First Tasmanian marina gets Clean Marina status
Oyster Cove Marina awarded Level 3 Clean Marina accreditation.
Oyster Cove Marina has become the first marina in Tasmania to gain International Clean Marina Level 3 accreditation under the scheme administered by the Marina Industries Association (MIA).
MIA director for Tasmania, James Burbury presented the marina with its Clean Marina flag and certificate during the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival held in Hobart over the weekend.
“This significant achievement is important for the marina industry as Oyster Cove now demonstrates environmental leadership to the wider marina community, not just in Tasmania,” said Burbury.
Originally established in 1983, Oyster Cove Marina is located in Little Oyster Cove at Kettering, 34 kilometres south of Hobart and in the centre of the one of best cruising areas in Australia, the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
Recently upgraded, the 240-berth marina includes onsite services such as a chandlery, boat sales agent, sail maker, shipwrights, 50 tonne travel lift, hardstand area for boat maintenance, spray sheds, and 24-hour refuelling wharf as well as visitor berthing on the eastern-most arm of the marina.
Oyster Cove Marina’s owner, Phil Boustead said the Clean Marina accreditation is an important step in demonstrating the marina’s commitment to environmental best practice.
“As a multi-faceted marina facility it is essential all components are operating both individually and collectively at the highest level of performance,” he said. “The Clean Marinas program provides us with specific criteria to assess the environmental performance of our marina operations and complements our environmental policies, plans and operations.”
John Brand, marina manager, said the marina is proud to be recognised as the first Clean Marina in Tasmania under the MIA program.
“Being able to fly the Clean Marina flag is an important signal that we are committed to high environmental standards and will further encourage us to continually improve our operations and environmental performance,” he said.
The environmental audit of Oyster Cove Marina was carried out by Hobart-based environmental consultancy, Elgin Associates, and included a site inspection assessed against a 103-point checklist. Operational areas assessed include inspections of mechanical activities, boat maintenance and storage, fuelling, facility management, workshop, mechanical, shipwright and boat repair, emergency planning and equipment and boater education.