By John Smith •
Published: 19 Apr 2021 • 14:15
23 years of flying the Blue Flag of Excellence
Credit: Marinas del Mediterráneo
THE Marinas del Mediterráneo Group which manages the marinas of Estepona and La Duquesa is to install solar energy to heat water for the ports’ toilets and showers.
This is part of its long-term commitment to improve the environmental quality of its nautical facilities which has seen it continuing to collaborate with Environmental and Consumer Education Association (ADEAC), the organisation responsible for the Blue Flag Programme in Spain.
As environmental demands change so does the management and operation of the facilities and both marinas have earned blue flags for 23 consecutive years achieving passes in information and environmental education, safety and service and environmental management.
Marinas run by Mediterranean Marinas have ISO standard in place, 14001 solid waste and landfill management policy as well as clean recycling points, and access to dispose of hazardous waste.
According to the Chief Operating Officer of the Mediterranean Marine Group, Alejandro Suanes; “With good management of a marina you can optimise resources so that all maintenance is planned and organised, which decreases the corrective maintenance required”.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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