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1/17/2017 11:45:56 AM
Impact of Power Washing Activities at Marinas and Boatyards Many marinas and boatyards in the UK that power wash boat hulls on site have little or no control measures in place to limit the discharge of pollutants resulting from their activities from flowing back in to inland and coastal waters or in to groundwater. These effluents can include traces of oil, copper oxide, paint pigments and other harmful substances that are mechanically and chemically displaced from the hull of a boat during the washing process. The Environment Agency and our regional water companies have a statutory responsibility to enforce controls on any business activity that produces wastewater, known as “trade effluent”. Failure to register the discharge of trade effluent, or to comply with restrictions put in place, is an offence and can result in significant fines to your business. Commercial operators should also be aware of the European Water Framework Directive that was signed into law by all European Union countries in the year 2000. The Directive sets an initial timeframe for implementation of water improvement frameworks, which must be operational by the end of 2012, with the stringent objectives being achieved by the end of 2015. This legislation is shining the spotlight on many businesses that have an impact on our coastal and inland waterways and the marine leisure industry needs to be ahead of the curve to avoid uncosted and unplanned disruption resulting from statutory enforcement.

Another growing concern within the industry is the spread of non-native species to new water courses. Boats that spend periods away from their home marina, or visiting craft may be contaminated with aquatic life that could cause damage to the local environment if they are released into a virgin area through pressure washing of hulls. The resulting colonies can destroy local aquatic life and upset the sensitive ecosystem balance. Statutory Authorities are looking to enforce controls on the spread of non-native species and wash-down activities that can dislodge organisms from the hull and return them to non-native waters are  increasingly of concern.

The problem encountered by the marine leisure industry at present is that solutions to control and limit pollution resulting from wash-down activities at marinas and boatyards is expensive and often requires significant groundworks, settlement tanks and filtration processes. These treatment facilities are often beyond the financial grasp of marine businesses. There have been attempts within the industry to develop more affordable solutions with varying levels of success. Many of the current proposals present operational difficulties and would be unlikely to meet the stringent water discharge requirements of current and forthcoming UK Legislation. Up until now, statutory enforcement of current Legislation within the marine leisure industry has been limited, as the market has failed to produce an affordable and effective solution that is easily implemented. 

Marinas and boatyards will also be aware of the value of water to their business. Not only is much of the UK experiencing a water shortage, but the metered cost of water continues to rise and is likely to rise further as water becomes an increasingly valuable resource. 

We all have a responsibility to minimise the impact of our commercial activates on the environment and the implementation of the final stages of the European Water Framework Directive, as well as increasingly stringent enforcement of UK legislation by water companies and The Environment Agency will require all marina and boatyard businesses to act to address this ongoing industry problem.

1/16/2017 7:24:49 PM
Our systems can  remove fertiliser pollution from greenkeeping equipment washwater and also filter out grass clippings to avaid drain blockage. It is important to regulary wash machinery to avoid the spread of disease and to keep well maintained. Give us a call to discuss your greenkeeping washdown requreiments.

Greenkeeping equipment washbay
Areas of Operation
1/16/2017 7:14:39 PM
Just to let you know that we operate throughout the UK. We have installed multiple systems in and around London, along the M4 and M1 corridors and in and around Liverpool. Give us a call from any UK location. We are also happy to look at European sites and have partners currently located in The Netherlands.
1/16/2017 7:00:31 PM
FiltaBund is developing a helicopter landing pad branded HeliBund that also provides a system to capture and process oils from maintenance, refuelling spills and washwater. Full details can be found at:

This robust all plastic and rubber system can be installed on a permanent or temporary basis either sitting on a surface or recessed in to the ground and can be installed over most substrates. It is especially useful on soft ground, where the load is distributed evenly over the whole area.

The system could be valuable in the search and rescue and oil and gas industries, where salts need to be washed from aircraft after every outing. Domestic and military applications are also being pursued to help meet customers legal and environmental responsibilities.

We are looking for partners to assist with development and distribution and are seeking a trial site. Please contact me if of interest.

Helicopter landing pad
1/16/2017 6:54:03 PM
SupaBund is a new product from FiltaBund and has been developed in response to customer need. The wash pad is manufactured from an extra heavy duty PVC with foam filled perimeter bund. The bund can withstand the passage of vehicles and will not puncture like some air filled models. In the unlikely event that the bay is damaged, repairs are easily made. Uses for the SupaNund system include:

- Mobile valeting companies
- Short term installations (up to one year)
- Construction site or farm wheel washing
- Events

An ideal position for the system is on a slight incline to encourage dirty water to flow to a corner of the mat. The water can then be extracted with our SupaGulpa nozzle connected to an upgraded vacuum cleaner containing a non clogging pump. This allows for continuous operation without the need to vacuum the mat after each wash. The system can also cope with high volumes of dirt and debris. We can also supply a vacuum extract control module, which only turns the vacuum on when water is flowing to the pressure washer. This prolongs the life of the vacuum cleaner and reduces noise. The internal vacuum cleaner water pump remains powered at all times.

Water can be transferred from the vacuum cleaner direct to a water tank for removal from site. Alternatively, water can be pumped on to our
GeoSack or GeoSack Mini processing units for discharge to a sewer (with a permit) or on to a holding tank for reuse. If the system is to be used for wheel washing without detergent, water can be discharged through one of our silt and oil filtering socks and discharged to surface water drain. This is an ideal solution for construction sites.

Due to the high environmental standards of our products, we manufacture our standard mat to be 7.5m x 4.5m to ensure all water run off is collected and to give operators room within the mat to walk around the vehicle. Other mats on the market are considerably smaller. Bespoke sizes are also available.

The bay is robust, however it is made of a flexible material and its life can be prolonged by using optional ramps over the bund edging. Operator rubber mats can also be supplied to keep feet dry.

Contact us for advice on this product and pricing.

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