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January February 2020 Marina World

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TRAINING, EDUCATION & CERTIFICATION recreational boating industry matures and continues to grow strongly in this region of Asia it is vital that high environmental standards and practices become the norm. If this were not the case, the quality of the boating experience would diminish over time and industry growth suffer.” Royal Phuket also continues to hold Global Gold Anchor accreditation as a 5 Gold Anchor marina. First in Thailand for environmental accreditation Royal Phuket Marina has achieved accreditation under the International Clean Marina programme. It is the first in Thailand to achieve this recognition. Clean Marina accreditation, which is administered by the Marina Industries Association (MIA), is based on a site assessment by an independent auditor using a 103 point checklist developed by industry and government specialists in Australia. The audit includes inspections of mechanical activities, boat maintenance and storage, fuelling, Gold Anchor heads for North America The Marine Recreation Association (MRA) of the USA and the Australia-based Marina Industries Association (MIA) have together launched the Global Gold Anchor programme in North America. Gold Anchor was first developed in the UK in 1988 by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA). In 2009, the MIA launched its own programme and in 2013 the two associations set up a single Global Gold Anchor programme. Two marinas in California - Westpoint Harbor Marina (San Francisco) and Safe Harbor Cabrillo Isle (San Diego) - have become the first to participate. Both are now Gold Anchor accredited marinas and half a dozen more are in line for assessment. Over the next two years, a steady stream of marinas is expected to apply for certification and a pool of trained assessors will be established to deliver the programme. MIA president Andrew Chapman described the collaboration as a particularly exciting development for facility and waste management, workshop, risk management and emergency planning, and boater education. A detailed written report is provided to the marina following the site audit. MIA chairman, Andrew Chapman, said the accreditation of Royal Phuket Marina is very significant. “As the the global industry. “MIA and TYHA are very pleased to have MRA providing the structure to expand the programme into the US and beyond. MIA will be working closely with MRA and participating members over the coming two years to ensure the programme is successfully rolled out and fully aligned with the global programme that is established across 27 countries.” MRA president Scott Robertson said in November 2019 that the recent MRA Educational and Trade Conference in La Jolla, California had provided an excellent platform to promote Gold Anchor. “We have both coastal and inland marinas wishing to participate,” he revealed. “MRA recognises the many industry development and promotional benefits the Gold Anchor programme can deliver for our industry.” New chair at GMI Tony Browne CMM (left), marina director at Porto Montenegro Marina, has been appointed the new chairman of the Global Marina Institute (GMI). He takes over the role from John Hogan CMP (right), managing director of Superior Jetties, Australia. GMI is responsible for overseeing the marina education, training and certification that is administered globally via the Australia-based Marina Industries Association (MIA) and UKbased British Marine (BM). Under Hogan’s three-year leadership much has been achieved, including re-establishing cooperation with the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) in the USA; reviewing and upgrading GMI course content; and cementing the Certified Marina Professional (CMP) as a recognised and valued certification. “GMI has an important role to build our industry professionalism and it has been a very rewarding three years,” Hogan commented. Tony Browne thanked Hogan for his work and said he looked forward to increasing the awareness and perceived value of GMI courses and the CMM and CMP certifications. 50 www.marinaworld.com - January/February 2020

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