Tell-tale dye shows up a dump

Green trail gives the game away!
Industry Database

POLLUTION: A tell-tale dye system that shows if a boat discharges it's toilet or holding tank in the wrong place could well catch on in Europe. Gary Sutcliffe, operations director of LeeSan (the marine sanitation and pump-out equipment specialists), reports on a new trend in the USA.

The scheme is simple: all it takes is a very nice man from the harbour master's office to greet a vessel, ask permission to come onboard and deposit a non-toxic green dye tablet in every toilet on the boat.

Any 'discharge' will surround the offending vessel in a nice bright green ring.

Although there aren't any concrete plans to bring it to the UK as yet, the simple and innovative system has proved effective - in one day alone last year 24 boats were fined for discharging overboard on Florida's Intracoastal Waterway.

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