The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders is expected to enter into agreements with Seaside Park, Brick Township, and the Barnegat Bay Decoy and Baymen’s Museum in Tuckerton, for the operation of the boats.
Ocean County provides $20,000 per boat to cover costs such as maintenance, fuel and the salaries of captains. Meanwhile, the Ocean County Utilities Authority reimburses the County for half of the operational costs of the program.
More than 6,200 boaters accessed Ocean County’s free pumpout boat service during the 2014 boating season, making certain more than 128,000 gallons of waste water was properly treated and disposed.
Ocean County’s pumpout boats are specially equipped vessels capable of emptying the on-board toilets and tanks of other boats, thus keeping waste from entering the bay.
Ocean County unveiled its sixth boat on June 27, 2014. The newest boat, which is operated by Brick Township, is a 23-foot boat with a 420 gallon holding tank. The fleet of six boats covers different areas of the bay throughout Ocean County.
The boats typically operate from Memorial Day weekend to the first week of October and can be contacted by using VHF Radio Channel 9.