Poole Quay Boat Haven and Port of Poole Marina, both owned and operated by Poole Harbour Commissioners, have been presented with Marine Toolkit Certificates from The Green Blue, the environmental initiative of the RYA and BMF in recognition of their green credentials. Receiving the certificates from Dan Reading, The Green Blue’s Sustainability Officer, were Richard Lacey, Chairman of the Poole Harbour Commissioners and John Binder, Manager of the Boat Haven and Marina.
John Binder said “It’s great to receive a certificate in recognition for all the work we have done to ensure that both the Boat Haven and the Marina are demonstrating best environmental practice. We are confident that we are doing the best we can to minimise our impact on the environment and to help our berth holders and visitors do the same.”
Using the Marine Toolkit as a benchmark, backed up by a site visit and audit by The Green Blue, notable improvements have included the installation of a pump out facility, availability of clearly signed recycling facilities for berth holders, motion sensors to minimise energy and water wastage in shower block facilities, and secure waste oil and fuel storage.
Berth holders have also received awareness raising information on a range of topics from marine litter, oil and fuel spills and non-native invasive species, as well as free fuel collars to help them prevent splashes and spills when refuelling.
Jane Swan, The Green Blue’s Project Manager commented: “We are delighted to present certificates to Poole Quay Boat Haven and Port of Poole Marina to recognise the positive steps they have taken to make their sites environmentally sound and sustainable.
“Over 100 organisations have registered with the toolkit and we have completed over 180 site visits to marinas, harbours and clubs using the Marine Toolkit as a guide and it is very encouraging to see so many marinas now taking their environmental responsibilities seriously. ”
To find out more about the Marine Toolkit visit http://www.marinetoolkit.co.uk/
Image (Left to Right) - John Binder CMM, Henry Cobley, Josh Irons & Kerrie Gray