Boatyards and ports contribute a lot to the economic development by providing services for boats and ships belonging to public as well as private sectors. Despite the fact that pollution occurring in marinas, boatyards, and ports seem trivial, their consequences are as serious as that of bigger oil leaks. Carrying out pollution prevention techniques in these regions is highly necessary. Source reduction and recycling programs can help a lot. However, you should first understand the various sources of pollution.
The first source of pollution that seems to be a biggest challenge is activities concerned with boats and ships. As activities, such as maintenance, fueling, repair, and painting cannot be restricted; a pollution prevention strategy must be carried out instead. Limiting various activities like boat/ship painting, blasting, sanding, and stripping to a specific area, can help prevent pollution to a great extent.
Vessel operations are the next source of pollution! Every vessel owner or operator must ensure that vessel sewage is managed properly and effectively. Improper discharge of bilge water that is contaminated with oil, fuel, or other contaminants is illegal. So, use oil spill cleaners like Oil Gone Easy Marine S-200 to remove the port oil spills before subjecting your boat/ship for bilge pumpout. Oil spill removers should also be used while loading and unloading of vessels as there are pretty good chances of oil leaks. Dry dock maintenance and non-dry dock containment are some vital factors to be considered. Above all recycling of materials like glass, aluminum, plastic, trash, newspapers, and batteries in specific collection facilities can be of great help.
Besides these factors, other possible pollutants include heavy metals, hydrocarbons, toxic chemicals, and PCBs. It is high time that we start realizing the seriousness of this issue and put a stop to the pollution occurring in marinas, boatyards, and ports.
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