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Chemicals on board your boat

Tuesday 4 December 2018

Beware of chemicals on board your boat... protect the marine environment.

Barrels of toxic chemicals

Chemicals are carried on vessels in bulk as cargo or in containers, barrels, and gas cylinders. There are also a range of chemicals found in a boat's stores and equipment, such as pesticides, acids, and cleaning agents.

You can reduce the likelihood of chemicals leaking into the marine environment by:

  • Using clean water for everyday deck scrubbing.
  • Checking chemical safety data sheets to determine if the chemical is safe to use.
  • Reading the product information panel before deciding on a chemical cleaner.
  • Making sure dangerous goods are packaged, marked, labelled, and stowed according to the dangerous goods regulations.

Read more about protecting our marine environment.