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<strong>World</strong><br />

<strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Issue 134<br />

Essential reading for marina and waterfront developers, planners and operators




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<strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2022</strong> Vol.23, No.2<br />

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<strong>World</strong> News 7<br />

Superyacht Facilities 21<br />

Porto Habacoa, Bahamas; catering for superyachts<br />

in southern Italy; the rebuilt Town of Palm Beach<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>, Florida, USA; <strong>Marina</strong> Club, Gibraltar;<br />

superyacht focus in UAE; superyacht awards for<br />

Coral Sea <strong>Marina</strong>, Australia<br />

Drystack Storage 41<br />

Hagadone Marine Group opens Quick Launch Dry<br />

Stack in Coeur d’Alene; the first drystack in the US<br />

state of Idaho<br />

Property & Investment 45<br />

Prickly Bay Waterside – a marina, hotel and<br />

residential resort opportunity on the Caribbean<br />

island of Grenada<br />

Guest Comment 48<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s and takeovers – enough room for boating?<br />

Talking Shop 51<br />

Kemah Boardwalk marina in Kemah, Texas sits<br />

within a highly popular theme park in a town that<br />

has the third largest concentration of recreational<br />

boats in the USA. <strong>Marina</strong> manager, Brad Grace,<br />

talks shop<br />

Company Focus 55<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Projects, UK, celebrates 20 years in<br />

specialist marina and waterfront consultancy<br />

Yards & Yard Machinery 58<br />

Floating Structures 64<br />

The Dockside project planned for Port Vincent<br />

marina in South Australia will be home to<br />

unique luxury floating homes<br />

Products & Services 67<br />

On the cover: Plans to develop<br />

Porto Habacoa, a luxury<br />

superyacht-focused marina on the<br />

southern tip of the island of Abaco<br />

in the Bahamas are at the final<br />

design stage. As the CGI shows,<br />

several different types of residential<br />

options are included in the plan,<br />

which has been developed with<br />

sustainability uppermost in mind.<br />

Read more on p. 21<br />

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It’s innovation time. This final issue for <strong>2022</strong> highlights notable new<br />

developments around the world that underscore the ongoing quest for better<br />

designs, new concepts and more sustainable offerings.<br />

Our cover shot reveals just a slice of the exciting plans for the all-new Porto<br />

Habacoa marina in the Bahamas that aims to fill a large market gap in North<br />

America for superyacht owners. Its first difference is that, although it can cater for<br />

a mix of boat sizes, it has been specifically planned for total superyacht occupancy<br />

with berth sizes, water depth, manoeuvring space and shoreside amenities all<br />

taken into account. Its second is its award-winning, environmental and sustainability<br />

credentials, which could set new benchmarks.<br />

Anyone stacking their boat in the Quick Launch Dry Stack in Coeur d’Alene, is<br />

using the first drystack facility in the US state of Idaho. Hagadone Marine Group’s<br />

brand new club facility is an innovative move that delivers boat storage exactly where<br />

it’s needed, creates a new boating hub, and will likely bring millions of much-needed<br />

dollars to the local community.<br />

Gibraltar’s <strong>Marina</strong> Bay and Ocean Village also delivers an innovative solution to<br />

superyacht berthing and luxury waterfront living with <strong>Marina</strong> Club, a centrepiece<br />

development on mini piles in the middle of the marina basin. Logistics were very<br />

challenging, requiring different types of berthing arrangements and modified pontoon<br />

designs. The result gives Gibraltar its first fully-serviced superyacht berths.<br />

Positioning residential homes in the midst of a marina is also a new focus for<br />

Port Vincent marina in South Australia. The Dockside project, which claims to<br />

offer Australia’s first luxury floating homes, will be delivered using a unique onwater<br />

construction method that is swift and efficient. The houses will be virtually<br />

maintenance-free and self-sufficient.<br />

Read more on all of these projects, and look out for further innovations if you<br />

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In Fond Memory of Michael (Mike) Barry (1932-<strong>2022</strong>)<br />

This issue of <strong>Marina</strong> <strong>World</strong> is dedicated to Mike Barry, who passed away on<br />

4 th October.<br />

Mike was a very familiar face in the industry, enjoying a long career on marine<br />

trade publishing titles including Boat <strong>World</strong>, Sells Marine Market, Boating<br />

Business, and the Cruising Association and Local Boating publications.<br />

He was a stalwart at many, many boat shows (where he favoured the Guinness<br />

stand as his ‘office’), and at METS, where he expertly ran the <strong>Marina</strong> <strong>World</strong> stand<br />

for us for many years before retiring.<br />

Thank you, Mike. You were warm and kind, you did us proud, and you will be<br />

missed.<br />

We give our heartfelt sympathy to his wife Gill and her family.<br />

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SPAIN: Floating solutions specialist Almarin has purchased the marina<br />

business unit from aluminium structures expert Aister.<br />

Aister has installed over 30,000m<br />

(98,400ft) of pontoons in 27 countries<br />

over the past 30 years but, most<br />

recently, its focus has been on the<br />

design and build of high-performance<br />

aluminium boats. Selling the marina<br />

side of the business was thus a<br />

strategic management decision.<br />

Recognised for its high quality marine<br />

aids to navigation, Almarin has been<br />

developing the pontoon business in<br />

Spain in conjunction with its partner<br />

Lindley <strong>Marina</strong>s. Both strengthen their<br />

capacity to respond to the market by<br />

incorporating the highly qualified Aister<br />

Mooring Post<br />

technical staff as well as resources for<br />

site work and new facilities in Vigo.<br />

“The knowledge and experience<br />

of the Aister team is by far the most<br />

important asset we have brought<br />

onboard. It makes me very proud that<br />

all the staff at the marina unit accepted<br />

this new challenge,” said Almarin CEO<br />

Aleix San Vicente.<br />

“Our goal is to become the leading<br />

player in marina construction in our<br />

territory. We have all the ingredients:<br />

team, knowledge, product, experience<br />

and resources to provide a first-class<br />

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Highlights from October/<strong>November</strong>:<br />

• USA: Hurricane Ian devastates Fort Myers marinas<br />

• UK: MDL commits to £7 million maintenance spend<br />

• Spain: <strong>Marina</strong> Port Vell reinforces commitment to sustainability<br />

• USA: Pacific Building Group to rebuild Harbor Island West <strong>Marina</strong>, San Diego<br />

• Monaco: Award winners - <strong>2022</strong> Smart & Sustainable <strong>Marina</strong> Rendezvous<br />

• Australia: Gold Anchor awards for Mackay <strong>Marina</strong> Village<br />

Registration opens for<br />

AMI EXPO<br />

USA: Registration is now open for the 2023 AMI Conference & Expo (formerly<br />

IMBC). The event will take place 30 th January – 1 st February at the Ocean Center<br />

in Daytona Beach, Florida.<br />

The conference tracks this year<br />

include: building your dream team;<br />

leading your team to excellence;<br />

marina and boatyard management<br />

and operations; and marina design<br />

and engineering. The sessions will<br />

offer training on hiring top performers<br />

and developing industry leaders, the<br />

changing trends in boat ownership,<br />

property valuations and financial<br />

benchmarks, to name just a few. The<br />

event begins with pre-conference<br />

workshops and a marina design and<br />

engineering course.<br />

Motivational speaker and book<br />

author Marilyn Sherman will deliver<br />

the opening keynote address: Front<br />

Row Leadership: How Top Performers<br />

Never Settle for Balcony Seats.<br />

“We are excited to deliver another<br />

great event in Daytona Beach in 2023,”<br />

said Association of <strong>Marina</strong> Industries<br />

(AMI) chair John Swick. “We had a<br />

great experience in Daytona Beach<br />

last year and we are looking forward to<br />

being back there in January.”<br />

As well as full conference passes,<br />

one-day passes and exhibit hall<br />

passes are available. AMI members<br />

receive a discount. Pre-conference<br />

events and the marina and boatyard<br />

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Ocean Reef<br />

breakwaters complete<br />

AUSTRALIA: Construction is nearly complete on the first stage of the Ocean<br />

Reef <strong>Marina</strong> development in Joondalup, Perth, Western Australia (WA). Both<br />

of the new breakwaters are now built at full height and, by mid-August, the<br />

northern breakwater had reached its final height.<br />

The next phase of the project<br />

includes dredging the marina basin,<br />

and landside clearance to provide fill<br />

for land reclamation and future earth<br />

works. Local contractors WA Limestone<br />

and Italia Stone Group, who also built<br />

the breakwaters, are now involved in<br />

this second step, which is expected to<br />

finish early to mid-2023.<br />

When the marina is complete, it will<br />

have 550 berths, dry stack for 200<br />

boats, boat ramps and trailer parking.<br />

More than 1,000 residential homes<br />

are planned in a mix of housing types,<br />

along with retail and commercial space<br />

and over 5ha (12.4 acres) of community<br />

space.<br />

Ocean Reef <strong>Marina</strong> is a McGowan<br />

Labour Government project being<br />

delivered by DevelopmentWA in<br />

collaboration with the City of Joondalup.<br />

Lands Minister, John Carey, says: “The<br />

new Ocean Reef <strong>Marina</strong> is a landmark<br />

project for our State and has reached<br />

yet another significant milestone with<br />

the commencement of this next phase<br />

of works, further laying the groundwork<br />

required to create an iconic coastal<br />

destination for Perth.”<br />

“Comprehensive and careful planning<br />

has taken place to ensure the local<br />

environment and fauna are protected<br />

while the works are undertaken.”<br />

Joondalup MLA, Emily Hamilton,<br />

describes the project as a “terrific step<br />

forward” for the city. “Not only will this<br />

development become a tourism hotspot<br />

with the creation of a world-class<br />

marina and WA’s first coastal pool, it<br />

will create thousands of new jobs that<br />

will be a major injection into the local<br />

economy.”<br />

Suntex expands<br />

into California market<br />

USA: Suntex <strong>Marina</strong> Investors has purchased Seaside Boatyard & <strong>Marina</strong><br />

(formerly known as The Boat Yard – Channel Islands) in Channel Islands<br />

Harbor, Oxnard, California. It is the company’s first acquisition in coastal<br />

California.<br />

Seaside is a 17 acre (7 ha) fullservice<br />

facility offering 122 slips for<br />

vessels of 30 to 60ft (9 to 18m) and 22<br />

end ties accommodating boats up to<br />

85 feet (26m), as well as a 490-slot dry<br />

storage facility. It is Ventura County’s<br />

largest recreational vessel yard and is<br />

equipped to haul-out vessels up to 75<br />

tonnes, and staffed for painting and<br />

finishing, glass fibre and woodwork,<br />

engine, mechanical and rigging repairs.<br />

Plans for the property include<br />

remodelling the main building,<br />

refurbishing and upgrading the<br />

facilities and infrastructure, and adding<br />

additional lighting to the dry storage<br />

area.<br />

“We are excited to gain a quality<br />

coastal product in the highly desirable<br />

Oxnard community,” said Mike Warntjes,<br />

senior vice president operations Suntex<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s. “Seaside Boatyard & <strong>Marina</strong><br />

is the foundation to our future strategy<br />

around coastal growth in the southern<br />

California market. With our planned<br />

improvements, we intend to bring an<br />

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PORTUGAL: Preparations for the 2023 ICOMIA <strong>World</strong> <strong>Marina</strong>s Conference<br />

(IWMC), to be hosted by the Portuguese Association of Ports and <strong>Marina</strong>s<br />

(APPR) and held in Vilamoura <strong>Marina</strong> at the heart of the Algarve, is now<br />

well underway. The event, to take place 9 th -11 th October, will bring together<br />

professionals from around the globe.<br />

Under the theme of ‘Big Challenges,<br />

Big Decisions’, the conference<br />

programme will address issues such<br />

as alternative energy, climate change,<br />

economic and political stability, and<br />

operations.<br />

Highlights will include the keynote,<br />

delivered by Correct Craft CEO Bill<br />

Yeargin on Day 1; marina visits to<br />

Vilamoura, Albufeira and Lagos on Day<br />

2; and a Gala Dinner showcasing local<br />

cuisine and culture and hosting the<br />

Golden Cleat Award Ceremony.<br />

APPR president, Isolete Correia,<br />

is extremely enthusiastic about the<br />

conference. “Preparations for this great<br />

event are at full speed and we are<br />

very excited and looking forward to<br />

NZMOA<br />

<strong>2022</strong><br />

Awards<br />

presenting all participants with a warm<br />

Portuguese welcome,” she said.<br />

Udo Kleinitz, ICOMIA general<br />

secretary, has high hopes of the<br />

event, and the venue. “Portugal has a<br />

well-established marina and boating<br />

infrastructure and a lot to offer in<br />

terms of knowledge and expertise.<br />

The beautiful scenery in which IWMC<br />

2023 is set to be held will also add to<br />

the attractiveness of the event. The<br />

theme of the conference reflects very<br />

well some of the main challenges the<br />

industry is facing today and will provide<br />

a great forum for discussions and<br />

actionable takeaways.”<br />

To register your interest to attend,<br />

www.worldmarinasconference.com<br />

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Operators Association (NZMOA) has<br />

recognised the following as the very best<br />

marinas and boatyards for <strong>2022</strong>:<br />

• <strong>Marina</strong> of the Year: Westhaven <strong>Marina</strong> (winner)<br />

Philip Wardale, winner of<br />

Half Moon Bay (highly commended)<br />

the Outstanding Individual<br />

Contribution Award.<br />

• Boatyard of the Year: Whangamata <strong>Marina</strong> (winner)<br />

Gulf Harbour <strong>Marina</strong> (highly commended)<br />

• Best Environmental Performance: Westhaven <strong>Marina</strong> (winner)<br />

Whangamata <strong>Marina</strong> (highly commended)<br />

Three operations were acknowledged in the Outstanding Initiative Award category:<br />

• <strong>Marina</strong>quip – voted best supplier<br />

• Westhaven – commended for its digital solution for car park management<br />

• Man Overboard Alarm Systems – commended for addressing an important safety<br />

issue<br />

The <strong>2022</strong> Outstanding Individual Contribution Award was presented to Philip<br />

Wardale for his tireless and dedicated efforts, not only for the wider industry but for<br />

his role in the development and growth of NZMOA.<br />

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Hurricane Ian devastates<br />

Fort Myers marinas<br />

USA: The Category 4 storm to be known as Hurricane Ian hit the barrier island<br />

of Cayo Costa with 150mph (241 km/h) winds on Wednesday 28 th September. It<br />

re-strengthened on Thursday 29 th to be classified as a full-on hurricane.<br />

With factory facilities in Fort Myers in<br />

the thick of the devastation, US dock<br />

manufacturer Golden Marine looked<br />

to its own, looked to the local<br />

community, and then reached<br />

out nationwide for assistance.<br />

Golden Marine president,<br />

Bill Golden, was able to give<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> <strong>World</strong> on-the-spot<br />

feedback.<br />

“We were very fortunate<br />

with the factory as we only<br />

had minimal damage but<br />

every marina in the hurricane<br />

zone in Fort Myers except<br />

Moss Marine, which we built<br />

last year, has been destroyed,”<br />

he said. “We have to ask why?<br />

There are a lot of lessons to<br />

be learned.”<br />

A first responder from the moment<br />

help was viable, Golden Marine<br />

was back at work, and dividing time<br />

between marina-specific work and<br />

general clean-up with a 50 per cent<br />

workforce during the week following<br />

the storm, and virtually a full team by<br />

11 th October, as the USA mourned<br />

lives tragically lost, and homes and<br />

businesses destroyed.<br />

Heavy rainfall causing flooding in<br />

Crackerjack rests on top of an SUV in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian,<br />

which left this Fort Myers marina destroyed.<br />

Florida – especially in the southwest<br />

and central regions – and in South<br />

Carolina added to the casualties and<br />

further challenged rescue and safety<br />

measures.<br />

With urgent assistance required,<br />

Bill Golden has been actively fund<br />

raising. “The generosity has been<br />


unbelievable,” he noted. “There has been<br />

an outpouring of help from our suppliers<br />

and customers from all over the country,<br />

and enormous proactive support from<br />

Governor DeSantis. He has reacted<br />

fantastically, fast-tracking multi-million<br />

dollar rebuild and repair projects. He is<br />

the reason the marine industry here is<br />

going to get back to the way it was.”<br />

As many news reports reveal, one<br />

of the hardest hit areas were the<br />

barrier islands of Sanibel and Fort<br />

Myers Beach where severe damage<br />

to property was sustained.<br />

Significant storm surge affected<br />

Fort Myers, Port Charlotte and<br />

Naples. Images of Fort Myers<br />

marinas reveal boats piled up<br />

in heaps and docks broken and<br />

displaced, and eyewitnesses<br />

describe how large boats were<br />

simply lifted into the air and<br />

sent crashing down at random<br />

by the force of the storm.<br />

In Placida, north of Fort<br />

Myers, press reports describe<br />

a drystack collapse at Palm<br />

Harbor <strong>Marina</strong> and extensive<br />

damage at Gasparilla <strong>Marina</strong>.<br />

On Sunday 25 th September,<br />

the organisers of IBEX<br />

(International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition<br />

& Conference) made the difficult but<br />

prudent decision to cancel the Tampabased<br />

B2B event in the light of the<br />

severe weather warnings.<br />

(Story source: October/<strong>November</strong><br />

Mooring Post)<br />

Resort opens in favoured tourist spot<br />

COSTA RICA: <strong>Marina</strong> Flamingo, a new 92-slip facility with an associated marina village, has opened in Playa Flamingo,<br />

Guanacaste on the northern Pacific coast.<br />

Designed and built by Spanish<br />

company Ronautica <strong>Marina</strong>s, the<br />

pontoon system can accommodate<br />

vessels up to 40m (125ft). The<br />

marina offers every modern amenity<br />

and convenience to customers,<br />

including high-speed fuelling, in-slip<br />

pump-out and fibre optic internet.<br />

The marina village comprises a<br />

mix of luxury villas and top-of-therange<br />

retail, coffee shops, high-end<br />

restaurants and a 24/7 medical<br />

clinic.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Flamingo is located in<br />

the well-established Flamingo<br />

community and is popular with<br />

tourists because of its good fishing/<br />

angling waters and pristine sugarwhite<br />

beach.<br />

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New superyacht haven<br />

in Greek isles<br />

GREECE: <strong>Marina</strong> Porto Heli, a new marina located southwest of Athens in the<br />

islands of the Saronic Gulf, is now welcoming yachts up to 55m (180ft). Built<br />

within a naturally sheltered bay, it has capacity for 149 vessels.<br />

CHANNEL ISLANDS: Walcon Marine has completed a comprehensive like-for-like rebuild of St Helier <strong>Marina</strong> in Jersey.<br />

The project retains around 250 berths across seven piers for boats up to 25m (82ft) in length, and alongside visitor<br />

berthing.<br />

Walcon’s aluminium System 2000<br />

pontoons and the other two, in a<br />

more exposed location, constructed<br />

from System 21 steel docks. Walcon<br />

also supplied the walkways, finger<br />

pontoons and wall columns. Geomarine<br />

refurbished and reinstalled the two<br />

access bridges.<br />

“It was a pleasure to be working with<br />

the Ports of Jersey and local contractor<br />

Geomarine once again,” said Walcon<br />

managing director James Walters.<br />

“We have worked with Geomarine on<br />

a number of projects over the years,<br />

including the recent works at Albert<br />

Dock in St Helier, and the cooperation<br />

is always excellent.”<br />

Main contractor Geomarine<br />

undertook work between September<br />

2021 and May <strong>2022</strong>, during which<br />

the entire floating infrastructure was<br />

removed and replaced. Five of the<br />

seven new piers were built using<br />


300m (980ft) SF <strong>Marina</strong> concrete dock<br />

system.<br />

The pontoon layout consists of two<br />

arms. Both begin in the shallow areas<br />

with SF <strong>Marina</strong> type SF1240 pontoons.<br />

With a height of only 1.2m (4ft) and<br />

a freeboard of less than 0.6m (2ft),<br />

they provide ample space beneath the<br />

docks for secure mooring. After angling<br />

inwards, SF400 pontoons are used.<br />

On the east side, the arm continues<br />

with SF1260 pontoons and SF1240<br />

models used for storage. Each of the<br />

two arrays has a pair of interior docks<br />

comprising SF STD 2.4 units.<br />

The greater challenge was the<br />

extensive network of 30 utility ducts.<br />

SF <strong>Marina</strong> engineers designed large<br />

EM boxes and a unique channel at the<br />

ends of each pontoon with the ability<br />

to cross the network around the centre<br />

connectors. Currently, the ductwork<br />

system contains 16A-125A electrical,<br />

potable water and communication<br />

cables, as well as pump-out. Plans are<br />

being finalised to include fuel service.<br />

“Once our interior marine department<br />

offloaded the pontoon sections with a<br />

floating crane, they were easy to install,”<br />

said Nikolas Aslanidis, manager of the<br />

floating pontoon department at Tomi.<br />

“The marina owner is very satisfied<br />

with the results and we are already in<br />

discussion on a second nearby project<br />

at Ermioni Port.”<br />

Construction, undertaken by the near the west and east walkways and<br />

floating pontoon department at Ellaktor the extensive utility ductwork needed<br />

Group company Tomi, was challenging. to service superyachts. The depth<br />

This was primarily due to shallow water issue was easily overcome with a<br />

Jersey marina invests in rebuild<br />

St Helier <strong>Marina</strong> opened in 1981 and<br />

this £3.5 million investment is its first<br />

major refurbishment.<br />

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Perfect timing to<br />

strengthen market<br />

presence<br />

At the start of <strong>2022</strong>, the owners of globally renowned Finnish marina builder<br />

Marinetek Group sold majority shares to leading Nordic private asset expert<br />

CapMan Special Situations. Working with co-investors Karri Kaitue (now<br />

chairman) and Santeri Suoranta (now CEO), the company has been financially<br />

restructured and reshaped and is readier than ever to help the industry meet<br />

the highest demand for marina berths it has experienced in decades. Timing<br />

could not be more perfect.<br />

The new directors at the helm bring<br />

individual strengths to the business.<br />

Kaitue, who sees developing Marinetek<br />

as a “truly inspiring opportunity”, has<br />

over 30 years’ experience in process<br />

industries and financial services and<br />

has held several CEO positions in<br />

companies with global reach. Suoranta<br />

has a background in the aerospace<br />

and vertical transportation sectors and<br />

brings understanding of demanding<br />

technical solutions and global project<br />

management expertise to the company.<br />

“I have worked a lot with investors,<br />

architects, developers and consultants<br />

when thinking together how to increase<br />

customer value in major projects.<br />

I’m sure in this business there are<br />

untapped opportunities,” he says.<br />

Q: What attracted you to Marinetek?<br />

A: Kaitue – Marinetek is one of<br />

the leading product and service<br />

providers with a unique global reach<br />

and operates in an interesting and<br />

growing business environment. We<br />

are convinced that by emphasising<br />

durability, sustainability and superior<br />

service we can further develop<br />

Marinetek into a true global landmark in<br />

floating marina solutions and beyond.<br />

Marinetek has a strong reputation<br />

in the market with long experience in<br />

designing large scale marinas, but also<br />

in handling smaller, special cases –<br />

Built in five phases from 2016 to 2020, Port<br />

Vranaza in Šibenik, Croatia is protected<br />

by a Marinetek floating breakwater. It has<br />

12 piers totalling 735m (2,410ft) in length,<br />

providing 700 berths for local boat owners<br />

in a state-of-the-art marina.<br />

sometimes in very difficult conditions,<br />

as in the Nordic countries where heavy<br />

ice loads place high demands on<br />

product quality over time.<br />

Q: As new owners, what immediate<br />

changes have you made or plan to<br />

make?<br />

A: Kaitue – Consolidation might provide<br />

interesting avenues. At the same<br />

time, continuous improvement and<br />

challenging the self-evident is vitally<br />

important.<br />

A: Suoranta – We are strengthening<br />

our presence in the market. We’ve just<br />

released our new web pages, please<br />

check them out!<br />

Q: What is your longer term plan?<br />

A: Suoranta – Marinetek has great<br />

history. We have been growing<br />

globally in past years. Our next step<br />

is to strengthen our presence and<br />

in the future expand our offering.<br />

Simultaneously, we also want to learn<br />

how we can serve our customers better<br />

and in a more efficient way.<br />

Q: When marina developers select<br />

a marina system what do you think<br />

are their main considerations and<br />

priorities? How are you addressing<br />

these demands?<br />

The marinas at Deera Island, Dubai<br />

have 374 berths spread across four<br />

marinas. Vessels up to 60m (197ft) can be<br />



Phuket Yacht Haven <strong>Marina</strong>, Thailand<br />

welcomes boats of all sizes but is widely<br />

regarded as a first port choice for<br />

superyachts. In 2015, Marinetek installed<br />

a dedicated superyacht pier which provides<br />

800m (2,620ft) of alongside berthing for<br />

yachts up to 100m (303ft). The marina<br />

is currently being expanded with new<br />

Marinetek-built piers.<br />

A: Suoranta – As we’ve just seen in<br />

Florida and the Caribbean, extreme<br />

weather conditions are a major<br />

consideration in certain parts of the<br />

world. Our technology and capability to<br />

build strong and long-lasting marinas<br />

and breakwaters that truly protect<br />

marinas are great assets and we have<br />

references to back this up.<br />

Another consideration is the<br />

superyacht sector as vessels are<br />

getting bigger and there are more of<br />

them around the world. This creates<br />

a demand for marinas that are able<br />

to handle the mooring loads of large<br />

yachts. Marinetek has invested a lot<br />

into product development for heavyduty<br />

concrete pontoons and breakwater<br />

units that are ideal for building marinas<br />

for superyachts and other large vessels.<br />

A: Kaitue – Like any smart investor,<br />

marina developers are looking for<br />

long-lasting solutions that require<br />

low maintenance and therefore offer<br />

great value over time. Our marina<br />

products not only have a long design<br />

lifespan, but also allow for marina<br />

reconfiguration if needed over time to<br />

adapt to changing needs or growing<br />

demand. There is also a sustainability<br />

advantage: refurbishing existing marina<br />

infrastructure extends the lifespan of<br />

the marina with minimal additional load<br />

on the environment.<br />

Our experience of working on<br />

The first phase of DB <strong>Marina</strong> in<br />

Taalintehdas at the heart of the beautiful<br />

Finnish archipelago was installed in 2020.<br />

The marina is exposed to south-east winds<br />

and waves, and requires the protection of a<br />

Marinetek breakwater.<br />

challenging and large<br />

projects in various<br />

environments around the<br />

world over the past three<br />

decades has taught us<br />

to adapt and engineer<br />

perfect solutions for all<br />

projects. With that knowhow<br />

and experience, we<br />

can certainly meet any<br />

marina developer’s needs.<br />

Q: Which particular geographical<br />

area is currently performing best for<br />

Marinetek? Why do you think this is?<br />

A: Suoranta – We have a strong hold<br />

in parts of the Nordic market and also<br />

in the Mediterranean. That is partly due<br />

to our long presence in these markets<br />

but also thanks to our ability to give<br />

customers high quality products. Of<br />

course, we see great growth pockets<br />

in all geographical areas, not only<br />

in the markets where we have been<br />

present for decades. We believe that<br />

all geographical areas have room for<br />

growth and we want to be part of that<br />

journey with our customers.<br />

Q: Have you any plans to change<br />

the existing product line or factory<br />

facilities?<br />

Karri Kaitue (left) and Santeri Suoranta are embracing the<br />

opportunity to take Marinetek to the next level.<br />

A: Suoranta – We have nine production<br />

locations and those are geographically<br />

spread over a wide area. There are<br />

multiple aspects affecting the number<br />

and location of these facilities, driven<br />

by the thought of how we can serve our<br />

customers better. For the time being,<br />

we don’t have any big plans on the<br />

table but we will keep our eyes open<br />

regarding change.<br />

A: Kaitue – We aim to strengthen our<br />

role as a solution provider, creating<br />

long-lasting partnerships with our<br />

clients. We intend to use our knowledge<br />

and expertise to enable our customers<br />

to meet the increasing demands of their<br />

customers, and to excel in promoting<br />

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growth. “There are no marinas able<br />

to handle a 100m [330ft] yacht<br />

and very few berths for boats of<br />

even 80m [262ft] on the entire east<br />

coast,” he explains. “The market<br />

desperately needs our marina and<br />

could have used five more marinas<br />

like ours, but there is simply no<br />

space to build them. Environmental<br />

regulations make it very hard,” he<br />

adds.<br />

Seclusion and luxury<br />

in the Bahamas<br />

Plans to develop a luxury superyacht-focused marina on the southern tip of<br />

the island of Abaco in the Bahamas are in the final design stage, with a grand<br />

opening anticipated in 2026. Charlotte Niemiec reports<br />

The exclusive resort community of<br />

Porto Habacoa is set to offer the best<br />

of both land and sea, from hiking trails<br />

that meander through the island’s<br />

National Park to marine life comprising<br />

multiple species of whales, dolphins<br />

and bonefish.<br />

When complete, the marina will offer<br />

136 berths on floating pontoons to<br />

accommodate boats ranging in size<br />

from 45-220m (148-722ft). Each berth<br />

will be configured to handle more<br />

than one boat, allowing the marina to<br />

accommodate either 372 regular sized<br />

boats or 136 superyachts in total, or a<br />

mixture of the two.<br />

Mastermind behind the project,<br />

developer and CEO Ra’anan Ben-<br />

Zur, has spent four years navigating<br />

complex regulations and lining up<br />

strategic partners to ensure the<br />

success of the project. “We’ve now<br />

obtained all the government approvals<br />

for the project, including getting the<br />

certificate of environmental clearance,<br />

without which one cannot break<br />

ground,” he says. “It was hard to get – it<br />

took years and lots of work and study,<br />

but we have it. In addition, both the<br />

government of the Bahamas and the<br />

local community government are very<br />

supportive of our project. So, other than<br />

the usual construction-related issues<br />

that are always there but are not major,<br />

we are in good shape. We expect to<br />

finalise detailed planning and design<br />

during 2023, start construction in early<br />

2024 and be operational in early 2026.”<br />

When complete, the marina is<br />

expected to help fill a large hole for<br />

superyacht owners in North America,<br />

according to Ben-Zur. “While I’m not<br />

an expert, I’ve studied the superyacht<br />

industry intensely over the last few<br />

years, which is growing significantly<br />

both in terms of numbers and sizes.”<br />

But on the US east coast, a lack of<br />

marina space for superyachts has<br />

reached critical levels, which he<br />

Superyacht focus<br />

Ben-Zur is acutely aware that<br />

superyachts have very different<br />

needs to those of regular sized<br />

boats, particularly when it comes to<br />

marina size, depth and the facilities on<br />

offer. For this reason, Porto Habacoa<br />

is designed from the ground up with<br />

superyachts in mind. Other marinas<br />

in the area are much smaller and, in<br />

most cases, not as deep, Ben-Zur<br />

explains. They can only service a few<br />

superyachts at a time and are limited in<br />

size to about 80m (262ft), with very few<br />

exceptions that go up to 90m (295ft).<br />

These marinas generally have very<br />

high occupancy and some reach 100%<br />

all year round.<br />

To combat difficulty for large vessels<br />

struggling to fit into inadequate berth<br />

space, Habacoa <strong>Marina</strong> will be huge,<br />

with 44ha (109 acres) of actual<br />

basin. “Theoretically, a 200m [656ft]<br />

superyacht could come in and simply<br />

reverse into its berth in one simple<br />

manoeuvre,” Ben-Zur says. The marina<br />

will also have a depth of 8m (26ft) at<br />

the entry canal and a 5.5m (18ft) basin,<br />

unlike any other Bahamian marina.<br />

This will provide important flexibility for<br />

yachts as it allows them to come and<br />

go at low or high tide. “Additionally,<br />

we will have a massive procurement<br />

Above: CGI of the superyacht-focused<br />

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Right: View from a canalside home with its<br />

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far-reaching views.<br />

centre. A superyacht’s captain, chef<br />

or engineer will be able to find all they<br />

need from soup to nuts, as they say, or<br />

caviar and champagne as better suits<br />

superyachts, and all other essentials.”<br />

The marina will seek to differentiate<br />

from other marinas in the area by<br />

being very crew-friendly, offering full<br />

use of all the facilities in the area with<br />

a dedicated, free to enter crew club<br />

stocked with everything they need. One<br />

of the main attractions of this project is<br />

that the marina will be private, secluded<br />

and exclusive, yet easily accessible<br />

by private plane, yacht and also by<br />

commercial airlines. “It’s important to<br />

note that our marina will also provide<br />

customs and immigration services on<br />

location. Many marinas in the Bahamas<br />

don’t and, as such, an incoming yacht<br />

needs to detour to get registered first.<br />

Our services will help superyachts<br />

avoid this extra time and hassle.”<br />

The marina will provide fuel and<br />

pump-out services, not only diesel but<br />

also hydrogen “if and when it takes<br />

off”, Ben-Zur says. However, “we’re<br />

still in the final design stage and we’re<br />

considering a number of options when<br />

it comes to the manufacturers we<br />

choose to use.”<br />

The 200-ha (490-acre) Habacoa<br />

marina site will also boast a golf course,<br />

casino, water sports, nature hiking<br />

trails, horse riding, island or fishing<br />

excursions and entertainment venues. It<br />

will offer three hotels, ranging from ultra<br />

luxury to mid-range, and a wellness<br />

facility, as well as a spa, restaurants,<br />

residential units, a yacht club, stores,<br />

charter offices for fishing, cruising and<br />

seaplane tours.<br />

The ‘Mansion’ element of the residential<br />

resort (top right) has direct beach access,<br />

and the condo buildings<br />

(right) enjoy sea views.<br />

Environment central to<br />

the design<br />

Environmental elements are central to<br />

the design of the entire complex and<br />

the project commits US$10 million to<br />

environmental preservation, including<br />

US$1million to build a biosecure coral<br />

rescue facility and US$2million to<br />

fund facility research, preservation<br />

and education operations over five<br />

years. For his dedication to developing<br />

Habacoa with the environment in<br />

mind, Ben-Zur was awarded the <strong>2022</strong><br />

International Smart & Sustainable<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Coup de Coeur award at the<br />

Monaco Smart & Sustainable <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Rendezvous. When complete, the<br />

marina will seek Blue<br />

Flag certification<br />

to establish it as<br />

one of the most<br />

environmentally<br />

sustainable in the<br />

world.<br />

The deliberately low<br />

density development<br />

will preserve 71ha<br />

(175 acres) of native<br />

forest, home to the<br />

endangered Abaco<br />

Parrot. The marina is sited within an<br />

existing deep water pocket and will<br />

be excavated on land, as opposed<br />

to ocean dredging, to minimise<br />

disruption to the shoreline and<br />

marine resources.<br />

Cliffs of 30m (100ft) are expected<br />

to protect the site from rising sea<br />

levels for at least 100 years, while<br />

construction will be strong enough<br />

to withstand a direct hit from the<br />

worst hurricane on record, with<br />

only minor damage expected. The<br />

project will draw on solar power<br />

to provide 30 per cent of Habacoa’s<br />

energy needs and solar water heating<br />

will be used as the project’s primary hot<br />

water system.<br />

Habacoa will also be the first<br />

development in the Bahamas to use<br />

rainwater harvesting as the sole source<br />

of potable water for residents and<br />

guests, and all irrigation needs will be<br />

met with grey water.<br />

Ben-Zur is excited to begin. “As the<br />

developer of this project, it is the vision<br />

of my life – the best of the best, unique,<br />

special. I’ve been looking for something<br />

like this for 20 years and, over the last<br />

five, I’ve dedicated my all to this project.<br />

I’m now on the verge of executing it.”<br />

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The big boat picture<br />

in southern Italy<br />

Southern Italy and the islands of Sardinia and Sicily have a charm and<br />

culture all of their own and have long been favoured tourist destinations. But<br />

translating this enthusiasm to nautical tourism has been less easy, especially<br />

with regard to the largest yachts. Donatella Zucca explores marinas with<br />

superyacht facilities.<br />

There are around 780 ports and<br />

landings scattered around the Italian<br />

coastline offering 160,000 moorings.<br />

Most are located in northern Italy and<br />

on the Tyrrhenian Sea coast. Only 85<br />

of the 780 can be classified as real<br />

marinas, delivering a total of 44,000<br />

full-service berths.<br />

Although Italy is a world leader in the<br />

production of large yachts and offers<br />

high-level repair and refit, its marinas<br />

lack moorings and infrastructure for<br />

yachts of 45 to 100m+ (148 to 330ft+).<br />

This is especially obvious in the south<br />

where, if they exist, they are often<br />

under utilised despite the fact that,<br />

depending on the season, larger yachts<br />

tend to head to the Mediterranean or<br />

the Caribbean and Italy is in the heart<br />

of the Med.<br />

As in many places, there are<br />

disappointing non-starters. Porto di<br />

Licata in Sicily, for example, despite<br />

being very beautiful, is used only<br />

minimally, and by small boats, due to<br />

an industrial development plan that<br />

never took off. Another example is the<br />

Porto Xifonia in Augusta has all the<br />

credentials for becoming one of the finest<br />

tourist ports in the Mediterranean.<br />

New Port of Crotone in Calabria. With<br />

its large water area and considerable<br />

water depths, it could accommodate<br />

vessels in excess of 200m (660ft) but<br />

for various reasons it is little used.<br />

The financial incentive for developing<br />

superyacht berths is considerable. “On<br />

average, each superyacht visit brings<br />

around €11,000 per day to the area<br />

and 100m [330ft] of dedicated quayside<br />

can generate over €20 million per year,”<br />

says Paolo Viola, head of marinas<br />

IGY <strong>Marina</strong> di Portisco with 41<br />

superyacht berths in its mix, is one of the<br />

best marinas in Sardinia.<br />

and waterfront for WIP Architects.<br />

WIP Architects has thus devised a<br />

project for the recovery of disused or<br />

abandoned commercial ports, suitably<br />

sized for large yachts and mostly aimed<br />

at local authorities, sector operators<br />

and administrations able to initiate<br />

investment via the National Plan of<br />

Recovery and Resilience (PNRR).<br />

Infrastructure ripe for mooring yachts of<br />

40 to 100m (131 to 330ft) can be found<br />

in Gallipoli and Barletta, for example.<br />

Regardless of ambitious project<br />

ideas, the Italian south and its islands<br />

show courage and vision – and some<br />

definite highlights.<br />

While <strong>Marina</strong> di Porto Cervo in Costa<br />

Smeralda (Sardinia) with its 60 berths<br />

for yachts up to 100m (330ft) sits at the<br />

pinnacle as a match with St Tropez for<br />

glamour, glitz and fame, other southern<br />

marinas have made a notable mark.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> di Portisco, always one of the<br />

best Sardinian marinas and now part<br />

of the Island Global Yachting (IGY)<br />

network, is a prime example. The<br />

marina has 589 berths, including 41<br />

for superyachts up to 90m (295ft). It<br />

is one of few in the area able to host<br />

such large vessels, thanks to its 10m<br />

(33ft) water depth, and it has built on<br />

this with wide-ranging dining and retail<br />

offerings, repair and refit services etc. It<br />

has three charging stations for electric<br />

cars and marina vehicles, ecological<br />

waste collection islands, and – new<br />

for the season – the Mercedes-Benz<br />

Luxury Hub with fully electric Mercedes<br />

EQ cars.<br />

Also in Costa Smeralda is the ecofriendly<br />

Cala dei Sardi in the Gulf of<br />

Cugnana (next to <strong>Marina</strong> di Cugnana<br />

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<strong>Marina</strong> d’Arechi has a dedicated<br />

superyacht quay for 60 yachts of 32 to<br />

100m (105 to 330ft).<br />

between Porto Rotondo and Portisco).<br />

With 140 berths up to 70m (230ft), the<br />

well-protected, landscaped marina<br />

is a quiet slice of paradise with a<br />

special floating swim platform in the<br />

marina basin. It has all the hospitality<br />

and nautical offerings to be expected<br />

from a marina catering to superyachts<br />

but is one of the most affordably<br />

priced facilities in the region. This is<br />

particularly beneficial to catamaran<br />

owners who pay just 10 per cent more<br />

than a monohull owner for monthly,<br />

seasonal and annual berths.<br />

Moving south into the port of Cagliari,<br />

Portus Karalis <strong>Marina</strong> stands alone<br />

as the only marina in this area of the<br />

island capable of hosting yachts above<br />

90m (295ft). The marina has 118<br />

berths and all essential services and,<br />

with its location in the heart of the city<br />

and the Mediterranean, it is ideally<br />

positioned for stopovers en route to the<br />

south of France and Spain. The facility<br />

is managed by the <strong>Marina</strong> di Porto<br />

Rotondo Group, owned by the Molinas<br />

family that manages various nautical<br />

and tourist-based concerns in Sardinia<br />

including <strong>Marina</strong> di Porto Rotondo,<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> di Punta Marana, <strong>Marina</strong> di Cala<br />

Bitta, Bosa <strong>Marina</strong>, three storage yards,<br />

and a five-star and four-star hotel.<br />

In Sicily, the offering for large yachts<br />

is more complex and less rich and there<br />

is little desire to develop infrastructure<br />

further. The best examples are <strong>Marina</strong><br />

di Riposto (Porto dell’Etna) and Porto<br />

Xifonio in Augusta. “The past season<br />

ended very well, there was a large<br />

influx of boats, ranging from 8m (26ft)<br />

A newly opened marina, Stabia Main Port<br />

can accept gigayachts (up to 250m/820ft)<br />

due to its deep water and<br />

generous harbour entrance.<br />

to maxi yacht size,” Marzia Crimi, head<br />

of front office at <strong>Marina</strong> di Riposto told<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> <strong>World</strong>. “Our central pier can<br />

accommodate boats up to a maximum<br />

of 75m [246ft] and this summer we had<br />

212 transient yachts (as of 31 st August<br />

<strong>2022</strong>) of 30 to 70m [98 to 230ft], which<br />

is more or less equivalent to 25 per cent.<br />

We do not have permanent contracts<br />

for vessels of 40m [131ft] and above but<br />

only for boats of 8 to 20m [26 to 66ft].”<br />

The marina location has strong<br />

seafaring links and is in a particularly<br />

beautiful area near Taormina, Alcantara<br />

Gorges and Mount Etna. With a total<br />

of 380 moorings and infrastructure for<br />

vessels up to 80m [262ft], the marina<br />

also has a shipyard and maintenance<br />

shed.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Porto Xifonia in Augusta<br />

has all the credentials for becoming<br />

one of the finest tourist ports in the<br />

Mediterranean. Generously sized<br />

and with a large marina basin, it is<br />

an ideal starting point for a voyage<br />

to Malta, Greece, North Africa, the<br />

Aeolian and Egadi islands. Augusta<br />

itself has important history, nearby<br />

Syracuse is famous for its beauty,<br />

and the Etna volcano is a permanent<br />

tourist draw. The marina can host 245<br />

boats, accommodating vessels up to<br />

60m (197ft). Four 50m (164ft) vessels<br />

can be moored up at the same pier.<br />

Boatyard facilities are extensive and<br />

well-equipped and the superyacht<br />

docks have private access and parking<br />

spaces. A spa, solarium, gym and<br />

swimming pool are located on the<br />

breakwater.<br />

If only for its location, it is a must<br />

to mention the tourist port of Capri<br />

in <strong>Marina</strong> Grande when thinking of<br />

southern Italy. Positioned on the north<br />

side of the island in a wonderful natural<br />

inlet, Port of Capri has 300 berths and<br />

capacity for 60m (197ft) yachts.<br />

Looking across the water and a little<br />

east to Salerno, we find the top tourist<br />

spots of Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento and<br />

Ravello, and <strong>Marina</strong> d’Arechi, which<br />

has an entire quay capable of mooring<br />

60 yachts of 32 to 100m (105 to 330ft).<br />

The marina has 34ha (84 acres) of<br />

water space protected by a natural<br />

stone breakwater and, with around<br />

1,000 berths, it markets itself as a<br />

base for large boats. The marina’s<br />

new service company, MDA Yachting<br />

& Lifestyle, has given impetus to<br />

investment aimed at the superyacht<br />

sector. The nearby Salerno (Costa<br />

d’Amalfi) airport specialises in private<br />

flights and has a new helipad offering<br />

shuttle connections to Capri and Ischia,<br />

and airports in Rome and Naples. A<br />

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<strong>Marina</strong> del Gargano in the Gulf of<br />

Manfredonia covers an area of 27ha (67<br />

acres) and has 700 berths. Upon request,<br />

vessels as long as 60m (197ft) can be<br />

accommodated.<br />

recently inaugurated events area and<br />

the Sunset Lounge terrace overlooking<br />

the Amalfi coast are both popular with<br />

customers, and the barbecue area is<br />

appreciated by crew.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> d’Arechi offers seasonal<br />

packages for everyone. Purchase of<br />

‘Twenty’, for example, delivers a berth<br />

for 20 years at reduced cost and, as the<br />

marina has ‘resort’ status, a reduced<br />

VAT rate of 10 per cent is given on<br />

short-term moorings.<br />

New to the area is Stabia Main Port<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>. With 9m (29ft 6in) water depths<br />

and a harbour entrance over 60m<br />

(197ft) wide, it can accept gigayachts<br />

up to 250m (820ft) in length. “The <strong>2022</strong><br />

tourist season gave great satisfaction,<br />

with large yachts with internationally<br />

renowned guests calling in. Vessels<br />

over 100m [330ft] have chosen Stabia<br />

Main Port as their only landing point in<br />

the Mediterranean, and for megayacht<br />

services and the local tourism<br />

opportunities,” said marketing and port<br />

facilities director Luisa del Sorbo. The<br />

marina, which opened six years ago at<br />

the centre of Castellammare di Stabia,<br />

has resort status.<br />

Further south, the stand-out facility<br />

is <strong>Marina</strong> del Gargano in the Gulf of<br />

Manfredonia. Ideal for cruising on to<br />

Greece, Montenegro and Croatia, and<br />

just steps away from the historic city<br />

centre, the marina covers an area of<br />

27ha (67 acres) and has 700 berths.<br />

The mooring plan accommodates boats<br />

of 50m (164ft) in length but 60m (197ft)<br />

vessels can moor up on request. In<br />

addition to a fully-equipped shipyard,<br />

there are two commercial areas with<br />

bars, restaurants and shops.<br />

“Particular attention is given to the<br />

environment,” explained port director<br />

Andrea Zullo. “We are equipped with<br />

several charging stations for electric<br />

vehicles and boats, and have a water<br />

recirculation and pump-out system.”<br />

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The Town of Palm<br />

Beach <strong>Marina</strong>,<br />

now with enhanced<br />

superyacht berthing,<br />

opened last year after a<br />

major rebuild. Image:<br />

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courtesy of Town Palm<br />

Beach <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Superyachts welcome at<br />

Palm Beach marina<br />

The Town of Palm Beach <strong>Marina</strong>, the only public marina located on the 18-mile<br />

(29km) long barrier island between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic<br />

Ocean, reopened to the public in <strong>November</strong> 2021 after a $40 million rebuild.<br />

Completed on time and under budget, it provides a significant upgrade to the<br />

marina facilities in Palm Beach County, Florida, and its first year of operation<br />

has been a huge success.<br />

Development of the master plan,<br />

which began in January 2017, was<br />

approved by the Town Council on 10 th<br />

April 2018. And, as South Florida is<br />

experiencing increasing demand for<br />

larger slips, the approval of the project<br />

design addressed the growing need to<br />

expand the marina to allow access for<br />

larger vessels, including superyachts.<br />

Murray Logan Construction was<br />

chosen as the general contractor for<br />

the project and Bellingham Marine was<br />

contracted to undertake the marina<br />

portion of the extensive renovation.<br />

Working together with the Town’s<br />

consulting engineer, Baird, the scope<br />

of work included total replacement and<br />

redesign of the existing marina, and<br />

installation of a hurricane-rated Unifloat<br />

concrete floating dock system which<br />

was put through its paces with minimal<br />

ensuing damage by Hurricane Ian.<br />

Steel pipe piling with HDPE sleeves,<br />

installation of ADA compliant aluminium<br />

gangways and waterside utilities were<br />

included.<br />

The marina now comprises 84 slips,<br />

ranging from 60 to 294ft (18 to 90m)<br />

divided between three docks: the<br />

Brazilian, Australian and Peruvian. An<br />

additional 250ft (76m) structure, the<br />

Royal Palm Dock, was included in the<br />

project to accommodate superyachts<br />

through the use of side ties. Before the<br />

renovation, the marina was only able to<br />

accommodate one 200ft (61m) yacht,<br />

but with the completion of the project it<br />

has increased this capacity tenfold.<br />

The design of the marina includes<br />

numerous features intended specifically<br />

for large vessels and superyachts.<br />

Bellingham’s Unifloat concrete dock<br />

was constructed with 14ft (4.3m) wide<br />

main piers, 8 to 12ft (2.4 to 3.6m) extra<br />

wide finger piers, and 30in (76cm)<br />

freeboard. To better accommodate the<br />

draft of larger vessels and superyachts,<br />

the slips were designed to have greater<br />

width and depth than average slips.<br />

The marina’s electrical system<br />

required over five miles of cable to<br />

provide new shore power with 480V,<br />

200 amps power as well as 100A<br />

single phase and three phase power<br />

to the slips, high speed Wi-Fi system,<br />

in-slip metering and integrated lighting<br />

throughout the<br />

gangway handrails.<br />

The marina also<br />

comes equipped<br />

with an advanced<br />

in-slip high-capacity<br />

pump-out system<br />

that provides an<br />

exceptionally<br />

functional yet aesthetically pleasing<br />

final product. The marina offers<br />

complimentary cart and porter<br />

concierge services, gated docks with<br />

access control, shower and lounge<br />

facilities, and a brand-new marina office<br />

and restroom/shower facilities.<br />

“The Town of Palm Beach <strong>Marina</strong><br />

surpassed expectations in its first<br />

season of operation and the staff is<br />

excited to welcome both new and<br />

returning customers. Anchored in the<br />

heart of midtown, the marina location is<br />

ideal for those who are looking for the<br />

ultimate Palm Beach experience,” said<br />

Carolyn Stone, assistant town manager.<br />

One of the major draws of the former<br />

Town Docks is its proximity to the worldfamous<br />

Palm Beach area’s amenities<br />

as it is within walking distance of the<br />

well-known Worth Avenue renowned<br />

shops and restaurants. Slip holders<br />

are provided with complimentary use<br />

of the 18-hole Par 3 Golf Course and<br />

its clubhouse located on the scenic<br />

waterfront. The marina experience is<br />

further enhanced for its guests through<br />

complimentary access to the Morton<br />

and Barbara Mandel Recreation<br />

Center’s health and wellness facilities<br />

and the town’s multiple pristine tennis<br />

courts.<br />

The Town of Palm Beach committed<br />

to providing increased access to the<br />

amenities demanded by the evergrowing<br />

market for facilities that can<br />

accommodate larger vessels and<br />

superyachts, and to transforming the<br />

Town of Palm Beach <strong>Marina</strong> into a<br />

world-class destination for captains,<br />

crews and guests alike.<br />

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Gibraltar superyacht<br />

berths near completion<br />

New bespoke superyacht berthing facilities are nearing completion at <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Bay and Ocean Village in Gibraltar. The berths are arranged around the<br />

perimeter of the innovative, award-winning <strong>Marina</strong> Club, which offers over<br />

10,000m² (107,600ft²) of residential space.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Club, a new development<br />

of 144 waterfront rental apartments<br />

that form the centrepiece of the<br />

development, has been constructed<br />

over water on mini piles and is<br />

accessed via a landscaped pier. The<br />

primary challenge for the designers<br />

of the superyacht berthing was to<br />

coordinate the berthing design within<br />

the overall scheme.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Projects of the UK (see article<br />

p.55) designed some berths stern-to<br />

onto piled anchorages surrounding<br />

the Club and others stern-to on a new<br />

Marinetek floating superyacht pontoon.<br />

All have head mooring buoys. The next<br />

phase will be the provision of access to<br />

the Club spa decks and facilities.<br />

“The building of top-class marina and<br />

superyacht facilities in Gibraltar has<br />

been a huge team effort and one that<br />

I am immensely proud to have been<br />

associated with,” said William Bowman,<br />

marina director of Ocean Village and<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Bay <strong>Marina</strong>s. “This development<br />

represents a massive upgrade in all<br />

the marina facilities available. Gibraltar<br />

has her first fully serviced superyacht<br />

berths, and we look forward to<br />

welcoming vessels up to 90m [295ft] in<br />

length.”<br />

The need for the marina to remain<br />

open throughout the build period and<br />

continue to satisfy the requirements<br />

of the nearby Gibraltar Airport<br />

operators presented obstacles. A mini<br />

piling system used throughout the<br />

development was chosen to reduce<br />

noise and disruption to surrounding<br />

stake holders during the build.<br />

Despite the impediments, the existing<br />

270-berth marina has been completely<br />

redesigned and rebuilt using a<br />

mixture of fixed and floating Marinetek<br />

pontoons, selected for quality, long life<br />

The <strong>Marina</strong> Club<br />

during its development phase.<br />

CGI of the new superyacht berths<br />

surrounding the innovative <strong>Marina</strong> Club<br />

residences.<br />

and stability. The available water space<br />

has been used more efficiently, allowing<br />

for many more, longer and wider<br />

berths, better suited to modern yacht<br />

design. The Mediterranean moorings<br />

were replaced with modern finger<br />

pontoons.<br />

The team of engineers had<br />

one unique and tricky problem to<br />

resolve: free passage for occasional<br />

maintenance to a floating hotel. This<br />

resulted in several design solutions<br />

being considered. With grouted piles<br />

being drilled, in some cases more<br />

than 8m (26ft) into the seabed rock,<br />

a simple pile extraction was ruled out.<br />

The adopted solution was to allow a<br />

section of the superyacht pontoon to be<br />

removable.<br />

The pile structure designed to handle<br />

the mooring loads for the superyacht<br />

pontoon is supported by an underwater<br />

structure anchored to the seabed at<br />

either end. This means that the whole<br />

anchoring system for the superyacht<br />

pontoon, together with the pontoon it is<br />

supporting, can be raised and removed<br />

using the tide. In normal operational<br />

mode, this smart engineering remains<br />

hidden on the seabed.<br />

Gregory Butcher, chairman of the<br />

developers, commented: “This whole<br />

project has been undertaken using our<br />

own teams of staff and engineers and<br />

our own marine civils equipment with a<br />

busy marina operating throughout. We<br />

are now ready for the next project in<br />

Gibraltar!”<br />

The new berths are due to be<br />

completed by year end and open<br />

for business at the start of the 2023<br />

season.<br />

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Abu Dhabi –<br />

a new winter oasis<br />

Abu Dhabi is on a journey to becoming a major destination for the global<br />

superyacht industry. According to a report entitled New Winter Oasis for<br />

Maritime Luxury Experience – Abu Dhabi’s Quest to Become a Global<br />

Superyacht Destination, published by Abu Dhabi Maritime, custodian of the<br />

emirate’s waterways and part of AD Ports Group, it has achieved a number of<br />

important milestones.<br />

The whitepaper, which was<br />

released at the Monaco Yacht Show<br />

in September, points to the increased<br />

sector demand from 5,325 registered<br />

superyachts currently on the world’s<br />

waterways, divided between 4,492<br />

motor yachts and 833 sailing yachts.<br />

Construction of over 150 further<br />

superyachts is also set to complete in<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, representing a total fleet value of<br />

more than €4 billion.<br />

After extensive consultation with<br />

industry experts, the report identified<br />

four key criteria that give Abu Dhabi<br />

significant comparative advantages,<br />

including: favourable seasonal weather<br />

and sea conditions; advanced maritime<br />

infrastructure and related services;<br />

established legal and regulatory<br />

environment; and world-class attractions<br />

incorporating social, cultural and<br />

entertainment elements.<br />

“We developed this whitepaper to<br />

showcase the significant progress<br />

that Abu Dhabi has made in recent<br />

years in developing its unique offering<br />

to superyacht owners and to identify<br />

areas where more work is needed in<br />

order to achieve our vision,” explained<br />

Ammar Al Shaiba, acting CEO of<br />

Maritime Cluster, AD Port Group. “The<br />

findings demonstrate that the emirate<br />

is becoming a destination of choice<br />

among the superyacht elite, with a<br />

wide range of services, attractions and<br />

climate benefits. Multiple agencies and<br />

organisations are working together<br />

under the guidance of our wise<br />

leadership to achieve this goal.”<br />

Developed from a range of qualitative<br />

interviews with international experts<br />

conducted in 2021 and <strong>2022</strong>, the<br />

report examines the factors that attract<br />

owners to venture beyond traditional<br />

destinations such as Mediterranean<br />

ports like Marbella, Capri, Saint Tropez,<br />

Antibes and Monaco, and Caribbean<br />

ports such as Antigua, St Lucia, the BVI<br />

and the Bahamas.<br />

Experts interviewed suggested that<br />

the rise in superyacht ownership over<br />

the last decade, underpinned by the<br />

changing nationality profiles of owners,<br />

especially those based in Asia and the<br />

Middle East, has encouraged individuals<br />

and companies to look beyond these<br />

typical destinations. Furthermore, the<br />

geostrategic location of Abu Dhabi<br />

coupled with its natural abundance of<br />

pristine waterways and islands has<br />

helped to raise its profile among these<br />

new owners.<br />

Sea conditions in the Arabian Gulf,<br />

with low winds and calm waters year-<br />

Yas <strong>Marina</strong>, one of two full-service<br />

marinas in Abu Dhabi.<br />

round, along with moderate low season<br />

temperatures, mean that vessels do<br />

not need to be lifted from the water<br />

and stored at great expense, thereby<br />

increasing Abu Dhabi’s attractiveness.<br />

The report also highlighted the emirate’s<br />

extensive leisure, sport, cultural and<br />

entertainment offerings, along with its<br />

natural beauty.<br />

One of the areas of significant<br />

progress, according to the whitepaper,<br />

lies in the development of the legal<br />

and regulatory framework in support<br />

of superyacht owners and crews,<br />

many of whom are not full-time<br />

residents in the country. The recent<br />

launch of comprehensive and fullydigitised<br />

safety maps of all waterways,<br />

identifying anchorage areas, zones for<br />

motorised and non-motorised craft,<br />

and speed limits, is also cited as a key<br />

improvement.<br />

Abu Dhabi has, furthermore, made<br />

significant progress in the development<br />

of advanced maritime infrastructure and<br />

related superyacht services and has a<br />

number of refit yards. It is also home to<br />

two full-service superyacht marinas that<br />

can host yachts of all sizes and offer a<br />

full suite of premier accommodation,<br />

services and amenities.<br />

First superyacht<br />

repair and refit<br />

centre in UAE<br />

Al Seer Marine, MB92 and P&O<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s have agreed to jointly<br />

develop the first dedicated<br />

superyacht refit and repair facility<br />

in the UAE. The yard will be located<br />

in Dubai and is scheduled for<br />

completion in 2026. Services will,<br />

however, be available in 2023 to kick<br />

off a strategic plan.<br />

Hamza Mustafa, COO of P&O<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s, commented: “The UAE is the<br />

ideal location to service the Gulf region’s<br />

growing number of superyacht owners.<br />

Dubai has developed its reputation over<br />

the years as a top destination for luxury<br />

yachting with the creation of several<br />

high-end marinas. We already look<br />

after some of the most exclusive and<br />

advanced yachts at Mina Rashid <strong>Marina</strong>.<br />

With the development of a new service<br />

centre and refit shipyard, the UAE and<br />

Dubai’s offering as a hub for yacht<br />

owners will be even more attractive.”<br />

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The superyacht berthing arm at Coral Sea<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> (left) and modern crew facilities<br />

(below).<br />

Captains and crew vote<br />

Coral Sea <strong>Marina</strong><br />

‘best in world’<br />

Coral Sea <strong>Marina</strong> Resort on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef won ‘<strong>World</strong>’s Best<br />

Superyacht <strong>Marina</strong>’ <strong>2022</strong> in the recently held ACREW Superyacht Business<br />

Awards. Over 15,000 captains and crew around the world cast their votes in<br />

the competition.<br />

“When I purchased the marina from<br />

the receivers in 2013, my vision was to<br />

create the Monaco of the South Pacific,”<br />

explained marina owner Paul Darrouzet.<br />

“I expected the transformation to take<br />

five years. I did not envisage enduring<br />

a major natural disaster or a global<br />

pandemic but, throughout it all, we have<br />

survived and thrived. Coral Sea <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Resort has been awarded Australia’s<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> of the Year in 2017/2018 and<br />

2019/2020, and we were entered into<br />

the Hall of Fame in 2021.”<br />

“Being awarded the <strong>World</strong>’s Best<br />

Superyacht <strong>Marina</strong> just as we have<br />

entered our tenth year of operations is<br />

not only the ultimate accolade, it is<br />

a vision realised,” he added.<br />

The other international marina<br />

finalists in this category were Porto<br />

Montenegro, Rhodes <strong>Marina</strong>,<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Genova and Limassol<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>.<br />

Arnold Mbiydzengeh, head<br />

of B2B sales for ACREW,<br />

congratulated Coral Sea <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Resort: “Winning this award goes to<br />

confirm the hard work of the Coral Sea<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Resort team towards assisting<br />

yachts and yacht crew. Keep up with<br />

the good work, the superyacht industry<br />

needs more like you.”<br />

As runner-up in the last two ACREW<br />

Superyacht Business Awards for Best<br />

Superyacht <strong>Marina</strong> 2021 and Best<br />

Superyacht <strong>Marina</strong> Australia 2020,<br />

taking out the ‘<strong>World</strong>’s Best’ win against<br />

such strong international competition<br />

is deemed a significant win for the<br />

Australian superyacht industry as a<br />

whole.<br />

David Good, CEO Superyacht<br />

Australia, agrees. “Coral Sea <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Resort is one of the jewels in the<br />

crown of Australia, located at the<br />

heart of Australia’s best cruising<br />

grounds, the Whitsundays Islands in<br />

the Great Barrier Reef. The marina<br />

is a destination, with outstanding<br />

infrastructure, customer service<br />

and attention to detail that is truly at<br />

superyacht standard,” he said.<br />

Coral Sea is Queensland’s first<br />

5 Gold Anchor Platinum accredited<br />

marina and has facilities for<br />

megayachts up to 80m (262ft).<br />

Recent marina developments have<br />

specifically been focused on the needs<br />

of superyacht captains and crew<br />

and include significant three-phase<br />

power upgrades, in-berth pump-out<br />

facilities and a top notch crew lounge<br />

with modern gym that overlooks<br />

the superyacht berths. In 2021, the<br />

marina launched its Platinum Crew<br />

Club specifically designed to immerse<br />

superyacht crew in the region. Through<br />

hosting events and developing an<br />

interactive yacht crew community, the<br />

Club aims to create strong advocates<br />

for yachting in Queensland’s premium<br />

island destination.<br />

“The past few years have dealt our<br />

business some major losses, which<br />

makes this win all the more meaningful,”<br />

explained Coral Sea <strong>Marina</strong> CEO Kate<br />

Purdie. “I could not be more proud of<br />

the dedicated and passionate team I<br />

have the privilege of working with every<br />

day and their seamless delivery of<br />

transformational guest experiences.”<br />

“As we plan for our tenth-anniversary<br />

celebrations, we will most certainly be<br />

celebrating not only our outstanding<br />

team but also our key partners with<br />

whom we share this award. Our mission<br />

is to ensure our service is second<br />

to none, and we are grateful to our<br />

loyal captains and crew for this global<br />

recognition of our collective efforts,” she<br />

added.<br />

The increase in domestic superyacht<br />

charter demand over the last two years<br />

has seen unprecedented visits to the<br />

marina and an increased requirement<br />

for Australia-based superyacht crew.<br />

The marina’s on-site crewing and<br />

concierge agent, Champion Crewing<br />

and Concierge – another ACREW<br />

award-winner – successfully caters to<br />

this demand.<br />

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Top US boat dealer launches<br />

first-in-state drystack<br />

If your marina facilities are at full occupancy and you have a 900-person<br />

waiting list, where better to invest than in a drystack? If you are bold and<br />

venture forth where no one else has ventured in an entire US state, you have<br />

to sell an unfamiliar concept but, if you win through, you add a vibrant new<br />

boating facility. With its Quick Launch Dry Stack, Hagadone Marine Group<br />

(HMG) has turned all of these ‘ifs’ into a runaway success.<br />

Quick Launch sits at the north end<br />

of Lake Coeur d’Alene, a natural<br />

dam-controlled lake in North Idaho in<br />

the US Pacific northwest. The 25 mile<br />

(40km) long lake, which has 109 miles<br />

(175km) of shoreline, is a popular<br />

summer tourist spot and is served by<br />

eight marinas (private and public and<br />

varying in size) and boat launches used<br />

by the public and several boat rental<br />

companies.<br />

Most of the boating activity takes<br />

place at the north end, near the town of<br />

Coeur d’Alene, and it is here that HMG<br />

Group has its various locations: a boat<br />

dealership headquarters and service<br />

centre on Blackwell Island; and three<br />

marinas on Blackwell, Silver Beach and<br />

in front of the Coeur d’Alene Resort<br />

(Boardwalk <strong>Marina</strong>).<br />

Racking boats<br />

The Quick Launch Dry Stack opened<br />

in April this year as the first drystack<br />

facility in Idaho. It is a 60ft (18m) high<br />

structure and offers 47,700ft² (4,430m²)<br />

of indoor boat storage on a five-level<br />

racking system. Around 360 singleengine<br />

boats of 18 to 30ft (5.5 to 9m)<br />

can be racked, and these are currently<br />

transferred to and from the water using<br />

two Wiggins W3.2 forklifts. Thirty-six<br />

valet slips are in place for pick-up and<br />

drop-off. Customers rent drystack slips<br />

annually and this gives them unlimited<br />

launches, gated car parking and access<br />

to a private clubhouse.<br />

The efficiency of the Wiggins<br />

machines ensures that Hagadone can<br />

launch a boat in just five minutes and<br />

the forklifts are more than up to the<br />

task, with Volvo Tier 4 engines, 50ft<br />

(15m) lift heights and solid non-marking<br />

tyres. “The first two units were delivered<br />

in January <strong>2022</strong>, and the Hagadone<br />

team was so happy with them and<br />

the facility was growing so rapidly that<br />

they ordered a third truck, which is set<br />

to be delivered in May 2023,” Wiggins<br />

Lift Company’s Micah McDowell told<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> <strong>World</strong>. “Our factory technician<br />

set the first two machines up back in<br />

January, and has been there once<br />

since set up to check in and remarked<br />

how large, impressive and busy the<br />

new facility is.”<br />

The HMG team marks the opening of the<br />

Quick Launch Dry Stack (top), a facility<br />

that HMG president Craig Brosenne<br />

(above) believes will bring millions of<br />

additional dollars to the community in<br />

Coeur d’Alene.<br />

Busy it certainly is, with all slips sold<br />

out before construction was completed,<br />

and it remained as busy as expected<br />

during its inaugural season. This is<br />

not just a positive result for HMG, as<br />

president Craig Brosenne explains:<br />

“We’re very excited about the effect<br />

Quick Launch will have on the local<br />

economy, giving people additional and<br />

improved access to not only the lake,<br />

but also to the businesses of North<br />

Idaho,” he said. “We believe this will<br />

bring millions of additional dollars to<br />

Coeur d’Alene’s community.”<br />

The $15 million project was<br />

supervised by John Barlow, who has<br />

completed a great deal of infrastructure<br />

for the Hagadone Corporation including<br />

the Coeur d’Alene Resort in 1986,<br />

and the golf course with its famous<br />

floating green in 1992. The design team<br />

included Welch Comer Engineering<br />

and architect Kol Nelson of BP Design<br />

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Works. The general contractor was TW<br />

Clark Construction of Spokane.<br />

The complex project took over four<br />

years to plan and approve. As it is built<br />

on an island, along with the rest of the<br />

group’s flagship headquarters, soil and<br />

water environmental considerations<br />

were paramount and strict protocols<br />

were followed every step of the way.<br />

Location, location<br />

Lake Coeur d’Alene is in a beautiful<br />

natural location but how important is<br />

boating in a landlocked state? And, if<br />

the winter bites hard, how long is the<br />

season?<br />

According to a study undertaken by<br />

Boise State University in 2016, 80,691<br />

households spent a total of $335.3<br />

million on boat related expenses in<br />

Idaho in 2015. Boat ownership and<br />

usage is concentrated in the most<br />

populated of its 44 counties and those<br />

that have water. Coeur d’Alene (in<br />

Kootenai County) falls in the midst of<br />

the top counties in terms of expenditure<br />

but, compared to many other Top 100<br />

boat dealers, HMG is in a relatively<br />

remote location, in a small market<br />

with a lower-than-average household<br />

income. The dealership overcomes<br />

this by having a higher market share<br />

penetration and constantly finding new<br />

and creative ways, like Quick Launch<br />

Club, to market to customers.<br />

The vast majority of HMG boat<br />

owners have homes in North Idaho or<br />

western Washington (residents of the<br />

state of Washington comprise the third<br />

largest group of boat owners registered<br />

in the state). Customers also come from<br />

Canada, Montana and central Idaho –<br />

and all can enjoy the benefits not only<br />

of HMG’s marinas but its wealth of<br />

additional boat service and hospitality<br />

offerings.<br />

Offering good service is second<br />

nature. Hagadone Corporation places<br />

great emphasis on ‘Great Guest<br />

Moments’, and this hospitality mindset<br />

covers every boating customer<br />

interaction. “Our people know the art<br />

of truly serving,” says Brosenne, and<br />

this art dates back to when the group<br />

first started out as marina owners and<br />

lake cruise operators. Purchasing a<br />

Left & below: Quick Launch Dry Stack, and<br />

its clubhouse facilities, were an immediate<br />

hit with customers.<br />

dealership in 2004 led to the official<br />

formation of HMG as the team set<br />

about transforming a mom-and-pop<br />

operation selling a few dozen boats<br />

a year into a greatly expanded boat<br />

dealership, wooden boat building and<br />

repair operation, and a substantial offsite<br />

boat storage facility.<br />

The dealership – family-owned and<br />

overseen by Brad and Todd Hagadone,<br />

the sons of Duane Hagadone, founder<br />

in 1986 of the Coeur d’Alene Resort<br />

luxury waterfront hotel – now owns and<br />

operates the largest single-point service<br />

centre for small boats in the USA and is<br />

a model facility. Many dealerships have<br />

multiple stores and chains in different<br />

areas but HMG has everything in one<br />

package: sales, service, detail, cruise<br />

boats, marinas and an on-water bar.<br />

The team believes this makes a major<br />

difference in the customer experience,<br />

from first impressions to a better buying<br />

experience and faster service response.<br />

The company continues to increase<br />

outdoor storage facilities and can now<br />

store 2,500 boats indoors. The 360-boat<br />

capacity drystack also stores a further<br />

85 vessels in its aisle space during the<br />

winter.<br />

HMG has also turned a major liability<br />

– a short term boating season – into<br />

a major strength. At a latitude of 48°,<br />

Lake Coeur d’Alene has a maximum<br />

boating season of 90 days and, during<br />

the winter, temperatures can drop<br />

well below freezing and remain there<br />

for weeks at a time. To ensure yearround<br />

success, the dealership has<br />

emphasised and built infrastructure<br />

for off-season storage and service,<br />

and thoroughly marketed these<br />

programmes. This was another driver<br />

for the Quick Launch Club facility.<br />

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One of the two Wiggins forklifts in the<br />

process of transferring boats to the 360-<br />

vessel capacity drystack. A third forklift is<br />

on order.<br />

Part of this service is a repair and<br />

maintenance offering that is particularly<br />

comprehensive. The Hagadone Marine<br />

Service Center, which opened in<br />

2017, includes two 16,000ft² (1,500m²)<br />

facilities for boat service, glass fibre<br />

work, detail and rigging and has 20<br />

roll-up door service bays providing<br />

space for up to 40 technicians. There<br />

is a 3,600ft² (334m²) wash bay facility<br />

and a 40,000lb (18,140kg) stationary<br />

crane to handle boats as they come<br />

in and go out on tractor-trailers. The<br />

parts department has three counters<br />

for quick service and a $1 million parts<br />

inventory so guests can maximise their<br />

time on the water.<br />

Happy customers<br />

The Quick Launch Dry Stack has<br />

added completely new and independent<br />

infrastructure adjacent to, but apart<br />

from, Blackwell Island <strong>Marina</strong>, which<br />

continues to be its own operation.<br />

Quick Launch member boaters say they<br />

appreciate the new clubhouse with its<br />

café, cocktail bar and take-away food<br />

services, as well as its private gated<br />

parking area. The valet concierge<br />

service has also been a big hit offering<br />

delivery of gear directly to the tenant’s<br />

boat, both from the tenant’s car as well<br />

as from the clubhouse.<br />

The ethos is for quality service,<br />

with strong focus on giving customers<br />

a worry-free day out on the lake. “It<br />

was important that this facility meet<br />

the same high standards as the other<br />

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including the Coeur d’Alene Resort,”<br />

Brosenne emphasised.<br />

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True spice in the Spice Island<br />

An exciting marina, hotel and residential expansion opportunity in the Caribbean island of Grenada couldn’t come at a<br />

more propitious time. Demand for berths currently outweighs supply, and owners and captains are increasingly looking<br />

to the island for safe vessel mooring options.<br />

The picturesque capital city of St George’s<br />

with its beautiful horseshoe-shaped<br />

harbour and yacht lagoon.<br />

Grenada, ‘The Spice Isle’, lies 145km<br />

(90mi) north of Trinidad and Tobago<br />

and 257km (160mi) south of Barbados.<br />

Less than 80km (50mi) from St<br />

Vincent, it provides easy access to the<br />

Grenadines – with its fabulous cruising<br />

and more than 30 islands to explore.<br />

Most importantly, Prickly<br />

Bay, which sits in the south of<br />

Grenada at exactly 12° north, is<br />

outside the recognised hurricane belt<br />

and has always been regarded as<br />

a safe anchorage. This benefit has<br />

become increasingly recognised in<br />

recent years as more yachts seek the<br />

safety of Grenada’s waters during the<br />

hurricane season, not least to comply<br />

with insurance requirements.<br />

Grenada has seen a<br />

significant expansion in its<br />

capacity for marina berths<br />

and facilities. Grenada’s largest<br />

marina, Camper and Nicholson’s Port<br />

Louis, recently added a further 90<br />

berths at its location in the docks of<br />

the capital, St George’s. This growing<br />

demand has been matched by an<br />

increase in luxury hotels on the island<br />

(both existing and planned) with a<br />

corresponding growth in the airlift from<br />

the Americas and Europe.<br />

Prickly Bay Waterside offers a<br />

different and unique marina, hotel and<br />

residential resort opportunity. David<br />

One of several 5-star luxury<br />

hotels in Grenada.<br />

Inwards of Inwards Marine is<br />

advising the owners and told <strong>Marina</strong><br />

<strong>World</strong> how he views this development<br />

as one of the most exciting he has seen<br />

in his 40 years in the business.<br />

“The first thing that strikes you<br />

is the sheer beauty of Prickly Bay,<br />

unquestionably in my view the<br />

finest setting for a marina, hotel and<br />

residential resort in the Caribbean. It’s a<br />

deep water bay and faces south/south<br />

west with a small, secluded sandy<br />

beach and the most wonderful sunsets.”<br />

The existing development sits<br />

comfortably in a prime residential area<br />

surrounded by upmarket villas – just<br />

20 minutes drive from St George’s,<br />

and less than 15 minutes from<br />

the airport. Prickly Bay Waterside<br />

currently offers 18 luxurious villas and<br />

apartments, an Olympic length<br />

swimming pool plus several private<br />

pools in individual properties, a<br />

restaurant, delicatessen, laundry and<br />

bar. Outline planning is in place to<br />

increase the number of residential<br />

properties to 70, together with a<br />

boutique hotel. There is an existing<br />

small marina with fuel station and<br />

mooring field, plus 3.6ha (9 acres) of<br />

water rights with planning to expand<br />

to 120/140 berths, which makes the<br />

whole development a very attractive<br />

investment.<br />

“One area I am particularly excited<br />

about is the stern-to, Mediterraneanstyle<br />

berths for superyachts, family<br />

yachts and catamarans right in front<br />

of the waterside villas,” Inwards said. “I<br />

know purchasers will be very attracted<br />

by this rare opportunity to be able<br />

to berth right in front of their own<br />

home in this wonderful resort on this<br />

wonderful island, the size of Jersey,<br />

with its 100,000 happy, welcoming<br />

inhabitants, 40 white sandy beaches,<br />

30 unforgettable dive sites, 15<br />

breathtaking waterfalls, five chocolate<br />

factories, three rum distilleries and the<br />

world’s first underwater sculpture park.<br />

Heaven could be in Grenada.”<br />

Interested parties should contact David<br />

Inwards on david@inwardsmarine.com<br />

for further information.<br />

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The freedom of the open water. Getting away from it all. Finding peace<br />

and solitude. These are all ways to describe boating. And the past two<br />

years have shown there are many out there who are looking for that<br />

escape.<br />

With escape in mind, the push<br />

for the modern marina to be like<br />

a resort, catering to the whims of<br />

boaters and their friends, can be<br />

a bit mystifying and maybe a bit of<br />

a misfire. Isn’t the point of boating<br />

to get out on the water and not sit<br />

dockside at a tiki bar? There must<br />

be room left for the boaters that<br />

just want to boat, and as marinas<br />

are being bought and sold at a<br />

rapid-fire pace, the industry needs<br />

to pause and consider its customer<br />

base, from the solitary fisherman to<br />

the sailboat racer to the captain of a<br />

megayacht. Just as no two boaters<br />

are identical, neither should their<br />

homeports be.<br />

An indicator of where the marina<br />

industry is today comes from<br />

the roaring success that marina<br />

management/ownership companies<br />

across the globe are having.<br />

These companies can offer a true<br />

benefit to the industry. Expanding<br />

corporations will bring more capital<br />

into aging marina infrastructure,<br />

will give a larger voice to the<br />

marina industry as all that money<br />

talks, and, if plans go well, it will<br />

introduce the concept of a welltrained<br />

and certified management<br />

team to lead each facility. But while<br />

those plans sound like a positive<br />

all around, there are some real<br />

risks of adopting a “more is better”<br />

mentality.<br />

A marina should be more<br />

than just a place to park a boat<br />

except to those boaters who<br />

don’t want anything more. Do we<br />

make them pay the price for the<br />

pool, playground, and adjoining<br />

campsites that they never intend to<br />

use? There are marinas that need<br />

to be modernised to meet safety<br />

and environmental guidelines and<br />

the plain cleanliness standards<br />

where bathrooms are at least a few<br />

steps above outhouses. If greater<br />

income can make this happen<br />

across the board, then more<br />

capital is welcome, but somehow<br />

that doesn’t seem to be the intent.<br />

Visit a site like marinas.com and<br />

quickly see that more marinas are<br />

expanding to bring in restaurants,<br />

retail, lodging, dog parks and<br />

fitness centres. Boaters can come<br />

down for the weekend and never<br />

have to untie the mooring lines.<br />

If we continue down the path to<br />

creating chains of marinas with<br />

a plethora of amenities that have<br />

nothing to do with boating, we risk<br />

alienating the old salts or the young<br />

families who just want to introduce<br />

their kids to the joy of the open<br />

water. Modernising and adding do<br />

not come without cost. If the aim<br />

is too high on building a 5-star<br />

marina, there’s a real risk of pricing<br />

the average boater right out and<br />

proving the assumption of “boating<br />

is a hobby for the rich” to be true.<br />

For years the industry has argued<br />

that boating is not the elitist sport<br />

that so many would have you<br />

believe. Most marine industry<br />

associations worldwide defend this<br />

point vehemently and often support<br />

it with their annual statistics on the<br />

average income of boaters and the<br />

cost of boats. No one wants to see<br />

another luxury tax. But if a newly<br />

created larger industry voice has<br />

the backdrop of boaters lounging at<br />

sites that look like exclusive resorts,<br />

isn’t that point of boating not being<br />

just for the middle class blown out<br />

of the water? At many marinas,<br />

the vast assortment of extras is<br />

available exclusively for berth<br />

holders. Members-only creates a<br />

stigma, and the call that boaters are<br />

decidedly the working class starts<br />

to fall on deaf ears. And perhaps to<br />

start lacking in truth.<br />

There are benefits to ownership<br />

of several marinas being under<br />

one company, but at some point,<br />

these conglomerates may become<br />

too big—not too big to fail but big<br />

enough to fail the very boaters<br />

they are hoping to attract. Boaters<br />

are not of one mindset, and they<br />

need options too. Before marinas<br />

sell out to the highest bidders, they<br />

should consider what they hope the<br />

future of boating to be. Sometimes<br />

it’s best when the owner of the<br />

company lives right on the property<br />

and not halfway across the country.<br />

There are still do-it-yourselfers<br />

who don’t mind washing or stocking<br />

their boats. Who relish getting their<br />

hands dirty doing an oil change<br />

or varnishing teak. Who enjoy a<br />

marine hardware store eyeballing<br />

cleats and fresh-cut lines. These<br />

sailors may be old salts whose<br />

ways are quite different from<br />

millennial and Gen-Z boaters who<br />

prefer a bit more catering, but they<br />

are who the marina industry has<br />

built itself upon until quite recently<br />

and their tradition of boating should<br />

not be tossed out with the tide.<br />

In the world of marinas, there is<br />

room for facilities that cater to every<br />

type of boater. Let’s not forget the<br />

ones who simply want to start the<br />

engine and head out to smell the<br />

sea air, feel the sun on their backs,<br />

and let the wind whip through their<br />

hair, no frills needed.<br />

The above guest comment,<br />

whose author remains anonymous,<br />

was written for <strong>Marina</strong> <strong>World</strong> and<br />

delivered by a trusted source. The<br />

editor welcomes your feedback –<br />

e: carolfulford@marinaworld.co.uk<br />

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Kemah Boardwalk:<br />

Gateway to Galveston Bay<br />

The town of Kemah in Texas is home to the third largest concentration of recreational boats in the<br />

US and has long been an idyll for generations of boaters looking to escape the state’s summer<br />

heat. Charlotte Niemiec invites Brad Grace, marina manager at 400-slip Kemah Boardwalk marina,<br />

to talk shop<br />

Kemah Boardwalk is a 60-acre (24-<br />

ha) theme park situated on the Gulf<br />

Coast in Kemah, Texas, around 30<br />

miles (48km) southeast of downtown<br />

Houston. Considered among the most<br />

impressive boardwalks in the US, the<br />

complex is owned and operated by<br />

leading hospitality company Landry’s<br />

and – in addition to its 400-slip<br />

marina – boasts thrilling rides, games,<br />

attractions, a boutique hotel, a charter<br />

yacht and multiple shops. Originally<br />

a small fishing town, Kemah is today<br />

a major tourist destination and the<br />

ideal location for visitors looking to<br />

spend a day on the water boating or<br />

fishing, or dining at one of the many<br />

fantastic waterfront restaurants. With a<br />

history steeped in the legend of pirate<br />

Jean Lafitte in the early 1800s, who<br />

developed Galveston as a base for his<br />

smuggling operations, local attractions<br />

include the Johnson Space Center,<br />

museums, a rainforest exhibit and<br />

stingray touch pool.<br />

The marina, originally called<br />

Lafayette Landing <strong>Marina</strong>, was built in<br />

1988. It was subsequently acquired by<br />

Landry’s in 2000, and renamed Kemah<br />

Boardwalk <strong>Marina</strong>. There are now<br />

over 30 marinas in the Galveston Bay<br />

area but, because of its location at the<br />

mouth of Clear Lake on the shores of<br />

Galveston Bay, Kemah is often called<br />

the ‘Gateway to the Bay’. Brad Grace<br />

explains its unique appeal is due to its<br />

“convenient and protected location on<br />

Galveston Bay, with deepwater slips<br />

Brad Grace<br />

and no bridge restrictions between us<br />

and open water – and within walking<br />

distance to dozens of restaurants,<br />

shopping, attractions and nightlife.”<br />

“Our marina hospitality services offer<br />

more amenities and guest services<br />

than any other marina on the Texas<br />

Gulf Coast. Galveston Bay itself offers<br />

fantastic sailing activities and hosts<br />

weekly sailing races and larger sailing<br />

regattas each season,” he adds.<br />

Grace started his career in the<br />

marina industry 30 years ago as a<br />

dockhand at a small family-owned<br />

marina in Northeast Florida. “I found<br />

I enjoyed working on the water,<br />

interacting with the guests and around<br />

boats, and the constantly changing<br />

dynamics of the job,” he says. “Over the<br />

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years, I slowly worked my way<br />

from dockhand to assistant<br />

dockmaster, to dockmaster<br />

to marina general manager.<br />

I’ve had the opportunity to<br />

have worked and managed<br />

several marina properties<br />

over the years in Florida, the<br />

mid-Atlantic, New England, the<br />

Midwest and now the Texas<br />

Gulf Coast. I’m lucky enough<br />

to thoroughly enjoy my job and<br />

absolutely love experiencing<br />

what each new day brings.”<br />

Among his short-term goals<br />

are to expand the marina’s<br />

hospitality services and<br />

guest experiences at Kemah<br />

and incorporate them into<br />

additional marina properties<br />

for Landry’s, and to continue<br />

to improve and add to those<br />

services for marina guests.<br />

“Our biggest challenge is<br />

continually coming up with<br />

new services to our marina<br />

hospitality offerings. I enjoy<br />

meeting and exceeding a<br />

marina guest’s expectations<br />

and assisting them in enjoying<br />

and maximising their valuable<br />

leisure time. A marina<br />

manager’s responsibilities are fluid and<br />

ever changing, which is a big part of the<br />

allure for me.”<br />

Expansion and development<br />

plans<br />

“We just completed the modification of<br />

B-Dock from 42ft (13m) monohull slips<br />

into one 450ft+ (137m+) alongsidetie<br />

dock to better accommodate the<br />

high demand for larger 50ft+ (15m+)<br />

catamarans (see <strong>Marina</strong> <strong>World</strong>, July/<br />

August <strong>2022</strong>),” Grace says. “With most<br />

catamarans larger than 45ft (14m)<br />

unable to access most of the region’s<br />

marinas due to their mast heights and<br />

bridge restrictions, we decided to take<br />

advantage of our location on Galveston<br />

Bay to offer these larger yachts an ideal<br />

homeport for exploring the bay and<br />

the Texas Gulf coast. The additional<br />

alongside-tie dock will now offer<br />

catamaran owners a Texas homeport<br />

option instead of being forced to keep<br />

their yachts in Florida.”<br />

Future improvement projects include<br />

plans to completely replace the docks<br />

within the marina, and redesign the<br />

layout to better accommodate the<br />

current boating trends of larger yachts<br />

and catamarans, Grace says.<br />

His ambitious plans build upon a<br />

history of upgrades and improvements<br />

at the marina. “In recent years, we’ve<br />

upgraded the marina’s complimentary<br />

Wi-Fi system by placing repeaters out<br />

on the docks, installed a new Keco<br />

pump-out station for guest use, built<br />

a bocce ball court and putting green,<br />

installed guest seating areas with new<br />

propane fire pits and replaced our old<br />

charcoal grills at our dockside guest<br />

pavilions.”<br />

Keeping pace with modern<br />

needs<br />

Currently, the marina boasts more than<br />

400 slips, T-heads and alongside-ties<br />

accommodating vessels from 25ft (8m)<br />

to 100ft (30m) in length. The existing<br />

docks are all floating docks with timber<br />

frame and wood decking, with 30amp,<br />

50amp and single phase 100amp<br />

electric services. Plans for a new 150ft<br />

(46m) fuel dock and ship store are<br />

currently in the development stage.<br />

Other marina facilities include a<br />

tropical pool and hot tub spa, marina<br />

dock carts, laundry, dog walking areas,<br />

yoga sessions and basic boat washing<br />

services.<br />

The marina is currently at 93.5%<br />

occupancy, with a waiting list on larger<br />

slips up to 62ft (19m), as<br />

well as 70-100ft (21-30m)<br />

T-heads and alongside-ties.<br />

While there are no haulout<br />

or boatyard facilities<br />

at the marina, third-party<br />

insured marine contractors<br />

are allowed to conduct minor<br />

repairs on guest boats, and<br />

a large haul-out and shipyard<br />

facility is located just five<br />

minutes from the marina.<br />

Tight security at the<br />

marina allows for visitor<br />

peace of mind. “Security<br />

is not a concern at our<br />

marina because we are ever<br />

vigilant,” Grace explains.<br />

“The marina property is<br />

enclosed by a perimeter<br />

fence with 24-hour guest<br />

access by electronic key card<br />

at our automatic front gate.<br />

Contractors and visitors may<br />

also be buzzed and signed<br />

in by the <strong>Marina</strong> Office and<br />

dedicated uniformed roving<br />

marina security personnel.<br />

We also provide local<br />

law enforcement marine<br />

vessels with complimentary<br />

slips to support their safety and law<br />

enforcement operations on Galveston<br />

Bay. These law enforcement slips were<br />

purposely assigned at the front of the<br />

marina property with the highly visual<br />

presence of four to five law enforcement<br />

vessels and five to six law enforcement<br />

vehicles providing the marina and<br />

our guests with an additional security<br />

measure by acting as a visual deterrent<br />

for any potential illegal activities.”<br />

Grace is proud of the marina’s<br />

environmental credentials. “We are<br />

a Certified Texas Clean <strong>Marina</strong>,” he<br />

explains. “Our daily environmental<br />

tasks include removing any trash by<br />

dip net within the marina basin and<br />

cleaning all bird mess from the docks.<br />

We provide our guests with a used<br />

oil and waste water/diesel disposal<br />

centre. This enclosed area also<br />

accepts used battery disposal and is<br />

cleaned and maintained weekly. The<br />

marina has several trash and recycling<br />

containers scattered throughout the<br />

property, which are emptied daily. The<br />

marina also maintains a close working<br />

relationship with the US Coast Guard<br />

and Texas General Land Office in<br />

reporting any possible oil or fuel spills<br />

in Kemah and assisting with minor<br />

clean-ups.”<br />

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We have just started our 360 th project<br />

and our global activities include<br />

projects in Melbourne, Auckland, China,<br />

Hong Kong, the Caribbean, Falklands,<br />

throughout the Mediterranean and, of<br />

course, in the UK – in total, some 35<br />

countries.<br />

Q: When you formed the company did<br />

you see an obvious market gap? Did<br />

you plan to offer anything different or<br />

more comprehensive than the norm?<br />

Twenty years of<br />

talented teamwork<br />

UK-based marina and waterfront consultancy, <strong>Marina</strong> Projects, celebrates<br />

its twentieth anniversary this year, two decades in which it has grown from<br />

a small – although expert – team tasked to develop an English south coast<br />

marina, into an international enterprise with a global project portfolio. Was this<br />

the aim? What’s still to come? Carol Fulford talks to <strong>Marina</strong> Projects managing<br />

director Mike Ward.<br />

Q: How did <strong>Marina</strong> Projects start and<br />

how has it grown?<br />

A: The company was formed in 2002<br />

and started out at Royal Clarence<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> in Gosport, Hampshire, which<br />

was in fact our first project. We acted for<br />

a residential developer to bring forward<br />

a new marina that had a specific event<br />

focus to complement other offerings in<br />

Portsmouth Harbour. The project applied<br />

all of the key skills from site assessment<br />

through to operational management,<br />

establishing an operating company to<br />

take the marina through the early years<br />

of the site development. This project<br />

provided the springboard to developing<br />

the company and I joined very early on<br />

with the specific role of expanding and<br />

driving the consultancy forward.<br />

We are now 17-strong, with a further<br />

30 or so in our subsidiary UK marinas<br />

(Whitehaven and James Watt Dock).<br />

A: We saw an opportunity on a global<br />

scale for an independent and specialist<br />

marina consultancy that could provide<br />

an experienced view to public and<br />

private sector clients who could<br />

leverage the value of the land and water<br />

connection. Importantly, we decided not<br />

to offer maritime engineering services<br />

because we wanted to focus on our<br />

role as the marina specialist rather<br />

than become another multi-disciplinary<br />

consultancy practice. The vision has<br />

always been to become the client’s<br />

trusted advisor and to make them<br />

aware of our areas of specialism, which<br />

include maritime civil engineering.<br />

Q: How did you build the company in<br />

terms of market reach – deliberate or<br />

organic?<br />

A: Our overseas offices have always<br />

been deliberate choices reflecting<br />

significant project activity and<br />

prospects, but our experience has<br />

Top left: The <strong>Marina</strong> Projects team has<br />

been involved with Porto Montenegro, a<br />

flagship reference, since 2006. Top right:<br />

Mike Ward speaks to HRH Prince Philip in<br />

2015 when the Royal Southern Yacht Club<br />

opened Prince Philip Yacht Haven in the<br />

UK. Right: <strong>Marina</strong> Projects gave specialist<br />

marine advice to Lantau Yacht Club in<br />

Hong Kong when it planned a complete<br />

redevelopment.<br />

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The extension and reconfiguration of<br />

Windermere Quays <strong>Marina</strong> on Lake<br />

Windermere in England in 2017 was<br />

designed and project managed by <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Projects from concept through to delivery.<br />

taught us that you never know what<br />

is coming next and where it will come<br />

from. Activity in new regions has often<br />

come by reputation (project experience)<br />

or referral via either a client or a<br />

member of a professional team we<br />

have worked with in the past. The old<br />

cliché, “you are only as good as your<br />

last job”, is very true for <strong>Marina</strong> Projects<br />

and something that every team member<br />

takes into account.<br />

Q: How does your experience in marina<br />

management influence the way you<br />

design marinas?<br />

A: Our background in marina and<br />

boatyard operations absolutely<br />

underpins all of our consultancy<br />

services and the advice that we<br />

provide. The understanding of the<br />

demands and requirements of the end<br />

user is critical, even at the very earliest<br />

feasibility stage, not just during marina<br />

operations. And we have to remember<br />

that the end user is not just the boat<br />

owning customer but also the marina<br />

operator. We have four internationally<br />

accredited CMMs as part of the wider<br />

consultancy team but the rest have<br />

all spent the majority of their working<br />

lives dedicated to different aspects of<br />

the industry. I firmly believe that it is<br />

the collective experience and breadth<br />

of expertise across the team that has<br />

been critical to our success.<br />

Q: Over the past 20 years has it become<br />

easier or more difficult to develop<br />

marinas in terms of environment,<br />

planning and legislation? Does this vary<br />

greatly depending on geography? Has<br />

there been increased focus or difficulty<br />

in any particular area(s)?<br />

A: It has undoubtedly become more<br />

challenging to design and develop<br />

marinas and I would say that is the<br />

case globally. Certainly, there are<br />

different regulatory regimes in place but<br />

in every location where we have been<br />

active there is a permitting and approval<br />

process that weighs the influence of<br />

development on the environment. The<br />

geographical differences are not as<br />

great as one might expect. Of course,<br />

some jurisdictions are tighter than<br />

others but an increasing awareness<br />

of environmental habitats and impact<br />

of both development and operation of<br />

marinas and associated activities is<br />

consistently present.<br />

Q: Is there a specific project of which<br />

you are particularly proud?<br />

A: There are several that merit a mention<br />

and, of course, Porto Montenegro must<br />

be a project that features high on the<br />

list. The client and investors have really<br />

been responsible for putting Montenegro<br />

on the map and Porto Montenegro has<br />

a profile as a world leading superyacht<br />

marina that has truly made it a flagship<br />

project for us. I think it is a testament<br />

to our relationship (and a very patient<br />

client) that, having been on a journey<br />

from the outset in 2006 pretty much<br />

continuously through to 2016, we are<br />

still working closely together.<br />

Another project highlight on a much<br />

smaller scale would be the Prince<br />

Philip Yacht Haven on the Hamble in<br />

England. It was a tricky and unique site<br />

that was very difficult to unlock and it<br />

was immensely satisfying to see our<br />

plan come together. The privilege of<br />

meeting the late Prince Philip was an<br />

honour for those involved that capped<br />

the successful delivery of a project from<br />

concept through to delivery.<br />

As well as the projects of which we<br />

are proud, I think we can also be proud<br />

of the client relationships that we have<br />

developed. So many of these have<br />

been long term and turned into genuine<br />

friendships. In this sense, it’s not just<br />

the project that we are proud of but it<br />

is a process and relationship we have<br />

thoroughly enjoyed. <strong>Marina</strong> Projects<br />

has some really great supporters<br />

around the globe and we are very<br />

grateful for their continued work and<br />

collaboration.<br />

Q: What is your longer term plan?<br />

A: At the heart of the future plan is<br />

cementing our place as a world leading<br />

marina consultancy business. But<br />

I should also mention again that a<br />

huge part of our success, and the real<br />

strength of <strong>Marina</strong> Projects has been<br />

the team that we have built and the way<br />

they work so well together. Naturally,<br />

the team features heavily in our future<br />

plans. By developing and growing our<br />

team, our strategy is to extend the solid<br />

foundation that we have developed and<br />

I expect our global reach will expand<br />

further. A larger team means more<br />

space is required and we are looking to<br />

move premises in the very short term. I<br />

am sure that will be exciting for all of us.<br />

Q: How do you see the marina industry<br />

developing – regionally and/or globally?<br />

Where will the strongest emphases lie?<br />

And the biggest challenges?<br />

A: I am quite sure that the industry<br />

will need to develop differently,<br />

respecting the different conditions we<br />

find regionally across the globe, but it<br />

will also need to respond globally to<br />

issues and new technologies. One thing<br />

our 20 years of consultancy activity<br />

has taught us is that you never know<br />

what is around the corner, where the<br />

next hot spot of activity will occur or<br />

when a particular hot spot might slow<br />

down. What we do see is a trend of<br />

boat owners being more adventurous<br />

and ambitious and looking for new<br />

experiences and I suspect that will take<br />

us to some remote places.<br />

Domestically, and in some more<br />

mature markets, our projects are likely<br />

to be looking to deliver higher levels<br />

of customer service and improved<br />

facilities as the customer becomes<br />

more and more discerning. Challenges<br />

for the industry are likely to come<br />

from embracing new technologies,<br />

addressing environmental obligations<br />

and dealing with climate change.<br />

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reduce environmental impact and achieve greater workplace safety.<br />

Releasing the GH70e, a<br />

new line of electric automotive<br />

gantry cranes in the e-Motion<br />

line, is a major technological<br />

step forward for GH, which<br />

manufactures thousands of<br />

electric cranes every year and<br />

has over 70 years of experience<br />

in the field.<br />

The GH70e, with 65 tonnes<br />

of capacity, offers the same<br />

power and performance as<br />

the hydraulic version and is<br />

used to lift and ground all kinds<br />

of vessels that need to be<br />

removed from the water and<br />

transferred to a drydock.<br />

Key innovation rests<br />

in the development and<br />

implementation of new supply<br />

technology using a modular<br />

system of batteries that<br />

substitutes the diesel propulsion<br />

system used by conventional marine<br />

boat hoists.<br />

Among its numerous features and<br />

benefits, of particular note is the<br />

incorporation of an autonomous solar<br />

panel support system, providing up to<br />

20 per cent of the energy used on a<br />

daily basis.<br />

The hoist also produces less noise<br />

and vibration and can be easily<br />

recharged via its inbuilt<br />

high-performance charging<br />

port during the working day<br />

thanks to a lithium-ion battery<br />

that comes with a ten year<br />

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The machine is claimed to<br />

greatly improve dry-docking<br />

efficiency when grounding<br />

vessels of different widths<br />

thanks to its variable span<br />

feature. Electric steering is<br />

highly versatile in all steering<br />

modes and greater loading and<br />

workplace safety is ensured as<br />

the machine is equipped with<br />

numerous safety components<br />

including solid tyres. Less<br />

maintenance is required as<br />

the hoist has far fewer moving<br />

parts.<br />

In its commitment to<br />

sustainability and care for<br />

the environment, GH will continue to<br />

take important steps forward in the<br />

development of this product line in<br />

coming years.<br />

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Italian company Ascom celebrates its fortieth anniversary in <strong>2022</strong>, a significant achievement for the Ascom-Abi Trailers<br />

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Proud to meet different market needs,<br />

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range of equipment for boat handling,<br />

an offering that was increased 20<br />

years ago when Abi-Trailers was<br />

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Environmental factors have always<br />

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An iCloud platform also enables the<br />

diagnosis and monitoring of machines<br />

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Over the past two years, Boat Lift has had to rapidly adjust its perspectives so as to meet the demand for electric<br />

machines which it now sees as the leading customer choice.<br />

In June this year, the company<br />

delivered a fully-electric 15 tonne hoist<br />

to Port de Plaisance La Rochelle,<br />

France. Claimed as a world-first, it paved<br />

the way for innovations, such as the 40<br />

tonne electric hoist which will soon be<br />

delivered to Cantieri di Aprilia in Italy.<br />

Market demand for electric machines<br />

is currently centred on small and<br />

medium machines with a capacity<br />

between 15 and 80 tonnes and<br />

customers are smaller marinas, but<br />

Boat Lift’s aim is to extend electric<br />

options to higher range hoists.<br />

The company is using Metstrade<br />

<strong>2022</strong> as a platform to introduce a fullyelectric<br />

25 tonne self-propelled trailer.<br />

The all-new electric trailer has a<br />

compact and solid structure and can<br />

be precision handled thanks to a<br />

DSC electronic steering system and<br />

proportional motion control. Highefficiency<br />

lithium batteries are sized to<br />

suit the machine so as to find the most<br />

effective tailor-made solution.<br />

The advanced technology guarantees<br />

best performance and reliability during<br />

work cycles<br />

without requiring<br />

any specific<br />

maintenance,<br />

and the balancing<br />

system keeps<br />

cells efficient,<br />

enabling<br />

thousands of<br />

charging cycles.<br />

Furthermore,<br />

the fast-charge<br />

technology<br />

ensures the<br />

continuity of<br />

activities on site.<br />

Aside from<br />

innovating<br />

with its electric<br />

range, Boat Lift<br />

continues to<br />

improve upon its<br />

well-established<br />

line of traditional machinery. Two boat<br />

hoists of 720 tons and 820 tons have<br />

been delivered, respectively, to Italian<br />

yard Eurocraft and Lyon Shipyard<br />

in Virginia, USA. Both are tailormade<br />

solutions, ensuring reliability<br />

and efficiency in lifting and handling<br />

operations.<br />

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Ontario operator buys multi-use trailer<br />

St Clair Boating Centre in Port Lambton, Ontario, recently took delivery of a new Conolift Y-40 towed hydraulic yard<br />

trailer from Kropf Industrial.<br />

The trailer offers all the standard<br />

advantages of a Conolift trailer,<br />

including a unique open frame design<br />

and hydraulic frame lift to over 5ft<br />

(1.5m) of frame height. The trailer<br />

frame also expands hydraulically in<br />

width from 7ft to 9ft 6in (2m to 2.8m),<br />

allowing the trailer to be adjusted to<br />

safely and efficiently handle a wide<br />

variety of boats.<br />

An onboard Honda gas engine<br />

provides power to the integrated<br />

hydraulic system. This unit is equipped<br />

with manual controls, but a wireless<br />

radio remote control system is also<br />

available. Adjustable powerboat pads<br />

and sliding front double bow pads can<br />

be adjusted to suit a wide range of hull<br />

types and vessel sizes.<br />

The open-frame design provides<br />

drastically simplified lift and set<br />

operations, with exceptional space<br />

for placement of keel blocking and<br />

storage stands. The independent<br />

frame lift in both the rear wheels and<br />

the fifth wheel hitch allows for the<br />

trailer and boat to remain level during<br />

launch and retrieval operations on a<br />

slipway.<br />

St Clair Boating<br />

Centre includes<br />

both a marina<br />

operation with wet<br />

slips and heated<br />

indoor storage, as<br />

well as new and<br />

used boat sales.<br />

The Conolift Y-40<br />

will be utilised for<br />

annual launch<br />

and retrieval<br />

operations to<br />

support the<br />

storage business,<br />

as well as handling vessels that<br />

require maintenance and service. It will<br />

help the operator to maximise the use<br />

of storage capacity while also reducing<br />

operating costs and increasing safety.<br />

www.kropfindustrial.com.<br />

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Cat trailer range expanded<br />

French company Nautipark has delivered its first 50 tonne slipway trailer for catamarans up to 21m (70ft). The model<br />

expands the Parklev range, which is suited to catamarans of 20 tonnes/15m (50ft) and 30 tonnes/18m (60ft).<br />

According to Nautipark’s Vincent<br />

Harnois, trailers are amongst the<br />

company’s best-sellers. “The greatest<br />

product interest is for boat stands to suit<br />

all types of boats – we’ve just completed<br />

our first ever container shipment to<br />

the USA as a follow up to our success<br />

in Europe and Oceania. But sales<br />

are building for our hydraulic trailers,<br />

especially the catamaran versions as<br />

this is a growing market with few good<br />

solutions.”<br />

Export success is a given for a<br />

company that prides itself on selling<br />

cradles, storage and handling solutions<br />

to the global market. The company<br />

estimates that 98 per cent of the world’s<br />

leisure boats can be safely cradled<br />

by one of two specially developed<br />

Electric and traditional –<br />

hoist designs for all<br />

Forging ahead with electric boat hoist technology, Italian handling and lifting<br />

expert Cimolai Technology is reinforcing its presence in marinas and yards in<br />

Europe and North America.<br />

Mobile boat hoists, able to lift vessels<br />

up to 1,500 tonnes, are the rising stars<br />

in the machinery portfolio and there are<br />

currently many orders on the books for<br />

Nautipark cradles<br />

and that the<br />

models can save<br />

up to 50 per cent<br />

of yard space.<br />

Hydraulic<br />

slipway trailers<br />

are easy to<br />

use, versatile,<br />

efficient and<br />

require minimal<br />

maintenance.<br />

They can transport<br />

motor, sail and<br />

catamaran vessels<br />

and have remote<br />

control operation.<br />

In addition to the Parklev range,<br />

Quicklev trailers are popular for<br />

600, 700, 850 and 1,150 tonne models.<br />

A 1,120 tonne hoist has recently<br />

been delivered to an operator in Italy,<br />

a 1,150 tonne hoist to an operator<br />

launching and recovering motor boats of<br />

up to 20 tonnes.<br />

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in Greece and an order secured for<br />

a fully-electric 1,500 tonne machine<br />

for a US customer based in Oregon.<br />

The hoist will be completely batterypowered<br />

and will be the largest electric<br />

boat hoist supplied to date.<br />

The company also manufactures<br />

and sells small and medium sized<br />

hoists and has recently supplied a 140<br />

tonne model to Willis Marine in New<br />

York and an MBH 145 tonne telescopic<br />

version to Lauderdale Maritime Center<br />

in Florida. Assembly of a 300 tonne<br />

hoist has just been completed for<br />

Monaco Marine in Antibes, France and<br />

other 100 tonne machines are due for<br />

delivery to operators in Spain, Turkey<br />

and elsewhere in France.<br />

To further its export business, Cimolai<br />

Technology has expanded its US sales<br />

network via a strategic collaboration<br />

with New York-based US Hoists<br />

Corporation. US Hoists now drives<br />

product sales throughout the northeast,<br />

Great Lakes, mid-Atlantic and midwestern<br />

regions, while working with<br />

Ideya in Florida.<br />

US Hoists’ team of specialist<br />

technicians also team up with Cimolai<br />

Technology’s after-sales division to offer<br />

reliable, US-based parts and services<br />

on all machines currently operating in<br />

the USA and Canada.<br />

All Cimolai machines are 100 per<br />

cent designed and manufactured in<br />

workshops in Italy.<br />

www.cimolaitechnology.com<br />

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Left & below: Dockside Port Vincent’s<br />

spacious floating homes have been<br />

designed by Dragonfly Afloat and will<br />

be built on the water using a unique<br />

method of assembly.<br />

Australian marina<br />

sets new benchmark<br />

in waterfront living<br />

Australia’s first luxury homes to float on the sea have been unveiled as part<br />

of the $40 million Dockside Port Vincent project planned for South Australia’s<br />

Port Vincent marina. The project will be developed by the Adelaide-based Lillis<br />

Group over three stages in the South Australian coastal holiday hamlet of Port<br />

Vincent.<br />

In addition to the floating houses, the<br />

plan includes a five-storey apartment<br />

complex, complete with retail, cafés<br />

and co-working spaces, and eight<br />

townhouses, six of which will be<br />

waterfront properties with access to a<br />

shared pontoon.<br />

Dockside project director, Peter<br />

Villis, says the development will set<br />

a new benchmark for waterfront<br />

living, holidaying, investing or working<br />

remotely. The first homes were released<br />

for sale on 1 st October.<br />

“Port Vincent is a relaxed holiday<br />

destination on the Yorke Peninsula<br />

a little more than two hours’ drive<br />

from Adelaide or one hour cruise<br />

across St Vincent Gulf, which<br />

provides some of Australia’s best<br />

sailing,” he said.<br />

Each home has been designed<br />

by renowned architects Dragonfly<br />

Afloat, will be moored within the<br />

marina, and arranged over three<br />

levels with 221m² (2,380ft²) of<br />

living space. With front and rear<br />

decks on levels one and two, and a<br />

rooftop deck for 360° views of the<br />

St Vincent Gulf, the designs are<br />

available with two or three bedroom<br />

options.<br />

The floating houses will be dual<br />

keyed, creating an option to convert<br />

each dwelling into two separate<br />

apartments. A floating café, which has<br />

attracted interest from a significant<br />

gin distillery, will be built alongside the<br />

homes.<br />

Villis said the homes will be<br />

appointed to the highest standards,<br />

with additional pontoon berths available<br />

within the marina for those buyers<br />

looking to sail or cruise across the Gulf<br />

and moor near their home. Construction<br />

is due to begin in early 2023.<br />

The floating homes will be ecofriendly<br />

and move away from typical<br />

water-vessel accommodation by<br />

offering a liveable, contemporary,<br />

functional, self-sufficient and off-grid<br />

space on the water.<br />

Dragonfly Afloat’s assembly method<br />

is claimed to be unique worldwide.<br />

It allows for construction from start<br />

to finish, on the water. No cranes<br />

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A floating café, to be built near the<br />

homes, has attracted interest from a gin<br />

distillery.<br />

or launch site is needed. This<br />

technology developed for on-water<br />

construction allows for a 10 to 15<br />

week assembly period, without the<br />

cost of dry land access, cranes,<br />

trucks, road fees and ecological<br />

damage that occurs while launching<br />

large vessels onto the water.<br />

The houses will have a<br />

maintenance-free polyethylene UV<br />

protected ‘hull’ and feature 5H treated<br />

timber and marine grade stainless<br />

steel fittings and fixtures, which<br />

should also require no maintenance.<br />

Drinking water comes from a<br />

desalination/purification system (no<br />

water bills) and electricity from solar<br />

panels. All sewage is macerated and<br />

purified but houses will be connected to<br />

mains sewers so as to ensure absolute<br />

clearance from the marina.<br />

The townhouses, designed by Shape<br />

Architects, have three or four bedrooms<br />

and exclusive access to a shared<br />

pontoon, and the Dockside apartment<br />

complex includes a swimming pool and<br />

an entertainment pontoon, gymnasium,<br />

rooftop events and function space.<br />

It has stunning views of the marina,<br />

township and across the St Vincent<br />

Gulf. The five-storey complex, with 52<br />

apartments, has been designed by<br />

Studio Nine architects.<br />

“Our vision is for Dockside Port<br />

Vincent to become a draw card in its<br />

own right and a catalyst for regional<br />

tourism and service operators to drive<br />

economic activity in the region,” Villis<br />

explained. “It will be the perfect home<br />

base for sailing and nautical events, as<br />

well as being located on the Walk and<br />

Yorke trail and alongside the 300 million<br />

year old granite boulders, known as<br />

The Erratics.”<br />

“We have had significant interest in<br />

the project so far,” he confirmed.<br />





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As part of its plans to diversify and play an increasing role in<br />

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Biopratic’s stand-alone<br />

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container growing opportunities<br />

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D-Marin invests<br />

in Sense4Boat<br />

Premium marina network operator D-Marin has<br />

acquired a majority stake in Sense4Boat, an<br />

Internet of Things (IoT) company focused on<br />

boat safety, as the next part of its digitalisation<br />

strategy.<br />

Sense4 Boat will provide the entire D-Marin<br />

network with a cutting-edge IoT platform to monitor<br />

all the vital parameters of docked boats and detect<br />

potential threats long before they become a real<br />

hazard.<br />

The platform is based on reliable and user friendly<br />

sensors, which enable customers to spend more<br />

time sailing and less time worrying about their boats<br />

while away from the marina. D-Marin’s digitalisation<br />

investment programme is part of the company’s main<br />

focus of enriching yachting experiences for its berth<br />

holders.<br />

The partnership will provide research and<br />

development opportunities to accelerate marina<br />

technologies and, as part of the agreement,<br />

Sense4Boat will continue to develop its platform and<br />

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The City of Jacksonville, Florida has the largest urban park system in the USA<br />

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The new Post Street location in<br />

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The Post Street boat landing site not<br />

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access specialist Inland and<br />

Coastal <strong>Marina</strong> Systems (ICMS) has<br />

celebrated its 20 th anniversary.<br />

Formed out of Banagher Precast<br />

Concrete (BPC), an Irish precast<br />

concrete manufacturer that started<br />

producing concrete jetties in 1990,<br />

ICMS was set up by Oliver and Claire<br />

Shortall in 2002, while Oliver was still<br />

working for BPC.<br />

“When I joined Banagher, it had just<br />

started developing floating jetties,”<br />

Shortall says. “I could see that there<br />

was a growing market for pontoons and<br />

jetties in Ireland, but Banagher was<br />

focused on other sectors so when the<br />

opportunity arose for me to buy the jetty<br />

side of the business, we started Inland<br />

and Coastal.”<br />

With demand strong, and no other<br />

company manufacturing pontoons<br />

in Ireland, ICMS went from strength<br />

to strength. Based in County Offaly,<br />

the company opened offices in<br />

Lossiemouth, Scotland in 2015 and in<br />

Hamble, England in 2018.<br />

Now employing over 50 people, ICMS<br />

designs, manufactures and installs<br />

pontoons and concrete breakwaters<br />

in marinas, yacht harbours and<br />

commercial ports worldwide, including<br />

Mexico, Australia and France.<br />

“I’m delighted with how the business<br />

and our product portfolio have grown<br />

over the last 20 years,” Shortall says.<br />

“Building on the development of Glass<br />

Reinforced Concrete decking and the<br />

first concrete breakwaters at BPC<br />

in 1998, we developed continuous<br />

concrete pontoons in 2013 and started<br />

our heavy-duty pontoon range in 2014,<br />

in addition to our standard leisure<br />

marina pontoons.”<br />

“Because we came out of Banagher<br />

Concrete, we’ve always taken the<br />

approach that every product we make<br />

should be built with robustness so it’ll<br />

last. And, today, that’s what people<br />

associate us with.”<br />

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First electric boat supercharger in Portugal<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> de Lagos helps lead the way in electric boating by becoming the first Aqua superPower marine fast charging<br />

destination in Portugal.<br />

The newly installed Aqua 75<br />

supercharger at the marina will be<br />

part of a growing regional charging<br />

network to be rolled out along the<br />

Algarve. Partnering with Galaxia Boats,<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> de Lagos<br />

hosted Portugal’s<br />

first all-electric boat<br />

show earlier this year,<br />

promoting a broad<br />

range of environmental<br />

boating solutions and<br />

the largest display to<br />

date of electric boats in<br />

Europe.<br />

Known for its modern<br />

facilities and technically<br />

advanced boating<br />

ecosystem, <strong>Marina</strong> de<br />

Lagos has 460 berths<br />

and seeks to become<br />

a leading centre for<br />

electric boating. Joining<br />

Aqua superPower’s network is part<br />

of the marina’s commitment to drive<br />

marine decarbonisation and reduce the<br />

impact of boating on the environment.<br />

Located on the Bay of Lagos at the<br />

heart of the historic old town of Lagos,<br />

the marina has become a maritime<br />

gateway to the Atlantic Ocean and its<br />

marine fast charger is the first station<br />

of the network and charging corridor<br />

to be built out along the Algarve and<br />

Portuguese coast.<br />

“<strong>Marina</strong> de Lagos is thrilled to be<br />

the first marina in Portugal to offer<br />

electric boat fast charging.<br />

This is a crucial step in our<br />

pioneering environmental<br />

protection plan, for<br />

which we have found the<br />

perfect partners in Aqua<br />

superPower and Galaxia<br />

Boats, who share our<br />

determination, experience<br />

and commitment to<br />

greener boating and the<br />

environment,” said <strong>Marina</strong><br />

de Lagos CEO Martinho<br />

Fortunato. “We know that<br />

electric boats are here<br />

now, and they require the<br />

reliable ‘plug and go’ fast<br />

charging infrastructure Aqua<br />

superPower provides.”<br />

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Index to Advertisers<br />

AMI Expo, USA 22<br />

ASAR/GCM Safe Harbour<br />

Drystacks, USA 32<br />

American Muscle, USA 50<br />

Applied Technology &<br />

Management, USA 26<br />

Aqua superPower, UK 68<br />

Bellingham Marine, USA 7, 9 & 11<br />

Bluewater Marine & Dock, USA 66<br />

Boatlift, Italy 30<br />

Capria, Argentina 70<br />

Conolift by Kropf Industrial, Canada 20<br />

D-Marin, Greece 35<br />

Den Hartog Industries, USA 69<br />

DrySta, Spain 50<br />

DualDocker, Austria 24<br />

Dura Composites, UK 44<br />

FGM Technology, Italy 70<br />

Flovac, Spain 75<br />

Forklift Exchange, USA 63<br />

GH Cranes & Components, Spain 65<br />

Gigieffe, Italy 10<br />

Golden Manufacturing, USA 14 & 15<br />

Horizon <strong>Marina</strong>, China 68<br />

IMCI, Belgium 72<br />

IWMC <strong>2022</strong>, Portugal 28<br />

Ingemar, Italy 12<br />

Inland & Coastal <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Systems, UK & Ireland 40<br />

Inmare, Italy 68<br />

Lindley, Portugal 16<br />

Marex, Croatia 50<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Master by IRM, Slovenia 60<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Projects, UK 76<br />

MARINAGo by Scribble Software, USA 71<br />

Marinetek, Finland 4<br />

Marinetek Sponsored<br />

Feature, Finland 18 &19<br />

Marine Travelift, USA 60<br />

Martini <strong>Marina</strong>s, Italy 47<br />

Molo, USA 53<br />

Nautipark, France 59<br />

Pacific Netting, USA 22 & 26<br />

Pacsoft, New Zealand 72<br />

PierPump by Vogelsang, Germany 8<br />

Plus Marine, Italy 40<br />

Poralu Marine, France 38 & 39<br />

Prickly Bay Waterside Ltd, Grenada 45<br />

Rolec, UK 49<br />

Ronautica, Spain 37<br />

Roodberg - a brand of<br />

Frisian Industries, Netherlands 67<br />

SF <strong>Marina</strong> System, Sweden 2<br />

Seaflex, Sweden 6<br />

Seijsener, Netherlands 73<br />

Superior Group, Australia 60<br />

Swede Ship Sublift, Sweden 66<br />

ThruFlow, Canada 72<br />

Twinwood by Soprefa, Portugal 29<br />

Walcon Marine, UK 43<br />

Wiggins Lift Co, USA 57<br />

Pod design to<br />

regenerate<br />

seagrass<br />

A unique experiment to help restore<br />

seagrass in marine regeneration<br />

projects has reached a crucial stage<br />

in trials within Falmouth Harbour,<br />

UK.<br />

The hot-housing Seavive Pod,<br />

designed and now modified by<br />

Bournemouth University student Alex<br />

Croasdell (above left), has been found<br />

to successfully rot down seagrass<br />

seedpods to nurture the release of<br />

seeds so that they can be used to<br />

replenish seagrass beds, potentially<br />

around the world.<br />

Croasdell’s latest Seavive design, 3D<br />

printed by Niall Jones using recycled<br />

plastic, is now suspended below<br />

Falmouth Haven pontoons for ease of<br />

access, and contains seagrass seed<br />

pods harvested from the Flushing<br />

seagrass bed – with necessary<br />

permissions gained by Falmouth<br />

Harbour for Natural England.<br />

Seavive has been backed by a<br />

partnership that includes Falmouth<br />

Harbour, Falmouth-based GAC UK and<br />

marine restoration charity Our Only<br />

<strong>World</strong> and Croasdell thanks everyone<br />

who has helped fund and develop<br />

the project. “I hope these pods can<br />

help preserve and bring back our lost<br />

seagrass meadows, which are so vital<br />

for our ecosystem and coastlines,” he<br />

says.<br />

The prototype pod will be retrieved<br />

from the Falmouth Haven pontoon this<br />

month (<strong>November</strong>) and the released<br />

seeds used as part of an educational<br />

session within the wider Cornwall Flood<br />

Forum. The plan is for school pupils<br />

to take the released seeds, mix them<br />

with sand, and place them in hessian<br />

bags. The next day, volunteer divers<br />

and snorkelers will plant the bags<br />

within scour patches left by moorings<br />

removed by Falmouth Harbour in 2021.<br />

The seeds will be monitored for<br />

signs of germination in spring 2023<br />

with hopes that this activity will help<br />

to speed up the regeneration of the<br />

patches.<br />

Vicki Spooner, Falmouth Harbour<br />

environmental manager (top right),<br />

adds her thanks for the funding and<br />

hopes the Seavive Pod will ultimately<br />

be used worldwide for small-scale<br />

seagrass regeneration projects.<br />

“This is a super project to be involved<br />

in and it’s great to be able to help Alex<br />

take his design to the next stage,” she<br />

says. “Using recycled plastics to create<br />

the prototype is something we are<br />

hoping to explore further as part of our<br />

plans to reduce waste and contribute to<br />

the circular economy so it was great to<br />

work with Niall to understand more on<br />

how this can be achieved.”<br />

www.falmouthharbour.co.uk<br />

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