Pump it, don’t dump it is easier than ever now in Bonaire thanks to two recently installed state-of-the-art pump-out facilities at the Harbour Village Marina. The Marina, located just north of Kralendijk and a half-mile east of Klein Bonaire at the Harbour Village Beach Club Resort, offers 60 slips for yachts up to 150-foot.
“Yachts can simply come to either pump-out location and the Marina will provide the service,” says Francisco ‘Frank’ Gonzalez, managing director. “For boats staying in the Marina, the cost will be included in the dockage fee for an introductory time. For boats moored in the ‘Kralendijk Town Mooring’, there will be a charge per pump out of $40.00, until the moorings rates are increased, at which time the pump-out will be included in the mooring fee.”
The success of this project, says Gonzalez, requires that all boats be equipped with a holding tank and ‘Y’ valves to redirect sewage disposal overboard through a deck fitting. Boats without holding tanks are prohibited from discharging sewage while in the marina and are required to use the Marina bathrooms.
“Discharging sewage overboard can spread disease, harm marine life, impact nutrient levels in the water and compromise the coral reef. We hope that by providing onshore waste collection facilities, we can all start to make a difference, by Pumping it, instead of Dumping it,” says Gonzalez. www.harbourvillage.com/marina