Indonesia’s Nongsa Point Marina & Resort on Batam Island has become the first marina in the country to achieve the global Gold Anchor accreditation with a rating of 5 Gold Anchors. The Marina Industries Association (MIA), based in New South Wales, Australia, administers the accreditation scheme in the Asia-Pacific region. Globally there are over 200 accredited Gold Anchor marinas across 32 countries.

Nongsa Point is an international boating and holiday destination on the northeast of Batam Island – a 35-minute ferry ride from Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, which is 20km across the Singapore Strait.

The beachside resort has a mix of hotel, chalet and apartment accommodations. The international marina has 65 floating concrete berths, including two berths for megayachts up to 130ft. Utilities, sewage pump-out and fuel are available.

“This is a very significant milestone in the development of the recreational boating industry in Indonesia. The country has enormous potential to tap into the global recreational boating market,” says MIA president Andrew Chapman. “Nongsa Point Resort & Marina provides the benchmark for marina development in Indonesia. The considered use of the Gold Anchor criteria by Nongsa Point Resort & Marina as a road map for improvement has been very successful.”

Nongsa Point’s general manager, Erhard Rueber, says: “It is a great honour to achieve this accreditation and lead the way for the maritime tourism industry in Indonesia. The Nongsa resort’s team members and I are very proud of our resort’s achievement in obtaining 5 Gold Anchors. The very positive feedback provided by our marina guests that was part of our Gold Anchor assessment is testimony to the excellent service and facilities that we provide.

“With this accolade,” he adds, “we aim to continue establishing Nongsa as a prime recreational marine tourism and cruising destination in support of the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia’s aims to attract global tourists to Batam.”

The Gold Anchor scheme is operated jointly between MIA and The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) in the UK. A formal presentation ceremony will take place at Nongsa Point Resort & Marina in October.