Join our #cleanermarina movement
Why be a cleaner marina
THE FOUNDATIONS OF A CLEANER MARINA
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.
Plant and re-wild whether in pots, beds, baskets or the ground! Remember to keep your local ecosystem in mind and plant vegetation native to the local area.
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.
Let's provide berth-holders and boat owners with facilities to safely and carefully remove old antifoul paint and encourage a shift towards biocide-free and paint-free antifoul techniques, such as sonic devices or films such as Finsulate.
Let's make sure we keep these toxins out of our seas!
With 10million plus tonnes of plastic heading into our waters each year, there is a lot to clean-up and as safe-havens of slow waters and limited tides, waste can collect quickly here, and often.
Whilst it's incredibly important to prevent waste from entering our waters, it's also necessary to clean up what is already there.
Organising beach and marina cleans are also a great way to get everyone together for a social AND a tidy up!
Anchoring and mooring rules.
Our seabeds are the largest carbon storehouse on our planet, so it's vital we preserve and protect them. Designated areas for anchoring and mooring helps to limit the impact our boats have on the seabed.
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.
Pontoon moorings, advanced mooring systems and mooring buoys all help to restrict such damage to as small an area and as specific an area, as possible.
Full waste and recycling facilities.
Boat maintaince and activities on the water can create waste.
Connecting with local waste and recycling facilities is incredibly important to make sure that landfill, recycling (for glass, cardboard, plastic, paper, aluminimum and tin) are set up in and around our marinas.
Hazaradous waste points for paint, oil, fuel and other chemicals are also a must-have, to prevent these substances ending up in landfill, our groundwater and our oceans.
And, don't forget a compost bin!
Low-tox, ocean-friendly 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.
Offering low-toxicity, ocean-friendly product recommendations to berthholders can really help reduce the chemical content of our waters and pollution in our marinas, meaning a cleaner environment for us all to enjoy.
If you have a chandlery or marina store on-site, why not sell low-tox, ocean-friendly products there, too!
Celebrate 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!
From pelicans and walruses to seahorses and jellies, investigating and celebrating our local marina species and letting bertholders know what cool creatures are living alongside their boats is great for education, conservation and marina reputation.
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.
Let's protect them!
Cleaner, safer refuelling.
Over 90% of all oil and fuels spills in our global waters coming from every-day filling up our tanks and leaky engines.
Encouraging our bertholders to regularly check their engines and provide them with facilities for safely disposing of hazardous chemicals and spoilt fuel is a must.
We can help prevent spills at our fuelling stations by providing an oil funnel for boat-owners to use when filling their tank. In case any spills happen, have a sorbent boom to hand (it looks like a big sausage) and placing it in the water over the spill to soak up the oil as quickly as possible.
Poo 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.
Let's provide pump-out facilities in our marinas, giving boat-owners and borrowers a place to process their blackwater and reduce sewage contamination in our seas.
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.
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.