Grand Harbour Marina Scores a First


Grand Harbour Marina, located in the creek between Vittoriosa and Senglea in the shadow of Fort St Angelo, is the first marina in the Mediterranean to acquire IACS international certification for its super-yacht berths.

The marina is home berth to one of the world’s most exceptional super-yachts, The Maltese Falcon, owned by US venture capitalist Tom Perkins. Earlier this week, Grand Harbour Marina also became one of the first marinas in the Mediterranean to be granted ISPS certification for port security.

The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) is a comprehensive set of measures to better the security of port facilities, including marinas for large yachts. It was developed by the International Maritime Organisation in response to the perceived terror threats in the wake of 9/11.

The ISPS Code has been recognised by the European Union as binding for all its member States. Malta enacted the relevant legislation in 2004. All ports and large marinas will have to conform by 2007.

Compliance with the ISPS Code does not mean that the area is closed to the general public – in fact, Grand Harbour Marina remains open as a popular recreation area with several food and beverage outlets.

Security, with support and planning of Shield Security Services Ltd, is managed in line with international best practice standards.