Wednesday 15th September at the Southampton International Boat Show The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) launched the TYHA Clean Marina programme. Alongside this the first three Clean Marina accreditations were awarded to boatfolk's Haslar, Portland and Portishead marinas.
The Clean programme stems from the importance of acknowledging marinas as gatekeepers of oceans and waterways. With it comes the need for marinas in doing all they can to prevent pollution, something which boatfolk is very passionate about.
The Clean Marina program began in Australasia though TYHA's partner organisation the MIA, and has now been launched in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. The initial focus for Clean Marina is to ensure basics such as blackwater capture, spill prevention and plastic pollution are dealt with, alongside influencing tentants, contractors and boaters to be more sustainable too. The sharing of best practice between marinas is a core part of Clean Marina, enabling the industry to work together and alongside expertrs to protect the marine environment.
As an organsation with a great passion for sustainaiblity it was only natural for boatfolk to be the pilot for the TYHA Clean Marina accreditation standard. The launch of Coastline Deadline earlier this year alongside boatfolk's five pillars of sustainability (war on plastics, renewable energy, marina mascots, pump out objective and antifoul) are well aligned with the issues Clean Marina address.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our on-site marina teams we are proud to announce that three of our locations were awarded the first Clean Marina accreditations in the UK presented by TYHA Chairman, Colin Watts.
Portland Marina who demonstrate consideration for the environment across the site and in all their activities received the first even Clean Marina accreditation. This was followed by Haslar Marina with their innovative pump-out boat and biohuts under the pontoons, and finally Portishead Marina who frequently engage not only the boatfolk community but the local community with their beach-clean paddleboarding sessions and litter picking stations atound the site.