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2020 November December Marina World

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ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS & INITIATIVES Alcudiamar leads the way with vacuum sewage system Alcudiamar Marina in Mallorca has become the first marina in the Balearic Islands to have a vacuum sewage system installed. Spanish company Flovac nears completion of the project and is also expecting to install its technology at three further marinas in Mallorca in the near future. The Flovac system can capture sewage and bilge water from boats, as well as sewage from marina facilities, such as restaurants, hotels and commercial buildings. Boats can be pumped out at their berths by connecting up to pedestals that are distributed around the site. Due to the force of the vacuum, waste is sucked directly into the vacuum network. Pedestals with wells are provided for larger vessels. When the water reaches optimum level, the vacuum valve opens and the wastewater is released to the vacuum station. The system is designed for easy, low cost installation. Just one single electrical connection point, located at the vacuum station, is required for the entire system. The vacuum mains are also designed to be installed in shallow trenches to reduce costly site work. In addition to making life easier for the boat owner and the marina operator, Flovac technology safeguards the environment by eliminating potential pollution at a dedicated pump-out dock and the chance of spills. As all pipework operates under a negative pressure and no wastewater can leak out of the pipework, there is no risk of polluting the marina waters. www.flovac.com UK marina upgrades maintenance vessel Port Solent Marina, a Premier Marinas facility on the English south coast, has replaced its 6m (20ft) Water Witch marine maintenance vessel with a 7m (23ft) aluminium Versi-Cat. Both boats were designed by Liverpool-based Water Witch. Mark Phillp CMM, marina manager at Port Solent, explained the move: “Premier takes its commitment to protecting the environment very seriously. This new boat is certainly an upgrade and will allow the team to efficiently collect debris and weed from the water to keep our waters clean. This is a significant investment for Premier and one we have made following feedback from our berth holders.” The new vessel boasts many extra features, including a drop down aluminium operator canopy for navigating under low bridges. Although the Versi-Cat’s main function is retrieving plastic litter, debris and aquatic vegetation, the versatile pontoon design also includes a range of pods that sit between the hulls. These can be used for a huge range of applications, including mobile pump-out, general maintenance, buoy maintenance and dive support. The vessel can also be fitted with deck plates, which slot together to create a level working deck. According to Water Witch director, Jackie Caddick, the potential benefits for marinas are huge, with the chance to make a real environmental impact and enhance the water quality for all stakeholders. “Nobody wants to see floating litter in their marina or their berths choked in weed. Port Solent is an award-winning Five Gold Anchor marina and has demonstrated its environmental commitment over many years, working hard to ensure a clean, safe marine environment and a first class visitor experience. They join some of the most prestigious marinas who have chosen Water Witch to help maintain their waterfronts, including The Pearl, Qatar; Royal Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi; Marina del Rey, USA; and Royal Albert Dock, UK.” www.waterwitch.com www.marinaworld.com – November/December 2020 47

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