Clean Marine Solutions, LLC

Clean Marine Solutions, LLC

Clean Marine Solutions, LLC and its associates bring decades of experience to the challenge of bringing affordable, reliable, easy to operate and easy to permit power-wash wastewater recycle systems. These associates possess key skills in water treatment chemistry, programmable logic controller programming, electrical and electronic design and manufacture, steel and plastic welding and treatment system design and manufacture. In 2009 Clean Marine Solutions received the largest North Carolina Green Business Fund Grant (NCGBF) in the environmental category. The North Carolina Board of Science and Technology administers the grant. The board reviewed 300 proposals. Fourteen grants were awarded.

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2925-31 Boundary Street , Wilmington , North Carolina 28405 USA
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Business Type:
Industry Type:
Water Treatment
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)

There were four companies that were honored to have their proposals fully-funded:

  • Semprius Inc.
  • North Carolina State University’s Solar Center
  • Charlotte, NC’s Regional Biofuel Facility
  • Clean Marine Solutions, LLC

Clean Marine Solutions is very proud to have our company logo alongside such stellar institutions.

The NCGBF grant boosted CMS’s ability to extensively test and refine our Marina Power-Wash Wastewater Recycle System. It also provided funds to develop a power-washing compliance template clearly laying out for boatyard and marina owners what they needed to do in order to be bring their power-washing operations into compliance with government regulations.

Clean Marine Solutions took on the delicate role of trying to satisfy the requirements of two entities that have traditionally been at odds with each other: environmental compliance authorities on one side and boatyard and marina owners on the other.

We were successful in breaking the log-jam.

On July 1, 2010, Specialty Boatworks in Brunswick County received a letter from the NCDWQ notifying that their “Deemed Permitted” request had been approved. Specialty bought our VANISH 300 and used our Environmental Compliance Plan Template.

Excerpt from Letter from NC Division of Water Quality, July 1, 2010:

In accordance with NC State Administrative Code 15A NCAC 02T, effective September 1, 2006, the recycle system at Specialty Boatworks meets the requirements of Section .1003(a) for systems to be deemed permitted. The recycle system at Specialty Boatworks is not required to apply for a closed loop recycle permit provided that the facility continues to comply with the requirements of 15A NCAC 02T .1000.

“Deemed Permitted” status means that Specialty did not have to go through the costly and lengthy recycle permitting process. Several permitting experts shared that the full permitting process could take up to a year and cost over $8,000. Specialty only had to pay for a stamp to mail our customized compliance plan to the NCDWQ.

Alan Rusher, President of Specialty Boatworks in Wilmington, North Carolina sums it up in his comments about his VANISH 300:

“We really like the VANISH system. It is so easy to maintain and operate that it is almost fool-proof. Specialty Boatworks is proud to be the first boatyard in North Carolina to have their power-washing recycling operations permitted by the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Incidentally, permitting was easy. We used Clean Marine Solutions compliance template. Authorities came to our yard to observe the system and our operations. We received a letter of compliance from NCDENR within a week. And perhaps best of all, because the system is so easy to operate, they did not require us to have a licensed wastewater operator on staff.”

Clean Marine Solutions VANISH 300 system has been featured in articles in the following international marine publications:

  • Professional Boatbuilder (August/ September issue)
  • Marina World  (January / February 2010)

We are also grateful for the help and support of:

  • Marina owners who provided invaluable feedback on the development of our prototype
  • The North Carolina Department of Environmental Resources
  • The North Carolina Division of Water Quality
  • The North Carolina Department of Commerce
  • The University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Chemistry Department
  • The University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Small Business and Technology and Development Center
  • NC Boating Industry Services
  • Dr. Mark Fonseca, National Oceanic and  Atmospheric Administration, Beaufort, NC
  • Dr. Fred Yost, chemistry instructor at Carteret Community College, Morehead City, NC

Clean Marine Solutions’ mission is to help wastewater generators become compliant the Federal Clean Water Act by offering affordable and easy to use wastewater treatment and recycle systems.

Our average customer spends about $300 annually on service and supply costs. We do not know of any competitor system that can beat our service and supply costs.

Our mission is also to build a system that leads the industry in removing toxins in  wastewater.

We also assist with permitting. In North Carolina, the only boatyards that are legally washing boats have a VANISH System and we wrote their permit.

We are proud that we have reduced permitting costs in North Carolina by about $9,000,

We build manual treatment systems for small wastewater generators that start below $2,000.

Clean Marine Solutions will help you decide what size system you need so that you get the Best Bang for Your Buck.

In achieving our mission goals we are proud to be a part of reversing decades of environmental degradation caused by the flow of toxic power-wash wastewater into our precious and fragile waterways.

One example of how we are hitting our goals:

A CMS VANISH300 System was selected as part of an effort to help boatyards and marinas on San Francisco Bay to  become compliant with the Federal Clean Water Act.

San Francisco Baykeeper, an environmental non-profit, 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’ VANISH300 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.

And incredibly,  permitting in California was the easiest we have encountered.