Sailboat Waste Management Plan

The Coast Guard requires that all vessels operating in U.S. waters have on board a properly authorized sanitation plan. We heard about a vessel that was boarded in Florida, and fined because it did not have one. Below is the plan that was filed in Callipygia's Operating Manual to meet this Coast Guard requirement. This was modeled on a sample provide to us by Nautech at one of their seminars in 2001.

The Captain of Callipygia is at all times responsible for implementation of this Waste Management Plan. All crew members and guests agree as a condition of being on the vessell, that they will strictly adhere to the following requirements.

1. GENERAL. (1) No waste of any kind, other than dishwashing and showering water, may be discharged overboard without the express permission of the Captain. (2) Discharge of waste on shore will always be done in compliance with applicable governmental law. (3) Crew members or guests coming on board Callipygia for the first time will be informed by the Captain that failure to comply with this Plan subjects Callipygia's owners to substantial monetary penalties and that such failure will result in the discharge of the offending crew member or guest from the ship.

2. GARBAGE. Trash will be stored aboard the vessel in appropriate containers and held until it can be discharge ashore by a crew member designated by the Captain.

3. PLASTIC AND OTHER NON-BIODEGRADABLE WASTE. No plastic or other non-biodegradable waste of any kind may be discharged overboard at any time. All such waste will be held on board until it can be safely discharged on shore in an environmentally sound manner according to local law.

4. SEWAGE. Only digestive waste shall be placed in the head. The head is discharged into the holding tank which is pumped out at an approved pumpout station after each voyage or as necessary. On extended voyages where the capacity o fhte holding tank may be insufficient, the Captain may authorize the opening of the sea valves when outside the U.S. territorial limits. The sea valves shall be in the closed position at all other times.

5. WASTE FUEL AND OIL. No petroleum-based oil or fuel may be discharged overboard at any time. The Captain is responsible for ensuring that: (1) the engine drip pan is drained as needed; and (2) the bilges are kept reasonable free of fuel and oil. Any discharge of fueld or oil will be immediately reported to the Coast Guard. Waste fuel and oil will be stored in sealed plastic containers until they can be discharged ashore in an approved waste oil tank or facility.

6. HAZARDOUS MATERIAL. All waste with potentially flammable characteristisc will be stored on deck in a sealed container.

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