Sanya Serenity Marina in Hainan has been accredited at the highest level of the global Gold Anchor scheme, becoming the first marina in China to attain platinum status.

The certification was presented at a ceremony held at the marina during the Chinese New Year celebrations by Andrew Chapman, president and chairman of the Marina Industries Association of Australia.

“The owners, staff and clients of Sanya Serenity Marina should be extremely proud of this achievement,” he said. “The Global Gold Anchor Scheme is based on a customer focused and very thorough assessment process. This includes a desk top assessment; full day inspection by an independent expert and telephone interviews with marina berth holders. A Global Standards Committee has the final input into deliberations.”

Godfrey Zwygart, marina director at Sanya Serenity Marina, said: “On behalf of everyone involved at Serenity Marina, I am very thrilled and honoured to accept this platinum anchor marina accreditation from MIA, TYHA and Andrew Chapman. This award comes as a proof that China can do well in this industry, and as recognition of our hard work and the value of our great team. This award is a fantastic achievement.”

Sanya Serenity Marina has 325 full-service berths, boat repair and maintenance services, and extensive resort facilities including a hotel. It has been the chosen Chinese marina for the the last two Volvo Ocean Races and the upcoming two Clipper Around the World races.