New Green Guide for Marinas

A new guide to help marina managers get to grips with environmental legislation and improve waste, energy and water management has been launched by The Green Blue, the environment programme for the British Marine Federation (BMF) and RYA.
Launched at the BMF’s annual 2012 Marina Conference on Thursday 26 April, The Green Guide for Marinas, funded through The Crown Estate’s Marine Stewardship Fund, will be distributed across the UK to each of the 500 coastal and inland marinas.
The free resource sets out the key areas of environmental legislation every marina needs to meet as well as a selection of great ideas on how marinas can make their site and operations more environmentally friendly, with easy to follow practical steps and ideas. The Guide also contains a selection of case studies from marinas around the UK who have already made environmental improvements, including MDL’s Oil Spill Response Strategy and Overwater Marina’s Renewable Energy Project based on ground source heat pump. In most cases, improvements to environmental management have also lead to cost savings, offering an added incentive for marinas to review their environmental performance.
Julian Goldie, Manager of Tollesbury Marina, said: “Sustainability is much higher on the agenda these days for the whole recreational boating sector and to have a hands-on practical manual to provide bespoke advice for marina managers will be incredibly useful.”
Jane Swan from The Green Blue said: “We know that there is a wealth of general environmental advice available for businesses, but we also know that marina managers are busy people who need quick access to practical information relevant to the recreational boating sector. This guide meets those precise needs.”
The Guide is available to download from The Green Blue website:

SLS GB Launch Event Water Safety guidance

Last week (26 April), SLS GB in partnership with RoSPA and with the support of SLS GB insurer Sportscover, launched a new national guidance document on the management of event water safety.
The guidance document, a product of extensive research thanks to the support of Sportscover and Derby University was launched at the RoSPA National Water Safety Conference to an audience of more than 100 experts for further consultation.
With the recent rise in mass participation and charity events there has been much demand on the expertise of SLSGB’s clubs to provide support to these events in the form of safety cover. However, in the absence of national guidance on hazard identification, risk management, competencies and equipment, SLSGB members often found themselves working under varying standards of event management. A draft copy of the guidance will be available shortly for you to provide your feedback to the consultation. Read more on the Surf Life Saving GB website…

MCA Marine Guidance Note MGN 442 (M): Alternative Training Standards for Crew Taking Part in Helicopter Operations on Large Commercial Yachts

This document provides guidance on the alternative training standards for Helicopter Landing Officers (HLOs) and Helideck Landing Assistants (HDA) working on large commercial yachts with helicopter decks complying with the Large Commercial Yacht Code or the Code of Practice for Yachts Carrying 13 to 36 Passengers (The Passenger Yacht Code). Read more on the MCA website…

Whole-Body Vibration: Guidance on mitigating against the effects of shocks and impacts on small vessels

This guidance note provides guidance on mitigating, where there is a risk of injury, the effects of whole body vibration on small vessels, and in particular severe shocks as a result of impacts.

Guidance is provided to assist in improving the design of vessels to reduce the severity of the impact and to provide a suitable postural position for those onboard to enable them to brace effectively.

There is also guidance for operators on reducing the impact through training, pre-departure briefing and ensuring that the vessel is operated considering the demographic and medical history of those onboard. Advice is provided on the correct posture to take when you are likely to be exposed to shocks as a result of impacts.

Read the Guidance on the MCA website…

Temporary and Demountable Flood Protection Guidance 2010 is updated

Defra’s strategy for managing flood risk in England as outlined in ‘Making Space for Water’ calls for a portfolio of measures for managing flood risk. Temporary and Demountable systems are increasingly forming an important part of this portfolio.

Following publication of the Interim Guidance on the use of Temporary and Demountable Flood Defences by the Environment Agency in 2002, there have been many advances in the variety and forms of flood products available.

To capture information on new products, associated developments and lessons learnt from use since 2002 the Environment Agency commissioned this update of the interim guidance. Read the guidance on the EA website…

The management of open water swimming events – Guidance safe operating procedures & risk assessment

The document includes all aspects to take in to consideration when organising an open water event. It explains the roles required to run an event, preparation work, safety procedures, risk assessments and how to set a course. It is designed to leave the organizers and officials feeling fully equipped and ready to launch their next event.

Read the document on the ASA website…