The Global Marina Institute (GMI) and PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, today signed an agreement of cooperation at the London Boat Show to collaborate in a number of areas with the aim of enhancing the training of marina managers, designers and other marina professionals for best practice.
Mick Bettesworth, GMI Chairman and Louis Van Schel, PIANC Secretary-General, signed the agreement on the stand of The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA), an association within British Marine, in front of an audience of marina operators and managers from around the world.
GMI and PIANC will specifically be working together to ensure greater alignment of the GMI Intermediate and Advanced marina management courses and the PIANC Marina designer training programme.
GMI will look to use PIANC guidance and expertise in the continued development of its courses.
Commenting on the agreement, GMI Chairman Mick Bettesworth said: “The opportunity to work more closely with PIANC will enable GMI to continue to provide internationally relevant marina training and certification across the world.”
PIANC Secretary-General Louis Van Schel added: “This MoU follows others signed by PIANC with the main organizations of professionals interested in the marina market. This is very important under social, economic and environmental awareness points of view. In this regard the MoU aims to enforce a truly “Educative Network Program” to enhance best practice in developing safe and sustainable infrastructure, avoiding substandard results to the final users.”
The Global Marina Institute Ltd (GMI) was formed in 2011 as a partnership between British Marine Federation and Marina Industries Association. It delivers global marina training and certification with the aim of maintaining and increasing standards in marinas across the world. GMI is working to maintain existing certifications and to develop new certification pathways and training courses to meet the needs of both existing marinas and marinas developing around the World.
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PIANC is the forum where professionals around the world join forces to provide expert advice on cost-effective, reliable and sustainable infrastructures to facilitate the growth of waterborne transport. Established in 1885, PIANC continues to be the leading partner for government and private sector in the design, development and maintenance of ports, waterways and coastal areas.
As a non-political and non-profit organisation, PIANC brings together the best international experts on technical, economic and environmental issues pertaining to waterborne transport infrastructures. Members include national governments and public authorities, corporations and interested individuals.