New England Boatworks Awarded Clean Marina Status

New England Boatworks was honored as Rhode Island’s largest Clean Marina in a presentation at their Portsmouth facility on May 5. The Clean Marina Program is a voluntary initiative coordinated by the RI Coastal Resources Management Council that rewards marinas that go beyond regulatory requirements by applying innovative, pollution-prevention practices to their daily operations.

New England Boatworks (NEB) is spans 28.75 acres of land and 8.5 acres of boat basin and includes a boatbuilding division that produces custom, state-of-the-art sail and power yachts; a full-service marina that offers long-term and transient berths for yachts along with complete refit and repair services; and a haul-out, storage, and service facility. NEB is also the first marina on Aquidneck Island to gain the Clean Marina distinction.

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Volvo Ocean Race Skipper Charlie Enright, and Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit were among the speakers who applauded NEB’s environmental leadership.

NEB has also taken the additional step of working with Clean Ocean Access to install a Trash Skimmer at its fuel dock. The Skimmer, made possible by funding from 11th Hour Racing, both reduces marine debris and generates awareness about the types of debris found in the water. Two identical Skimmers placed in Newport Harbor collected over 6,000 pounds of debris in only four months.