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Sydney marina installs Flovac pump-out system PRODUCTS, SERVICES & PEOPLE Sydney Superyacht Marina (SSM), built in the late 1990s to accommodate visitors to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, is now in need of a number of upgrades so as to host even larger vessels and meet more exacting customer demands. Clemens Overdijk, marina manager since 2016, is eager to ensure that customers get the best possible experience. One vital aspect for many captains is the ability to quickly and cleanly discharge wastewater. No one wants leaks, the risk of overflows, odours, to spend hours pumping out at a designated service dock or, even worse, a trip to a different marina to pump out between charters or with owners onboard. Many marinas are also unable to handle the size of the waste tanks onboard superyachts. In order to establish the best pump-out offering at SSM, where each berth has a direct connection to the vacuum system, Overdijk examined a variety of solutions from around the world. He opted for a Flovac system after discovering that the company was installing large scale marina sewage systems at a number of large marinas in countries like Spain, Italy and Greece that were catering to some of the largest yachts. Flovac has pioneered the use of the Internet of Things (IoT) to remotely operate – and troubleshoot – its system. Many pump-out systems require the yacht manager to locate the pump station, turn it on manually and return to the yacht to start the operation, which can take many hours to complete. If another yacht is using the connection or if there is a problem, it may well affect the ability of the yacht to return to action in a timely manner. To avoid wasting time, Flovac has developed an app that enables the yacht owner to log in and check if the facility is available. The manager then couples the yacht to the connection port, pushes start on the mobile phone and starts up the discharge process. The first yacht to try out the new system at Sydney Superyacht Marina was a new 65m (213ft) vessel, one of the larger yachts at the marina. The 6,000 litre (1,320 gallon) discharge took less than an hour and was “a smooth operation for all involved.” The operators told the marina technician and other yacht owners that this was the best system they had come across in Australia. Flovac is a Spanish company with offices around the world. Cascais, PORTUGAL +351 214 692 024 Barcelona, SPAIN +34 933 601 101 Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL +55 21 3942 8828 Paraty (Brazil) Marinas and Docks - July/August 2020 51

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