Clean Marine – Clean Marine BC is a voluntary environmental assessment program for marinas, harbour authorities, yacht clubs and boatyards. GVHA marinas are audited by an independent organization every three years on best practices for fuel and energy use, drainage, water quality, condition of the grounds, water conservation and waste management methods. Based on our 2015 accreditation, GVHA marinas received a 4-anchor rating. GVHA intends to work toward 5-anchor ratings for each of our marinas, addressing areas of improvement that include increasing environmental efficiencies at facility office operations, increased engagement and education with tenants, and a review of facility services and fuel dock technologies. The next audit of GVHA’s marinas will be in 2018.
Water Quality – All GVHA marina facilities do not allow moorage clients to discharge sewage, as per regulation by Transport Canada. All live-aboard vessels must have working holding tanks. We operate a static pump-out station and mobile pump-out service for no extra fee. Our pump-out boat removed nearly 130,000 litres of black water from holding tanks from April 2014 to March 2015.
High-capacity oily water separators service fuel tank footprints and the central and western parts of parking lots at Fisherman’s Wharf. All commercial restaurant businesses on the dock are required to have grease traps for water treatment prior to sewage discharge.
Waste Management Program – GVHA’s solid waste management program includes the collection and disposal of garbage, recycling, and compost from all activities on all GVHA properties. From April 2014 to March 2015, GVHA generated just over 150 tons of waste, of which 50 tons was recycled, indicating a 32% diversion rate.
Fuel Dock – The underground tank system in our upgraded fueling station is state of the art, incorporating electronic leak detection and sophisticated containment technologies.
Dock Construction – GVHA incorporated maintenance-free dock and mooring systems that can be efficiently moved into the third phase of upgrading Fisherman’s Wharf. Recyclability and life cycle were all considered during the upgrade, making it the first of its kind in North America.