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MARINA CERTIFICATION ISO - love and hate Ralf Heron’s article on marina certification in the May/June issue explaining how ISO standards related to marinas and the difference with other marina certifications was excellent from a technical point of view. Oscar Siches now looks at it from a different angle, focusing on feasibility, convenience and some unfortunate widely spread misunderstandings. A bit of history ISO was established in London when 46 delegates from 25 countries met in 1946 to discuss the future of International Standardisation. Work continued in a new office in Geneva in 1949. ISO standards are numbered, followed by the year of the latest upgrade: ISO standard 1:1951 was for reference temperatures for industrial length measuring. ISO 31:1960 is the International System of Units, and the list has kept on growing until today’s 19.000 standards. ISO standards are meant to be voluntary. Unfortunately, many governments ignore this and demand ISO standard as a compulsory condition, which is wrong. The main advantage in adopting ISO standards is uniformity. If a company in India and one in the USA adopt ISO 7001 symbols, the symbols will be the same in the company products in India as in the company products in the USA. There are two ways to work with ISO standards: 1. To be ISO compliant means that the company adheres fully to the standard. It is the company that verifies that, and there is no certificate issued (a third party can be involved to verify compliance). 2. To be certified means that an ISO recognised third party verifies the compliance and issues a certificate. ISO does not certify, only creates and upgrades the standards. Certifying parties are companies like Lloyd’s or RINA. You can find a full global list here: http://www. home/CertificationBodies/RCBs/ RCBsListings.aspx And now the myths: ISO is expensive: it depends what are you certifying. The ISO 9001 certifies management processes. It is different for every company, as it is the company itself that decides how the process is going to work. Of course it must comply with local and national laws and standards; but that is compulsory anyway, ISO or non-ISO. For a practical example of 9001 advantages, let’s pick invoicing. All stages involved in invoicing are described. If the person in charge of invoicing is ill, any other person, from within or outside the company, could pick up the company 9001 manual and manage correct invoicing after a short read and by following the instructions. ISO certification takes a lot of man hours: what takes time is to build up the company manual. But it can be done based on the standard guidelines (you can buy the standards through the ISO website Price? ISO 9001:2008 costs CHF138, which is about US0. ISO13687:2014 marina minimum requirements is CHF58 (US). Most companies use specific auditors to create the manual, and this is where the cost increases as auditing companies can charge a very high price to go through the process. To apply for an ISO certification, a full year of data should be available so all in-house work done to gather and organise such data will eliminate time MARINA CERTIFICATION All change – for urban reasons Classification updates are being made because of the changing importance of marinas within urban environments, according to Heiner Haass of Deutsche Marina Consult. Haass is part of a university team researching the urban importance of marinas and believes they now have a totally new image and identification. This change has taken place over the past ten years with hardly any recognition. New urban environments seek to be better integrated with ‘old’ marinas. “Marinas have become an urban melting pot for everyone, not just boaters,” he says. “This has led to essential social, cultural and gastronomical offerings, sports Oscar Siches facilities, shops, housing, floating homes etc.” Haass believes that urban planning is essential to improving marinas. “We have researched that the existence of cruise terminals, for example, in the neighbourhood of marinas is the best solution from an urban planning point of view. The concentration of all maritime elements on the downtown waterfront is the best we can achieve!” Heiner Haass can be contacted on email: - July/August 2015 41

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