Abell Point Marina, North Queensland
|The International Clean Marina Program is a voluntary, incentive-based education and outreach program. it encourages environmental compliance and the use of best management practises for marinas.|
The focus of the program is to assist the marina industry operators in their endeavours to protect inland and coastal waterways by leading them through a voluntary accreditation process. The program provides an easy-to-follow system to develop valuable environmental management practises and rewards accredited operators with real business benefits.
MIA's Clean Marina Partner
MIA's partner in the Clean Marina Program is OLEOLOGY, an Australian company which specialises in the provision of Wash Water Recycling Systems (WWRS) as solutions to dealing with contaminated water streams. See oleology.com.au for more details.
The process is aided by the provision of a step-by-step, easy to follow guidebook and audit checklist. The guidebook outlines operational guidelines for environmental management, including processes for pump outs, hull cleaning, turbidity, emissions, management of wastewater and accidental spills as well as staff training and education of boating enthusiasts.
Steps to accreditation:
Self assessment through the Clean Marina Program checklists and the achievement of basic environmental management systems
Assessment by a trained and qualified Clean Marina Consultant, conducted every three years. Level 3 status acknowledges the achievement of rigorous environmental management systems
To assist those marinas wishing to bring their environmental management in to line with the International Standard 14001 (ISO 14001).
Fish Friendly Accreditation is now available to all certified Level 3 and Level 4 ISO 14001 certified marinas and has been developed to inform marina managers on how to maximise the benefits for fish and recognise those operators actively working to improve fish habitat.
Further details on 'Fish Friendly' accreditation, click here
Feedback from RPAYC on their recent accreditation:
In August 2014 The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club received its Fish Friendly accreditation from the Marina Industry Association. While the club has long ago been self declared as a "marine sanctuary" we decided that as a Clean Marina we may as well be accredited under the MIA program also, particularly given the additional minimal investment required.
Naturally I commend this program to any marina who may be considering it, but it is worth mentioning, that an unexpected by product was the associated media coverage and attention that this program delivered to the club. Through the efforts of the MIA staff, we had coverage in all the local media publications both print and on line, several industry publications (State and National) and publicity through the State Government courtesy of our State Government local member. This reach was significant and not something we could ever afford to pay for.
I extend my thanks to the MIA staff and congratulate you on this initiative.
With kind regards
Suzanne Davies,General Manager,The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
Listen to Wayne Shepherd CMM, General Manager - MENA, Asia and Europe at Mourjan Marinas discuss the Clean Marinas accreditation process and benefits.....
If you operate a marina, yacht club or other boat club, a boat repair facility such as a slipway or travel lift yard, or if you are involved in any associated industry, you should get involved in the Clean Marina Program.
Whether your business has a rich heritage and history in boating, or your site is newly modernised, or whether you provide world class boat storage or repair super yachts or small timber vessels, you have an opportunity to become part of a program that is dedicated to improving the environment whilst boosting the reputation and profile of your business.
To find out the Marinas that are involved in the Clean Marina Program - Click Here
As a companion to the International Clean Marina Program, MIA encourages boaters to learn about and to use clean boating techniques - Click Here
Please contact the MIA at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone + 61 2 9439 5806