Dec 5, 2019

Fuel ContainmentClean Marine BC hosted representatives from eight marinas, three yacht clubs, and a harbour authority from around B.C. for a full-day training session on responding to spills. The session included theoretical and hands-on activities that support marinas with planning, preparing, responding and mitigating small-scale marine spills that could unintentionally happen on their docks.

Held on November 26 at Deckside Marina in Richmond, B.C., participants also ran through a mock spill scenario that involved a moored vessel.

Mock Spill Scenario“Even small-scale oil spills pose tremendous potential damage to our water and ecosystems, so being able to effectively respond to fuel and other contaminants entering the water will increase the chances of mitigating the harm,” says Chrisitanne Wilhelmson, Executive Director of Georgia Strait Alliance, which runs Clean Marine BC. “We are very proud to offer this training to our CMBC members.”

Deploying The Boom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spill training is a unique component of the Clean Marine BC program, which is a voluntary eco-certification program for recreational boating facilities across British Columbia.

Congratulations to the many volunteers and organizations who make it their mission to keep our recreational boating facilities pristine.

 https://georgiastrait.org/work/cleanmarinebc/

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