By: ELOISE WALTON
VILAMOURA MARINA has been awarded a five gold anchor distinction by the Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA).
The Gold Anchor Award Scheme was established by the TYHA, part the British Marine Federation, to improve the standards of facilities available to boat owners.
Any award is a sign of a quality marina, while the number of anchors indicates the level of the facilities available. The scheme is voluntary and designed to bring the industry to the forefront of boating and encourage better standards.
This award was based on a rigorous evaluation carried out by external specialists in the nautical field, which identified the marina’s good management practises and the quality of the infrastructures and services offered.
Special attention was given to particular features, such as the wide range of services available to clients including a shipyard with maintenance and loading services, as well as the high security of the marina and the quality and environmental principals that have been implemented.
The quality and security of all of the marina’s infrastructures and the excellent service given to customers were also contributing factors in the marina being given the maximum number of anchors, on a scale of three to five.
With 1,000 mooring posts, Vilamoura marina is the largest private marina in Portugal, which has also been one of the first in the country to be certified for its environmental management plan as well as receiving a blue flag.
Vilamoura marina is currently managed by the Algarve-based development company Lusort, also known as Lusotur.
The marina is part of a new development project that Lusort is currently developing called Cidade Lacustre, a city of 900 hectares, made up of lakes and canals which can be sailed.
In this city, there will also be residential areas, a golf course, an environmental park, hotels, shops and leisure areas.
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