Environmental Resources for Marine Industry Businesses

  • Maine Marine Environmental Compliance Guide

    Operational guidance specific to most common activities in boatyards and marinas.

  • Office of Innovation and Assistance

    Housed within the Office of the DEP Commissioner, the Office of Innovation and Assistance (OIA) provides the regulated community and general public a centralized place within the department to seek guidance and answers on Maine’s environmental regulations, laws, and policies. One of the top priorities of OIA is to increase environmental literacy, ensuring all Mainers are better stewards of our environment and natural resources. OIA staff are available to work with the general public, municipalities, businesses, and non-profits to address any questions and concerns that may arise, or to receive ideas for the department to better partner with the community.

  • Air Emission Compliance Tool

    A Self-Assessment Compliance Tool to Determine Air Emission License/Regulation Applicability for Boat Building and Repair Production Activities. This tool will help you track your production activities and self-determine if you may need a license.

  • Antifouling Paint Contaminated Wash Water Permit

    The Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection requires a general permit for the discharge of antifouling paint contaminated wash water. Information - including permit language and supporting documents and forms - is available at this site.

  • Department of Environmental Protection

    DEP Home Page

  • BoatUS Article on Boat Cleaners

    BoatUS researches and tests the cleaning power and environmental impacts of a number of popular cleaning compounds, boat soaps, and cleansers.

  • DEP Training and Webinars

    For a list of Maine DEP training events and recorded webinars.

  • Globally Harmonized System Training Video

    This 24 minute video will provide a general overview of the Globally Harmonized System for Material Safety Data Sheets. Click on the Maine Community College System link in the 7th paragraph. You will find the video about half way down the page

  • Handbook for Hazardous Waste Generators

    Hazardous Waste Generators are regulated in the State of Maine regardless of the volume of waste they generate. However, there are fewer waste management requirements if a site generates or stores a small volume of hazardous waste.

  • National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants

    This page on Maine DEP's web site provides information about NESHAP and should be useful to any facility that is engaged in the spray application of various coatings as well as those who use a variety of products that emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

  • Solvent Contaminated Wiper Policy

    In 2013 US EPA published new rules regarding solvent contaminated wipers. This link will take you to their web site which contains a number of useful links with regard to the new rule.

  • Universal Waste Handbook

    February 2015 A universal waste is a hazardous waste that is widely generated. Individuals and small businesses that do not typically generate other hazardous waste generate these wastes. Very often, universal wastes end up in local landfills and town dumps. In an attempt to encourage recycling and reduce the amount of these wastes that are disposed of in an inappropriate manner, the State of Maine amended the Hazardous Waste Management Rules* to include a category called Universal Wastes.

Safety Resources For Marine Industry Businesses

  • OSHA Recordkeeping Regulations

    As of January 1, 2015, all employers must report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours. All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations and all losses of an eye within 24 hours. You can report to OSHA by Calling OSHA's free and confidential number at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Calling your closest Area Office during normal business hours. Or report using the Serious Event Online Reporting Form at https://www.osha.gov/pls/ser/serform.html.

  • OSHA - Water Rest Shade - Heat Safety Campaign

    You will find excellent resources here to help keep employees safe during hot summer months.

  • Worker Injury Data

    The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards has created a new, searchable database of worker injuries using Tableau visualizations that provides a true benchmark in terms of injury numbers and associated costs.

  • Maine Department of Labor Safety Works!

    SafetyWorks! can help you prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths and reduce related costs. Their services are free and confidential.

Resources For Boaters

  • Maine Boating Laws

    Boater's Guide to Maine Boating Laws and Responsibilities: the pdf includes safety information, basic navigation rules, examples of navigational buoys and markers, personal watercraft rules, invasive species prevention, and more.

  • Maine Boat Registration and Fees

    Requirements and exemptions for state registration. Includes information on where and how to register or renew existing registration.

  • Coast Guard Laws and Regulations

    The official website of the US Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division including topics such as vessel safety checks, carbon monoxide danger, engine cut-off switch law, accident reporting, and more.

  • Boat Ownership Guide from Discover Boating

    Discover Boating features extensive resources for boat owners regarding boat maintenance, storage, towing and trailering, insurance. boating etiquette, and safety training.

  • Maine Guide to Boating Safety and Educational Programs

    Maine Inland Fish & Wildlife provides links to boater safety classes including and online paddlesports safety class.

  • Maine DEP Guide to Waste Pumpout Stations and Coastal No Discharge Zones

    An interactive map from Maine DEP's Bureau of Water Quality

  • Visiting Maine Islands Via Boat

    The Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) provides guidelines for respectfully going ashore on certain Maine islands that are part of an extensive coastal "trail" system. Maine’s islands are a remote and visiting them safely requires diligence, knowledge, observation, and preparation. MITA is a membership organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the wild islands of coastal Maine.

  • Maine Lakes Environmental Association Courtesy Boat Inspectors

    Courtesy Boat Inspectors are are an important line of defense to help protect Maine waters from invasive species such as Eurasian milfoil.

  • Marine Animal Reporting Hotline

    Information to report a live, dead, stranded, or entangled whale, dolphin, porpoise, seal, or sea turtle.

  • Tips for Eco Friendly Boating

    From Discover Boating: "Protecting the environment and following sustainable boating best practices takes a conscious effort by all of us and it starts with how we boat, where we boat, and the products we use on our boats"

Educational Resources

  • The Landing School

    Accredited education from The Landing School reinforces and preserves traditional design and construction methods while advancing the art of boat building, design and maintenance through the integration of modern techniques and contemporary materials. The marine industry values this unique training and has lauded The Landing School internationally with a reputation for graduates of exceptional quality.

  • American Boat and Yacht Council

    ABYC's nationally accredited certification program provides standards-based, continuing technical education for marine technicians throughout the industry.

  • SafetyWorks

    The Maine Department of Labor offers a diverse array of services to Maine workers, employers, and job seekers with the mission of promoting the economic well being of the labor force and employers, attracting and retaining a wide range of employment opportunities, promoting independence and lifelong learning, fostering economic stability, and ensuring the safe and fair treatment of all people on the job.

  • Maine Ocean School (High School)

    An ocean-themed public high school with curriculum focused on Maine's maritime connection, with an emphasis on leadership, work ethic, and the transferable skills associated with careers involving the ocean.

  • The Apprenticeshop

    The Apprenticeshop is about inspiring personal growth through craftsmanship, community, and traditions of the sea. In line with this mission, hundreds of apprentices, interns, volunteers, and visitors have passed through our doors and left changed, just as hundreds of wooden boats have left the shop floor for new lives on the water.

Business Resources

  • FEMA - Business Continuity Plan

    Hurricanes happen! Along with all sorts of disasters - natural and manmade. The time for planning to survive and recover from a disaster is now - before it happens. FEMA has some excellent information to share on their web site that can help you plan - and then recover!

  • Maine PTAC Procurement Technical Assistance Center

    The Maine PTAC is part of a nationwide network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, or PTAC's, that helps Maine small businesses obtain government contracts with the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, state and local governments and federal prime contractors. Let us show you how we are Maine’s Best Government Market Business Resource.

  • WorkShare

    WorkShare is an unemployment option that helps businesses retain their workforce during a temporary slowdown in work. The program allows employers to voluntarily reduce the hours of staff in lieu of layoffs. Employees of the business are allowed to collect a partial unemployment benefit to help them offset the loss of income.

Employers & Job-Seekers

  • Maine CareerCenter

    CareerCenter home page – services available for employers, job seekers and workforce development professionals.

  • JobsInME.com

    This site provides services for employers who would like to post job listings and people who are looking for employment opportunities in Maine.

  • O*NET OnLine

    The O*NET system serves as the nation's primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.


Promoting Growth, Prosperity, &
Cooperation Within the Marine
Industry in Maine

Promoting Growth, Prosperity, &
Cooperation Within the Marine
Industry in Maine