Help Us to Achieve Our Commitment to Promote Best
Environmental Practice in the Operation of
To ensure that all hazardous wastes are disposed of
Dispose of all waste oils and oily water in
the appropriate containers at the dedicated waste facility in the
Ensure that all batteries deposited in the
appropriate area the marina (If in doubt ask a member of
To minimise waste going to landfill and to recycle
Reduce, re-use and recycle. Use the
recycle facilities provided in the marina.
To use resources sustainably:
Consider electric or bio-diesel engines,
water lubricated stern glands or vegetable oils.
Ensure wood is sourced from responsibly
To ensure that the waters are clean and healthy to
Ensure the legal limit for hydrocarbon
discharges into water is maintained (1 drop per 2 litres of water
Detergents may disperse oil from the water
surface and reduce the visual impact, but they can be toxic to
aquatic life in themselves.
Chose environmentally sensitive cleaning
products and detergents which do not contain chlorine, bleach,
ammonia and phosphates. These are all harmful to the
environment. Use fresh water or non-toxic alternatives for
your onboard sinks, showers and washing machines. Most heavy
duty cleaning products contain chemicals which disrupt the natural
reproduction cycle of fish.
Check bilge water for contaminants prior to
pumping, and to use an oil absorbent sock if any are found.
Ensure loose items, packaging and waste are
secure and can not be blown or roll over the side. If items end up
in the water, retrieve them.
To minimise disturbance to wildlife and damage to
When going ashore, use recognised landing
places. Shallow sea beds and shoreline habitats are often
diverse habitats for flora and fauna, nesting birds and other
Find out if the area you are visiting is
protected, and why. Dropping and dragging your anchor may be
damaging vulnerable species and habitats.
If you spot whales or dolphins, maintain a
constant speed and direction. They will be more likely to
come over and play in your bow wave.
Use environmentally friendly anti-fouling
products; avoid those which contain toxic copper compounds.
Use water based paints wherever possible or those containing a low
VOC (volatile organic compound)
Contribute and support the EU Habitats and
Birds Directive through the implementation of ‘North East Kent
European marine sites Management Scheme’ and Action Plan (2007-12)
and subsequent review. Develop a culture of environmental awareness
that improves the work practices and encourages staff, visitors,
contractors and other stakeholders to be aware of any environmental
impact by their actions. This includes ways of reducing the harbour
and recreational activity impact on the internationally important
NE Kent European marine site (for intertidal & sub tidal chalk
reef habitats and bird life), and helping to promote the Thanet
Coastal Codes for recreational activities (including power craft
and wind-powered activities) and interpretation events run by the
Thanet Coast Project (available at http://www.thanetcoast.org.uk/).