Clean Marine Solutions Customer MarineMax – Wrightsville Beach granted “Deemed Permitted” status by the NC Department of Environmental Resources

The North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (NCDENR) has granted “Deemed Permitted Status” to MarineMax-Wrightsville Beach.

“Deemed Permitted” means that MarineMax did not have to go through the expensive and time consuming full-permitting process. (An environmental consulting company quoted $10,000 to complete the full recycles permitting process!)

Thousands of savings will continue to be realized at MarineMax because the NCDENR waived the standard requirement that a licensed wastewater operator run the system.

Many industries produce wastewater. The only facilities in the state of North Carolina that have been Deemed Permitted use Clean Marine Solutions’ VANISH systems.

Click below to see the letter from the NCDENR conferring deemed permitted status to Marine Max.

MarineMax- Deemed Permitted with VANISH system from Clean Marine Solutions

Clean Marine Solutions selected to help with clean up of San Francisco Bay

Clean Marine Solutions’ VANISH™ Wastewater Treatment & Recycling System has been selected as part of an effort to help boatyards and marinas on San Francisco Bay become compliant with the Federal Clean Water Act.

San Francisco Baykeeper, an environmental non-profit, works to reverse the environmental degradation of the past and promote new strategies and policies to protect the water quality of the San Francisco Bay. Baykeeper provided funding to the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center in Sausalito to redesign its facility with cutting-edge pollution control measures. To this end, Spaulding purchased Clean Marine Solutions’ VANISH™ Wastewater Treatment & Recycling System. The Spaulding Center will use the VANISH to educate local boatyard and marina owners on how to reduce pollution of the Bay from boat repair and maintenance operations.

Rapid Rise Wastewater Containment Pads

Click link to download to view more information and short video –  Rapid Rise Containment Pads

Rapid Rise Portable Containment Pads are Tough and Portable

They are designed to take the wear and tear of driving 18 – wheelers on and off the pad.

The military buys thousands of theses pads to collect wastewater generated from powerwashing tanks and trucks

Boats and Vehicles can drive in from any angle, with no sidewall set-up or take-down required.

The foam ring around the top perimeter of the Containment Berm rises with the water

Helps meet EPA Container Storage Regulation 40 CFR 264.175 and SPCC requirements



North Carolina’s First Boatyard to have their Powerwash Recycling Operations Permitted and in Environmental Compliance

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North Carolina’s First Boatyard to have their Powerwash Recycle Operations Permitted and in Environmental Compliance

Specialty Boatworks, 262 Battleship Road, Bellville, NC is the first in the state to have its powerwashing operations brought onto environmental compliance and permitted by North Carolina Department of Natural and Environmental Resources Division of Water Quality.

Specialty Boatworks purchased a VANISH 300™ Marina Wastewater Recycle System from Clean Marine Solutions in July, 2010. Specialty Boatworks requested and received “Deemed Permitted” status per NC State Administrative Code 15A NCAC 02T.

“Deemed Permitted” status means that Specialty Boatworks did not have to go through the expensive full permitting process.

Using Clean Marine Solutions’ VANISH 300 and Closed-Loop Recycle Environmental Compliance Plan it only cost Specialty the price of a stamp to receive a permit. An environmental consulting company estimated that Specialty saved over $8,000 by not having to go through the full recycle permitting process. Thousands of savings will continue to be realized at Specialty because compliance authorities waived the standard requirement that a licensed wastewater operator run the system. This is another key advantage of the VANISH 300 that sets it above the competition.


Click link below to Listen to ProBoat Blog Radio Archive to Hear a Discussion of Environmental Issues Facing Boatyards and Marinas

What are the benefits of environmental compliance?   What are the challenges?

Click link to here Barbara Jean Walsh of Professional BoatBuilder magazine interview David Flagler of Clean Marine Solutions.

David will also tell you how to build a wastewater containment pad for under $400. This pad works great until you can afford a more permanent containment pad.

CMS Awarded NC Green Business Fund Grant


Clean Marine Solutions, LLC (CMS) has been awarded a North Carolina Green Business Fund Grant of $84,600 to fund their business concept that offers an affordable solution for boat yards and marinas to meet environmental compliance standards. The grant is administered by the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology.  Governor Bev Perdue announced the award at a press conference at the corporate headquarters of Innovatech in Morrisville, NC on August 7.

Governor Perdue and David Flagler at the NC Green Business Fund Award Winners Announcement Ceremony


David Flagler, Clean Marine Solutions President, says the goal of the project is to reduce the negative environmental impact caused by discharge of copper-laden, toxic wastewater that is generated from power washing boats. “Our unique ‘no-discharge’ prototype reduces a 50 gallon drum of toxic wastewater to less than a cup of dry particulate that is easily permitted for disposal.”

CMS, based in Wilmington, North Carolina, designs and manufactures wastewater treatment systems and offers environmental compliance consulting services for marine service facilities that decide to take the next step in their “Go Green” initiatives and bring their power wash operations in alignment with the Federal Clean Water Act.

“Copper is the most common heavy metal found in marina waters,” Flagler says. “It negatively impacts the marine eco-system in a variety of ways.”

For example, a healthy oyster removes oxygen-depleting nitrogen as it filters more than 50 gallons of water a day. But copper reduces the natural cleansing ability of oysters and other mollusks, and affects their ability to reproduce.

“The impact of toxic wastewater discharge increases exponentially as mollusks and algae are eaten by animals higher on the food chain,” says Flagler.


There are presently few service boat yards or marinas in North Carolina, and relatively few nation-wide, whose power washing operations are in compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act.

According to Flagler, the grant will provide money for custom systems at four North Carolina marine service facilities.   The goal of Clean Marine Solutions is to help boat yards and marinas comply with the Federal Clean Water Act.

Flagler was formerly a tenured professor and director of the Marine Education and Training Center at Honolulu Community College, University of Hawai’i. He is also the former director of the North Carolina Marine Training and Education Center at Carteret Community College.

Flagler studied chemistry at the University of North Carolina and conducted his first experiments in marine wastewater treatment at Cape Fear Community College 20 years ago.

For sixteen years, he taught hands-on classes in the broad array of skills necessary to manufacture and service pleasure craft and trained marina operators and students in environmental compliance and marine wastewater treatment system operation.