The new Global Anchor Global Marina Accreditation was launched at METS on 18 November 2015 followed by a formal signing ceremony at Marine House, TYHA and British Marine’s registered office. The initiative is a joint venture between the yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) and the Marine Industries Association (MIA) to bring together their respective Gold Anchor scheme. TYHA and MIA announced the commitment to the joint scheme in November 2014. Since then the parties have worked collaboratively to develop the single global accreditation combining the best features of both schemes with consideration of industry changes and the increasing demands of marina customers. Gold Anchor accreditations will be awarded to those marinas showing commitment to upholding standards of infrastructure, procedures and customer service.
Speaking at the METS launch TYHA Chairman Sarah Hanna, said: “The work of combining the schemes is a classic example of the strategy of the synergy that can be achieved by two willing parties working closely together. The resulting new scheme will provide an excellent and contemporary Global Marina Accreditation, with a clear focus on marina end users and their needs with regards to facilities, standards and services.
The Gold anchor Global Marina Accreditation will be progressively phased in as current Gold Anchor marinas from across 26 countries are re-audited as part of the three year rolling accreditation cycle. New entrants to the scheme will automatically be audited under the new scheme which comes into effect on 1 April 2016.-
Independent expert assessors will be at the heart of the new scheme ensuring that the assessment process provides significant added value to the participating marinas, helping them to raise standards and keep pace in the ever changing marina market.
MIA President, Andrew Chapman CCM, said the launch was a very significant milestone for the global marina industry. “The coming together of the two Associations has been driven by the goal of raising industry standards to ensure marinas across the world are financially successful and focused on the changing expectations of marina users.”