Schooner Cove upgraded

Schooner Cove Marina Manager Greg Dunn at the fuel dock where some brand new gas dispensers have been installed at the marina.  - Brenda Gough Photo
Schooner Cove Marina Manager Greg Dunn at the fuel dock where some brand new gas dispensers have been installed at the marina.
— image credit: Brenda Gough Photo

Some upgrades to Schooner Cove Marina last month will not only improve security but will also bring the facility closer to obtaining Green Marina certification.

Marina Manager Greg Dunn said a new camera system was installed to help monitor activity on and around the docks. He said although they are mainly a deterrent, the cameras can deliver good quality images of people going up and down the ramp and will help prevent theft at the facility.

“If we need to we can give images to the RCMP which helps them get evidence in their hands,” he stated.

He said the increased security followed a crime spree last year that also went through French Creek and Beachcomber marinas.

Dunn, who organized a meeting with the other marina owners and the RCMP to address the issue, admitted the biggest thing the police brought to the table was that crimes are generally by opportunity and locking things away is the best prevention for theft.  He said they have also added extra security patrols on the docks and the headlands.

The marina in Nanoose Bay also underwent some important upgrades that make it more environmentally friendly as it works towards implementing a marine industry program that encourages participants to go beyond regulatory compliance and implement a process of continuous environmental improvement that will lead to excellence and leadership.

Green Marine is a joint Canada-U.S. initiative that requires participants to voluntarily adopt green practices and technologies.  Dunn admitted there are several requirements the marina must meet before they get the certification and more work will be done in the future as they move towards that.

He said they are three years into the program and in the spring the re-floatation of B dock was completed using green technology.

He said putting encapsulated foam under docks is an improvement over the old foam blocks which break down and deteriorate. Dunn said the new material has a thick plastic membrane that doesn’t allow the marine environment to break it down and eventually it will be used throughout the facility as they work towards meeting the requirements for Green Marine certification.

Another part of reducing the marina’s environmental foot print included the completion of the Zinc Anode program for 2011. Just before Christmas West Coast Diving was on site to carry out the work. The program has been ongoing for five years, where zinc anodes are attached to piles as a sacrificial metal, similar to zinc attached to underwater metal surfaces on boats. Dunn said it helps prevent corrosion of other metals in the water.

The installation of new fuel pumps at the fuel dock also took place last month. The marina now has two new Gasboy double dispensers with new piping and hanging hardware.

“The old pumps were 15 to 20 years old.  They were definitely showing their age to the point that maintenance staff couldn’t get parts to repair them,” he said.

Dunn stated the upgrade to their fueling facility has improved service to both long-term and transient customers and boat owners are happy with the improvements. He said Schooner Cove Marina is one of the real hearts of the local community, and Fairwinds will continue to invest the necessary funds into the facility as they plan for the future Schooner Cove Village.


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