Blue to green

By Giles Broadbent on October 29, 2008 11:20 AM |

By Andrew Williams

I’m setting sail from the calm blue waters of the Wharf next week to take a trip down to beautiful Bristol. I’m speaking at a conference about the nautical implications for the environment.

There could be lessons learned for many Wharfers whether they’re living on a barge in one of the nearby marinas, commuting via Thames Clippers, or just chucking pennies from the bridge over to West India Quay.

The Green Blue is an organisation which helps anyone associated with life on the ocean wave – whether for business or pleasure – consider the environmental implications of their actions.

The Green Blue was set up by the British Marine Federation and the Royal Yachting Association. It offers practical advice for boat owners on issues such as oil and fuel, managing waste, and the effect of boats on marine wildlife.

Its website,, also has a directory of key green service providers to the marine world.

Among the many patrons of the Green Blue is round the world yachtsman Mike Golding, whose boat is sponsored by the ethical cleaning brand Ecover. Mike hit the headlines a couple of years ago when he gave up a winning position in the Velux 5 Oceans race to rescue yachtsman Alex Thompson.

The conference covers a variety of topics. I’ll be doing a workshop on how to create green events and there is also an opportunity to see some amazing nautical history aboard the SS Great Britain.

We’re surrounded by seagoing heritage at the Wharf – from the SS Robin to the surviving dock buildings to the Thames itself. It’s great to see organisations like the Green Blue doing their best to preserve that heritage for future generations.

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