Camper & Nicholsons is in the process of obtaining "Blue Flag" status for their Port Louis Marina. Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label owned and operated by the independent, non-profit organisation, Foundation for Environmental Education. The goal is sustainable development at beaches and marinas through strict criteria including water quality, environmental education, environmental management and safety, and other services - (www.blueflag.org).
"From the inception of the project we had Blue Flag certification as a goal. The marina will not just be complying with the requirements, but we are building it in a way as to have as little impact on the environment as possible", said Clyde Rawls, General Manager.
Camper & Nicholsons has taken many steps to ensure strict environmental standards are adhered to. The pontoons being installed are floating docks, which promote marine life and minimize disturbance to the seabed. In addition, the company prohibits the dumping of waste and other harmful materials into the Lagoon. The marina has installed a sewage pump-out system which removes waste from docked boats and puts it into the national sewage system operated by NAWASA. Until now, the activities of vessels utilizing the Lagoon have not been monitored, creating potential environmental hazards. Over the years, water clarity and quality had diminished.
Camper & Nicholsons has already invested $31 million USD in this project. Their objective is to create the premier yachting destination in the Caribbean. The visiting boaters will spend money with a wide variety of local businesses including restaurants, taxis, car rentals, supermarkets, and gift shops. They will be buying groceries, supplies, liquors, wine, flowers, fresh foods and more. The local repair yards and ship chandleries will obviously benefit. Many jobs will also be created once the marina is fully operational.
"In order for the project to be successful, we must properly manage vessels and their activities in the Lagoon. To this end, all vessels anchored within the Camper & Nicholsons boundaries must register and dock in our berthing areas. The navigational channel will, of course, remain open, however those remaining at anchor with Camper and Nicholsons boundaries will be charged a usage fee", Rawls said.
"We are creating a great facility and we must have cooperation of all visiting boaters using the Lagoon", Rawls continued. "Beginning December 15th 2008, we will be implementing these requirements in order to properly manage the marina and environs. Grenadian boat owners will be allowed to remain at anchor with no charge, until our continued construction no longer makes it practical. Grenadians will also receive a 30% off our berthing rates" Rawls added.
"While we protect the environment, we will also be providing excellent service to our patrons. Our guests tied to the docks will have access to all amenities at the marina, including electric service, fresh water, cable TV, garbage collection, the pump-out system, swimming pool, and shower facilities", noted Rawls