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July August 2015 Marina World

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PUMP-OUT Barge innovators go global Back in 2011, a team of yachting professionals and technology innovators joined forces in France to address waste water management. Azure Trend SAS, trading as Ecotank, focused on making it convenient for boat owners to dispose of waste water in an environmentally friendly manner and also sought new ways to service boats and ports with minimal impact on their surroundings. Ecotank CEO, Wilfried Point, brought three years of research and development to the table with the creation of the first Eco-barge. In the water in 2011, the barge offered efficient and discrete pump-out to marinas on the French Riviera in Cannes, Golfe Juan and Monaco for waste water, bilge water, sludge and other polluted liquids. Now, with 22 employees and eleven barges positioned along the coast between Monaco and St Tropez, the company has plans to install a barge on the Seine in Paris and is promoting its services at a global level. “We are part of all big events here on the Riviera like [the property show] MIPIM, Cannes Film Festival, Monaco Grand Prix, Monaco Yacht show etc.,” says export manager Thibault Montes. The volume of waste pumped from boats during such events is significant. At the Film Festival last year, for example, Ecotank pumped out around 70% of yachts up to 30m in the port of Cannes; a task involving 500,000 litres of waste water. Yacht owners or captains can call for a barge irrespective of whether they are in berth or at anchor. The pump-out barge offers quiet, odourless pumping and carries all the necessary connections and protective materials to ensure the job is done correctly. During the off season, Ecotank offers boat owners a maintenance service of cleaning and disinfecting black and grey tanks and bilges. It also empties, cleans and disinfects fuel tanks, offers fuel filtration by centrifugal separator and can steam clean engines, generators and bilges. Newly formed Ecotank Worldwide is dedicated to marinas and agents all over the world, offering products that are fully backed up with professional service know-how. Contact Ecotank in France on email: thibault@ecotank-worldwide.com Above: The Ecotank team promptly motors the pump-out barge to vessels moored at any marina berth or offshore anchorage. Below: Pump-out is swift, silent, odourless and efficient. www.marinaworld.com - July/August 2015 27

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