10th Feb 17
Oyster Cove Marina in Tasmania has today been presented with International Clean Marina Level 3 Accreditation – the first marina in Tasmania to achieve this status.
The recently upgraded 240-berth marina incorporates extensive on-site services including a chandlery, boat sales agent, sail maker, shipwrights, 50 tonne travel lift, hardstand area for boat maintenance, spray sheds, 24-hour refueling wharf and the marina office as well as visitor berthing on the eastern-most arm of the marina. Originally established in 1983, the marina is located in Little Oyster Cove, Kettering which is 34kms south of Hobart and in the centre of the one of best cruising areas in Australia, the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
Today’s presentation was held amidst the iconic ‘MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival’ taking place on and around Hobart’s historic waterfront from 10-13th February.
The International Clean Marina environmental program is administered by the Marina Industries Association (MIA) and a Level 3 accreditation requires a solid commitment from participating marinas to environmental best practice. The rigorous process includes a site inspection assessed against a 103-point checklist. The site audit of key operational areas includes inspections of mechanical activities, boat maintenance and storage, fuelling, facility management, workshop, mechanical, shipwright and boat repair, emergency planning and equipment and boater education. A written report with detailed feedback is provided to the marina. Hobart-based Environmental Consultancy, Elgin Associates, was the auditor in the Oyster Cove Marina accreditation.
Oyster Cove Marina’s owner, Phil Boustead said “the achievement of Clean Marina accreditation was another important step in demonstrating Oyster Cove Marina’s commitment to environmental best practice. “As a multi-faceted marina facility it is essential all components are operating both individually and collectively at the highest level of performance. The Clean Marinas program provides us with specific criteria to assess the environmental performance of our marina operations and complements our environmental policies, plans and operations.”
John Brand, Marina Manager said, “Oyster Cove is proud to be recognised as the first Clean Marina in Tasmania under the MIA program. Being able to fly the Clean Marina flag is an important signal that we are committed to high environmental standards and will further encourage us to continually improve our operations and environmental performance.”
MIA Director for Tasmania, James Burbury presented the marina with its flag and certificate and said, “This significant achievement is important for the marina industry as Oyster Cove now demonstrates environmental leadership to the wider marina community, not just in Tasmania. We now have 70 marinas across Australia and internationally committed to environmental best practice under this program. The challenge for industry remains to continually increase the number of marinas committed to achieving Clean Marinas status.”
Photo caption (l-r): James Burbury (MIA Director, Tasmania) with Phil Boustead (Oyster Cove Marina owner) and John Brand (Marina Manager).
Oyster Cove Marina, Kettering, Tasmania