Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Port of San Diego Hosting Hull Paint Expo

As part of its ongoing initiative regarding eco-friendly hull paint for boats, the Port of San Diego is inviting members of the area’s boating community to a special expo where they can learn about the hull paints and grant funding available to help make the switch from copper-based paint.

The third annual Eco-Friendly Hull Paint Expo is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon March 16, 2013, at the Shelter Island Boat Yard, 2330 Shelter Island Drive in San Diego.

During the event, the boating community will be provided information on hull paints that protect a boat’s hull while reducing the paint’s environmental impact. Paint manufacturers, Port of San Diego staff members and representatives of San Diego Bay boatyards are expected to be at the expo to answer questions and provide hull paint demonstrations.

The port recently announced new financial incentives available through a State Water Resources Control Board grant. Shelter Island Yacht Basin boaters may qualify to save between 60 to 75 percent on hull painting costs in addition to cost offsets to remove copper hull paint, according to the port.

Grant funds are available through June 30, 2014, or until the funds are exhausted. Funding is limited to boat owners within the Shelter Island Yacht Basin.

For more information about the expo or to apply for the program, visit sandiegobaycopperreduction.org, or contact the port’s Environmental and Land Use Management department at (619) 686-6254 or hullpainttransition@portofsandiego.org.