Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) has been awarded International Clean Marina accreditation level 3. The environmental accreditation provides participating Clubs and marinas with a template for environmental best practice.
Marina Industries Association (MIA) President Andrew Chapman CMM presented RGYC Marina Manager Paul Walters with the accreditation at the Marine17 International Conference and Trade Exhibition held in Sydney 30 July – 1 August. Andrew Chapman said RGYC was to be congratulated for using the accreditation to guide improvement to facilities and practices.
The International Clean Marinas environmental program is administered by MIA and audits are conducted by qualified independent auditors. Level 3 accreditation requires a demonstrated commitment to environmental best practice. The evidence based audit process includes a site inspection based on a 103 point checklist. This includes inspections of mechanical activities, boat maintenance and storage, fuelling, facility management, workshop, emergency planning and equipment and boater education. A written report with detailed feedback is provided to the Club.
RYGC Commodore, Chris Williams, said: “We are very proud of this achievement, which reflects our dedication to environmental best practice – in both performance and education – across our entire marina operations.
“The RGYC has a genuine commitment to sustainability and the outcomes it achieves and we’re absolutely delighted our marina is officially recognised as a testament to that, and to an international standard.”