Best Management Practices (BMPs) for shipyards are designed to minimize water quality impacts. Operations and maintenance activities at boatyards are potential sources of a wide range of pollutants including sediments, heavy metals, antifoulants, hydrocarbons, solvents, antifreeze, acids and alkalis, surfactants, nutrients, bacteria, floatables and plastics.  Some of these pollutants – particularly heavy metals, solvents and hydrocarbons – may be toxic to aquatic life at low concentrations. 

Environmental Concerns

Operations and maintenance activities at the Charleston Shipyard facility include vessel maintenance and repair, vessel storage, waste disposal, fuel handling, solid waste handling, structural maintenance, vessel work areas and storm water management. These activities are potential sources of a wide range of pollutants. It is the intent of Port staff to operate this facility under Best Management Practices (BMPs) and in an environmentally responsible manner. It is the responsibility of every user of the Charleston Shipyard facility to comply with published operating BMPs. 

 It is the responsibility of the Charleston Harbormaster to enforce the contents of this document. 

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