Grey & black water discharge
South Australia’s marine and inland waters have substantial environmental, social and economic resources. Aquatic users depend on these resources, for commercial harvesting of fish and crustaceans or for enjoying recreational pursuits such as fishing and water sports.
Marinas, vessel service facilities and vessel operators can significantly affect the quality of our aquatic environment. Facility operators and users may be unaware of the environmental damage that can result from their practices and the wastes they generate.
Toxic paint chips, paint residues and other solid and liquid wastes containing heavy metals, nutrients, acid, oil, hydrocarbons and invasive pest species can have seriously effects. The use of a single boat or slipway may seem insignificant, but when multiplied by thousands of vessels and many facilities, the impact is significant.
The EPA, in partnership with the then Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Water and the Arts, developed the Code of practice for vessel and facility management for inland and marine waters to encourage best environmental management practices for the benefit of future generations.
This code of practice applies to people, organisations and agencies that own, operate and use vessels, vessel construction and maintenance facilities (including slipways and launch facilities), and vessel storage facilities (including dry dock boat yards, marinas, moorings, boat and yacht clubs) within or adjacent to the state waters of South Australia. State waters are inland, estuarine and marine waters which include coastal state and territorial waters vested in the state.
- Environmental management systems
- Environmental incident reporting
- Vessel facility development (and re-development)
- Vessel facility operation
- Maintenance areas (includes slipways and hardstands)
- Vessel cleaning (including in-water hull cleaning)
- Abrasive blasting, scraping and sanding
- Pressure water blasting
- Painting and varnishing
- Welding and metal fabrication
- Engine maintenance and repair works
- Black water (marine and inland waters)
- Grey water (marine and inland waters)
- Bilge water
- Ballast water
- Vessel recovery (sunken or abandoned)