RINA has unveiled a new certification service for so-called ‘Tourist Marinas’. Specialised auditors who will score the marinas on a scale from one to five will perform the assessment for MaRINA Excellence certification. The results will be subject to validation by a committee, appropriately established and dedicated to the issuing of the MaRINA Excellence certificate.

RINA has identified tourist marinas as an initial point of contact for yacht parties visiting a region. Therefore, another key element is the provision of appropriate amenities but the overall judgement for the assigning of the MaRINA Excellence certification is based on an average of the evaluation of three macro-areas:

Port services: evaluation of the quality level and diversification of the relative services of a tourist marina, such as berthing facilities, fuel supply, availability of accommodation for permanent yachtsmen and those in transit, provisioning, boat storage and reparation shipyards.

Tourist services: evaluation of the tourism-related opportunities that the marina and the immediate surrounding area can offer. In this context, the marina is not considered as a stand-alone facility, but moreover as a port of access to the territory. For this it is imperative to verify its capacity to put its own clients in contact with hotels and restaurants, sports and leisure facilities, archaeological sites and natural parks.

Sustainability: audit on the sustainable approach of the activities performed by the marina, and the commitment to environmental protection with regards to safety.

As one of the first marinas to undergo the audit, Porto Lotti in La Spezia scored the maximum and received the award at a special ceremony on 28 November 2013.

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