21st October 2020


POO (Pump Out Objective) boat launches at Haslar Marina

Supporting our drive to a sustainable future

We are excited to announce that we have now officially launched a mobile black water pump out solution for annual berth holders at Haslar Marina, as part of our wider strategy to create a sustainable future.

One flush from an untreated toilet has 250,000 times more bacteria than a flush that has been through the sewage treatment process. By offering a hassle-free blackwater pump out service, we hope to make a difference with our collective efforts to decrease pollution caused by leisure boats.

To use the new service, our berth holders simply let the 24 hour Haslar Marina Office know and make a voluntary £5 donation to environmental causes.  When a boatfolk berth holder books with the office the crew will embark on emptying the customer’s holding tank during the following week.

The new POO boat has already been well received by berth holders:

Graham Armitage, berth holder comments,

“Just experienced the new Haslar service, the black water pump out mounted on a workboat. Brilliant idea, I didn’t have to be present or do anything except turn my yacht as the pump out is on the stern. Made a small charitable contribution to a local charity, well worth it. Thanks guys!”

Andy Lamb, berth holder adds,

“Great to see the new black water pump service available. Very happy and very impressed with how easy and how quickly Gossy was able to empty my tank so a big thank you for a great service.”

Managing Director of boatfolk, Michael Prideaux, comments,

“We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously, and as a business based on and around the water, we focus our efforts on improving the marine environment. We want to do all we can to educate and engage with our customers, to dissuade boats pumping untreated blackwater into the marine environment. 

We recognise there is a lack of facilities at UK marinas currently and we are passionate about leading the way. Haslar Marina is a prime destination for boaters, and we are looking forward to providing easy, cost-free pump out solutions to our customers.”

Ben Lippiett, Haslar Marina Manager, adds,

“We’re thrilled to offer this service for our berth holders at Haslar Marina. We knew that our efforts needed to be redoubled in this area, as many leisure vessels are responsible for discharging polluting blackwater into our marine environment.

Through people and our places, we hope to inspire and influence people to make positive changes. The launch of our POO boat service has coincided perfectly with the new #LoveYourHarbour campaign, designed to raise awareness of the extremely damaging consequences of discharging untreated sewage from a boat in a harbour. There is a two-minute animation you can watch which succinctly sums it up!”

Watch the #LoveYourHarbour animation here:

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