Oil Spill Prevention

Nearly 85 percent of the 29 million gallons of petroleum that enter North American ocean waters each year as a result of human activities comes from land-based runoff, polluted rivers, airplanes, small boats and jet skis.

When you host your event, make sure that all powerboats are equipped with the proper technology to prevent these small spills – fuel collars, bilge sponges, fueling spill pads. Ensure staff and volunteers are educated on the proper way to refuel their tanks. Not sure yourself? BoatUS has an online course to refresh your memory. (Hint: keep the oil away from the water.)

In case of a larger accident, coordinate with larger boats and other organizations that keep containment booms onsite. 

To fulfill this Best Practice do at least one of the following:

  • Provide all motorboats with ONE bilge sponge and ONE fueling spill pad.
  • Create “Safe Refueling Areas” and ensure proper training to all staff.
  • Coordinate with nearby organizations or marinas to have emergency plan in case of large oil spill emergency.