TO OWN A VESSEL TODAY DOES NOT MEAN ONLY TO SAIL, ENJOY AND RELAX. IT IS ALSO NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN YOUR YACHT REGULARLY, TO ANCHOR AND BERTH IT SAFELY, AND TO KEEP IT SAFE FROM ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS. THAT’S WHY WE NEED GOOD AND WELL-EQUIPPED MARINAS.
Nowadays, marinas are significant nautical centres welcoming hundreds of yachts and vessels of different dimensions and sizes, neatly tied and anchored by piers. They are places that provide everyday care of people, vessels, and facilities offered by a marina.
Daily turnover of people is high, especially during tourist high season. Due to increased circulation of vessels and people, as well as works being done on vessels on floating docks, it is extremely important to follow all the rules and caution measures to provide safety for all the people and vessels involved.
There are many perils resulting from neglect, natural disaster, disobeying regulations, or not following procedures. We are aware that fires in marinas are extremely dangerous and hard to extinguish. Specific materials used in yacht or boat construction make it difficult to put out fire and material damage is always considerable. Majority of yacht owners and marina managers take this peril very seriously.
Good and precise communication is of utmost importance among yacht owners, crew members, and marina staff, as well as their coordinated work on a yacht in a marina. Thus a real potential for saving human lives and property lies in prevention activities.
For that reason, it is necessary to dedicate a great deal of attention to following the prescribed measures in accordance with international and domestic regulations on marine and river traffic. The following rules apply to yacht owners:
When yacht owners choose a marina to sail into, they check prevention measures against fire, such as: fire extinguishers, hydrant network, cleanliness, docks, alleys, security, lighting, electrical power network and sockets, water supply, waste disposal, and so on. A responsible person follows the rules of behaviour and safety procedures defined by each marina, starting from registering upon arrival to a marina and enquiring on all relevant safety and security measures.
Special attention and caution should be applied to danger zones or spots, such as fuel supply installations, power cabinets, cleanliness and order on piers, waste disposal places, anchoring, and ropes submerged in the water.
Due to open piers and access to vessels, as there is no fence, it is compulsory to put on safety vests to children prior to entering a marina, as any potential fall can be life-threatening. It is necessary to familiarise oneself with emergency plan for each marina due to possible evacuation or crisis moments.
Each owner and crew member is responsible for keeping order and implementing safety measures on their yacht in a marina. Management and staff of each marina must work on keeping and implementing prevention and safety measures in marinas:
Agreement with yacht owner stipulates exact procedures and obligatory prevention measures against fire, as well as other measures for safety and security of persons and vessels. Mutual insurance policy check is obligatory for both the marina and the yacht. Diagrams and evacuation plans containing the defined procedure and signposted evacuation points for people and vessels from a marina should be placed on visible spots and on piers. Fire Emergency plan. It is important to keep all public areas clean (piers, car-parks, offices, surroundings, fuel stations). Regular checks of electrical installation on power cabinets intended for use by yachts are obligatory, as well as training of crew on the use of such power cabinets; recognising malfunction or faulty electrical equipment should be included in the training. Communication and contacts with yacht owners in cases where the yacht is rarely used, and performing regular checks of the interior to avoid severe con-sequences caused by neglect. Detailed information need to be given to crew members concerning use and filling fuel into yachts and disposal of waste materials from yachts. Taking precise measures and procedures for envi-ronmental protection is crucial, including separating waste materials into appropriate waste containers, and regilar maintenance of yachts and vessels. Marina staff should pay special attention to activities and behaviour of children.
All the procedures defined by a marine should be active and applied, meaning that staff should implement them regularly and keep record on such activities in the marina.
Marina gets a blue flag for the following: successful organisation of work, applied safety measures, services provided, environmental management, water quality, education, and informing of the public.