Boating Ontario's Clean Marine program recently added five new marina participants. The newly-rated marinas joined this past spring, opening their facilities to assessment by the 20-year-old program.
The new participants include George's Marine and Sport's three locations (Kingston, Eganville and Ottawa, Ontario); Roger's Marina in Summerstown, Ontario; and the newly built Trent Port Marina in Quinte West (Trenton), Ontario.
Program standards are set out in the Clean Marine Operations Handbook. Depending on how marinas score, they're awarded a green leaf anchor rating. The handbook was developed through the joint cooperation of Boating Ontario Association, Environment Canada and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. It outlines more than 200 environmental practices covering a multitude of marine operations such as fuel spill response, the recycling of waste oil, shrink wrap and paper recycling as well as energy conservation.
"As a new marina and member Boating Ontario, we were quite keen to get involved with the Clean Marine program,' says Craig Carter, Manager of Trent Port Marina. "It was simple and straight forward to do. After completing the pre-assessment, all staff got involved with the initial assessment with [Clean Marine's] Kevin Gallagher. I am quite happy to mention that we came in at a five-anchor rating. I would highly recommend all other members to participate in this program. Boaters will now recognize the Clean Marine flag flying at Trent Port Marina. Environmentally speaking, isn't this how all marina operators should be thinking?'
Clean Marine has been so successful over the years that the Georgia Strait Alliance in BC and the AMQ (Quebec Marine Association) have both adopted the program for their respective provinces.