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The ability for ships to comply with the IMO MARPOL regulations, is in the most part, dependent upon the availability of adequate port reception facilities for such waste in each Member State.

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PUBLIC CONSULTATION

CLEAN MARINE GROUP

Clean Marine Group’s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Environmental and Social Management Plan have been submitted to and reviewed by both the Department of Environmental Planning and Protection and the Grand Bahamas Port Authority Limited.

The development includes an office building, warehouse, storage tanks and associated utilities on a 4-acre site located adjacent to the Freeport Container Terminal on Basin 3.

The public is advised that the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) for the proposed MARPOL Port Reception Facility located in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island are available for public review.

Physical copies of the ESIA and ESMP are available to the public for review in Grand Bahama at The Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited, located on West Mall Drive and at The Department of Environmental Planning and Protection office located in Charlotte House on Shirley and Charlotte Streets in New Providence.

Electronic copies of the ESIA and ESMP can be found at

The public meeting was held on Thursday 14th October 2021 at 6pm via Zoom
you can download an audio transcript of the session here via the Dropbox link below

The public is advised the public consultation period is now closed. You are still welcome to send written comments or questions regarding the project to environment@cleanmarinegroup.com, inquiries@depp.gov.bs  or leave a comment on the Clean Marine Group Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cleanmarinegroup and we will endeavour to respond to your query as soon as possible.

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CMG environmental policy:

We are committed to protecting the environment, respecting our natural and human neighbours, and causing no harm to people or wildlife, before, during and after all our projects.

CMG respects national laws and international standards, committing to matching or exceeding global best practice and setting our own rigorous performance standards which are reviewed regularly.

We conduct detailed environmental and social assessments during the planning of all our projects to identify impacts that could arise from our activities. We then take measures to address or offset them appropriately. We work hard to make sure our facilities are well designed, safely operated and appropriately inspected and maintained

We work hard to understand environmental and social sensitivities in the areas where we operate with the aim of avoiding, minimizing and mitigating any potential impacts. This can include taking action to reduce potential impacts on biodiversity during planning, minimising energy used in operation, re-using recovered wastewater in place of fresh water, or using recycled metals in our construction and planning for decommissioning.

MARPOL regulations
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the international community developed international institutions and legal instruments to cope with the increasing volumes of wastes and residues being discharged into coastal waters or disposed of offshore. Of these, the most significant is the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 (as modified), generally referred to as “MARPOL”, the Annexes to which detail stringent regulations for the prevention of pollution by ships:
  • Annex I - the prevention of pollution by oil;
  • Annex II- the control of pollution by noxious liquid substances in bulk;
  • Annex IV - the prevention of pollution by sewage from ships;
  • Annex V- the prevention of pollution by garbage from ships;
  • Annex VI - the prevention of air pollution from ships;
 
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Risk of pollution

While there are no concrete data on the volumes of marine wastes discharged into the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, one global study indicates that during the last decade, illegal dumping and routine operations of vessels account for between 666,000 and 2.5 million tons of hydrocarbons per year being improperly discharged from vessels into the ocean. The risk of discharge into the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea of pollutants, such as oil, noxious substances, sewage and garbage resulting from the normal operations of ships, poses a serious risk to the marine ecosystem and human health.

Shipping – which transports about 90% of global trade – is, statistically, the least environmentally damaging mode of transport, when its productive value is taken into consideration. However, this does not mean we can ignore the potential for environmental impact, especially when providing Marine Services so close to the sensitive Marine environment. CMG is committed to effective control of all sources of marine pollution in our operations, and take all practicable steps to prevent pollution of the sea during our operations, and we provide opportunities for others to prevent pollution via dumping of wastes and other matter by providing MARPOL services in areas where those facilities may be lacking.

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