The International Council of Marine Industry Associations has granted the Clean Marina Award to the three marinas in Fort Lauderdale-based IGY Marinas‘ Yacht Haven Grande Collection. This collection consists of The Yacht Club at Isle de Sol in St. Maarten, Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas, and Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia. While ICOMIA assesses facilities in 23 countries worldwide, Island Global Yachting (IGY) is the first American company to receive the Clean Marina Award.
The Clean Marina Award is an international accreditation establishing a set of environmental standards consistent with the global marine industry. International marine industry body ICOMIA measures marinas on a set of criteria for environmental standards, including proper waste and recycling management, clean and efficient storage of fuels, staff training in environmental best practice, prohibition of sewage discharge, customer advisement on environmental awareness, and inclusion in local port waste management plans. In order to assure quality, ICOMIA uses a combination of self-assessment, 3-year environmental audits by the Yacht Harbour Association and British Marine Federation, mystery shoppers, and extensive berth holder surveys.
According to Gareth Turnbull of the British Marine Federation, the Clean Marina Award recognizes a real commitment to property-wide environmental awareness on the part of the IGY facilities. This comes as no surprise in a company focused on setting new standards for service and quality in nautical tourism. The Clean Marina Award is just one element of the larger Gold Anchor award scheme, for which the IGY Marinas are also being considered.