Australia’s Marina Industries Association (MIA) has just signed a new agreement with the China Boat Industry & Trade Association (CBITA) in Shanghai. Andrew Chapman, MIA president, signed the agreement with the Chinese body, which also organises the China (Shanghai) International Boat Show (CIBS).

Colin Bransgrove, executive officer for MIA, told IBI at the Singapore Yacht Show: “This is a good move. The agreement is based on holding three courses in China this year, including two preliminary courses and one Intermediate Marina Management course. This agreement will lead to an MOU which will extend the relationship.”

The second Platinum award was recently presented to China’s Serenity Marina, which is located close to Sanya in Hainan. The MIA has several members in China and the holding of these new courses will contribute to the professional standards within the large Chinese marina sector.

In Singapore, the MIA in association with the Singapore Boating Industry Association (SBIA) shared in the organisation of a tour of the four main marinas in the island state.

In terms of other events, the MIA in association with The Yacht Harbours Association (TYHA) in the UK is running a marinas and boatyards tour, taking in South East England and Majorca. There are 12 places on the tour and six are still available. The three-day UK part of the tour will include 11 marinas and boatyards while the two-day Majorca option, run by Oscar Siches, will include six marinas on the Spanish island.

A two-day tour of Australian marinas and boatyards is also planned just after the Sydney International Boat Show.