Pressure Washing & The Environment

An environmental change we wanted to make you aware of.

Mylor Yacht Harbour is fortunate to be in a beautiful location and we are committed to doing our bit to keep it this way.

As part of this effort and in line with recent legislation, we are changing our policy on pressure washing – all pressure washing of the underwater sections of boats must now be carried out over our interceptor tank. Most customers will be unaffected by this change, but those who currently prefer to was their boats themselves in the yard, will no longer be able to do so.

Our underground interceptor tank was installed in 2016, next to the hoist dock to collect the runoff from pressure washing of boats when they are lifted out of the water. This wash off material, which includes the water, weed and other hull growth, contains antifoul paint particles which, under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016, is considered polluting mater. These regulations also state that it is an offence to cause or knowingly permit the discharge of any polluting matter into coastal waters.

During recent discussions the Environment Agency indicated that they are keen to ensure the requirements of these regulations are met. The interceptor at Mylor achieves this and whilst the vast majority of  boats are washed over this already, we must make this policy change now to ensure compliance. Other operators in the Fal Estuary are applying the same principles, as the regulations affect all businesses in the area so at least its the same for all of us.

I am sure that customer’s will understand the need to comply with environmental regulations and our desire to do the right thing in this regard but if anyone affected by this has any concerns or questions, please can they contact Culum Matheson: 01326 372 121 or to discuss the situation.

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