Certified Clean Harbours
Certified "Actifs en biodiversité"
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you lose your certification?
The certification is issued for a period of three years with maintenance audit every year. The renewal of the certification may be refused if the port no longer meets the requirements of the Clean Harbours standards.
Clean Habours Guidelines history
Significant impacts on the environment and the water quality from boating activity have been observed both in marinas and in their surroundings.
The amount of toxic waste resulting from marinas, sea and fishing ports is estimated to be around several thousand tons: batteries, accumulators and accumulating batteries, waste oil, acetic acids, plastic, resin, old paint cans, etc…
Pollution from effluents (careening wastewater, sewage, rainwater) being directly discharged into the port is perhaps less visible but equally harmful.
Faced with those findings, the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Region, Rhône Mediterranean and Corsican Water Agency, ADEME (French environment and energy management agency), the State (DREAL) have agreed on a common approach aiming at supporting any operation with the intention of improving the port’s environmental quality.
The “Clean Harbours” approach was launched in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region in 2001. The operation was initiated in 2001 with a partnership agreement between the Languedoc-Roussillon Tourism Development joint commission and the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Regional Council. An agreement of technical and financial partnership brought together the Sud Regional Council, Rhône Mediterranean and Corsican Water Agency, ADEME, DREAL and the Association of marinas in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region and Monaco.
From 2001 to 2007: 86 marinas in Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur adhered to the “Clean Harbours” approach.
In 2006 the Union des Ports de Plaisance de Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur-and Monaco created a graphic charter for the signage of “Clean Harbours” equipment in partnership with the Sud Regional Council.
In 2008, the creation of an AFNOR agreement for the certification of Port Environmental Management was an additional step in the process. Carried out in partnership with the Région Sud, it promotes the ports involved in the Clean Harbours approach.
In 2012, the European Clean Harbours certification and Clean Harbours Guidelines replaced the Port Environmental Management certification
The certification referential was launched on the initiative of the Union des Ports de Plaisance de Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur and Monaco in partnership with the SUD Regional Council, “Clean Harbours Guidelines”’ technical partners, marina managers and their representative body, Écogestes Méditerranée (a group of structures for environmental education), the High council for pleasure recreational boating and the AFNOR.
In 2018 an optional follow-up to the Clean Harbours Certification was initiated by the Sud Région and the Association of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur and Monaco Marinas: the French Certification “Port Propres actifs en biodiversité” . It values the commitment of port managers acting in favour of biodiversity.in the port and its area of influence.
Can a company, business or various service provider refer to “Clean Harbours” and “Ports Propres Actifs en Biodiversité” for commercial purposes?
These terms, and the logos, are protected by copyright.
They cannot be used for commercial purposes or to add value to a sales pitch, service, equipment or any other… Any violation of copyright may be subject to prosecution.