Environmental Policy

This policy describes how we respect and maintain the fantastic environment that the Port and Marina are part of. You should also look at our Environmental Practice Statement which describes what you can do to help.

Port of Ramsgate and Royal Harbour Marina. (Version 1.0)

  • Assist the commercial prosperity of the Harbour and Port by offering sustain able development by implementing the following environmental policy, with the aim of minimising the environmental impact of operations.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to reducing the carbon footprint by, where possible, using renewable energy and innovative energy reducing 
    technology.
  • Introduce and maintain the use of ‘best practice’ to drive up standards.
  • Endorse the principles of the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO) environmental code of practice.
  • Adhere to all legal requirements regarding environmental issues and review the environmental objectives to set realistic targets.
  • Contribute and support the EU Habitats and Birds Directive through the
  • implementation of ‘North East Kent European marine sites Management
  • Scheme’ and Action Plan (2007-12) and subsequent review.
  • Provide staff training and information to staff that regularly update and improve the environmental standards.
  • Ensure the environmental policy is available and all staff, stakeholders and those working on behalf of the Council are aware of the policy.
  • Develop a culture of environmental awareness that improves the work practices and encourages staff, visitors, contractors and other stakeholders to be aware of any environmental impact by their actions. This includes ways of reducing the harbour and recreational activity impact on the internationally important NE Kent European marine site (for intertidal & sub tidal chalk reef habitats and bird life), and helping to promote the North East Kent Marine Protected Area Coastal Codes for recreational activities (including power craft and wind-powered activities) and interpretation events run by the North East Kent Marine Protected Area Project (www.thanetcoast.org.uk).
  • We will include the Environmental Policy on the agenda of all Harbour and Port user group meetings in order to develop a compliance ethic to achieve the desired outcomes.
  • Research and where practical use recycled products and environmentally  friendly materials and reduce the number of chemical processes.
  • Promote good waste management by providing information and receptacles that allow for waste to be segregated at the point of disposal.
  • Develop a culture of reporting that encourages all staff to bring to the attention of the Harbour Master anything that is, or potentially a threat to the environment.
  • Regularly monitor the water, electricity, and gas consumption with the aim of checking efficiency and reducing the consumption using alternative methods.
  • Work with the Council to meet objectives for air quality and reduce Harbour and Port emissions.
  • Review and audit the Environmental policy to maintain its relevance and effectiveness.

Help us to achieve our commitment to promote best environmental practice in the operation of our marina (Version 1.0)

Ensure that all hazardous wastes are disposed of correctly:

  • Dispose of all waste oils and oily water in the appropriate containers at the dedicated waste facility in the boat park.
  • Ensure that all batteries deposited in the appropriate area the marina (If in doubt ask a member of staff).

Minimise waste going to landfill and to recycle wherever possible:

  • Reduce, re-use and recycle. Use the recycle facilities provided in the 
    marina.

Use resources sustainably:

  • Consider electric or bio-diesel engines, water lubricated stern glands or vegetable oils.
  • Ensure wood is sourced from responsibly managed forests.

Ensure that the waters are clean and healthy to sustain wildlife:

  • Ensure the legal limit for hydrocarbon discharges into water is maintained (1 drop per 2 litres of water or 15mg/litre).
  • Detergents may disperse oil from the water surface and reduce the visual impact, but they can be toxic to aquatic life in themselves.
  • Develop a culture of reporting that encourages all staff to bring to the attention of the Harbour Master anything that is, or potentially a threat to the environment.
  • Regularly monitor the water, electricity, and gas consumption with the aim of checking efficiency and reducing the consumption using alternative methods.
  • Work with the Council to meet objectives for air quality and reduce Harbour and Port emissions.
  • Review and audit the Environmental policy to maintain its relevance and effectiveness.