Byline: The Log Staff
WARREN, R.I. — The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA) announced it is preparing to launch a boatyard certification program for facilities in California.
Called the “Clean Maritime Facility Program,” the voluntary effort will provide a multilevel evaluation process by which the dozens of boatyards throughout California will be better able to comply with local, state and federal environmental laws and standards, according to a statement from ABBRA.
“ABBRA wholeheartedly promotes the efforts of our California members who are committed to preserving the environment and a boating lifestyle that will sustain dependable and conscientious Clean Maritime Facilities,” said Pam Lendzion, ABBRA president.
To achieve ABBRA’s “California Clean Maritime Facility” designation, boatyards will be required to demonstrate best management practices, along with a commitment to protect water, air and marine life from environmental harm and pollutants, based on nationally recognized guidelines, ABBRA said in a statement. Among the areas of emphasis will be waste disposal, stormwater control, spill prevention, emergency preparedness and staff training.
San Diego-based Knight & Carver Maritime and Keefe Kaplan Maritime of Northern California are the first two applicants for the certification program, ABBRA announced.
Fully voluntary and non-governmental, the ABBRA certification program will be similar to the Clean Marina Program initiated in California, according to ABBRA. The new certification program has been developed in association with various regulatory agencies, including California Coastal Commission, California Department of Pesticide Regulations, and California Department of Toxic Substances Control, ABBRA announced.