ONE°15 Marina Club named Green Maritime Company of the Year
ONE°15 Marina Club, an ultimate lifestyle waterfront destination in Asia, was awarded the “Green Maritime Company of the Year” at the 11th edition of the Asia Boating Awards held on 1 May 2015. The award recognises the leisure marina businesses in Asia that have contributed to the protection of the environment.
Established by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines in 2005, the Asia Boating Awards is an annual event that acknowledges the best of the maritime industry in Asia and internationally. It also serves as a benchmark for the industry in the Asia-Pacific region. This year, the Awards saw nearly 200 industry leaders and VIPs from all around the world as the event kick-started with a range of Snow Leopard cocktails, followed by a 5-course dinner with Torres wine pairings and the presentation of the prestigious trophies, made of Baccarat crystal.
“We are thrilled to have achieved such high recognition for our efforts to protect the environment,” said Brian E. Werner, General Manager of ONE°15 Marina Club, commenting on the award win. “This is a testament to ONE°15’s eco-friendly practices and initiatives, and we will continue to display exemplary environmental stewardship for future generations to enjoy a cleaner Earth.”
Figure 1: Brian E. Werner (center), General Manager of ONE°15 Marina Club accepting the Green Maritime Company of the Year Award at the 11th Asia Boating Awards in Hong Kong.
[Photo: Asia-Pacific Boating]
Besides its recent win, ONE°15 Marina Club was also the first marina in the region to achieve the internationally-recognised certification for Environment Management, the ISO 14001, in 2007. This standard ensures consumers that products and services offered by the Club have the lowest possible environmental impact and that they comply with all environmental laws, regulations and other requirements. For example, pontoons around the Club’s marina are made from composite wood, a fully sustainable resource made from reclaimed wood and polymer, as opposed to timber.
The Club’s Environmental Policy pledges to operate a clean and sustainable marina with minimal pollution and waste. To achieve this, the Club offers a waste pump-out system to ensure that waste materials from vessels are not discharged into the waters. In addition, strict regulations in the Club’s byelaws prohibit boat-owners from activities that may disrupt the marine’s ecosystem, such as fishing or depositing pollutants. Designated washing areas for yachts also limit the contact between harmful washing liquids or detergent and the marine life.
In conjunction with its commitment to environmentally-friendly practices, ONE°15 Marina Club embarked on its own eco-initiative in 2008 – Project Perna – which involves the breeding of mussels, also known as Perna Viridis, under the marina pontoon. These mussels function as filter feeders, helping to remove pollutants from the waters and provide a source of food for the fishes within the marina.
Figure 2: The breeding of Perna Viridis, a species of green mussel, under the marina pontoon.
Additionally, ONE°15 Marina Club takes special efforts to preserve and calibrate the growth of the marina’s eco-system. This can be seen in its World Ocean Day Celebrations in 2009 when the Club collaborated with the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Department of Biological Sciences in a coral project to re-establish corals in the marina. The project involves the installation of small coral fragments, also known as “nubbins”, from healthy colonies to encourage the development of coral habitats.
Figure 3: Student from the NUS transferring corals into the marina.
Aside from keeping the marina pollutant-free with a thriving marine biosphere, the Club is also mindful about other aspects of conservation. For instance, the Club participates in the annual worldwide movement, Earth Hour, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF); in which it encouraged its hotel guests to switch off all non-essential lights for an hour.
About ONE°15 Marina Club
Since its inauguration in 2007, ONE°15 Marina Club is the winner of several international accolades including the Outstanding Hospitality Award at the Helm Magazine Singapore Yacht Show Awards 2013, Asian Marina of the Year consecutively from 2012 – 2014, Best Asian Marina/Best Yachting Club 2009 and the prestigious FIVE Gold Anchor Award. The Club also has the honour of hosting upscale international yachting events including the Clipper 2013 – 14 Round the World Yacht Race, the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09, Asia Superyacht Conference 2009 – 2011, Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference 2012 and 2013, the Asia Pacific Yachting Conference 2014 – 2015 and the Singapore Yacht Show 2011 – 2015. Located in Sentosa Cove, the prime leisure district of Singapore, ONE°15 Marina Club features a beautiful marina of 270 berths with facilities to accommodate megayachts of up to 200 feet. The well-appointed clubhouse encompasses world-class facilities including fine restaurants and bars, luxurious suite rooms, a modern spa, a well-equipped gymnasium, members’ and kids’ lounges as well as conference and meeting rooms. Evoking the glamour and elegance of Monte Carlo, ONE°15 Marina Club is Asia’s most desired waterfront leisure destination.
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