New England Boatworks will become Rhode Island’s largest Clean Marina in a presentation at their Portsmouth facility today, 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’ achievement is considerable not only because it is the largest operation to gain the distinction to date, but also the most diverse of the state’s Clean Marinas. New England Boatworks (NEB) is a complex operation that spans 28.75 acres of land and 8.5 acres of boat basin and includes a boat-building 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 are among the speakers who will appear on May 5 to applaud 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.

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