The environmental management of the port requires the creation of new facilities and new forms of installations (dry-docks, slipways, etc.). Depending on the type of pollution it is necessary to equip the port with facilities allowing for the collection of waste and effluents from port users and boaters. Once collected, the waste and sewage will be processed (recycling, recovery from waste).


Informative signage with a specific graphic charter has been adopted for all ports. Any port having carried out the main part of the Clean Harbours process can use it, making it easier for boaters calling in several ports to find their way around the facilities put at their disposal. This signage is protected by a copyright.


Water is a precious resource which should be conserved. Likened to an orange, the earth’s available resource of fresh water is comparable to a drop of water.

Water conservation is an important element in good port management: saving money and conserving a resource which is becoming increasingly rare in certain regions, particularly during summer.

A system of water meters throughout the distribution network allows for fine resource management and rapid detection of any irregularities.

The port’s water distribution system should be equipped with valves allowing for the isolation of one section without disrupting all users on the network. Network separation: it is recommended that the network is separated into one section for drinking water and another for fighting fire


The port area’s energy consumption should be limited because of its contribution to global warming.

There are several easy means of saving energy in the port:

  • In matters of lighting: favour low-energy bulbs and LEDs.
  • Renewable energy : solar water heating is often a good solution.
  • Port user awareness: incite users to cut off the boat’s shore electrical supply in the case of an extended absence.


Environmental management involves all those using the port : professionals, boaters, walkers…