Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss), Mediterranean Yacht Broker Association (MYBA) and the International Association of Maritime Institutions (IAMI) officially announced the launch of the Superyacht Alliance for Professional Standards, in Malta.
The new organisation will initiate new qualification programmes for professionals in the superyacht industry, just like the Yacht Owners Representative Programme, whilst also promoting existing initiatives like the GUEST programmes for hospitality.
The aim and objective of the Alliance is to align the associations throughout the industry to raise the bar for professionalism. The Superyacht Alliance also seeks to ensure the creation of more visibility and awareness on the job opportunities that exist.
Minister for Transport Aaron Farrugia congratulated the founding associations for their commitment towards a move environmentally sound and sustainable industry.
Minister Farrugia reiterated Malta’s commitment towards the success of the alliance and reassured that “Malta will remain steadfast in its policy to further consolidate the quality mark in this important industry.”
Reacting to the news, Alison Vassallo, partner at Fenech and Fenech Advocates and Chairperson of the Yachting Services Business Section within the Malta Chambers, stated that this announcement, “further strengthens the role [Malta’s] jurisdiction is playing in the future modelling of the Superyacht industry.”
On the other hand, Ivan Sammut the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen at Transport Malta remarked that the Malta Ship Registry is proud to having assisted in its establishment. “This is the beginning of a brighter future for the further development of qualifications,” he added.
From left to right, from back to front: Minister Aaron Farrugia, Hein Velema – Secretary General Superyacht Alliance, John Wyborn – President of MYBA, Joey Meen – Board member IAMI and Theo Hooning – Secretary General SYBAss
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