- Marina Management
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A well-trained staff will routinely minimize pollution, answer patrons questions, and perform their duties more
efficiently. The proper training will also contribute to a faster response time during emergencies.
Train Staff on the following:
- Used oil management
- Spent solvent management
- Proper disposal of spent abrasives
- Disposal of vessel wastewater
- Spill prevention and control
- Fueling procedures
- General good housekeeping
- Painting and blasting procedures
- Used battery management
Emergency Response Plans
- Review plans and response procedures with staff at the beginning of each boating season.
- Train employees in the use of containment measures.
- Run emergency response drills at least twice annually.
- Invite the U.S. Coast Guard and local fire department to demonstrate emergency response procedures at your marina.
Maintain Records of Training
- Record training dates, topics, and names of employees and instructors.
- Keep copies of instructional material.
Train Employees to Notice and Halt these Activities
- Colored plumes in the water where a hull is being cleaned
- Bilge water discharge with a sheen
- Uncontained sanding, painting, varnishing, or cleaning
- Maintenance debris being washed into the water
- Sewage discharges within the marina
- The use of environmentally harmful cleaning products
Educate Patrons and Independent Contractors
- Include language requiring the use of BMPs in all of your contracts: slip holders, live-aboards, transients, charters, workers, contractors, and tenants.
- Clearly outline consequences for not using BMPs.
- Include information about BMP requirements.
- Post Signs Detailing BMPs in visible locations
- Include: fuel docks, pumpout stations, vessel maintenance areas, dumpsters, recycling stations.
(Be sure signs are durable, eye catching, and large enough to read easily.)
- Distribute Literature to Customers
- Send tip sheets with monthly mailings.
- Include BMP articles in newsletters.
- Contact the U.S. Coast Guard for publications on federal boating requirements.
- Erect and maintain a marina bulletin board.
- Post your facility’s environmental policy in a conspicuous location.
- If customers/contractors do not follow their contracts you can take the following steps:
- Talk to the boater or contractor again.
- Mail a written notice asking that the harmful practice stop. Keep a record of the mailing.
- Remove the problem from the dock. Charge the boater or contractor for the cost of removal and clean-up.
- Ask the tenant or contractor to leave your marina.
- Scrape, sand, and paint in-water and landside structures according to the same management principles as for vessels.
- Sell environmental products, especially if you require them for BMPs
- Offer Environmental Audits for Boaters
- Inspect engines, bilges, fuel systems, and marine sanitation devices (the most common cause of water pollution from boats).
- Avoid environmental surcharges by charging for tangible items such as tarps, vacuum sanders, and protective clothing.