Environmental Standards

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

The Shipyards work within strict environmental standards:

Air Discharges

Air quality criteria for key contaminants such as paint thinners, metal compounds and particulates have been established requiring all operations that generate these substances to be contained so that the contaminants can be collected, filtered or removed. Oceania Marine has extensive purpose built buildings for construction, refit and painting which provide excellent containment ensuring air quality is maintained.

For operations outdoors Oceania Marine has mobile containment, extraction and filtering equipment that when set up with a shrinkwrap containment tent ensures that the air quality criteria are met.

Ground Discharges

All surfaces below work areas will be concrete, sealed or covered by drop cloths to ensure that spent grit and project debris does not make contact with the soil. This also facilitates clean up and removal. Where appropriate all storage areas are bunded and sealed using coffer-dams to avoid soil contamination or escape to water bodies

Water to Harbour Discharges

All grey and black water generated at the shipyards goes to the municipal treatment station via the sewage system. All waste water from pressure water blasting or washdown from slipway operations is collected, filtered and stored for recycling. General storm runoff water is contained within the storm water system and discharged via weir filter system to the harbour. Storm water discharge must meet New Zealand Contact Recreation Standard CA which is a high standard suitable for swimming.

Recycling Waste Materials

Oceania Marine, North Shipyard, Port Whangarei - Oil Recycle Collection

Oceania Marine, North Shipyard, Port Whangarei – Oil Recycle Collection

Oceania Marine Shipyards have a policy of recycling all waste from shipyard operations wherever possible. Vessel owners, contractors and suppliers are encouraged to note that a bulk recycle container and collection system is in place for waste divided into glass, plastic, paper, oil, diesel and general

Choosing the Green Option

Oceania Marine Shipyards supports owners in their choice of environmentally friendly and sustainable options for their vessels. Some examples where choosing the green option can make a difference is:

  •  When buying a new generator or ME compare engine emission specifications. As a general rule a more advanced and up-to-date engine management system will produce lower emissions
  • Use bio-degradable stern gland and shaft bearing oils and greases
  • Talk to us about the type of antifouling paint to use – some paints which contains no biocides and relies on their self-cleaning properties such as Intersleek may be appropriate

 

Bio-Hazards – The Unwelcome Hitchhiker

Like all Pacific nations New Zealand values it’s pristine marine environment. It is also dependant economically on it’s primary exports, of which seafood (including aquaculture) is a very important component.

For information on the main pests –MPI NZ Marine Pest Identification Guide – CLICK HERE

Oceania Marine asks all vessels coming to New Zealand to do their very best to help us protect both the environment and our industry from damage caused by the impacts from some unwelcome exotic pest. Most vessels we deal with keep up a reasonable maintenance schedule and are constantly on the move so this problem is unlikely to be an issue. However if you need assistance contact us or the use the contacts in the above guide.