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

www.marinaworld.com<br />

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

<strong>March</strong>/<strong>April</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Issue 136<br />

Essential reading for marina and waterfront developers, planners and operators



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

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

<strong>March</strong>/<strong>April</strong> <strong>2023</strong> Vol.23, No.4<br />

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

Planning & Design 16<br />

Ismailia Yacht <strong>Marina</strong>, the new era of the Suez<br />

Canal; A nautical tourism centre for Piombino;<br />

Becoming a master at planning marinas<br />

Family-run marinas 29<br />

Feedback from marina owners and customers;<br />

Family success in the TransEurope <strong>Marina</strong>s<br />

network<br />

40<br />

Talking Shop 40<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Izola in Slovenia is a well-sheltered,<br />

forward-thinking facility with an ideal location in<br />

central Europe. <strong>Marina</strong> manager Vladimir Gavran<br />

talks shop<br />

Events 43<br />

The <strong>2023</strong> AMI Conference & Expo, held in<br />

January/February in Daytona Beach, Florida was<br />

a record-breaking event<br />

49<br />

Floating Structures 49<br />

SF <strong>Marina</strong> delivers two very different floating<br />

solutions<br />

Environmental Products 51<br />

Oscar Siches explores electric propulsion and<br />

the challenges it brings<br />

Products & Services 55<br />

On the cover: <strong>Marina</strong> Izola is one<br />

of just a handful of marinas to lie<br />

along Slovenia’s tiny Mediterranean<br />

coastline. <strong>Marina</strong> owners believe its<br />

location is one of its greatest assets<br />

and strive to maintain connection<br />

with the fisherman’s town on its<br />

doorstep and the broader Istrian<br />

culture and countryside. See p. 40<br />

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The<br />

practicalities<br />

of power<br />


The arrival of longer and beamier vessels, including catamarans, has had<br />

the greatest boat design impact on the way marina infrastructure has been<br />

planned and designed in decades. The vessel, whatever its size, has been<br />

either sail or power (both requiring dockside electricity and water), and the<br />

latter also needing petrol or diesel from the fuel dock. Established services;<br />

established facilities.<br />

In the last few years, the most radical developments have probably been in-slip<br />

pump-out and – more rarely – in-slip fuelling for large yachts. The next radical move<br />

is the installation of charge points for the power boats that will increasingly be<br />

“electric”.<br />

It’s a very hot subject. The organisers of AMI Conference & Expo, held in Florida<br />

as January tipped into February this year, selected ‘The Future of Boat Design’ as<br />

a second marina keynote topic. Association of <strong>Marina</strong> Industries (AMI) chairman,<br />

John Swick, explained the rationale: “It is extremely important that the marinas and<br />

boat and engine manufacturers have an open dialogue about what the future holds.<br />

Infrastructure changes require a significant amount of planning and lead-time, so<br />

the earlier these conversations can be happening, the better,” he said.<br />

Oscar Siches agrees on the need to plan carefully, and investigate thoroughly.<br />

His article on electric propulsion (pages 51-53) urges us to make efforts to truly<br />

understand the technology and its implications, and the many factors that should<br />

be taken into account when selecting power sources, battery power, and charging<br />

speeds and methods. There is a learning curve with all new technology and there<br />

will be hurdles along the way, a likely raft of legislation, and serious challenges –<br />

such as safe disposal of batteries.<br />

A fleet of electric boats jostling for berths at your marina isn’t likely to happen<br />

soon. But demand for charging infrastructure will arrive as the market share for<br />

electric boats will inevitably rise: prices (currently high) will drop as these boats<br />

become more popular; and range, which is already far longer than for early models,<br />

extends even further. A long-haul trip by electric boat isn’t, however, likely to be<br />

feasible for many years.<br />

Don’t be tempted to lock the topic away! Although there may be little or no<br />

demand as yet at your marina, it’s coming. While there are sound arguments that<br />

refute the truly ‘green’ and certainly ‘moral’ ethos of electric power (e.g. the effects<br />

of mineral mining), in terms of reducing polluting emissions, if power comes from a<br />

clean source, the electric boat is a winner. And it is here, now, and all set to be an<br />

increasingly large part of the global leisure fleet in the future.<br />

Carol Fulford<br />

Editor<br />

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Berths still<br />

in high demand<br />

UK: Demand for berths exceeds pre-pandemic levels according to insight<br />

revealed in British Marine’s newly released UK <strong>Marina</strong> and Mooring Market<br />

Report (2021-2022).<br />

A total of 173 marinas took part in<br />

the survey, i.e. 23% of the UK’s 723<br />

marinas, representing 42% of the<br />

country’s marina berths and moorings.<br />

Some key findings are as follows:<br />

• Revenues from marina berthing<br />

income grew 13% to £283 million in<br />

2021/22, reflecting the impact of the<br />

sector’s recovery from the pandemic.<br />

• Gross profits accounted for an<br />

average of 20% of revenues per<br />

marina. Total gross profits related to<br />

marina berthing for the entire sector<br />

increased 32% to £55 million.<br />

• The sector’s direct Gross Value<br />

Added (GVA) contribution to UK GDP<br />

through marina berthing income<br />

increased 16% to £127 million<br />

from the previous year. The ‘added<br />

value’ created by the marina sector<br />

represents 45.1% of total sector<br />

output.<br />

• Taking into account indirect and<br />

induced economic effects, from<br />

marinas’ supply chain spending and<br />

the spending of employees supported<br />

by marinas and their suppliers, the UK<br />

marina sector generated a combined<br />

total of £253 million in GVA.<br />

• Despite increasing challenges from<br />

inflation and declining UK economic<br />

growth, marina businesses are<br />

optimistic about their market, with<br />

54% of members still positive about<br />

prospects, citing the continued effect<br />

of the pandemic boom in secondhand<br />

boat sales and demand for<br />

berths over the last year. 56% of<br />

respondents reported that demand<br />

for berths was still above prepandemic<br />

levels.<br />

• Occupancy rates for <strong>April</strong> 2022,<br />

at the start of the boating season,<br />

averaged 90% across all mooring<br />

providers, with rates highest at inland<br />

marinas (91%) compared to coastal<br />

(89%).<br />

• Due to a surge in demand and rising<br />

inflation after lockdown, the yield per<br />

berth (which, alongside occupancy,<br />

is a key metric for marina berthing<br />

productivity), grew 13% to £3,551.<br />

• With supply increasingly strained,<br />

19% of marinas that responded to the<br />

survey are looking to expand over the<br />

next 12 months. The focus is upon<br />

adding pontoon berths rather than<br />

dry storage.<br />

Port Vell as ‘Cup’<br />

superyacht marina<br />

SPAIN: <strong>Marina</strong> Port Vell Barcelona has been named as the ‘Preferred<br />

Superyacht <strong>Marina</strong>’ for the 37 th America’s Cup, to be held in Barcelona between<br />

August and October 2024.<br />

Booking of berths at the marina<br />

during this period will be managed via<br />

a centralised booking system run by<br />

the official superyacht services partner<br />

BWA Yachting. Over 40 boats and<br />

superyachts have already requested<br />

mooring.<br />

Grant Dalton, CEO of ACE<br />

Barcelona and Emirates Team New<br />

Zealand, comments: “From the start<br />

of our discussions with Barcelona and<br />

Catalunya as the potential host venue<br />

for the America’s Cup event, we have<br />

been very impressed by the extent and<br />

quality of marinas, ports and facilities<br />

that can be offered to visiting yachts.”<br />

“<strong>Marina</strong> Port Vell is unique in its<br />

position in Port Vell, so close to the city<br />

centre and next to the team bases for<br />

the America’s Cup event so we are very<br />

pleased with this partnership. We have<br />

no doubt that visiting superyachts will<br />

have an incredible experience in this<br />

world class marina,” he adds.<br />




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The Vogelsang PierPump is a customer-oriented high-performance<br />

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<strong>Marina</strong> group<br />


expands to Spain<br />

GREECE: D-Marin and Spanish marina group <strong>Marina</strong>s del Mediterranéo have<br />

announced a partnership that will bring three marinas into D-Marin’s premium<br />

marina network.<br />

Puerto Deportivo de Estepona,<br />

Puerto <strong>Marina</strong> La Duquesa and Puerto<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> del Este, all located on the<br />

Costa del Sol, offer a total of 1,000<br />

berths and are the first in Spain to join<br />

the D-Marin network.<br />

D-Marin CEO, Oliver Dörschuck,<br />

said: “We’re delighted to be forming<br />

this new partnership with <strong>Marina</strong>s<br />

del Mediterranéo, which promises to<br />

be a highly successful one. This is a<br />

milestone in our strategy to expand into<br />

the Western Mediterranean, with more<br />

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Highlights from February/<strong>March</strong>:<br />

• Cyprus: Upgrade for Paphos<br />

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

• UK: Waterfront plans for<br />

Southampton’s Town Quay<br />

• Seychelles: EOI for Praslin marina<br />

• Australia: Crediting ‘superyachtready’<br />

marinas<br />

• Bahamas: Heads of Agreement for<br />

Harbour Island and Torch Cay<br />

• Saudi Arabia: Construction starts<br />

on Jeddah Central<br />

• USA: Forest Development in<br />

further Florida bids<br />

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marinas to come.”<br />

Jose Carlos Martin, founder of<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s del Mediterranéo, added:<br />

“Partnering with D-Marin was an<br />

easy decision for us as we are very<br />

aligned in our desire to exceed our<br />

customers’ expectations, especially in<br />

digital capabilities, thereby becoming<br />

part of the international D-Marin sales<br />

network. Welcoming D-Marin to Spain<br />

and working together for our customers’<br />

benefit is our key focus now and for<br />

many years to come.”<br />

Suntex<br />

adds NJ<br />

and AZ<br />

marinas<br />

USA: Suntex <strong>Marina</strong> Investors has<br />

acquired Fair Haven Yacht Works<br />

in Fair Haven, New Jersey and<br />

Roosevelt Lake <strong>Marina</strong> in Roosevelt,<br />

Arizona.<br />

Fair Haven Yacht Works is a familyoriented,<br />

full-service marina located on<br />

the scenic Navesink River. It is a safe,<br />

secure and protected facility with four<br />

docks offering 81 slips for boats of 15 to<br />

55ft (4.5 to 17m) in length and a large<br />

mooring field.<br />

Situated on approximately 70 acres<br />

(28ha), Roosevelt Lake <strong>Marina</strong> offers<br />

guests the finest amenities in the area<br />

including wet storage, dry storage, on<br />

site dining, fuel sales, boat rentals, tent<br />

sites with power and 35 RV pad sites<br />

with full hook-ups. Its 258 wet slips and<br />

146 covered and uncovered dry storage<br />

spaces can accommodate vessels<br />

ranging from 30 to 55ft (9 to 17m). It is<br />

the only marina on the lake.<br />

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Port 32 buys<br />

Lighthouse Point<br />

USA: Port 32 <strong>Marina</strong>s has purchased Lighthouse Point <strong>Marina</strong> on the<br />

Intracoastal Waterway, one of South Florida’s most admired waterfront<br />

properties. It is the first marina acquisition by the new Port 32 leadership team.<br />

“Lighthouse Point <strong>Marina</strong> is a special<br />

lifestyle property in an extraordinary<br />

location, tucked just inside the clear<br />

Atlantic waters of the Hillsboro Inlet.<br />

Here at Port 32, we love cruising with<br />

friends and family, saltwater fishing and<br />

ice-cold drinks on the waterfront, which<br />

makes Lighthouse Point a perfect fit for<br />

our growing portfolio of premier coastal<br />

marinas,” said Austin Schnell, the new<br />

CEO of Port 32 <strong>Marina</strong>s.<br />

With 102 wet slips for boats of 25<br />

to 80ft (8 to 24m) and a large popular<br />

restaurant with six visitor slips, the<br />

marina has been family-owned and<br />

operated for over 50 years and never<br />

been up for sale.<br />

Julie Fisher Berry and Sheila Roux<br />

of CBRE represented Lighthouse Point<br />

for the sale. “The owners have built<br />

a loyal customer base by providing<br />

great service, operating an excellent<br />

restaurant, and keeping the marina in<br />

impeccable condition,” Fisher Berry<br />

said. “CBRE is honoured to have<br />

represented the owners and identified<br />

the buyer of this high-profile marina<br />

property.”<br />

“Lighthouse Point <strong>Marina</strong> has been<br />

owned and operated by one family, the<br />

Spieker family, for over half a century,”<br />

added Maureen Canada, co-owner<br />

and former president of the marina. “As<br />

second-generation owner-operators, it<br />

was important for us to find a buyer that<br />

will respect what we have created and<br />

retain our staff and family culture with<br />

the intention of maintaining and even<br />

improving the site with time. We believe<br />

we have found that buyer with Port 32<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s.”<br />

With the addition of Lighthouse Point,<br />

Port 32 seeks to grow its family of<br />

marinas within Florida and to expand<br />

strategically into new markets along the<br />

Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico.<br />


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Upgrade<br />

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AUSTRALIA: Sydney’s Heritagelisted<br />

Jones Bay <strong>Marina</strong> has<br />

received council approval for an<br />

upgrade. The move will address the<br />

shortage of marina berths for large<br />

vessels in Sydney Harbour and see<br />

significant capital poured into the<br />

harbourside marina over the course<br />

of the year.<br />

The unanimous decision by Council<br />

and the local planning panel has been<br />

welcomed by marina owners Toga<br />

Group and management alike, and<br />

will see a raft of essential upgrades<br />

including the installation of new floating<br />

pontoon berths and a custom-designed<br />

floating office; improvements to power<br />

and water supply; and essential<br />

upgrades to the marina’s amenities<br />

block and changing rooms.<br />

Jones Bay <strong>Marina</strong>’s general<br />

manager, Nairn Johnston CMM, said<br />

the Australian superyacht industry<br />

was currently in a growth period and<br />

the upgrades couldn’t have come at a<br />

better time.<br />

“As many will know,<br />

getting planning approval on<br />

Sydney Harbour is a long and<br />

laborious process,” he said. “So<br />

this news is a great outcome<br />

for both local and visiting<br />

yachts to Sydney Harbour;<br />

for the large superyachts<br />

who frequent it due to its<br />

proximity to the CBD; and for<br />

all the trades, businesses and<br />

suppliers that support and<br />

service the vessels that berth<br />

at our marina.”<br />

Johnston said the Jones<br />

Bay <strong>Marina</strong> team couldn’t have<br />

achieved this favourable result<br />

without input from a range of<br />

stakeholders, including Ethos<br />

Urban and Copley Marine.<br />

Rebuild underway at<br />

Club marina<br />

CANADA: The National Yacht Club in Toronto is investing nearly $5 million in<br />

a new aluminium floating marina system to replace its ageing infrastructure.<br />

Manufactured at Poralu Marine’s dates back to 1890, is one of<br />

Canadian production site and to be Canada’s oldest marinas and is widely<br />

delivered as a turnkey project, the recognised for its inclusive approach<br />

durable, high quality aluminium dock to teaching sailing. It has a highly<br />

arrangement has been designed for active community of amateur sailors<br />

optimum use of space while remaining and has hosted a number of major<br />

in keeping with the high-end sporting competitions.<br />

spirit of the club. The moorings will suit When the renovation is complete,<br />

a range of modern boats, including moorings for 214 boats will have been<br />

motor vessels and catamarans.<br />

created. Delivery is scheduled for May<br />

The National Yacht Club, which <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

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CGI of the proposed Green <strong>Marina</strong> Club<br />

at Ismailia.<br />

Mahmoud El Kady<br />

Ismailia Yacht <strong>Marina</strong>:<br />

a key player in the new<br />

era of the Suez Canal<br />

With its “Green <strong>Marina</strong>” project<br />

spanning 25,000m² (269,000ft²),<br />

complete with moorings, hotels and<br />

commercial areas, Ismailia Yacht<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> is set to play a significant<br />

role in the renewed Suez Canal.<br />

The project is one of the measures<br />

implemented by Egypt to reduce<br />

carbon emissions and promote the<br />

use of renewable and alternative<br />

energy sources, as part of the<br />

National Climate Strategy 2050.<br />

Donatella Zucca reports<br />

Egypt is committed to developing<br />

integrated strategies for yachting and the<br />

environment, including the construction<br />

of marinas and<br />

suitable moorings<br />

along its coastline:<br />

approximately<br />

995km (618mi) on<br />

the Mediterranean;<br />

1,941km (1,206mi)<br />

on the Red Sea; and<br />

a good 72km (45mi)<br />

along the international<br />

waterway of the Suez<br />

Canal.<br />

The Red Sea is an<br />

increasingly popular<br />

tourist destination.<br />

Nikolaos Patsiokas<br />

Since 2021, Egypt has been<br />

implementing a national regime aimed<br />

at increasing the efficiency of ports<br />

and marinas, and building new ones in<br />

areas considered important for tourism.<br />

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA)<br />

already uses innovative automated<br />

procedures for yachts entering and<br />

leaving the marinas located along the<br />

Canal, including Port Said, Port Ismailia<br />

and Port Tawfiq (Suez). There are plans<br />

for an 850m (2,790ft) tourist walkway, a<br />

75-berth marina in Port Said, expansion<br />

of Ismailia’s marina from 12 to 65<br />

berths, and the future Green <strong>Marina</strong>.<br />

In 2022, Egypt launched its first<br />

online digital platform for yachting,<br />

allowing owners and yacht managers<br />

to send necessary data and documents<br />

to apply for entry, pay fixed fees on<br />

municipal berths, passenger terminals<br />

and tourist ports, and receive invoices<br />

in a timely manner.<br />

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Right & below: Pontoon arrangement for<br />

Ismailia’s Green <strong>Marina</strong>.<br />

The journey along the Suez<br />

Canal from Port Said to Port<br />

Tawfiq (Suez) offers breathtaking<br />

scenery, with the desert and Sinai<br />

peninsula on one side, and the<br />

lands of the Nile delta on the other.<br />

The Mediterranean and Red Seas,<br />

combined with Egypt’s extensive<br />

coastline and beautiful beaches,<br />

offer exciting development<br />

opportunities.<br />

The Suez Green Canal strategy<br />

includes a commitment towards a<br />

green turnaround of the country’s<br />

sea and navigation, with the use of<br />

hybrid, solar and wind energy being<br />

prioritised, along with the creation<br />

of 16 traffic monitoring stations, and<br />

collection and recycling of the solid<br />

and liquid waste from ships in transit.<br />

Studies on new fuels and the smart use<br />

of new technologies are also underway.<br />

This strategy, which started in 2018,<br />

has been highly praised by Georgios<br />

Plevrakis, vice president of global<br />

sustainability at American Bureau of<br />

Shipping (ABS), the IMO’s Marine<br />

Environment Division, and other<br />

large maritime organisations. Maersk<br />

International is set to support Egypt in<br />

its mega green energy development<br />

projects, launching 19 ‘eco’ ships<br />

between 2024 and 2025 that will lead<br />

to a reduction of 2 million tons of CO 2<br />

emissions. The first vessel is due to<br />

transit the canal this year.<br />

In 2021, the Suez Canal helped<br />

reduce CO 2 emissions by 31 million<br />

tons compared to alternative routes,<br />

and increased efficiency is also a<br />

focus. A second parallel canal is under<br />

construction from markers km 60 to<br />

km 95, along with the deepening and<br />

widening of the ring roads of the Great<br />

Bitter and Ballah Lakes, to streamline<br />

traffic and double transits.<br />

Green marina<br />

Ismailia Yacht <strong>Marina</strong> will be Egypt’s<br />

first green marina, and is the latest in<br />

a series of initiatives aimed at reducing<br />

carbon emissions, promoting the use<br />

of renewable energy sources, and<br />

using alternative energy forms such<br />

as green hydrogen. Currently serving<br />

as an overnight stopover for yachts in<br />

transit on the Canal, the Yacht <strong>Marina</strong><br />

is undergoing upgrades to improve<br />

facilities and infrastructure, as a prelude<br />

to the creation of its Green <strong>Marina</strong> for<br />

superyachts. Located on the western<br />

shore of Lake Timsah, halfway along<br />

the Suez Canal and near the town of<br />

Ismailia, it is in a strategic position<br />

connecting with tourist destinations<br />

such as the Mediterranean and the Red<br />

Sea, including Hurghada and Sharm<br />

el Sheikh (450km/280mi away), Port<br />

Ghalib (600km/370mi away) and others.<br />

According to the Suez Canal<br />

Authority (SCA) tourism team, Ismailia<br />

Yacht <strong>Marina</strong> is the first of three yacht<br />

reception centres affiliated with the<br />

SCA that are expected to be developed<br />

and transformed into world-class<br />

marinas. It is an important part of the<br />

overall development project, whose<br />

pillars are the digital transformation of<br />

most processes through a platform that<br />

allows online bookings, calculation of<br />

transit tolls for the canal, knowledge of<br />

mooring fees and tourist programmes.<br />

The development strategy includes<br />

a range of services, such as an on-site<br />

petrol station, supply of drinking water<br />

and electricity, toilets, launderette,<br />

restaurant, maintenance, boat washing<br />

and wintering, as well as recreational<br />

amenities like a gym, spa, cafeterias,<br />

and free Wi-Fi connection. It is crucial to<br />

ensure that this marina becomes a onestop-shop<br />

for completing the necessary<br />

paperwork for vessels in transit. In fact,<br />

in the yacht transit process, it is and<br />

will be a mandatory stop, unlike Port<br />

Said and Port Tawfiq (Suez) where<br />

it is optional, and where work for the<br />

respective yacht clubs will soon begin.<br />

Construction of the Green <strong>Marina</strong><br />

superyacht marina, which will use<br />

only renewable and alternative forms<br />

of energy, including green hydrogen,<br />

is underway and should be ready<br />

within the next two years. It is an<br />

important piece of the puzzle to attract<br />

international players and will bring<br />

tourists closer to the various cultural<br />

facets of the Mediterranean and the<br />

Red Sea.<br />

Since 2019, Red Sea Week has been<br />

the world’s number one yacht event for<br />

high-net-worth individuals. In Port Said<br />

and Port Tawfiq, European companies<br />

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There are currently limited mooring options<br />

in Ismailia. The Green <strong>Marina</strong> will greatly<br />

enhance its destination appeal.<br />

are building infrastructure and have<br />

offices and products such as travel lifts,<br />

floating or fixed pontoons, cranes, and<br />

more.<br />

Transiting the Canal<br />

The Egypt-based service agency of<br />

BWA Yachting is strategically positioned<br />

to assist vessels transiting the canal. Did<br />

the company choose the Suez Canal<br />

because of its planned developments or<br />

because of the number of its customers<br />

that cruise through?<br />

“BWA Yachting has been assisting<br />

loyal customers in Egypt and through<br />

the Suez Canal via trusted sub-agents,<br />

for more than a decade. Like Gibraltar,<br />

Egypt is a gateway to the Med, and the<br />

Suez Canal is the shortest and safest<br />

route between the Mediterranean and<br />

the Red Sea,” explained BWA Yachting<br />

chief operating officer Nikolaos<br />

Patsiokas. “Over the last five years, we<br />

have experienced a steady increase<br />

in the frequency of the requests and<br />

crossing operations. A clear pattern is<br />

emerging in the greater region and it<br />

is in our DNA to anticipate the needs<br />

of our customers at all levels and act<br />

accordingly.”<br />

This growth will further increase<br />

when Port Said and Port Tawfiq offer<br />

the same basic characteristics as<br />

Ismailia, in terms of boat and guest<br />

reception and eco-friendly approach.<br />

“Egypt’s vision to boost yachting in this<br />

region is in line with the directives of<br />

Egypt’s President El Sisi to promote<br />

yachting tourism,” noted Mahmoud El<br />

Kady, managing partner BWA Yachting<br />

Egypt.<br />

“Egypt wants to position itself as an<br />

emerging magnet for nautical tourism<br />

on a global scale. The Mediterranean<br />

Transiting the<br />

193km/120 mile long Suez Canal.<br />

is a hot spot for this sector and we<br />

have tourist places near historical and<br />

touristic cities, and prime and popular<br />

diving spots for marine sports. Egypt<br />

is also particularly popular with our<br />

friends in the GCC (Arabian Gulf) and<br />

yachting provides a great window to<br />

double the number of those visiting the<br />

Red Sea. It should also be noted that<br />

Egypt is giving considerable attention<br />

to promoting maritime tourism through<br />

offering incentives to vessels that stop<br />

at an Egyptian port, including the canal<br />

yacht reception centres of Port Said,<br />

Ismailia and Suez.”<br />

And there is more to come. BWA has<br />

signed a partnership with Kadmar, the<br />

main port agent for the Suez Canal and<br />

a platform for yachting, offshore marine,<br />

brokerage, travel services and much<br />

more throughout Egypt and elsewhere.<br />

El Kady explained that via this<br />

partnership, the team is able to take<br />

the administrative burden away from<br />

captains and management companies<br />

by offering the following services: Suez<br />

Canal transit, bunkering, fresh provision<br />

and supplies, husbandry services,<br />

spare parts delivery, port and marina<br />

arrangements, anti-piracy security<br />

services, parcel and courier services<br />

and tourism arrangements.<br />

Also, as a reflection of the demands<br />

of a growing business, BWA Yachting<br />

has announced the official opening of<br />

new offices in Egypt. From the head<br />

office in Alexandria and branches<br />

in Cairo, Port Said, Damietta, Suez,<br />

Sokhna and Safaga on the Red Sea,<br />

the agency operations can cover over<br />

13 ports and marinas across the Red<br />

Sea and Mediterranean coastline,<br />

including Alamein, Marassi, Sharm El<br />

Sheikh, Hurgada, Gouna, Marsa, Alam<br />

and others.<br />

With the online platform aimed at<br />

facilitating transit via the canal recently<br />

launched and subject to continuous<br />

improvement, and agencies such<br />

as BWA working round the clock to<br />

assist with yacht transit, is the canal a<br />

destination or just functional?<br />

“Small yachts normally need to fuel<br />

up at Port Said or Suez before heading<br />

to the Arabian Gulf or the Maldives,<br />

etc,” El Kady confirmed. “Some yachts<br />

stay at their yachting destinations<br />

in Egypt, such as Marassi <strong>Marina</strong>,<br />

located by the amazing North Egyptian<br />

coast, and others prefer Sharm El<br />

Sheikh, known to be the best for diving<br />

activities.”<br />

And what are the most requested<br />

services by customers crossing the<br />

Canal and heading into the marinas?<br />

“In this order: transiting the Suez<br />

Canal – 193km (120mi) and a duration<br />

of 12-16 hrs – fuel supply, provisions<br />

and security services.”<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>March</strong>/<strong>April</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



CGI of <strong>Marina</strong> Arcipelago Toscano di<br />

Piombino. Below: Ingemar pontoons have<br />

already been installed.<br />

A nautical tourism<br />

centre for Piombino<br />

The <strong>Marina</strong> Arcipelago Toscano di Piombino project is a courageous Italian<br />

initiative co-financed by the Regional Programme Fund for Underdeveloped<br />

Areas 2007/2013 and supported by the Tuscany Region. Its aim is to help<br />

transform an abandoned area into an eco-friendly nautical reception centre.<br />

Donatella Zucca reports<br />

Barring unforeseen difficulties,<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Arcipelago Toscano is set to<br />

open in Piombino by 2024 as a large<br />

marina proposed by the Tuscany<br />

Marine Consortium and the Porto della<br />

Chiusa project. It has been signed off<br />

by the Piombino Municipality, Northern<br />

Tyrrhenian System Authority and La<br />

Chiusa di Pontedoro. This sociallyfocused<br />

cooperative is dedicated to the<br />

construction and management of ports,<br />

marinas and tourist ports.<br />

The project encompasses<br />

20ha (49 acres) of water and<br />

23ha (56.8 acres) of land,<br />

including spaces for fishing<br />

and fishermen, areas for<br />

marine environment studies,<br />

water sports and local<br />

leisure. The concessionaire,<br />

promoter and operator<br />

is La Chiusa Pontedoro<br />

cooperative.<br />

The <strong>Marina</strong> Arcipelago<br />

Toscano project plays<br />

a pivotal role in the<br />

development of Piombino,<br />

providing spaces for<br />

shipyards, a dry port, sports<br />

logistics, infrastructure and nautical<br />

tourism services. It also includes a<br />

breakwater built from natural boulders,<br />

a large pier made of sheet piles and a<br />

series of floating pontoons and fingers.<br />

The latter have been designed by<br />

Ingemar, winner of an international<br />

tender for the design, construction and<br />

installation of all floating structures.<br />

A Temporary Business Association,<br />

headed by Modimar SpA, is supervising<br />

the design and construction, while<br />

the dredging and sea works are being<br />

carried out by Sales SpA.<br />

The marina can accommodate 656<br />

boats of 8 to 20m (26 to 66ft) in length,<br />

moored at large pontoons anchored<br />

by poles driven into the seabed and<br />

served by fingers of various lengths.<br />

The sea part of the project is at an<br />

advanced stage of construction, with<br />

the dredging works, protective piers<br />

and backbone pier already completed.<br />

The piers and fingers for the first<br />

section are being installed on the east<br />

side of the port, and moorings should<br />

be complete in spring <strong>2023</strong>. Further<br />

dredging will be required for the second<br />

section, with the piers scheduled to be<br />

completed by the end of <strong>2023</strong> and early<br />

2024.<br />

The floating structures are made of<br />

reinforced heavy-duty aluminium alloy,<br />

with concrete floats and exotic timber<br />

decking. The site also includes 47<br />

berths for local professional fishermen,<br />

ten for non-local transit and 20 for the<br />

shipbuilding area, which covers about<br />

9ha (22 acres). There are 100 berths<br />

for very small boats and 94 berths for<br />

sports, environmental, cultural and<br />

charter activities. Beautiful facilities<br />

for services and nautical tourism are<br />

currently being developed.<br />

The major hurdle for <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Arcipelago is its proximity to a new<br />

gas pipeline. A huge Floating Storage<br />

Regasification Unit (FSRU) ship is to be<br />

located in the port of Piombino, almost<br />

1km (0.6mi) away, with a pipeline<br />

running 66m (217ft) from the dam and<br />

more than 7m (23ft) under the seabed,<br />

as confirmed by La Chiusa<br />

president Lio Bastianini.<br />

Despite the nearby nature<br />

reserves and future aims to<br />

make the area even more<br />

eco-oriented, no eco-impact<br />

study has been conducted for<br />

pressing national reasons. The<br />

regasification planners and<br />

managers give assurance that<br />

there is no need to fear the<br />

pipeline, chlorine discharge<br />

into the sea, a drop in water<br />

temperature, or accidents. The<br />

mayor has appealed the plan<br />

to the Regional Administrative<br />

Court, but with no success due<br />

to force majeure.<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>March</strong>/<strong>April</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



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developed countries with mature boating markets, most marina projects<br />

represent upgrades or extension works, while in regions like the Middle East,<br />

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The innovative approach we have<br />

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marina development projects is the<br />

concept of typology. While some<br />

consultants consider the siting of the<br />

marina (e.g. island, inland, exposed<br />

coastline, sheltered area), or the<br />

size of the marina, for instance small<br />

(60 and 260 berths) as<br />

their key parameter, we focus on the<br />

marina strategy and its future upland<br />

use, guided by property and investment<br />

advisors.<br />

From a large number of successful<br />

marinas worldwide, we defined six<br />

categories of marina typology as<br />

presented in the tables (right). Each<br />

typology is represented by four to ten<br />

benchmarks matching the criteria set<br />

per typology in terms of key land use,<br />

activities proposed, marine facilities and<br />

existing berth mix. The selection process<br />

is being refined, and new benchmarks<br />

are constantly added to enhance our<br />

model based on discussions with<br />

operators and advisors.<br />

Key indicator values have been<br />

extracted from the benchmarks to<br />

generate planning guidelines, as shown<br />

in the table (p.27) where average<br />

values are adopted. Hillary’s Yacht Club<br />

is illustrated as a city hub example.<br />

Starting from given project<br />

boundaries (water and land areas) and<br />

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Typologies Residential City Hub Luxury<br />

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Moorings linked<br />

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Port Grimaud (FRA),<br />

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Miami, Florida (US),<br />

Nakheel <strong>Marina</strong>s<br />

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Port Hercule (MON),<br />

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Yas <strong>Marina</strong> (UAE), Port<br />

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Typologies Commercial Light Deployment Resort<br />

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Abu Tig (EGY), Sunset<br />

Beach Resort (KSA),<br />

Porto Carras Grand<br />

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system<br />

• Placing some of the facilities and<br />

assets on piled structures or floating<br />

platforms (when water area is<br />

available)<br />

The drystack option nowadays<br />

appears more and more frequently in<br />

projects, to reduce the size of the marina<br />

basin and offer more economical rates<br />

to users. Various solutions are available<br />

and new innovative concepts, such as<br />

Blue Ring and Automated Storage and<br />

Retrieval (ASAR) systems, are being<br />

tested and implemented across the<br />

globe to help meet growing demands.<br />

When brainstorming with a client, we<br />

started imagining a concept of a multipurpose<br />

drystack, where part would<br />

be for boats and part for cars as an<br />

integrated solution for users.<br />

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Using our planning tool, with defined site<br />

boundaries and selection of typologies,<br />

we can rapidly start drawing the berthing<br />

area and the upland development.<br />

This tool is also being customised with<br />

other parties to assist in the generation<br />

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following the same process, project<br />

boundaries combined with a set<br />

typology can suffice to establish initial<br />

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Luxury 425 56% / 44% 13 18 11 16 26 16<br />

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Support for local<br />

businesses<br />

The Guest Comment article ‘<strong>Marina</strong>s and takeovers – enough room for<br />

boating?’ published in November/December 2022 (Issue No. 134), while in no<br />

way dismissing the very important industry role of large marina groups, made<br />

a strong case for the simpler, less luxury-based marina offering that is more<br />

likely to be found at a family-run marina.<br />

The ‘no frills’ approach is a far cry<br />

from zero-amenity; the service is very<br />

personal and professional; and, as the<br />

owners expect future generations to<br />

directly benefit from investment in the<br />

property, a more flexible approach can<br />

be taken when undertaking projects as<br />

they do not necessarily require a swift<br />

return.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> owners and their customers<br />

give us interesting feedback:<br />

Jean-Michel Gaigné CMM, InXs<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s, France:<br />

I fully understand the author’s<br />

testimony. There is a race in the marina<br />

industry towards ultimate luxury and<br />

services that seems never ending.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> offers must be targeted to<br />

different types of customers, and<br />

those who have less money and fewer<br />

expectations must not be forgotten.<br />

Boating must remain accessible and<br />

affordable for everybody, and there<br />

are boaters who don’t need a fitness<br />

centre or a concierge service, but<br />

just a sheltered berth, freshwater and<br />

electricity. That’s why the certifications<br />

and the accolades delivered to the<br />

marinas are very useful. A 3-Gold<br />

Anchor marina will probably satisfy<br />

certain customers, while wealthy yacht<br />

owners may look to premium and fully<br />

integrated service.<br />

In France, most of the marinas<br />

just deliver essential services – even<br />

sometimes basic. It doesn’t mean<br />

that the berth holder cannot find<br />

supplementary benefits to enrich his<br />

experience, but these services must<br />

be paid in addition and often provided<br />

by third parties. It is the role of the<br />

marina operator to link between the<br />

local ecosystem and the boater’s<br />

expectations since there is always a<br />

swimming pool, gourmet restaurant,<br />

tennis court or a golf course in the<br />

surroundings to address the desires of<br />

every berth holder.<br />

Wade Eldean CMM, Eldean Shipyard<br />

& <strong>Marina</strong>, MI, USA:<br />

I enjoyed your editorial on marinas and<br />

takeovers as we are one of the Mom<br />

and Pops that are still around. I put the<br />

article on our Facebook page and got<br />

some comments:<br />

Dan D:<br />

I get worried every time local is<br />

replaced by a ‘conglomeration’. I like<br />

knowing the owner and manager of<br />

the business I support. I like seeing<br />

an owner take pride in their business.<br />

I prefer local family businesses when<br />

possible. [But] I have experienced multigenerational<br />

businesses that should<br />

have sold as it became apparent that<br />

the new generation didn’t appreciate<br />

the customer.<br />

I also like the extra perks of a wellrun<br />

marina, pool, nice clean bathrooms,<br />

safe docks. I also need a place where<br />

I can ‘tinker’ on my boat. I take great<br />

pride in keeping my boat ship shape.<br />

I will also need help from time to time<br />

when I just don’t have the time or<br />

expertise to do the project.<br />

Debra B:<br />

As new boaters back in 2019, a family<br />

owned marina like Eldeans was<br />

welcoming to us as a small, much older<br />

boat owner; while at the same time<br />

observing the variety of huge boats<br />

and sailboats docked amongst us in the<br />

same dock slips. You can tell Eldeans<br />

values all its customers no matter the<br />

sailing vessel size or age, and works<br />

to make every slip renter feel welcome.<br />

Family owned is the preferred marina<br />

experience.<br />

Michael S (MS) and Wade Eldean<br />

(WE):<br />

MS: I support local wherever/whenever<br />

possible. Rarely does bigger = better.<br />

The biggest challenges for many<br />

smaller/independent marina operators<br />

are capital investments required to stay<br />

relevant (not necessarily to become<br />

like 6 flags… but, to keep things like<br />

docks and facilities looking nice and in<br />

good repair requires some business<br />

discipline to budget sufficient funds)<br />

and transitioning of the business from<br />

one generation to the next. The latter<br />

is a common issue for any business<br />

going through generational change but,<br />

in the case of marinas, anything decent<br />

that comes to market will be gobbled<br />

up – a good solution for family not<br />

interested in continuing the business<br />

but not necessarily for the local boating<br />

community.<br />

WE: Lots of good points. Another issue<br />

the marine industry faces is enough<br />

marine techs. And relatedly, besides<br />

having customers that shop local, I’m<br />

hoping that techs/employees might<br />

shop local too and prefer our type of<br />

employer over a big corporation! It is<br />

really discouraging when one of the<br />

big guys buys a marina nearby, fires<br />

a bunch of the people that came with<br />

the marina, and then begins poaching<br />

employees from the other marinas<br />

around them. It is one of the things<br />

that makes boating harder these days,<br />

not easier. But there is some good<br />

movement lately to get more people<br />

interested and educated in working in<br />

the marine business. You and I know<br />

there’s no better place to be.<br />

Jason B (JB) and Wade Eldean (WE):<br />

JB: I will always prefer a locally owned,<br />

local business. I prefer to have a boat<br />

that might have some projects because<br />

I actually enjoy the projects. It is part of<br />

what boating is to me…value comes in<br />

what you put into things in life. I like a<br />

marina that succeeds because it does<br />

the same in the service it provides its<br />

customers. I stay at one that I perceive<br />

does value its customers. I highly<br />

doubt that the same value would be<br />

conveyed at a larger conglomerate<br />

that owned hundreds of properties<br />

around the country (world). It becomes<br />

personalised and/or forced “corporate<br />

engagement”.<br />

WE: I agree with you. As an owner,<br />

it’s hard to put into words the amount<br />

of work an owner/manager can do, or<br />

is able to observe the work that the<br />

marina has done for our boaters, when<br />

living on the property, and being around<br />

24/7.<br />

If you missed the November/December<br />

Guest Comment, you can read it online<br />

at www.library.marinaworld.co.uk - 2022<br />

- November/December - page 48.<br />

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Resilience, long-term vision<br />

and personal approach<br />

Melanie Symes speaks to representatives from five family-owned marinas<br />

within the TransEurope <strong>Marina</strong>s network to gain insight into how they survive<br />

and thrive.<br />

When TransEurope <strong>Marina</strong>s was<br />

first created, as Transmanche <strong>Marina</strong>s,<br />

the aim was to support smaller and<br />

often family-owned marinas, creating a<br />

home-from-home network to facilitate<br />

cruising to new destinations.<br />

As the association has grown, this<br />

group of family-owned marinas, each<br />

with a highly motivated second or<br />

even third generation at the helm,<br />

remains amongst the most emblematic;<br />

engaging actively with other managers<br />

and the industry community, and<br />

keen to share the benefits of their<br />

accumulative experience. Perhaps not<br />

surprisingly, each marina flies the Blue<br />

Flag and most have held the award for<br />

over 25 years.<br />

As we embrace the moral and<br />

civic imperative to include good<br />

governance, social, environmental<br />

and climate considerations as pillars<br />

of future resilience and sustainability,<br />

multi-generational marinas, with their<br />

inherently long-term perspective, have<br />

some particularly sage advice.<br />

Family representatives from<br />

Jachthaven Wetterwille (Loosdrecht,<br />

Netherlands), <strong>Marina</strong> del Cavallino<br />

(Venice, Italy), Puerto Calero<br />

(Lanzarote, Spain), Jachthaven<br />

Waterland, (Monnickendam,<br />

Netherlands), and VY Nieuwpoort<br />

(Belgium) share their thoughts.<br />

Q: What does a family-run marina destination<br />

mean to you, compared perhaps<br />

with more commercially run marinas? Is<br />

there a stronger company purpose and<br />

company culture, for example?<br />

CK: As a family-run marina, we have<br />

a more personal approach than most<br />

commercially run marinas. We know the<br />

names of almost all of our 350 berth<br />

holders by heart and are on a firstname<br />

basis with many of them. Some<br />

customers have had a berth in the<br />

marina for decades and have known<br />

me since I was a child. Older berth<br />

holders often come into the office with<br />

stories about my father and grandfather<br />

from the good old days. This adds a<br />

specific sort of charm.<br />

Puerto Calero, the first marina village<br />

in Lanzarote, is a luxury nautical brand<br />

thanks to José Juan and Daniel Calero.<br />

Photo: James Mitchell<br />

Meet the people<br />

Roberto Perocchio (RP)<br />

(<strong>Marina</strong> del Cavallino),<br />

is very well-known figure<br />

in the industry, having<br />

held successful leadership roles in<br />

his national federation and ICOMIA,<br />

amongst other positions. <strong>Marina</strong><br />

del Cavallino, situated on private<br />

land, has been in his family since<br />

1971. “My family prepared me as a<br />

second-generation representative<br />

with a degree in law, inviting me to<br />

Dr Roberto Perocchio and his wife<br />

Dr Michela Caroli<br />

attend all the relevant sector-related<br />

congresses from an early age to<br />

help me understand the rules and<br />

trends of our business environment,”<br />

he says.<br />

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As a family business, we also<br />

adhere to a different management<br />

style. Issues with staff or customers<br />

are met head-on and discussed<br />

openly, without the intermediaries you<br />

might find in commercial companies.<br />

Although we are a small family<br />

business, we do strive for the highest<br />

standards of service and continue to<br />

improve our facilities. We believe that a<br />

personal approach and a high level of<br />

professionalism can go hand in hand.<br />

Nienke Zetzema<br />

(NZ) (Jachthaven<br />

Waterland). Nienke is<br />

TransEurope’s regional<br />

representative for the Netherlands.<br />

She co-owns the two-site marina<br />

with her husband after taking over<br />

Trees Zetzema (left) and her daughter<br />

Nienke Zetzema.<br />

from her parents, who bought<br />

the marina in 2002. This followed<br />

the success of her mother, Trees<br />

Zetzema’s, charter company,<br />

founded in 1985, which had become<br />

a prosperous business with a fleet<br />

of over 18 yachts. At university at<br />

the time of the marina purchase,<br />

Nienke then spent ten years as a<br />

management consultant before<br />

stepping into the role.<br />

RP: The family atmosphere of the<br />

marina helps foment customer<br />

loyalty in our guests, who are mainly<br />

residential, and who have become<br />

family friends over the years. This<br />

long-term relationship led us to find<br />

a good balance between the needs<br />

of the company (surviving the terrible<br />

crisis we suffered for many years due<br />

to a combination of the global financial<br />

crisis and the luxury taxation on boats)<br />

and the needs of the customers, who<br />

on average have become less wealthy<br />

than in the past.<br />

Being a family-run marina<br />

destination means having a more<br />

direct relationship with the customer,<br />

who desires a round-the-clock and<br />

personalised service; a business<br />

environment where you have to be<br />

customer-oriented, with a strong daily<br />

commitment to improving your marina,<br />

because it’s not only a business but<br />

your home and life.<br />

On the other hand, the customers<br />

feel that they are in a well-kept<br />

paradise, a miracle connecting sea and<br />

land, and they count on the owners to<br />

protect and maintain the precious site<br />

in which they, too, as customers have<br />

also invested.<br />

JJC: I feel that there is a sense of<br />

personal commitment and passion<br />

in the company, affecting customers,<br />

employees and service-providers<br />

that you perhaps don’t see in more<br />

commercially run enterprises. Not,<br />

perhaps, subject to the same market<br />

pressure, I recognise that we have<br />

made significant investments with a<br />

very long-term perspective, anticipating<br />

emerging trends. Since these projects<br />

don’t provide an immediate return, they<br />

Jachthaven Wetterwille in the Netherlands<br />

is expertly run by Mieke Vleugels with<br />

the day-to-day assistance of her daughter<br />

Catherine Kosters.<br />

might not be considered as attractive or<br />

viable under other circumstances.<br />

My parents invested a huge effort<br />

in building personal relationships, and<br />

as the second generation, there’s a<br />

great sense of continuity since many<br />

customers that continue to visit the<br />

marina first arrived to be greeted by<br />

my father. This longevity is clearly<br />

appreciated and the level of trust<br />

generated over the decades is also a<br />

benefit when it comes to working with<br />

the local authorities on new projects.<br />

NZ: For me it means focusing on<br />

the long term. We have employees<br />

who have been working for us for<br />

over 15 years, charter clients with<br />

us since the beginning and berth<br />

holders who basically grew up here<br />

at the harbour. We want to offer a full<br />

service to our clients, with a focus on<br />

customer satisfaction. Being a new<br />

business also inspired us to engage<br />

in topical innovations, such as our<br />

work with electric sloops 20 years ago.<br />

Unfortunately, the batteries of 2002 are<br />

not the same as those available in 2022<br />

and the start-up was very problematic.<br />

We are also very keen on seeking<br />

collaboration with other companies,<br />

such as the Dutch Charter Association.<br />

We are also one of the founders of<br />

the IJsselmeerhavens network, which<br />

promotes boating between member<br />

harbours. We received our ninth Green<br />

Pennant this season, together with the<br />

Blue Flag as a reward for our corporate<br />

responsibility.<br />

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The management of VY Nieuwpoort in<br />

Belgium passes from father to son as<br />

Steven Desloovere retires this year leaving<br />

Maarten fully at the helm.<br />

dynamic, just like sailing. Each day is<br />

new, and each client is different – but<br />

inherently with the same end goal – to<br />

be able to go out and enjoy boating.<br />

Our job then is to try and make that<br />

happen.<br />

When we have internal conflicts, I<br />

want to solve them asap. The business<br />

we are in is dynamic and if we don’t<br />

talk about it or avoid it, it will implode.<br />

But this is the style my family practices:<br />

MD: People are very happy with a warm<br />

welcome and a friendly atmosphere;<br />

they want to feel at home in their<br />

marina or yacht club. I think this is the<br />

most important difference between the<br />

two.<br />

Q: How does the family working<br />

dynamic enrich the overall quality<br />

of services offered at the marina?<br />

What do you bring to the table as<br />

separate individuals with different life<br />

experiences? How do you manage<br />

internal conflicts?<br />

CK: The fact that we have different<br />

generations working at our marina<br />

gives us a great advantage, in my<br />

opinion. My mother brings her vast<br />

experience and know-how to the table,<br />

while I try to bring a level of digital<br />

innovation to the marina. We both have<br />

different, yet complementary visions for<br />

the company.<br />

Whilst my mother has the final say in<br />

everything that goes on in the marina<br />

and oversees structural improvements<br />

including the gradual refurbishment<br />

and replacement of our pontoons, I<br />

manage our website, social media<br />

and newsletter, as well as our digital<br />

booking systems and applications. We<br />

are in constant debate about possible<br />

improvements but face any conflicts<br />

head-on. These situations sometimes<br />

lead to heated discussions – as in any<br />

family – but, more often than not, to<br />

good solutions.<br />

RP: As an individual owning a marina,<br />

I try to ignite passion and long-term<br />

commitment in the business, acting not<br />

only inside the marina, but in national<br />

and international marina owners’<br />

organisations, to exchange best<br />

ideas and practices, lower taxes and<br />

concession fees when possible; making<br />

pleasure boating more accessible<br />

via better regulations. In a family-run<br />

business the only big threat can be<br />

internal conflicts, but if decisions are<br />

carefully and deeply discussed among<br />

family members, good sense prevails.<br />

We are now working on our third<br />

generation; involving the children so as<br />

to garner their interest and passion for<br />

the company and have a vision for its<br />

future opportunities of modification and<br />

growth.<br />

JJC: Rather than a change in<br />

leadership, I think this is more a<br />

question of an evolution. We share my<br />

father’s values and vision, and so our<br />

final choices are aligned. I gratefully<br />

acknowledge and appreciate the level<br />

of trust and commitment our parents<br />

invested in us, allowing us to make<br />

crucial decisions independently and, in<br />

consequence, gain key understanding<br />

quickly.<br />

NZ: My parents were the entrepreneurs<br />

who started the charter company and<br />

bought the harbour. They saw the<br />

opportunities that made our company<br />

flourish. My husband’s and my roles<br />

focus more on specific segments<br />

and ensuring that it all contributes<br />

to the whole picture. In terms of<br />

responsibilities, I run operations with<br />

my team of 17 staff, and my husband<br />

Kees does strategy, acquisitions and<br />

contracts.<br />

Being a family and focusing on the<br />

long term we can make decisions quite<br />

rapidly. The environment we work in is<br />

Mieke Vleugels and<br />

Catherine Kosters<br />

(CK) (Jachthaven<br />

Wetterwille): With a<br />

minimal background in the nautical<br />

field, Mieke took over the family<br />

marina, (owned since 1960 but<br />

established over a century ago in<br />

1912), and boatbuilding company<br />

Catherine Kosters (left) and<br />

Mieke Vleugels.<br />

first owned by her father-in-law, after<br />

the untimely passing of her husband.<br />

Despite her lack of experience, she<br />

made the marina flourish through<br />

a combination of hard work and<br />

pioneering spirit, selling the on-site<br />

Dutch sloop business and investing<br />

in many innovations in the marina,<br />

such as a heated hangar with<br />

drystack system, the first in the<br />

region, and visitor accommodation<br />

including a green roof with room<br />

for tents. A firm believer in the<br />

power of global cooperation, she<br />

is part of various associations, is<br />

a highly regarded assessor for the<br />

prestigious Gold Anchor Scheme<br />

and is consequently one of the most<br />

inspirational female role models in<br />

this sector. Her daughter Catherine,<br />

the eldest of three, combines her<br />

job as a freelance journalist with a<br />

position at the marina, where she<br />

assists her mother in the day-to-day<br />

management.<br />

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Jachthaven Waterland is a two-site marina<br />

in the Netherlands run by Nienke Zetzema<br />

and her husband Kees.<br />

we don’t avoid conflict and are used to<br />

talking about it.<br />

MD: Over the last 32 years, Steven<br />

was able to undertake a considerable<br />

amount of development due to the<br />

spirit of the age. I am now faced with<br />

another reality so there are new and<br />

other challenges in the business. We<br />

share common standards and values.<br />

Conflicts are handled very discretely;<br />

familiarity and mutual respect are key<br />

to being able to listen to each other and<br />

find good solutions.<br />

Q: These last couple of years have<br />

delivered a remarkable volley of major<br />

challenges. How have you managed?<br />

CK: The pandemic was a challenging<br />

time to say the least. While marinas<br />

in many parts of the world had to shut<br />

down, the Dutch Government adopted<br />

a laissez-faire attitude and left this<br />

decision up to the different regions<br />

and municipalities. We were allowed to<br />

stay open, but our facilities (including<br />

the office and sanitary blocks) were<br />

not. With airports, restaurants, bars<br />

and other places of leisure closed, the<br />

marina became the only get-away for<br />

the Dutch.<br />

This presented many problems. With<br />

the lavatories closed by government<br />

rule, we quickly built an outdoor toilet<br />

and water tap to meet the basic needs<br />

of our customers. With the office closed<br />

(except for a window through which we<br />

communicated), digital communication<br />

became more important. We posted<br />

regular updates on our website and<br />

social media about the ever-changing<br />

COVID guidelines. We trained our<br />

staff to work with social distancing in<br />

place and we lowered the rent for our<br />

restaurant tenants by 50%, thus helping<br />

them to stay afloat during lockdown.<br />

At our marina, the biggest trend is the<br />

influx of new boating customers since<br />

the start of the pandemic. The Dutch<br />

are a sea-faring people, and the few<br />

of them that didn’t own a boat do now!<br />

Our waiting list is longer than ever, so<br />

long in fact that we had to stop new<br />

applications altogether. While this is a<br />

welcome evolution, we still face many<br />

challenges including dealing with the<br />

worldwide price surge of both material<br />

and labour, which makes bridging the<br />

gap of income lost during the pandemic<br />

all the more difficult.<br />

Sustainability has always been a<br />

priority for us. We have been a Blue<br />

Flag marina since 1995 and have<br />

been awarded the Green Pennant<br />

as one of the most environmentally<br />

friendly marinas in the country. When<br />

it comes to trends like boat-sharing,<br />

we embrace these while staying<br />

slightly wary because they may also<br />

lead to overcrowding and an influx of<br />

boaters with little experience. We try<br />

to educate our customers as best we<br />

can, both in terms of marina rules and<br />

boating etiquette. Social media are a<br />

part of our communication strategy,<br />

José Juan Calero<br />

(JJC) (Puerto Calero) is<br />

currently managing<br />

director of a group of<br />

three (soon to be four) marinas in<br />

the Canary Islands. He inherited<br />

the role from his father, who built<br />

Lanzarote’s first marina village,<br />

Puerto Calero, (founded in 1983),<br />

based on an inspired vision after<br />

visiting marinas in the US. As<br />

keen sailors and water-sports<br />

enthusiasts, José Juan and his<br />

brother Daniel share their father’s<br />

energy and determination, bringing<br />

top-level racing and cruising events<br />

to the islands, and creating a luxury<br />

nautical brand.<br />

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Steven and Maarten<br />

Desloovere (MD) (VY<br />

Nieuwpoort). The Club<br />

was founded 50 years<br />

ago and Steven has held the role<br />

of general manager for 32 years.<br />

He retires this year. Reluctant to<br />

shoehorn his son Maarten into<br />

Maarten Desloovere<br />

the management role despite<br />

recognising his suitability, he carried<br />

out a series of external interviews<br />

to find a new manager. Struggling to<br />

find the right candidate, he passed<br />

the decision on to the board of<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> del Cavallino in Italy, in Roberto Perocchio’s family since 1971, enjoys tremendous<br />

customer loyalty with many berth holders now family friends.<br />

but in recent years, we have noticed<br />

that our customers – both young and<br />

old – mostly come to the waterfront to<br />

disconnect. We believe that our family<br />

marina, that has been here for more<br />

than a century but has far from stood<br />

still, is the perfect place to do just that.<br />

RP: All marinas have been required<br />

to modify their business model in the<br />

last ten years, according to a new<br />

generation of customers, some of<br />

whom are more interested in chartering<br />

boats, while others ask for dry storage<br />

services, and a good number have less<br />

money to spend on boating than their<br />

parents.<br />

Competition among marinas has<br />

become stronger because of a quickly<br />

growing offer (42 new marinas have<br />

been built in the Mediterranean in<br />

the last ten years, in the middle of a<br />

financial crisis that reduced the number<br />

of actual and potential customers), but<br />

paradoxically, COVID-19 has proven<br />

that boating is still one of the safest and<br />

healthiest vacations, providing social<br />

distancing, freedom and fun. Even the<br />

youngest generation, who seemed<br />

to be only interested in long distance<br />

travel by plane, has rediscovered the<br />

pleasure of boating, and that makes us<br />

more confident about the future.<br />

JJC: I won’t disagree that recent years<br />

have been very complicated. We have<br />

had to adapt quickly to a changing<br />

market and modernise accordingly.<br />

Having strong and aligned core values<br />

however has helped the process and<br />

our customers have remained loyal<br />

throughout, which is much appreciated.<br />

The qualities of this destination for<br />

boating means that, luckily, it is the<br />

gift that keeps on giving and so the<br />

pleasure that our customers derive<br />

from visiting the islands is always a<br />

fantastic boost.<br />

NZ: We worked hard during COVID to<br />

keep spirits up by sending out clear<br />

and frequent bulletins to our customers<br />

about the changing situation – this<br />

received positive feedback. In terms of<br />

trends, we’re seeing shared boats (two<br />

friends buying a boat) and a number<br />

of boats planning to make a grand tour<br />

this season or the next.<br />

MD: One of the biggest problems<br />

we encountered was the extent and<br />

complexity of the matter of abandoned<br />

yachts. With a lot of work and<br />

investigation we were able to generate<br />

some good solutions in this area. This<br />

experience has led us to take part in<br />

an international working group on the<br />

topic, where we can contribute our<br />

Steven Desloovere<br />

directors, who proceeded to both<br />

propose and agree on Maarten’s<br />

appointment. Since then, the 1,000-<br />

berth marina has continued to grow<br />

in stature, resonating particularly in<br />

customer-focused, youth-oriented<br />

and environmental areas.<br />

knowledge to the problem of end-of-life<br />

boats.<br />

On a personal level, given that we<br />

can talk very directly with each other,<br />

we can also make fast decisions.<br />

Facing a decrease in boat owners after<br />

2008, we resorted to building up a<br />

young and dynamic team which meant<br />

that we were better able to address the<br />

needs of today and communicate with a<br />

changing market.<br />

The above article is reproduced by kind<br />

permission of TransEurope <strong>Marina</strong>s<br />

and first appeared in the association’s<br />

newsletter.<br />

www.transeuropemarinas.com<br />

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<strong>Marina</strong> manager Vladimir Gavran<br />

(above) runs family-friendly, wellsheltered<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Izola (left).<br />

Slovenian marinas<br />

join forces to boost<br />

potential<br />

Nestled right at the top of the Adriatic Sea, <strong>Marina</strong> Izola offers a sheltered spot<br />

to berth up in one of the nearest tourist ports to Central Europe. Charlotte<br />

Niemiec invites marina manager, Vladimir Gavran, to talk shop.<br />

Family-friendly and peaceful, Izola<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> is one of few marinas to lie<br />

along Slovenia’s tiny fragment of<br />

coastline, which stretches just 47km<br />

(29mi) between Italy and Croatia.<br />

It has recently joined forces with<br />

nearby <strong>Marina</strong> Koper to create a<br />

new brand – <strong>Marina</strong>Up – and now<br />

offers a combined 800 berths.<br />

While <strong>Marina</strong> Koper focuses more<br />

on transit and has fewer berths, it<br />

has an excellent logistical position.<br />

“In order to achieve synergy and<br />

jointly promote both marinas, we act<br />

together under the <strong>Marina</strong>Up brand,”<br />

Gavran explains. Both marinas are<br />

located in the centre of Izola and<br />

represent the shortest route from<br />

Central Europe to the sea.<br />

The town of Izola is steeped in<br />

history, reflected in the architecture,<br />

The town of Izola is steeped in<br />

history with charming and<br />

colourful houses.<br />

culture and authentic local people.<br />

The old town, which flourished<br />

during the Venetian Republic, boasts<br />

charming and colourful houses,<br />

narrow winding streets and a lively<br />

Mediterranean atmosphere. Izola<br />

offers plenty of sea and seaside<br />

activities, exceptional fish-based<br />

cuisine, excellent wine and olive<br />

oil, and has the picturesque Istrian<br />

countryside on its doorstep.<br />

Construction of <strong>Marina</strong> Izola<br />

began in the 1990s and major<br />

works continued 20 years ago with<br />

the Amfora building – the heart of the<br />

marina. This hosts the marina reception<br />

and offices, a bar and restaurant,<br />

agencies selling and renting boats,<br />

and a nautical equipment store. While<br />

charter opportunities are plentiful in<br />

Slovenia and neighbouring countries,<br />

Gavran believes that “owning a boat in<br />

Slovenia is more popular than charter.<br />

I think it’s a question of ‘emotional<br />

relationship’ between the owner and the<br />

boat.”<br />

On the ground floor of the Amfora<br />

building there is a multipurpose hall<br />

able to accommodate up to 100 people.<br />

Work to improve the marina continues,<br />

with the addition of an extra breakwater<br />

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a few years ago which, together with<br />

the original breakwater, provides very<br />

good protection for boats in the marina.<br />

In 2020, the marina was bought by<br />

Koper-based company Grafist, which<br />

also owns Koper <strong>Marina</strong>. Over the last<br />

two years, Grafist has made several<br />

infrastructure investments, and Gavran<br />

foresees more in the future.<br />

“I’m a lawyer at Grafist and I was<br />

involved in the procedures for the<br />

purchase of the marina,” he explains.<br />

“My primary goal was to organise<br />

the operations of the marina, which<br />

required rearranging financing, solving<br />

legal issues with various entities,<br />

solving open issues with the state and<br />

the municipality, and improving the<br />

operations themselves. We were very<br />

successful in these activities and the<br />

results are now very satisfying. <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Izola still has a lot of untapped potential<br />

and opportunities for development.<br />

My challenge for the marina is for it to<br />

reach its full potential.”<br />

New floating piers<br />

One significant change has been the<br />

addition of 161 berths at new floating<br />

piers designed and built by Italian<br />

company Ingemar. All of the other<br />

piers at <strong>Marina</strong> Izola are fixed. “We<br />

decided to add floating piers mainly<br />

because of their practicality and ease<br />

of construction,” says Gavran, and “we<br />

chose Ingemar mainly because of their<br />

reliability and proximity. I have to praise<br />

their attitude and seriousness – their<br />

engineers gave us all the support we<br />

needed.”<br />

The berths are positioned on three<br />

floating piers connected to the quay by<br />

a long service pier. Stretching almost<br />

500m (1,640ft) in length, they were<br />

built using floating modules of different<br />

widths, a steel supporting structure<br />

and tropical timber decking. The central<br />

service pier is anchored to the seabed<br />

with steel piles, while the transverse<br />

piers are anchored with a system of<br />

chains and concrete anchoring blocks.<br />

Each berth is equipped with water,<br />

electricity and video control.<br />

“Construction went smoothly,” says<br />

Gavran. “We obtained all operating<br />

permits a few weeks ago, so the<br />

boats will start mooring in coming<br />

months. The interest in berth rental is<br />

considerable.”<br />

“In the future, I would like the marina<br />

to develop into a modern destination in<br />

terms of technology and service. But in<br />

general, in my opinion, a marina must<br />

be more than that. The marina should<br />

not limit itself to the sale of moorings<br />

and services for vessels, but also<br />

provide guests with the richest possible<br />

experience. That is why I think that the<br />

environment in which the marina is<br />

located is especially important,” Gavran<br />

stresses.<br />

“In Izola, we are lucky that the marina<br />

is connected to a small but charming<br />

fishermen’s town with a rich Istrian and<br />

Venetian cultural heritage, in which you<br />

can also find traces from Roman times.<br />

Our marina does not resemble an “all<br />

inclusive” hotel that is isolated from the<br />

environment, but lives with the local<br />

people and the environment in which<br />

it is located. In the future, I hope that<br />

this connection with the environment<br />

will be even greater and that the marina<br />

guests will feel like members of our<br />

community – like real ‘Izolani’.”<br />

Today, the marina has around 800<br />

moorings, with 650 at fixed piers<br />

and 161 at floating pontoons, all with<br />

electricity (220/380V), water and Wi-Fi.<br />

The power pedestals are manufactured<br />

by a local company, Felolux. Berth<br />

sizes range from 6m (20ft) to some that<br />

accommodate superyachts. Demand is<br />

high and the marina is almost full, even<br />

though it has gained some free space<br />

with the construction of the new piers.<br />

All mod cons<br />

Services meet all modern expectations.<br />

A diesel and petrol distributor is located<br />

at the centre of the marina and the<br />

marina boasts a 60 tonne travel hoist.<br />

Closely packed houses on narrow winding<br />

streets lead to an enviable Mediterranean<br />

waterfront.<br />

“We also plan to build a bigger slipway,<br />

which will be equipped with smaller<br />

lifts,” says Gavran. The marina works in<br />

cooperation with external contractors,<br />

offering maintenance services such<br />

as underwater parts, servicing and<br />

repair of engines, installation or repair<br />

of navigation devices, upholstery and<br />

joinery and repair, and installation of<br />

sails and masts.<br />

“We have an external security system<br />

and the entire marina is covered by<br />

video surveillance. Izola is a very safe<br />

place, so we have no major problems<br />

with security issues.” Staff perform<br />

daily patrols of the marina and check<br />

the condition of the vessels, which are<br />

visible from the piers. At night, security<br />

services take care of safety.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Izola manages the site using<br />

my<strong>Marina</strong> by <strong>Marina</strong> Master – an<br />

integrated cloud-based CRM. “my<strong>Marina</strong><br />

gives us important support and it’s a<br />

reliable partner as we seek to modernise<br />

our work process,” Gavran notes.<br />

The marina has been a proud<br />

recipient of Blue Flag environmental<br />

accreditation for more than 20<br />

years and supports sustainable<br />

operations while constantly striving<br />

for improvement. Every year it adopts<br />

a programme of activities for effective<br />

environmental management and works<br />

with the local community to achieve<br />

positive results.<br />

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EVENTS<br />

AMI Expo –<br />

a record-breaker<br />

The <strong>2023</strong> AMI Conference & Expo, organised by the Association of <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Industries (AMI) and held Monday 30 th January – Wednesday 1 st February<br />

in Daytona Beach, Florida was pronounced a record-breaking success that<br />

attracted nigh on 1,100 attendees.<br />

“This is by far the best event we<br />

have ever presented,” said AMI vice<br />

chair Rick Chapman. “From the preconference<br />

workshops and opening<br />

keynote on ‘Front Row Leadership’<br />

to the ‘Future of Boats’ panel and<br />

everything in between, the content was<br />

on point. Even if the speakers shared<br />

things we didn’t want to hear, we<br />

needed to hear them.<br />

“We experienced record-breaking<br />

attendance, our exhibit floor was sold<br />

out, our social night was the largest<br />

we have had to date, and there was<br />

an energy throughout the event that<br />

was hard to ignore. We look forward to<br />

building on this momentum as we head<br />

back to Fort Lauderdale,” he added.<br />

Focus on education<br />

Prior to the official opening of the<br />

conference on Monday evening, a full<br />

day was devoted to a host of optional<br />

programmes, ranging from the annual<br />

meeting of the American Boat Builders<br />

& Repairers Association (ABBRA)<br />

to specific educational courses that<br />

fostered leadership, team-building and<br />

coaching skills, as well as a marina tour.<br />

The course options included the<br />

rebirth of the Docks & <strong>Marina</strong>s Short<br />

Course (D&M), originally created<br />

by Al Wortley at the University of<br />

Wisconsin, and assisted by Neil Ross.<br />

Long rated as the leading worldwide<br />

educational pathway and focused on<br />

combining both technical and broader<br />

approaches to address and solve<br />

various marina issues, the course<br />

then and now again also provides<br />

continuing education credits through<br />

the University of Wisconsin to those<br />

participating (needed annually for many<br />

professionals).<br />

The course covered permitting,<br />

marina design, including for waves,<br />

Marilyn Sherman’s keynote address focused<br />

on encouraging delegates to leave their<br />

comfort zone so as to be open to new<br />

opportunities.<br />

revetments, bulkheads, pile systems<br />

for lateral loading and retention,<br />

the Americans with Disabilities Act,<br />

electrical design and code compliance,<br />

marina loads and moorings, as well as<br />

clean marinas, environmental education<br />

and recognition.<br />

A new certification course for<br />

becoming an AMI Clean <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Manager was also introduced, focusing<br />

on siting and design considerations<br />

for new and expanding marinas,<br />

habitat, vessel maintenance and repair,<br />

petroleum control and hazardous<br />

waste management, management of<br />

stormwater, sewage and grey water,<br />

waste reduction, disposal and recycling,<br />

as well as addressing boater education/<br />

public education, aquatic invasive<br />

species, and increasing resiliency by<br />

looking at climate adaptation and sea<br />

level rise.<br />

The third full day option was a<br />

Leadership, Team-Building and<br />

Coaching Skills course and the fourth<br />

was <strong>Marina</strong>s 101, a three-hour marina<br />

industry introduction course geared<br />

toward those individuals with little or no<br />

marina experience looking to get into<br />

the industry by way of an advancement<br />

opportunity, career shift, or an interest<br />

in purchasing or developing a marina.<br />

The <strong>Marina</strong> & Boatyard Study Tour<br />

was designed to dovetail with <strong>Marina</strong>s<br />

101 although could also be enjoyed on<br />

its own. Delegates visited two marinas<br />

as well as a lighthouse and museum –<br />

and the weather cooperated to make it<br />

a great warm afternoon.<br />

Engaging keynotes<br />

Presentations within the actual<br />

conference started on Tuesday morning<br />

with a very energetic keynote speech<br />

“Front Row Leadership - How Top<br />

The exhibition hall boasted 162 exhibitors<br />

and was a hub for networking.<br />

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EVENTS<br />

Newly certified professionals<br />

A Leadership, Team-Building and Coaching<br />

Skills course was one of several options<br />

during a full day of pre-conference<br />

workshops.<br />

Performers Never Settle for Balcony<br />

Seats” delivered by Marilyn Sherman.<br />

The stimulating talk focused on the<br />

need to leave your comfort zone so as<br />

to meet others and obtain opportunities<br />

that you would otherwise miss. Several<br />

attendees were very moved and<br />

inspired by the talk and by the end of<br />

the conference were still mentioning it<br />

as one of the highlights.<br />

The second day’s keynote, “The<br />

Future is Here! Trends in Boat Design:<br />

Is Your <strong>Marina</strong> Prepared?”, was a panel<br />

presentation featuring Alex Cattelan,<br />

chief technology officer, Brunswick<br />

Group; Sean Marrero, chief strategy<br />

officer and president, Watershed<br />

Innovation, Correct Craft; and Dan<br />

Ryks, senior category manager<br />

electrification, Mercury Marine.<br />

The discussion focused on where<br />

the industry is and where it is heading,<br />

particularly with respect to evolving<br />

boat design and powering of boats,<br />

and thoughts on how marinas will<br />

accommodate the changes. The<br />

consensus clearly was that the future<br />

is changing, but the approaches are<br />

still being worked out, including how<br />

the infrastructure will have to change to<br />

accommodate the new demands.<br />

There is concern that electric power<br />

will not be able to meet all of the<br />

needs, at least not in the nearer term.<br />

Indeed, the emphasis on electrification<br />

is pushing the envelope both in terms<br />

of the design of boats and batteries<br />

and how to recharge them. As the<br />

discussion continued, Sean Marrero<br />

said flat out to the marina operators in<br />

the audience: “You’re going to be selling<br />

electricity at some point.”<br />

AMI Conference & Expo is the usual venue for presenting awards to new<br />

Certified <strong>Marina</strong> Managers (CMMs) and Operators (CMOs). This year, AMI’s<br />

Training Institute welcomed 17 new CMMs and eight new CMOs to bring the<br />

current worldwide total to 504 for CMMs and 71 for CMOs.<br />

New CMMs and CMOs have completed the Intermediate <strong>Marina</strong> Management<br />

(IMM) course, along with the Advanced <strong>Marina</strong> Management (AMM) course. Upon<br />

completion of both, each professional then submits an extensive application for<br />

review and approval by the CMM/CMO review committee.<br />

Both virtual and face-to-face IMM courses are offered throughout the year, and<br />

interest is strong. “It is a very exciting time,” says training coordinator Merritt Alves.<br />

“AMI’s Training Institute is training and educating a record number of marina<br />

professionals each year, which leads to a record number of CMM and CMO<br />

designations.”<br />

New CMMs (<strong>2023</strong>):<br />

Shawn Macking, St Petersburg Yacht Club, St Petersburg, FL; Matt Creswell, CBJ<br />

Docks & Harbors, Juneau, AK; Travis Staats, Windward at Camachee Cove Yacht<br />

Harbor, St Augustine, FL; TJ Quandt, Port Olympia, Olympia, WA; Mary Hunt,<br />

Safe Harbor Cowesett, Warwick, RI; Jeff Durning, Safe Harbor Regatta Point,<br />

Palmetto, FL; Cody Bartro, MarineMax Houston, Seabrook, TX; Andy Caballero,<br />

Simpson Bay <strong>Marina</strong>, Sint Maarten, BVI; Jeremy Enck, Safe Harbor Aqualand,<br />

Flowery Branch, GA; Jason Breland, Chandler’s Landing, Rockwell, TX; Alex<br />

Turner, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Point Shore, MI; Destinee Hodges,<br />

HarborWalk <strong>Marina</strong>, Destin, FL; Rick Jacobs, Meridian <strong>Marina</strong>, Palm City, FL;<br />

Audrey Willmot, VIP <strong>Marina</strong>s, Volente, TX; Kori Derrick Cisewski, Bayport <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Association, Bayport, MN; David Wirth, St. Petersburg Municipal <strong>Marina</strong>, St.<br />

Petersburg, FL; and Chris Scott, Safe Harbor Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard,<br />

MA.<br />

New CMOs (<strong>2023</strong>):<br />

Lynn Lovelady, Scorpion Bay <strong>Marina</strong>, Morristown, AZ; David Wirth, St Petersburg<br />

Municipal <strong>Marina</strong>, St Petersburg, FL; Jason Heywood, Safe Harbor Green Harbor,<br />

Marshfield, MA; Jarod Viers, Lake Powell Resorts & <strong>Marina</strong>s, Page, AZ; Kori<br />

Derrick Cisewski, Bayport <strong>Marina</strong> Association, Bayport, MN; Jon Perkins, City of<br />

Oceanside, North Oceanside, CA; Heather Mess, <strong>Marina</strong>Max Inc., Clearwater, FL;<br />

and Jacob Podesta, Chandler’s Landing <strong>Marina</strong>, Rockwell, TX.<br />

L to r (front): Jacob Podesta, Jason Breland, Jason Heywood, Destinee<br />

Hodges, Kori Derrick Cisewski, Heather Mess, Alex Turner, Matt Creswell,<br />

Audrey Willmot and Rick Jacobs. L to r (back): Andy Caballero, Mary Hunt,<br />

Jeff Durning, Chris Scott, Travis Staats, Jarod Viers, Jon Perkins and Jeremy<br />

Enck.<br />

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EVENTS<br />

The session ended with<br />

lots of questions being raised<br />

by delegates, with answers<br />

basically boiling down to<br />

there being a lot of issues<br />

still to be worked out! The<br />

good news on that score is<br />

that the industry is reaching<br />

out to all segments, including<br />

numerous governmental<br />

agencies with their sometimes<br />

conflicting perspectives.<br />

Breakout sessions<br />

The main conference<br />

programme offered four to five<br />

different and simultaneous<br />

breakout sessions – three on the first<br />

day and two on the second day – for<br />

a total of 24 sessions covering a wide<br />

range of topics. There was something<br />

for almost everyone attending, and<br />

conflict for many who wanted to be in<br />

more than one place at once.<br />

Presentations covered:<br />

communications and marketing;<br />

workplace investigations and hiring;<br />

the changing trends of boat ownership;<br />

dealing with disaster (hurricane and<br />

fire); technological advances; financial<br />

management strategy; clean water<br />

initiatives; grant funding; industry<br />

statistics; and more.<br />

Most of the delegates enjoyed the<br />

sessions, particularly the interaction<br />

and ability to focus on specific issues.<br />

There were many new faces, including<br />

marina managers and owners as<br />

well as other first-time attendees.<br />

Most of all, the delegates seemed to<br />

appreciate the willingness of those with<br />

more experience to share ideas and<br />

suggestions. One new attendee said: “I<br />

Four panellists discussed trends<br />

in boat design in a second<br />

keynote presentation.<br />

cannot believe the number of<br />

people who are willing to talk<br />

to me – I am getting some<br />

great ideas and suggestions.”<br />

Another noted: “I found<br />

out about things that I now<br />

need to think about.” There<br />

were updates on codes and<br />

other regulatory issues, and<br />

examples of better ways to do<br />

things, along with examples of<br />

what not to do.<br />

There were also plenty<br />

of opportunities to meet and network.<br />

The exhibition hall, with 162 exhibiting<br />

companies, was particularly busy during<br />

break-out sessions and for the opening<br />

evening reception and the social event in<br />

the Coquina Ballroom was a big hit. The<br />

electric miniature golf was a highlight,<br />

along with other games.<br />

AMI Conference & Expo returns to<br />

the Broward County Convention<br />

Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on<br />

30 th January-1 st February 2024.<br />

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Two widely different floating<br />

structure projects that bring big<br />

benefits to small islands in Europe<br />

and South East Asia have recently<br />

been completed by SF <strong>Marina</strong>.<br />

Gressholmen-Rambergøya, a short<br />

ride from the Norwegian capital Oslo,<br />

now has a novel floating dock with<br />

containment for rubbish that could<br />

otherwise blight the popular nature<br />

preserve. Hei Ling Chau – thanks to a<br />

new SF <strong>Marina</strong> floating concrete wave<br />

attenuator – provides Hong Kong with a<br />

new typhoon shelter basin.<br />

Floating garbage dock<br />

Disposing of waste on a small island<br />

that has no vehicle access posed<br />

a tricky problem for Kommune<br />

Bymiljøetaten, the municipal urban<br />

environmental agency in Oslo. The<br />

solution, developed with SF <strong>Marina</strong>,<br />

was to devise a waste collection point<br />

right at the dockside. A small floating<br />

concrete dock houses three Molok<br />

Deep Collection trash containers that<br />

are emptied from the water using a<br />

crane mounted on a garbage collection<br />

workboat.<br />

The project uses an SF <strong>Marina</strong><br />

4m (13ft) wide x 15m (49ft) long<br />

SF1040 floating concrete pontoon.<br />

Highly adaptable to a wide range of<br />

applications, this type of pontoon can be<br />

modified to meet the needs of virtually<br />

any project. Three holes for the Molok<br />

containers were cast into the structure<br />

during manufacture at SF <strong>Marina</strong>’s<br />

Wallham facility in Sweden, shipped to<br />

Oslo and then floated to the island.<br />

Used primarily as a dock section, the<br />

SF1040 is extremely stable due to its<br />

sheer mass and low centre of gravity.<br />

While the Gressholmen-Rambergøya<br />

floating garbage depot is located in a<br />

sheltered cove and anchored to the<br />

seabed with chains and anchors, SF<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> pontoons are engineered to<br />

withstand hurricane-force weather<br />

events.<br />

Typically used on land, 60% of<br />

a 5m³ Molok container is normally<br />

underground—but, in the case of the<br />

SF <strong>Marina</strong> project, it is underwater.<br />

The cool surroundings keep odourproducing<br />

bacteria from forming and,<br />

as much of the container is hidden,<br />

the receptacle opening is low and<br />

thus accessible by children and those<br />

in wheelchairs. A 6m (20ft) walkway<br />

allows easy entrance to the dock from<br />

shore and accommodates the area’s<br />

mild tidal fluctuation.<br />


Collection and protection for small islands<br />

Above: A floating garbage dock helps<br />

tourists keep a small Norwegian island<br />

clean. Right: Hei Ling Chau is now<br />

sheltered by a concrete wave attenuator.<br />

Each container cover has a reusable<br />

inner sleeve that holds the refuse. The<br />

crane lifts the lid and contents, swings<br />

it over to the boat, and a worker pulls<br />

a rope that opens the bottom to spill<br />

the trash. Because of the containers’<br />

large capacities, 80% fewer emptyings<br />

are required over standard-sized waste<br />

receptacles.<br />

Typhoon shelter basin<br />

Part of Hong Kong, Hei Ling Chau<br />

is a small island situated off the east<br />

coast of Lantau Island that’s home to<br />

an addiction treatment centre and two<br />

correctional institutions. Due to frequent<br />

tropical cyclones in the region, the<br />

Hong Kong Government determined<br />

the waters off Hei Ling Chau’s western<br />

shore would make an ideal typhoon<br />

shelter basin.<br />

SF <strong>Marina</strong> installed a 700m (2,300ft)<br />

long floating concrete wave attenuator.<br />

Prior to this, the basin was surrounded<br />

by a two-section fixed-rock breakwater<br />

that only protected the area under<br />

normal storm conditions. The Hong<br />

Kong Government chose SF because it<br />

could manufacture the wave attenuator<br />

quickly in Asia and has a proven track<br />

record of installations successfully<br />

surviving severe storms.<br />

The Hei Ling Chau project comprises<br />

30 sections of 20m (66ft) long x<br />

5m (16ft) wide 65-tonne SFBW500<br />

pontoons and five sections of 20m<br />

(66ft) x 4m (13ft) 55-tonne SFBW400<br />

pontoons. With a height of 1.8m (6ft),<br />

they share a 0.5m (1ft 7in) freeboard<br />

and 500kg/m² buoyancy rating.<br />

The pontoons and anchors were<br />

manufactured by SF <strong>Marina</strong> Korea<br />

and shipped to Hong Kong. They were<br />

unloaded, floated into position using a<br />

tug, and installed.<br />

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solution to pollution?<br />

by Oscar Siches<br />

Virgil, in The Aeneid (Virgil, Aeneid, II, 49), proclaimed “Whatever it is, I fear<br />

the Greeks bearing gifts” when recounting the Trojan War and the Greeks’<br />

deception with the wooden horse. This cautionary tale is still relevant, warning<br />

us about seemingly harmless things or actions that could have hidden,<br />

unexpected consequences. Today, 2,000 years later, I’m going to flag up Virgil<br />

again and say “beware of electric propulsion and its promise to be a universal<br />

solution to pollution.”<br />

Electric propulsion is an old concept.<br />

Moritz van Jacobi, a German engineer,<br />

built the first electric boat in St<br />

Petersburg, Russia in 1839. However,<br />

its popularity dwindled around 1920 in<br />

favour of fossil-fuelled engines, which<br />

were lighter in weight (virtually no<br />

batteries) and easier to transport and<br />

store. All good – until we realised a<br />

few years ago that we’d neglected the<br />

environment. Welcome back electrics…<br />

Electric propulsion is undoubtedly<br />

a solution to pollution caused by<br />

emissions, but the marketing of this<br />

apparent miracle-solution fails to<br />

mention potential issues that could<br />

make the practical use of electric boats<br />

less rewarding than promised.<br />

Power sources<br />

The most advanced types of electric<br />

recreational boats currently rely on two<br />

power sources: fuel cells and batteries.<br />

While fuel cells are associated with<br />

hydrogen, they can also work with<br />

ethanol, diesel oil, gasoline or gas, with<br />

varying emissions and fuel efficiency/<br />

power output.<br />

When used with hydrogen, fuel cells<br />

do not generate emissions. However,<br />

hydrogen is not easy to transport as<br />

it must be pressurised and cooled<br />

to -253°C or pressurised at room<br />

temperature to 350 or 700 bar to<br />

manage the volumes. To put this into<br />

perspective, the air in a diving cylinder<br />

is compressed to 220 bar (though some<br />

can handle 300 bar).<br />

Fuel cells are stackable, and power<br />

can be increased by adding more cells.<br />

The cells themselves are relatively<br />

small, with a 30kW (40hp) cell the<br />

size of a standard laser printer. The<br />

good news? This year, Neo Orbis<br />

will be launched in Amsterdam, and<br />

it will be the first boat in the world<br />

using hydrogen from a powder source<br />

(sodium borohydride). This is a big step<br />

forward.<br />

In June 2022, I was aboard a<br />

20m (66ft) sailboat in Sneek, the<br />

Netherlands, that had two 30kW cells<br />

and two 20-litre hydrogen tanks each<br />

at 350 bar. With 40 litres of hydrogen,<br />

the boat could travel 100 miles at eight<br />

knots, outperforming a conventional<br />

engine four to one. However, the lack of<br />

hydrogen refuelling stations is a major<br />

obstacle to widespread adoption, and<br />

Above & below:<br />

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hydrogen propulsion is currently three<br />

times more expensive than diesel.<br />

Battery power<br />

The most common types of batteries<br />

are lead-acid (PA) and lithium-ion (IL).<br />

Both types are heavy, with lead-acid<br />

batteries being the heaviest. Lead-acid<br />

batteries are also bigger and must be<br />

installed in a vertical position because<br />

of their vents or plugs. By contrast,<br />

sealed lithium-ion batteries can be<br />

installed in any position. However,<br />

there is a slight risk of explosion with<br />

sealed batteries, although this is a rare<br />

occurrence with lead-acid batteries.<br />

One of the first things that users<br />

may notice is that the real autonomy<br />

of the batteries is often less than<br />

advertised. As for cars, calculations<br />

for battery life are made under ideal<br />

weather conditions and at an ideal<br />

battery temperature. However, when<br />

batteries become hot, they lose their<br />

ability to deliver energy. If the boat<br />

is heavily or unevenly loaded, it will<br />

demand more power from the engine,<br />

which will in turn require more power<br />

from the batteries. Therefore, every<br />

sailor must become familiar with the<br />

new propulsion system and use it with<br />

reasonable caution.<br />

The age of a battery is based on its<br />

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number of charge cycles,<br />

similar to how aeroplanes<br />

are aged by number of<br />

take-offs and landings.<br />

While batteries are not<br />

eternal, current batteries<br />

have a lifespan of between<br />

3,500 and 5,000 charging<br />

cycles, which for weekend<br />

and vacation purposes<br />

equates to approximately<br />

170 cycles per year. This provides<br />

a theoretical lifespan of between 20<br />

and 35 years but batteries deteriorate<br />

throughout their lifespan, and the<br />

average lifespan of a boat battery is<br />

only five to seven years.<br />

As yet, we do not have regulations<br />

governing the recycling of the<br />

enormous number of boat batteries<br />

that we will have by about 2040.<br />

And batteries are, and will be, very<br />

expensive. <strong>Marina</strong>s must adopt<br />

the necessary standards as<br />

it will be their responsibility to<br />

dispose of old batteries legally.<br />

Charging up<br />

Ports will also have to decide<br />

on the type and number of<br />

pedestals they install. One<br />

per boat? Not very efficient,<br />

unless one is installed for<br />

every electric vessel that<br />

spends more than six months<br />

per year in port. Slow or fast charging?<br />

In my opinion, fast charging will be<br />

necessary for port service vessels or<br />

fast passenger boats.<br />

Batteries can be charged in three<br />

ways: via the traditional pedestal<br />

(charger on the boat, slow charging);<br />

slow charge (the charger is in the<br />

pedestal and it sends direct current<br />

(DC) to the batteries<br />

as with electric<br />

cars); and fast<br />

charging (the same<br />

method but with<br />

high amperage – a<br />

costly medium to<br />

high power electrical<br />

installation).<br />

When electric<br />

vessels begin to<br />

proliferate, ports<br />

must install battery<br />

charging pedestals<br />

to meet the needs<br />

of the vessels that require them.<br />

Permanent/long term berth holder<br />

vessels will merit the installation of<br />

their own pedestals and transients will<br />

need to be assigned to berths that have<br />

charging ability. Why? Because few<br />

ports will be able to afford a complete<br />

electrical installation while maintaining<br />

traditional pedestals for boats with<br />

normal engines.<br />

Training and education<br />

The learning and accustoming period<br />

should be spent with a hybrid system:<br />

in addition to batteries and a charging<br />

system, a generator that allows a return<br />

to port at a reduced speed. This system<br />

can be purchased or rented by the boat<br />

builder, marina or club. Ports should<br />

employ more members of staff and<br />

boost their towing capabilities as the<br />

number of electric boats that run out<br />

of batteries before returning to port will<br />

likely be high. Maritime Rescue cannot<br />

be expected to rescue all the electric<br />

propulsion ‘apprentices’.<br />

Having listed some of the situations<br />

that we will encounter when adopting<br />

this technology, we still need to plan<br />

the training of port personnel. They<br />

must be trained to control and fight<br />

lithium battery fires, which require<br />

special equipment and protocols.<br />

Grouping electric boats in a specific<br />

area where there are more fire-fighting<br />

resources for lithium batteries will<br />

enhance security, as will ensuring the<br />

free passage of fire trucks to that same<br />

area.<br />

Electric propulsion is efficient, safe,<br />

and in most cases, cheaper than<br />

hydrocarbons. It is here to stay, it will<br />

be regulated, and it will evolve rapidly<br />

in the coming years. However, we still<br />

have a long way to go to be ready to<br />

receive these vessels of the future in<br />

our ports. Knowing how to choose the<br />

system and manage well-planned and<br />

sufficient logistics is paramount. Then<br />

we can purchase an electric boat and<br />

christen it “Volta”.<br />

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Pontoons for<br />

Ocean Race<br />

Alicante, chosen for the fifth time as the starting point for The<br />

Ocean Race <strong>2023</strong>, is one of three race venues to benefit from<br />

floating pontoon arrangements supplied by Grupo Lindley<br />

companies.<br />

The public entity Generalitat<br />

Valenciana, through its company<br />

Sociedad de Proyectos para<br />

la Transformación Digital,<br />

contracted Almarin to install and<br />

subsequently remove floating<br />

and mooring infrastructure for<br />

the regatta and support boats in<br />

Alicante.<br />

A total of 360m (1,180ft) of<br />

Lindley floating pontoons, and<br />

several anchorages and swing<br />

moorings to moor the boats<br />

in case of emergency, were<br />

installed for the support vessels<br />

of the participating boats.<br />

From Alicante, the regatta<br />

sailed to Mindelo on the island<br />

of São Vicente (Cape Verde). At<br />

this stop over, Lindley <strong>Marina</strong>s<br />

built and installed the floating<br />

infrastructure to receive the<br />

regatta and support boats. Local<br />

port authority ENAPOR awarded<br />

the contract for the supply,<br />

installation and removal of 140m<br />

(460ft) of pontoons with bow<br />

moorings for the event.<br />

Access by two gangways<br />

from the fixed jetty through<br />

bridgeheads designed and<br />

installed by Lindley, including<br />

water and electricity services,<br />

ensured that the fleet had proper<br />

conditions for their stopover in<br />

Cape Verde.<br />

After the South Africa (Cape<br />

Town) stage completes, the fleet<br />

will disembark at Itajaí (Brazil),<br />

where Lindley <strong>Marina</strong>s and its<br />

local partner have built and<br />

installed floating infrastructure<br />

for berthing and mooring. The<br />

pontoons were built locally using<br />

reinforced concrete pontoons<br />

with polystyrene core. After the<br />

event they will be re-used for the<br />

neighbouring <strong>Marina</strong> de Itajaí,<br />

built by Lindley in two stages in<br />

2015 and 2018.<br />

“From Almarin and Lindley,<br />

we’re honoured to contribute to<br />

this fantastic project where the<br />

best regatta teams compete, and<br />

also to be able to join the event’s<br />

motto based on sustainability,<br />

recycling and reusage for<br />

protection of the oceans,” says<br />

Lindley <strong>Marina</strong>s CEO Luis<br />

Vasconcelos Dias.<br />

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New hoist brings<br />

new technology<br />

Largs Yacht Haven, a popular Yacht Havens Group<br />

marina on Scotland’s Firth of Clyde, has invested<br />

in a new 75-tonne Wise boat hoist. The machine<br />

replaces an ageing 45-tonne hoist that has been<br />

on site for over 30 years, and works alongside<br />

an existing 70-tonne hoist to enhance yard<br />

operations.<br />

“With our brand new hoist comes brand new<br />

technology,” explains marina manager Dave Hewitt. “It<br />

will allow our boatyard operators to move around the<br />

hoist while manoeuvring, rather than operating from a<br />

fixed location on the machine.”<br />

“Working with Wise, we were able to specify the<br />

exact features we wanted ensuring we are able to<br />

offer far more than purely the increased weight. For<br />

example, our new hoist comes with greatly improved<br />

LED lighting to make emergency night time lifts much<br />

safer. The hoist is operated via remote control making<br />

it safer for our boatyard team, and we have automatic<br />

monitoring sensors that feed back real-time data to<br />

the manufacturers,” Hewitt adds.<br />

Larg’s boat lifting facility operates seven days a<br />

week with emergency 24-hour lifting available. For<br />

small or quick jobs, boats can be held in the hoist for<br />

an hour, over a tea break, or overnight. For longer<br />

periods of storage, vessels are positioned in the<br />

secure boatyard.<br />

The delivery is one of several boatyard equipment<br />

investments made by Yacht Havens Group this past<br />

season. In addition to the Largs hoist, Lymington<br />

Yacht Haven took delivery of a new 60-tonne hoist,<br />

and Yacht Haven Quay Plymouth purchased a new<br />

Wiggins <strong>Marina</strong> Bull drystack forklift.<br />

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To further bolster its increasing sales success with LifeLadder and complementary products, Danish company Port-<br />

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Vaekstfonden – the Danish Growth Fund.<br />

Per Lange from Ultranav, who has<br />

more than 40 years of maritime and<br />

shipping experience, joins Port-Safety<br />

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developed a unique and patented<br />

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than half compared with traditional<br />

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much to the value this<br />

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launched in mid-2018<br />

and sales have reached<br />

more than 30 countries.<br />

Additional products, focused on solar<br />

powered lighting to ensure the access<br />

to safety is visible at night, have been<br />

Spanish company Almarin has redeveloped its wellestablished<br />

Balizamar buoy design, and<br />

launched it as the EVO.<br />

Balizamar EVO buoys benefit from<br />

rotomoulded polyethylene modular<br />

components to enhance visibility and lower<br />

maintenance costs. The inner structure is<br />

made of galvanised steel by immersion and<br />

the top mark is constructed of stainless<br />

steel. The hull is rotomoulded and filled with<br />

closed-cell EPS foam to ensure buoyancy.<br />

“The design of the Balizamar buoys,<br />

which dates to 2010, has been updated to<br />

meet current needs,” says Almarin director<br />

Aleix San Vicente. “While an improvement<br />

in materials was made in 2013 with the<br />

change from GRP to stainless steel, the<br />

new EVO buoys now have improved day<br />

marks while retaining the<br />

robustness of the original<br />

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“This innovative and versatile<br />

system offers improved visibility,<br />

lower repair costs in the case<br />

of damage, and improved aid<br />

identification without limiting the<br />

colour only to the hull,” he adds.<br />

Almarin currently offers two lines of<br />

navigation buoys: the new EVO range<br />

and the superior Guia range<br />

www.almarin.es<br />


created, along with products focused on<br />

quay wall safety.<br />

www.port-safety.com<br />

D-Marin expands<br />

digital solutions<br />

The D-Marin marina group has introduced ‘smart<br />

pedestal’. The product, aimed at revolutionising customer<br />

experience, has been developed in-house to fully digitise<br />

energy consumption, digital payments, remote metering<br />

and control.<br />

Customers will no longer<br />

need to enter the marina<br />

office or queue and wait<br />

for energy supply. Instead,<br />

they will have full control<br />

of the opening and closing<br />

of power sockets and<br />

remote measurement of<br />

consumption, as well as full<br />

control of costs. The key<br />

benefit of smart pedestal<br />

is that it can be controlled<br />

by the customer online, all<br />

at the touch of a button,<br />

giving customers the ability<br />

to personally manage their<br />

energy supply.<br />

D-Marin chief information<br />

officer, Michal Maslowski,<br />

said: “We’re proud to be<br />

delivering another D-Marin<br />

digital solution to all our<br />

premium marinas this year. It<br />

follows the launch of our twominute<br />

online booking system<br />

in 2022 and is another<br />

huge step in enriching<br />

the customer journey with<br />

innovative solutions as part<br />

of the ongoing ambitions of<br />

the D-Marin digitalisation<br />

strategy.”<br />

Smart pedestal will be<br />

rolled out to all marinas,<br />

retrofitted to existing<br />

pedestals, throughout <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

www.d-marin.com<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>March</strong>/<strong>April</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



Index to Advertisers<br />

ASAR/GCM Safe Harbour<br />

Drystacks, USA 25<br />

American Muscle, USA 39<br />

Aqua superPower, UK 50<br />

Australia <strong>Marina</strong> Engineering, 48<br />

Bellingham Marine, USA 7, 9 & 11<br />

Bluewater<br />

Marine & Dock, USA 50<br />

Boatlift, Italy 26<br />

Capria, Argentina 36<br />

Conolift by Kropf Industrial,<br />

Canada 10<br />

Cutting Brothers, Germany 56<br />

DualDocker, Austria 22<br />

Flovac, Spain 59<br />

GH Cranes &<br />

Components, Spain 28<br />

Gigieffe, Italy 24<br />

Golden Manufacturing, USA 14 & 15<br />

IWMC <strong>2023</strong>, Portugal 47<br />

Ingemar, Italy 12<br />

Inmare, Italy 48<br />

Lindley, Portugal 24<br />

Livart, China 56<br />

Marex, Croatia 36<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Master by<br />

IRM, Slovenia 50<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Projects, UK 60<br />

MARINAGo by<br />

Scribble Software, USA 33<br />

Marinetek, Finland 4<br />

METSTRADE, Netherlands 18<br />

Molo, USA 20<br />

Monaco Smart &<br />

Sustainable <strong>Marina</strong>, 42<br />

Pacific Netting, USA 48 & 54<br />

Pacsoft, New Zealand 42<br />

Perspective Products, USA 52 & 56<br />

PierPump by Vogelsang,<br />

Germany 8<br />

Plus Marine, Italy 46<br />

Rolec, UK 35<br />

Ronautica, Spain 28<br />

Roodberg - a brand of Frisian<br />

Industries, Netherlands 52<br />

SF <strong>Marina</strong> System, Sweden 2<br />

Seaflex, Sweden 6<br />

Seijsener, Netherlands 10<br />

Superior Group, Australia 42<br />

Swede Ship Sublift, Sweden 36<br />

ThruFlow, Canada 26<br />

Walcon Marine, UK 27<br />

Wiggins Lift Co, USA 54<br />

Electric chargers for<br />

Italian marinas<br />

The Italian Tourist Ports Association, Assomarinas, and Aqua superPower<br />

are to collaborate on the installation of electric boat charging stations in the<br />

marinas of the Assomarinas network. The two parties will jointly promote<br />

electric boating as a benefit for the nautical market and the environment.<br />

Through the partnership, Aqua will<br />

supply and install its high-power smart<br />

grid marine chargers at no cost to the<br />

site operator, creating an infrastructure<br />

for electric boats and charging corridors<br />

along the entire Italian coast.<br />

Assomarinas has been operating<br />

since 1972 to create a network of<br />

accommodation facilities for leisure<br />

boats along the Italian coast and<br />

strengthen the exchange of information<br />

and services between tourist port<br />

operators. The organisation has over 90<br />

associated marinas and its partnership<br />

with Aqua will support group members<br />

in achieving their sustainability and<br />

decarbonisation goals. Foundations<br />

will be laid for establishing a network of<br />

chargers.<br />

“Assomarinas shares Aqua<br />

superPower’s long-term vision of<br />

a growing electric boating market<br />

and is delighted to cooperate in this<br />

important transition. <strong>Marina</strong>s need<br />

to be prepared for the new needs<br />

of electric boaters, and they must<br />

provide a reliable network of fast<br />

charge stations to make the new<br />

electric propulsion technologies more<br />

viable and enjoyable, for the benefit of<br />

the entire global<br />

nautical industry,”<br />

says Roberto<br />

Perocchio, president<br />

of Assomarinas.<br />

“We look forward<br />

to working with<br />

Assomarinas as<br />

marine fast charging<br />

partner to help<br />

their members<br />

reduce the<br />

impact of boating<br />

on the marine<br />

environment,” says Aqua superPower<br />

CEO Alex Bamberg. “Access to<br />

charging infrastructure that offers a<br />

reliable plug and charge experience,<br />

offering features like charge point<br />

visibility, is essential for boat owners if<br />

they are to develop the confidence to<br />

transition away from liquid carbon fuels.<br />

In partnering with Assomarinas, we<br />

will be able to develop fully connected<br />

marine fast charging infrastructure<br />

Alex Bamberg (left) with Roberto<br />

Perocchio. Below: The Assomarinas<br />

network of Italian tourist ports.<br />

along the entire Italian coast to service<br />

the growing number of electric boats.”<br />

There is no cost to the marina as<br />

regards the installation and network<br />

infrastructure. Aqua’s business model is<br />

to build, own and operate the network<br />

of high-powered chargers and then<br />

manage these assets via the cloud.<br />

Aqua provides a<br />

fully funded turnkey<br />

solution. This<br />

includes everything,<br />

from upgrading grid<br />

connections through<br />

to 24/7 customer care,<br />

the hardware, the<br />

Aqua cloud backend<br />

system, which drives<br />

payment systems,<br />

customer care,<br />

charging session<br />

management, and<br />

unique connected services between<br />

Aqua’s cloud, charger and vessel.<br />

Aqua manages the entire installation<br />

service via its own deployment team<br />

and certified contractors in various<br />

countries.<br />

www.aqua-superpower.com<br />

58 www.marinaworld.com – <strong>March</strong>/<strong>April</strong> <strong>2023</strong>


GREEN<br />


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around the marina complex.<br />

No electrical power required at dockside<br />

Discreet, small diameter pipework<br />

No risk of water contamination<br />

Validates MARPOL certification<br />

Eco-sustainable system<br />

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