations to safeguard the ocean we all love and adopt green boating practices. It will be a privilege to collaborate with sailors both here in the UK, and all over the world, in our shared mission to research, educate,
protect and restore our ocean.
Our business is all about
people and their enjoyment of the marine environment. Joining Cleaner Marina is another step in our journey to make all of MDL’s marinas more sustainable, incorporating what we’re doing now with forward thinking ideas that are flexible enough to be developed alongside changes in government policy and marine related legislation. We’re on our way to cleaner, greener marinas
Yvan Bourgnon, founder The SeaCleaners
The environment is everyone's business, boaters, tourists, sailors... You must therefore embark with the environment in mind. In my opinion, the principle of freedom of navigation implies the freedom to engage in activities without harming nature. So we respect the sea, the oceans as well as the marinas. A marina is meant to be clean! Floating rubbish, oil-sprayed water, foul smells... apart from respecting the wildlife, a clean marina is as important for the people on board the boats as it is for those who come to enjoy its docks.
For centuries, marinas, ports and harbours have been our gateways, meeting and resting places, and play a really important role in helping our boating community, and beyond,keep our waters clean and healthy. We've been super inspired by the work of some marinas around the world and want to help champion and inspire others in the same.
The water is our playground and it’s essential we preserve it so future generations to come can enjoy it as much as we do. Here at savvy navvy we work to break down the barriers that prevent people from getting into boating by helping people get out on the water with confidence. We also want to do our part to ensure we educate to protect our waters and leave them in the same, if not better, condition than we found it.
Angus Johnston, Ecoworks Marine
Promoting environmental responsibility within the Marine Industry is a part of Ecoworks Marine. We are keen to work with Cleaner Marina to help promote best practice and work with marinas and berth holders to maintain and encourage healthy port and marina environments.
As a marine business, we at Harba take it as a chance and responsibility to positively impact sailing and marina best practices. Apart from our core business, we also strive to raise awareness among sailors and marinas as well as ourselves on how to become more mindful about our choices affecting the marine environment. We are extremely excited to join the Cleaner Marina project - it’s a smart, powerful as well as meaningful initiative uniting marinas and sailors for a cleaner and healthier world.