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IMCI   Blue Star Marina Certification


What is the program? 

  • Quallity and service star rating system for marinas worldwide similar to the system used by hotels, restaurants and campgrounds
  • Designed for all marinas regardless of size and/or location (coastal or inland)
  • An assessment in regards to water tourism

 Who designed the program? 

  • German Tourism Association (DTV), Bonn, Germany
  • Association of German Marinas (VDSH), Cologne, Germany
  • German Boating Association (BVWW), Cologne, Germany
  • German Automobile Club (ADAC), Munich, Germany
  • International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI), Brussels, Belgium

 Who steers the program? 

  • The IMCI Board of Directors
  • All founding members through the Marina Committee
  • Other stakeholders on request or invitation through the Marina Committee

 What are the main criteria?

  • External presentation
  • Security*
  • Sanitary installation and hygiene
  • Services
  • Food avalability / Leisure and amenities
  • Management, environment protection and disposal
  • Storage options

 What are the Tourist's Benefits?  

  • Stars as familiar symbols promote transparent comparability of marinas
  • Quality expectance is met by marina services without "surprises"
  • Minimum quality is assured
  • Cost-performance ratio is fulfilled
  • Comprehensive travel information is available by internet

  What are the Marina Operator's Benefits?

  • Systematic self-assessment and additional 3rd party control by trained IMCI Inspectors
  • Manageability of product/services
  • Boosted commercialisation
  • Client's satisfaction
  • Media appearance always actualised


* Note: This assessment does not evaluate or insure marina safety standards compliant to national legislation




Thom Dammrich
National Marine Manufacturers Association
Congratulations, Uli.
The success of IMCI is due to the outstanding customer service provided by you, your highly qualified staff, and the unparalleled reach and quality of your global team of Inspectors.
Ana Rodríguez Peiró
Aitamar s.l.
IMCI is exactly the organisation that fulfils the standard of professionalism, seriousness and high level quality for the certification process that we require for our clients.
Ana Rodríguez Peiró
Craig Scholten
Rec Boat Holdings, LLC
IMCI’s approach to product certification is very professional and totally supported by a team that understands the process.
Guido - Thank you very much for your excellent work and service.
Uli - Your team is the best!
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The IMCI website offers information about followings subjects: 1. The CE certification of boats and components (like: hatch, fuel hose, steering system, fuel tank and other). 2. Certification of new and used / old boats for the European market. Sometimes this process is also called: CE certification, boat certification, European certification etc. 3. The CE certificate is demanded if you import a new or used boat to EU (imported boat) as a privat or legal person. 4. Most times you have to show the CE certificate and Declaration of Conformity (DoC) to register the boat in your country (boat registration). 5. The certification must be in accordance with the Recreational Craft Directive 94/25/EC amended by Directive 2003/44/EC. 6. Second hand boats are assessed by a Post Construction Assessment (PCA). The issued document is the Report of Conformity.