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PaulB
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Dumping the holding tanks
      #1684233 - 02/14/16 12:01 PM (97.77.25.2)

I have read that it is acceptable to dump the holding tanks when at least 1000 yards off shore which doesn't seem nearly far enough to me but if that is the rule so be it. I am not opposed to spending the money or taking a little extra time to find a pump out location. Does anyone else do this? If so, where can I find different places to pump out? The only one I have come across is Nanny Cay.

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SteveInMD
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Re: Dumping the holding tanks [Re: PaulB]
      #1684235 - 02/14/16 12:24 PM (108.48.85.32)

I usually try to dump the tanks more than the 1000 yards out if possible.

Working pumpout stations are not at all common.


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henryv
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Re: Dumping the holding tanks [Re: SteveInMD]
      #1684246 - 02/14/16 02:20 PM (204.237.0.126)

You want to provide the maximum opportunity for dissipation away from swimming and snorkelling areas. It helps to give consideration to where the wind is blowing the surface waters.

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GeorgeC1
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Re: Dumping the holding tanks [Re: henryv]
      #1684252 - 02/14/16 03:23 PM (108.213.0.118)

Depending on your charter company the tanks may be wired open so you may not have a choice. There are functionally no pump out stations.
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Pvgreg
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Re: Dumping the holding tanks [Re: GeorgeC1]
      #1684280 - 02/14/16 06:20 PM (72.211.238.253)

On my last Moorings charter the valves were zip tied so that the holding tanks could not be used. My understanding was that The Moorings was going to erect a pump out facility but not sure if that is in place yet. In fact, only Tortola has a sewage system for land based waste water. Some residences in the BVI have septic systems but most beach adjacent properties waste water flows directly into the ocean.

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Yachtmaster
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Re: Dumping the holding tanks [Re: Pvgreg]
      #1684282 - 02/14/16 06:45 PM (209.59.90.197)

Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour has a functioning pump-out facility. It is at the fuel dock. Costs $75.00 to pump out. Who knows what is done with the sewage after it is pumped out....??

Last time I checked, Nanny Cay has a pump-out facility on the fuel dock, but it was not operational......

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GeorgeC1
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Re: Dumping the holding tanks [Re: Yachtmaster]
      #1684287 - 02/14/16 07:00 PM (108.213.0.118)

All the Moorings boats should have a working holding tank system and you should be briefed on how to use the system. I have been on multiple moorings boats in the last two years and they have all worked. The Moorings system is super easy to use on most of their cats if not all. One valve in each hull. Closed to use the tanks or open to dump or not use the tanks.
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NoelHall
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Re: Dumping the holding tanks [Re: GeorgeC1]
      #1684300 - 02/14/16 08:54 PM (173.8.230.194)

I have to ask at Voyage to have the Y valves switched to the holding tanks, otherwise they are set to empty directly into the water.

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GlennAModerator
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Re: Dumping the holding tanks [Re: NoelHall]
      #1684303 - 02/14/16 09:43 PM (70.177.24.32)

I have been trying to avoided this thread but having testified before a House subcommittee on Type III MSDs I have done quite a bit of research on the subject.

I must say there is no safe place to dump a full holding tank anywhere between the North and South Drops. There are no operable pump out facilities on Tortola because anything that passes through them is discharged with virtually no treatment about 400 yards off Slaney Point along with 80% of the islands other sewage.

To make the best of a bad situation, dilution is the best solution. It is best to leave the tank open to the sea while underway until entering an anchorage then leave it closed until at least 1000 yards off shore in more than 200 feet depth. The reason for the depth is to allow solids to disburse. It will be consumed by bottom feeders. (Remember that when you chow down on some conch fridders or Lobsta ) Fresh water bacterial will be killed off fairly quickly in the ocean. The big problem is nitrogen. Nitrogen stimulates the algae that smothers coral and can persist in strong concentration for miles. Think about your location and the currents before opening the tank. Where will the nitrogen end up? On the Indians? Monkey Point?

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Edited by GlennA (02/14/16 09:48 PM)


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Pvgreg
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Re: Dumping the holding tanks [Re: GlennA]
      #1684306 - 02/14/16 10:13 PM (72.211.238.253)

"Dilution is the solution to pollution." I think one of my sailing teachers said that during an off shore class when explaining the minimum 3 mile distance required from US shores to dump the holding tanks.

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