Published: Monday, 07 July 2014

The Global Marina Institute (GMI) presented certificates to five inspirational Certified Marina Managers (CMMs) at the recent International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) World Marinas Conference, which took place earlier this month in Istanbul. During the Conference, GMI also awarded the highly desired recognition of Honorary Certified Marina Professional (CMP) to Dan Natchez, founder of DSN&A, a leading international environmental waterfront and consulting organisation.

Natchez turned his passion for the water into a vocation when he founded DSN&A over 32 years ago. Through DSN&A, Natchez has had the opportunity to participate in the design, development and master planning of marinas, marina resorts and waterfront properties across the globe.

Marina Professionals Recognised By Global Marine Institute

Some of the largest marinas in the world are DSN&A’s clients. The company has had extensive experience with marina and waterfront facility design throughout the US, as well as in the Caribbean, Portugal, the Netherlands, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

The five CMMs, all with impressive skills, qualifications and experience in the management of high-profile marinas & quays are: Akbulut Kahraman, Director, Marinturk Marina (Turkey); Selcuk Balci, Marina Manager, D Marin Didim Marina (Turkey); Tiago Marcelino, Marina Manager, Marina de Troia (Portugal); Onur Ugan, Marina Manager, D Marin Goek Marina (Turkey); and Claudio Schettino, Marina Operations Manager, Al Hamra Marina Royal Yacht Club (UAE).

“GMI offers a number of pathways for certification which are designed to recognise outstanding professionals in the marina industry,” says Mick Bettesworth, GMI Chairman. “All of the certification pathways are awarded after a rigorous process where candidates are asked to demonstrate knowledge, skills and experience in their chosen field. The GMI certifications are recognised across the world and increasingly in the developing marina world as a sign that professionals have reached a consistently high standard. We are delighted that we have been able to recognise such a widely geographical spread group of candidates.”

GMI was formed in 2011 as a partnership between British Marine Federation (BMF) and Marina Industries Association (MIA). Through its partners it delivers global marina training and certification with the aim of maintaining and increasing standards in marinas across the world.

Candidates looking to gain the qualification of CMM must have at least five years marina manager experience, have managed a marina with an annual turnover of at least US $100 0000 and at least 100 berth/moorings and/or drystack, be an active member of a trade association, and have completed the Advanced Marina Managers School.