MDL Marinas joins Cleaner Marina coalition

MDL Marinas has joined forces with eight other sailing and marine organisations under Cleaner Marina, an initiative championing marinas, ports and harbours around the world as guardians of cleaner waters.

Joining boatfolk, savvy navvy, Ecoworks marine, Clean Sailors, the Ocean Cruising Club, The SeaCleaners, Finsulate and Harba, MDL will support and promote the Cleaner Marina initiative.

MDL says the new partnership underlines its commitment to the prevention of environmental issues, and aids in its mission to become the UK’s most sustainable marina operator, developing a culture of environmental awareness and care amongst its customers and teams.

Initiated by Clean Sailors and launched in July this year, Cleaner Marina aims to create a community of marinas around the world that is implementing practices which help to safeguard the health of the marine ecosystem.

On MDL joining the Cleaner Marina initiative, Holly Manvell, founder of Clean Sailors comments: “It’s really exciting for us to welcome MDL Marinas to our Cleaner Marina initiative. As a team and group who are demonstrating their commitment to our waters and wider environment, and who are already working with solar, renewable energy and electric boats and vehicles, we and other Cleaner Marina partners look forward to supporting their journey to becoming a national leader in marina standards, and in turn what they can showcase to other marinas in our growing network, around the world.”

“It’s fantastic that Clean Sailors are joining the UK marine industry with a common goal of getting cleaner marinas,” says Tim Mayer, director at MDL Marinas. “At MDL, we’ve always had a focus on the development of green, sustainable initiatives, working with partners such as the Green Blue and The Blue Marine Foundation for over 10 years. We’ve installed oyster cages under our pontoons and are working with suppliers to ensure products are from sustainable sources, where possible.

“Our business is all about people and their enjoyment of the marine environment. Water quality has, and continues to be, a big focus for us, as has our management of waste streams, separation of recyclables and green energy through the roll out of solar cells.

“Joining Cleaner Marina is another step in our journey to make all of MDL’s marinas more sustainable, incorporating what we’re doing now with forward thinking ideas that are flexible enough to be developed alongside changes in government policy and marine related legislation. We’re on our way to cleaner, greener marinas.”

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