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The Clean Superyacht & Marina - Campaign

Superyachts of all sizes can produce a lot of rubbish/garbage, this is strictly managed when at sea. However when in port, regulation asks for Marinas and Shipyards to provide 'Adequate Reception Facilities'.

This rather loose term allows for some marinas to provide reception facilities that do not provide credible recycling bins or stations.

To make matters worse, the contracts that marinas have with their municipal supplier are not always transparent and sometimes can lead to recycling being taken to landfill. Or burned illegally.

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The Clean Superyacht & Marina Campaign has been set up to investigate current facilities in worldwide Superyacht marinas and to hopefully start a conversation with marina operators to improve the current facilities and contracts. 


During his day job running Superyacht Rubbish, founder of the campaign, David Gates has spoken to hundreds of operational crew. Feedback from the crew has proven to be the same, again and again! 

Complaints stem around 3 main issues:


> The marina does not have recycling bins/facilities.

> If the marina has recycling facilities, sometimes one lorry comes and mixes up the recycling. Leaving many crews wondering why they bother to sort in the first place!

> Marina waste management contracts tend to be private. Hence no one knows where and how their waste is being processed.

In addition to recycling and general waste management, we will also be looking at black/grey water facilities and shore power generation.

The key aims of the Campaign are to focus on Communication, Responsibility & Traceability


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Founder, Team & Ambassadors

David Gagates Save Our Oceans

David Gates - Founder & MD of Superyacht Rubbish 

Founder of The Clean Superyacht Marina Campaign & Owner of Complete Yacht Solutions Ltd, including Superyacht Rubbish the leading waste management supplier in the maritime and in the particular Superyacht market.

David started the Clean Superyacht Marina Campaign to start a conversation with marinas, refit yard, Superyacht crew and the wider Superyacht community. With the idea to improve the relationship between Marinas/Refit yards to something better than we currently find it.

"Following years of dock walking, talking to superyacht crews, I have heard many issues brought up by Superyacht Crew about things they would like to improve. One of these revolved around onboard waste management practises not marrying up to the facilities that they find in marinas and refit yards.

The first stage of the campaign is to survey marinas & Superaychts, to look into what facilities, contracts with waste providers. The second stage is to work with marinas to come up with a system that makes sense, maximises the facilities, improves signage into a easy to understand system, that I would love to see rolled out across all marinas and refit yards.

One thing is for sure, as an industry we produce a lot of waste and we need to get better at dealing with it. Hopefully, the campaign will help to move this particular industry into a more agreeable space."

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Kate Gates - Co-Founder & Head of Design

An Interior Designer, Kate is David's better half and she is the Design Manager and Project Manager for the campaign. With over 10+ years of experience working in Commerical Design across the world, experience key design software, project management, Kate is a key cog of the campaign.

Kate is passionate about her family, the environment and anything that can leave the world in a better place than we find it now.

David's words

"Without Kates support, the Clean Superyacht Marina Campaign would not be happening. I am looking forward to the key design and project management role that she will contribute to the campaign."

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Gemma Harris

Ambassador of The Clean Superyacht Marina Campaign, Yacht Crew and Seastainable Yachting

Gemma is the boss of Seastainable Yachting a purpose-driven platform creating change in the yachting industry, from the bottom up. Seastainable was fuelled by her time spent on the world's oceans and a passion for conserving them, wanting to leave the industry better than she found it.


It is a platform, currently, which provides resources to make running a boat more sustainable and to make that process a simple and easy one for yacht crew. Through the platform, the Seastainable community is growing day by day with ambassadors showing how it is viable to make sustainable changes, using Seastainable resources and advice. 

Davids words:

"Gemma shares many of the same broad bush beliefs as the Campaign. With a wealth of experience in the market as yacht crew, her input, assistance means I wanted to welcome her as the first ambassador of The Clean Superyacht & Marina Campaign." 

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