Spill Kits For Containment

Spill KitSeaview Marina has two spill kits which store materials to contain and mop up all types of oil and fuel spills.
One kit is located at the dock way beside the diesel pump and the second is located in the boatyard staff office/workshop, Unit 4, in the Sea Centre.
Please report oil or fuel pollution to the marina office ph: 568-3736.
Please report all spills to marina staff and contact them if you require assistance.

Clean Water is everyone’s goal

We all need to be concerned about protecting our coastal areas for both their unique habitats and their abundant wildlife.  All of us are part of an ecosystem – we can have profound impacts if we are careless or simply unaware.  Unidentified sources of pollution do exist, do have an impact and can be minimized by all of us.
Clean water and a clean environment are essential for good boating.  Every speck and drop of pollution from boats and marinas, when added to all the bits from thousands of other sources, can really spoil boating fun and ultimately hurt our health.

The best solution is to follow some common sense rules:

  • When doing maintenance and working with chemicals, avoid spills and immediately clean up any remnants.
  • Use substances which are environmentally safe – work with small amounts and dispose of waste material properly.
  • Bring rubbish and waste, especially plastic and sewage, back to land and dispose of it using the proper receptacles.
  • When handling fuel and other petroleum products, use care and planning to prevent any from spilling into the water.

Clean water starts with each boat

Go aboard the boat and take a careful look around.  Invite boating friends, family and marine facilities to help find ways to improve the environment.  Decide what you can change – and do it.  Tell everyone what the boats new boating rules are when they come aboard.  Be a good environmental example.
Make sure all the neighbours know about unidentified source pollution and encourage them to also help keep the water clean.  Remember, the problem comes from the cumulative impact of each source.

Keep a watchful eye for polluters and speak up

Each person doing their part to make boating more environmentally compatible must also be concerned about every other boater, marina, business, government and individual who isn’t doing their best.  Speak up whenever someone is seen throwing rubbish overboard, or allowing bottom sandings to wash into the water, or not disposing of sewage correctly.
Help create a demand for cleaner water, recycling programmes and pumpouts.  By being aware, responsible and proactive, all boaters can help eliminate unidentified sources of pollution.
‘Each one of us is part of the solution’

Eco-friendly Boat Maintenance.

Here are some tips which can help ease the environmental impact of routine boat maintenance:
  • Keep a supply of oil-absorbent rags on board for spill cleanup of oil and fuel.  Even small spills of oil can contaminate a large volume of water.
  • Properly dispose of used oil and filters - facilities are available to handle these elements which are toxic to the marine environment.  We have an oil receptacle bin.
  • Keep used solvents separate from used oil - Never mix wastes, or pour hazardous wastes down drains, on the ground, or into surface waters.
  • Wax your boat - a good coat of wax on a fibreglass hull prevents surface dirt from becoming ingrained.  This will reduce the need for detergents when you wash your boat.  Pollen, dust, spores or salt occur naturally and will do no harm when they are washed into the water.
  • Wash topsides only -  limit dock side hull cleaning to the above water surface area only – from the boot stripe up.  Use a sponge to effectively remove light growth without creating the clouds of heavy metals usually caused by scrubbing.  Rinse your boat with fresh water.
  • Use non-toxic cleaners – Many cleaning products contain phosphates and other chemicals that are toxic to aquatic ecosystems.  Before using products with hazardous warning labels, such as skull and crossbones, try a natural cleaner like vinegar.

Below are some alternative examples sourced from the Eartheasy website:

  • Fibreglass Stains – make a paste of baking soda and water.  Use a sponge or soft cloth and gently rub the mix into the stain.  This paste can also be used to clean onboard showers and heads.  While baking soda is an excellent all-round cleaner, keep in mind that it is abrasive, so use with care.  Use lemon or lime juice as a final wipe-down for a shiny, fresh-smelling finish.
  • Windows and Mirrors – mix vinegar, lemon juice and warm water.  Fill a spray bottle with the solution.  Spray it on your windows and wipe with paper towels or newspapers.
  • Chrome – use apple cider vinegar on a soft cloth to rub it clean.  Then, use a fresh cloth with a dab of baby oil to restore it to a bright shine.
  • Brass – Worchester Sauce, vinegar and salt solution.
  • Copper Fittings – make a past of either lemon or lime juice and salt.  Rub gently to clean.
  • Stainless Steel – clean with a cloth dampened with undiluted white vinegar.
  • Aluminium – using a soft cloth, clean with a solution of cream of tartar and water.
  • Plastic Surfaces – use a mixture of one part white vinegar and two parts warm water.
  • Decks – use a mixture of one part white vinegar and eight parts warm water.
  • Interior Woods – can be cleaned by using olive oil or almond oil.  The oil will provide natural moisturizers for the wood and add shine at the same time.  Don’t use these oils on exterior surfaces, however, since they don’t hold up in direct sun.
Results may vary and we suggest you test on a small piece first.