With a history dating back to 1861, the Italian based RINA Group is a global provider of classification, certification, testing, inspection and training services, with a highly specific focus on commercial and leisure marine activities.
They have now announced a new certification service for so-called ‘Tourist Marinas’. Specialised auditors will score the marinas on a scale from one to five, and will perform the assessment for what will be the “MaRINA Excellence” certification. The results will be subject to validation by a committee, appropriately established and dedicated to the issuing of the approval.
RINA has always placed great importance on environmental and sustainability issues. In particular in the field of Tourist Marinas, it promotes, among other aspects, services that are appropriate for reducing the environmental impact of the facility.
More specifically, considering the Tourist Marina as the place that welcomes yachtsman and the contact point with the surrounding territory, particular care and attention is required to succeed in making it functional. At the same time say RINA, it must be respectful of the environment and tourist resources, so as to preserve its particular attraction.
The auditors will verify the positioning of the marinas on a scale from 1 to 5, with the final award based on an average score across three macro-areas:
- Port services: Such as quality level and diversification of the relative marina services like berthing facilities, fuel supply, availability of accommodation for permanent yachtsmen and those in transit, provisioning, boat storage and repair facilities.
- Tourist services: Including the tourism-related opportunities that the marina and the immediately surrounding area can offer. Here the Marina is seen as a port of access to the territory and how it connects clients with hotels and restaurants, sports and leisure facilities, archaeological sites and natural parks.
- Sustainability: An audit on the sustainable approach of the activities performed by the marina, and its commitment to environmental protection with regards to safety.