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

www.marinaworld.com<br />

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

<strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Issue 138<br />

Essential reading for marina and waterfront developers, planners and operators



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

Waterfront Developments 17<br />

IGY <strong>Marina</strong> Bahia Golfito is shaping up to be a new<br />

destination in Costa Rica<br />

21<br />

Superyacht Facilities 21<br />

Luring big yachts to Italian yards and marinas;<br />

Sindalah – the first NEOM marina; managing Gold<br />

Coast City <strong>Marina</strong> & Shipyard; opening superyacht<br />

docks at St George’s <strong>Marina</strong> in Bermuda; progress<br />

on Blue Water Cay, Bahamas; Nakheel launches<br />

Dubai Islands<br />

Market Update: Caspian Sea 32<br />

There is big potential for marinas on the world’s<br />

largest inland body of water but investment is<br />

required if nautical tourist interest is to develop<br />

39<br />

Events 37<br />

IBEX <strong>2023</strong>, Tampa, Florida looks set to be the best<br />

event to date<br />

Yards & Yard Machinery 39<br />

Products, Services & People 51<br />

On the cover: The Amico & Co<br />

shipyard in Genoa offers 60,000m²<br />

(645,800ft²) of docking and yard<br />

area alongside a technical marina<br />

and a berthing marina. Italian yards<br />

lead the way in refit and build of the<br />

world’s superyachts. Find out more<br />

p.21<br />

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Gearing up for<br />

networking season<br />


While we enjoy the summer in the northern<br />

hemisphere and the high point of the boating season,<br />

it’s a good idea to look ahead and plan our diaries for<br />

the next six months – and beyond.<br />

The month of September always heralds the start of the boat show frenzy and, in<br />

addition to the numerous regional events and the higher profile international shows,<br />

there’s a lot to cover in the business-to-business sector. Here are some highlights for<br />

the rest of <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

We kick off with the Monaco Smart & Sustainable <strong>Marina</strong> event (24 th -25 th<br />

September). As the third in the successful series of ‘rendezvous’, it will feature<br />

meetings and talks between marinas, architects and start-ups, all working towards<br />

developing smart infrastructure to help build a sustainable yachting sector.<br />

As October dawns, we move to Tampa, Florida for The International Boatbuilders’<br />

Exhibition and Conference (IBEX). For <strong>2023</strong>, the event (3 rd -5 th October) has<br />

significant extra space in the newly renovated Tampa Convention Center and<br />

features a <strong>Marina</strong> & Yard Trade Route. Read more on p. 37.<br />

The ICOMIA <strong>World</strong> <strong>Marina</strong>s Conference (IWMC) will be the major draw a little later<br />

in the month (9 th -11 th October) when international delegates are welcomed to the<br />

Algarve, Portugal for two full days of conference sessions, and a Day Two field trip<br />

and gala dinner.<br />

The theme for IWMC <strong>2023</strong> is ‘Big Challenges, Big Opportunities, Big Decisions’,<br />

and the tone will be set by Bill Yeargin, CEO of Correct Craft in a Day One keynote<br />

presentation, followed by a panel presentation on the state of the industry around the<br />

globe.<br />

Sustainable solutions, including de-carbonisation and marine protected areas,<br />

will be scrutinised, and thoughts and opinions shared on the future for technology,<br />

marina equipment, marina services and consumer behaviour. Niche markets, such<br />

as boat clubs, superyacht facilities and floating infrastructure, are to be explored, and<br />

challenges and mitigations, e.g. hurricane and fire, discussed.<br />

The Day Three keynote, delivered by Yiannis Kalogerakis whisks us into a<br />

technology session ‘Smart Future: AI, Smart Tech and Smart People’, with a<br />

subsequent round-table discussion. Sessions on marketing and changing customer<br />

trends lead up to a second round table discussion between representatives of<br />

marina chains and boutique marinas, and a discussion on electric and hydrogen<br />

propulsion systems – and how marinas need to adapt.<br />

Delegates will leave the conference with visions from the closing presentation on<br />

NEOM – the large scale Saudi Arabia development – buzzing in their minds.<br />

There’s plenty of time to draw breathe between Portugal and the Netherlands<br />

where the next port of call is the <strong>Marina</strong> & Yard Pavilion (MYP) at Metstrade (15 th -17 th<br />

November). In addition to strong exhibitor attendance in the MYP and educational<br />

opportunities in the Metstrade Theatre, visitors should look out for the all-new Start-<br />

Up Pavilion co-organised by Yachting Ventures.<br />

Crossing to North America for December takes us to Nashville, Tennessee for The<br />

Docks Expo (5 th -7 th December) and then tipping into early 2024 to Fort Lauderdale,<br />

Florida for AMI Conference & Expo (30 th January- 1 st February).<br />

There’s networking for everyone.<br />

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IWMC <strong>2023</strong> – ready to roll<br />

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

(IWMC <strong>2023</strong>), taking place 9th-11th October at Vilamoura <strong>Marina</strong> (above) in the<br />

Algarve, has now been finalised.<br />

The three-day event will work<br />

to the theme ‘Big Challenges, Big<br />

Opportunities, Big Decisions’, and<br />

feature speakers will discuss all of these<br />

while helping professionals to identify<br />

the way forward for a more sustainable<br />

and prosperous industry future.<br />

Conference sessions include:<br />

• The state of the marina industry<br />

around the globe<br />

• Developing sustainable solutions for<br />

the future<br />

• Operational challenges and<br />

mitigations<br />

• Best examples in research and<br />

development<br />

• Smart marina initiatives round table<br />

• Big marina chains vs. boutique<br />

marinas round table<br />

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Highlights from June/<strong>July</strong>:<br />

• Bahamas: Government signs for Blue<br />

Water Cay<br />

• Curacao: Permits granted for marina<br />

in Zakito<br />

• India: <strong>Marina</strong> plans for Princess Dock<br />

• UK: 50 years for MDL<br />

• USA: 50 years for Eldean Shipyard<br />

• USA: Preston Harbor plans firmed up<br />

• UK: Operator sought for Co Down<br />

marina<br />

Isolete Correia, president of<br />

APPR (Portuguese Association of<br />

Recreational Ports) – the host of<br />

IWMC <strong>2023</strong> – commented: “We are<br />

very excited and with full focus on<br />

the preparations for the conference,<br />

which is just a few months away.<br />

The organising committee is making<br />

sure that participants will have an<br />

unforgettable experience in Vilamoura<br />

and the opportunity to liaise with<br />

marina professionals from all over the<br />

world. The programme is complete and<br />

the speakers are renowned names in<br />

the industry. Our goal is to make this<br />

experience one to treasure in years to<br />

come.”<br />

Register at<br />

www.worldmarinasconference.com<br />

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Early registration for<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s24<br />

AUSTRALIA: The <strong>Marina</strong> Industries Association (MIA) has opened registration<br />

for <strong>Marina</strong>s24, the international conference and trade exhibition to be held<br />

at the Royal International Convention Centre (RICC), Brisbane 27th-28th May<br />

2024.<br />

MIA president, Andrew Chapman,<br />

commented on the decision to open<br />

registration one year ahead: “Following<br />

the success of <strong>Marina</strong>s22, and the<br />

continued growth of the event in<br />

recent times, particularly the exhibition<br />

component, we want to ensure we<br />

provide delegates as much time as<br />

possible to confidently plan their<br />

attendance.”<br />

Mike Harvey, <strong>Marina</strong>s24 conference<br />

chair, believes that <strong>Marina</strong>s24 will be<br />

the biggest and best yet. “The RICC will<br />

allow us to attract a greater number of<br />

exhibitors and allow those businesses<br />

more room to showcase their products<br />

and services, while still providing the<br />

intimacy our delegates prefer by having<br />

the sole use of the venue,” he said.<br />

www.marinas-24.com<br />

How sustainable<br />

is your marina?<br />

• What is sustainability?<br />

• How can marinas make a positive contribution to the<br />

environment?<br />

• What is smart destination integration?<br />

The Introduction to Sustainability<br />

in <strong>Marina</strong>s (Second Edition) offers<br />

a narrative approach to some of the<br />

ways in which sustainability applies<br />

to marinas. Starting at inception,<br />

with ecological and social design<br />

considerations, and completing the<br />

circle by learning to protect local<br />

biodiversity and encouraging citizen<br />

science, the guide serves as a useful<br />

resource for marina managers and<br />

their teams.<br />

Bringing together sustainability<br />

experts, scientists, engineers,<br />

researchers and designers from across<br />

the recreational maritime industry, this<br />

updated anthology demonstrates true<br />

collaboration.<br />

New articles include orientation<br />

on how marinas can make a positive<br />

contribution to the SDGs, sustainable<br />

design principles, and different<br />

options for marinas seeking to obtain<br />

recognition for their commitment<br />

to responsible environmental<br />

management. There are helpful pointers<br />

to how to improve equity, inclusion and<br />

diversity in marinas and an encouraging<br />

piece on the importance of building<br />

alliances within the industry.<br />

The publication explores how smart<br />

destination integration might work for<br />

marinas and how stops can be taken<br />

into the pioneering territory of how<br />

alternative propulsion infrastructure<br />

might look for a fleet seeking to<br />

reduce carbon emissions. An inspiring<br />

overview of work being carried out by<br />

the Blue Marine Foundation suggests<br />

ways in which marinas could interact<br />

with local conservation entities, and<br />

oceanographer Dr. Dominque Durand<br />

sets out examples of how marinas<br />

can engage more productively and<br />

respectfully with their local natural<br />

environment.<br />

The Guide can be downloaded free<br />

of charge at www.innovamarina.com<br />

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MARINAS.<br />

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Operator sought for<br />

Co Down marina<br />

UK: <strong>Marina</strong> Projects has been appointed by Ards and North Down Borough<br />

Council to procure an experienced marina operator to take on and support<br />

the future of the popular 530-berth marina and harbour situated in the City of<br />

Bangor, Co Down, Northern Ireland.<br />

Bangor <strong>Marina</strong> is one of the largest<br />

5 gold anchor accredited marina<br />

developments on the island of Ireland.<br />

Securing a new operating model for<br />

Bangor <strong>Marina</strong> marks the beginning<br />

of exciting new plans to regenerate<br />

Bangor Waterfront as part of a suite of<br />

improvements supported by the Belfast<br />

Region City Deal. These plans aim to<br />

redevelop the marina and associated<br />

facilities as a mixed-use development<br />

in a new cluster with iconic and highquality<br />

architecture, connecting the city<br />

centre to the waterfront that will drive<br />

tourism and support the local economy.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Projects has been<br />

commissioned to provide specialist<br />

technical advice working with council<br />

officers to develop a new legal<br />

agreement that will be fundamental<br />

to the future success of the marina<br />

operation and leverage investment<br />

in the marina to support the wider<br />

aspirations of the Council. <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Projects will produce and deliver a<br />

procurement strategy that aims to<br />

attract experienced and professional<br />

marina operators able to work with<br />

Council to unlock the potential of the<br />

site as opportunities are presented.<br />

As part of the procurement process<br />

and ahead of the formal bidding<br />

process, <strong>Marina</strong> Projects will be<br />

engaging with a range of stakeholders<br />

and welcomes discussions from any<br />

interested operators who wish to know<br />

more about the waterfront development.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Projects managing director,<br />

Mike Ward, said: “We are really pleased<br />

to be working with Ards and North<br />

Down Borough Council to secure a<br />

new operating model that will deliver an<br />

exciting future for Bangor <strong>Marina</strong> and<br />

Harbour as part of the wider Bangor<br />

Waterfront Redevelopment. This is a<br />

unique opportunity for any prospective<br />

operator to be involved with a<br />

development that will create significant<br />

benefits for residents and visitors to<br />

Bangor, along with marina and harbour<br />

users. The immediate connections to<br />

the city and excellent access to local<br />

sailing waters are key strengths that<br />

already see a considerable number of<br />

visiting vessels to Bangor. The plans<br />

for the public realm improvements will<br />

make this a real destination for all to<br />

enjoy and has the potential to enhance<br />

the marina and harbour business.”<br />

Susie McCullough, director of Place,<br />

Ards and North Down Borough Council<br />

added: “We are pleased to be working<br />

with <strong>Marina</strong> Projects to progress<br />

one of the initial steps in the future<br />

redevelopment of the Bangor Waterfront<br />

as part of the Belfast City Region Deal.<br />

As the programme of works rolls out<br />

over the next ten years, the marina and<br />

harbour will be a key element of this<br />

transformational investment plan.”<br />


EXPERTS.<br />

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

administration<br />

UK: The Marine and Property Group, owner and operator of<br />

marinas in Cardiff, Burry Port, Aberystwyth and Port Dinorwic went<br />

into administration in May. Port Dinorwic <strong>Marina</strong> (above), which<br />

was acquired by the group in 2017, has also followed suit and<br />

accountancy firm Azets has been appointed as administrator.<br />

Port Dinorwic is a 180-berth<br />

grade 2 listed picturesque marina<br />

which opens on to the Menai<br />

Upgrading key infrastructure<br />

ITALY: In addition to a variety of challenging overseas projects,<br />

Ingemar has once again won diverse contracts for wide-ranging<br />

mooring infrastructure at Italian clubs and marinas.<br />

In La Grazie Bay, Gulf of La<br />

Spezia, Ingemar has finished<br />

replacing a series of buoys<br />

with around 1,440m (4,700ft) of<br />

floating pontoons. This involved<br />

the installation of two long<br />

mooring piers comprising steel<br />

pontoons with concrete floats<br />

and tropical timber decking. The<br />

company has also completed a<br />

4m (13ft) wide floating barrier<br />

to protect jetties at La Spezia<br />

Sailing Club at the Molo Italia.<br />

The company has also started<br />

work on a pontoon replacement<br />

contract for two basins (west and<br />

east) at the municipal marina<br />

in Palau. Ingemar installed the<br />

original pontoon system in 1987.<br />

Strait. It continues to trade while<br />

marina operations are being<br />

assessed.<br />

Five floating piers with fingers<br />

are planned for the west basin<br />

and two, also with fingers, for the<br />

east.<br />

Porto Turistico di Jesolo,<br />

a constantly evolving tourist<br />

harbour with a complex of<br />

basins just to the north of the<br />

Venetian lagoon, has also called<br />

on the company for additional<br />

infrastructure. This year Ingemar<br />

is completing a new floating<br />

structure parallel to the shoreline<br />

that was previously used for<br />

moorings. The long steel-framed<br />

pontoon will be anchored with<br />

steel piles and sliding devices to<br />

offer stern-to mooring for yachts<br />

up to 30m (98ft).<br />


Go Outdoors<br />

platform launch<br />

USA: Monarch Alternative Capital, a leading<br />

investment firm with around $11 billion of<br />

assets under management, has formed Go<br />

Outdoors, a platform to acquire, develop, and<br />

operate marinas and RV resorts across the<br />

USA.<br />

Monarch launched<br />

the platform with the<br />

recapitalisation of two<br />

large-scale portfolios,<br />

and has partnered<br />

with Safe Harbor<br />

Development to manage<br />

existing portfolios and<br />

help grow the platform<br />

Ian Glastein<br />

through acquisitions and<br />

development.<br />

The platform will initially comprise 11 marinas<br />

and four RV resorts offering over 5,500 marina<br />

slips in Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania and<br />

Tennessee.<br />

“The launch of our marina and RV platform<br />

comes at a dynamic time for the industry given<br />

the attractive supply-demand fundamentals and<br />

increasing consolidation. We are excited to be<br />

partnering with Safe Harbor Development, who<br />

we believe is a best-in-class operator and pioneer<br />

within both the marina and RV resort spaces and<br />

will help us achieve our<br />

growth and executive<br />

objectives,” said Ian<br />

Glastein, managing<br />

principal and co-head of<br />

real estate at Monarch.<br />

“We believe our asset<br />

management expertise<br />

and access to capital will<br />

support the continued<br />

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success of the platform<br />

and favourably position us to capitalise on this<br />

unique opportunity set,” he added.<br />

Darby Campbell, founder and president of Safe<br />

Harbor Development, commented: “We have been<br />

at the forefront of the industry for over 20 years.<br />

The recreational development space continues to<br />

grow strongly so we believe it was the best time<br />

for Safe Harbor Development to expand along with<br />

the industry.”<br />

“As we look ahead, we are excited to be<br />

partnering with Monarch on Go Outdoors. Their<br />

extensive investing and execution capabilities<br />

and commitments align with our goals of bringing<br />

exceptional offerings and experiences to our<br />

customers. We believe their investment will allow us<br />

to grow and achieve our goals on a greater scale.”<br />

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vessels up to 150ft (46m) for in-water<br />

repairs and refits. As a self-service<br />

marina, owners and captains may elect<br />

to bring their own crew or utilise one of<br />

the pre-approved vendors. The wet slips<br />

allow for painting, engine work, hull<br />

work etc.<br />

The marina is an accepted hurricane<br />

dockage location for most insurance<br />

companies and designed to withstand<br />

175mph winds.<br />

Crew amenities include a fitness<br />

centre, lounge area, conference room<br />

and computer bar. A dockside gazebo<br />

is both an outdoor meeting spot and a<br />

picnic area for vendors working at the<br />

facility as well as fuel dock customers.<br />

On-site security features include 24-<br />

hour video surveillance in addition to<br />

staffed security guards and remotecontrolled<br />

access gates.<br />

“We are thrilled to welcome boaters<br />

and crews to our Fort Lauderdale<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> and offer expanded dry storage<br />

that is able to house and protect the<br />

largest vessels in South Florida,” said<br />

Port 32 <strong>Marina</strong>s CEO Austin Schell.<br />

Rivergate up for sale<br />

AUSTRALIA: The world-renowned Rivergate <strong>Marina</strong> & Shipyard on the<br />

Brisbane River in Queensland is going on the market. The yard has announced<br />

plans for a major expansion to support the fast-growing superyacht industry.<br />

Rivergate director, Tom Hill, confirmed<br />

that JLL had been appointed to<br />

commence marketing the marina, and<br />

commented: “This has been a difficult<br />

decision for our family-owned business<br />

but we believe the time is right for a<br />

new owner to continue our work and<br />

oversee the next exciting phase of the<br />

Rivergate story. We have been fortunate<br />

to experience continued growth in the<br />

business with strong future bookings<br />

indicative of Rivergate’s outstanding<br />

reputation in the global industry.”<br />

Yard facilities include 300-tonne and<br />

75-tonne mobile hoists, a 55m (180ft)<br />

refit shed, hardstand, berthing for<br />

vessels up to 90m (295ft), a 24-hour<br />

fuel wharf and over 20 on-site marine<br />

trades. The 105-berth marina has alltide<br />

deepwater access.<br />

Rivergate’s expansion plans include<br />

a 3,000 tonne ship lift, SPMT (Self-<br />

Propelled Modular Transporter) transfer<br />

system, additional open hardstand<br />

space, refit sheds and support building,<br />

and in-water service berths suitable for a<br />

wide range of superyachts, commercial<br />

and defence vessels. The project is<br />

shovel-ready with government approvals<br />

already in place.<br />


“The marina’s storage and technology<br />

capabilities are exceptional, offering<br />

members a seamless and turnkey<br />

experience.”<br />

“Australia is ideally placed to take<br />

more advantage of the buoyant<br />

global superyacht market, which has<br />

seen substantial pent-up demand<br />

to visit our region if there was more<br />

capability to service vessels over<br />

50m [164ft],” Hill noted. “Any future<br />

expansion of Rivergate would also be<br />

excellent timing for the 2032 Olympic<br />

and Paralympic Games to be held in<br />

Brisbane, with industry expectation<br />

that the event will attract around 200<br />

superyachts.”<br />

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<strong>Marina</strong> Bahia Golfito –<br />

the new Costa Rica destination<br />

With its dramatically beautiful – and vastly contrasting – Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, stable political and economic<br />

status, high achieving eco-credentials and ‘pura vida’ lifestyle, Costa Rica has long been a magnet for yacht owners,<br />

tourists, surfers and adrenaline junkies alike.<br />

And with the recent redevelopment of<br />

one of its deepest marinas now firmly<br />

underway at IGY’s <strong>Marina</strong> Bahia Golfito,<br />

it’s only a matter of time before this<br />

under-the-radar destination reaches an<br />

even greater audience.<br />

An initial high end property offering of<br />

51 units, comprising 40 condominiums<br />

and 11 waterfront villas, will be<br />

constructed on the marina site, which<br />

currently houses a boutique ten-room<br />

hotel and restaurant.<br />

“<strong>Marina</strong> Bahia Golfito is one of IGY’s<br />

23 marinas around the world,” explains<br />

Blueprint Global’s David Harries,<br />

who is marketing the Enjoy Group<br />

development. “There are already many<br />

yachts and sport fishing boats which<br />

come here and the vision is to grow the<br />

marina and the destination in parallel<br />

with this real estate project.”<br />

A desirable destination<br />

Boasting an enviable track record of<br />

330 luxury projects, from Canada,<br />

Europe, Central America and Asia,<br />

Blueprint Global is a world leading<br />

property sales and marketing<br />

consultancy seeking to maximise sales<br />

velocity and revenue for global real<br />

estate developers.<br />

The company believes <strong>Marina</strong> Bahia<br />

Golfito has what it takes to compete<br />

with the very best marina property<br />

developments worldwide. But to<br />

understand its appeal, you need to look<br />

first at exactly what Costa Rica has to<br />

offer.<br />

“It is very safe and very stable<br />

economically compared to other<br />

Central American countries,” Harries<br />

says. “Belize is another unspoilt and<br />

under-developed area in the region but<br />

it is harder to get to than Costa Rica,<br />

which is very simple from a transport<br />

point of view.”<br />

“When you fly into San Jose, you<br />

have a five minute walk to the domestic<br />

terminal and a 45 minute scheduled<br />

flight, which lands<br />

at an airport just<br />

ten minutes from<br />

the property. You<br />

can leave Miami at<br />

6.00am and, with<br />

the two hour time<br />

change, you can<br />

be in Golfito by<br />

11.00am. People<br />

sometimes perceive<br />

it as being remote<br />

but in some ways<br />

it’s much more<br />

accessible than the<br />

better-known Nicoya<br />

Peninsula.”<br />

“The people are so friendly, too.<br />

There is a 98% literacy rate in the<br />

country and everybody speaks English<br />

so for someone who isn’t Costa Rican<br />

or Tico, it’s a very enjoyable and<br />

relaxing place to be.”<br />

Where is it?<br />

Costa Rica is divided into four regions<br />

– Guanacaste, the Nicoya Peninsula,<br />

the Central Coast and the Southern<br />

Coast – and <strong>Marina</strong> Bahia Golfito is<br />

situated in the south, in a gulf within<br />

a gulf framed by the lush mangroves<br />

of Corcovado and Piedras Blancas<br />

National Parks.<br />

Harries describes it as “an unpolished<br />

gem” which is home to some of the<br />

world’s richest biodiversity and, as<br />

such, it attracts big-game anglers,<br />

eco-adventurers, yachties, surfers and<br />

nature-lovers looking for an authentic<br />

experience off the beaten track.<br />

“The Papagayo region in the north<br />

is quite gentrified,” he adds. “There’s a<br />

Four Seasons and an Andaz Hotel, and<br />

the Ritz Carlton, Waldorf Astoria, One<br />

and Only and Six Senses resorts are all<br />

currently under construction. However,<br />

they are isolated, and once you<br />

check in, you’ll likely eat at the same<br />

restaurants. It’s also very expensive.”<br />

“Then you have the Nicoya Peninsula,<br />

which is not as developed – it’s typically<br />

dirt roads and a couple of nice hotels<br />

and restaurants. Little surf towns like<br />

Nosara, Tamarindo and Santa Teresa<br />

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The concept renderings for <strong>Marina</strong> Bahia<br />

Golfito are gradually coming to life as<br />

the marina nears completion. Concrete<br />

pontoons – built and delivered by SF<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> – are installed and moored by<br />

Seaflex. These are designed for superyacht<br />

mooring. Phase two is under discussion.<br />

are very attractive for visitors and<br />

surfers but it’s expensive to buy real<br />

estate there.”<br />

“In the south where Golfito is<br />

situated, it’s not so gentrified, although<br />

there are a couple of little surfing<br />

towns between San Jose and Golfito,<br />

like Jaco and Dominical, where there<br />

are very expensive homes up on the<br />

mountain with great views of the ocean.<br />

Golfito is still quite under-developed,<br />

and our waterfront second homes will<br />

sell for much less per square foot in our<br />

current Launch 1 release.”<br />

Fuel and facilities<br />

Another advantage for yacht owners<br />

or captains who might be interested in<br />

buying a property is that the marina is<br />

the closest deepwater marina in Costa<br />

Rica to the Pacific exit of the Panama<br />

Canal, attracting many mega yachts to<br />

come in for a refuel.<br />

“Fuel prices in Costa Rica are<br />

state controlled – they are the same<br />

wherever you go – so a yacht captain<br />

has no incentive to look elsewhere for<br />

cheaper fuel,” Harries explains. “The<br />

next three marinas along from us are<br />

not deepwater, meaning if your boat is<br />

over a certain length, you wouldn’t be<br />

able to get in anyway.”<br />

“We also have the fastest fuel pumps<br />

in the country – in fact, the fastest<br />

between Cabo San Lucas and Chile –<br />

so you can get in and out very quickly.<br />

All these factors make <strong>Marina</strong> Bahia<br />

Golfito very attractive.”<br />

With the project in planning by<br />

another developer for some time and<br />

purchased by Enjoy Group a few years<br />

ago, the aim is to expand the marina<br />

and create an intimate, village-style<br />

destination, not only for yachts to berth<br />

but for avid sport fishermen, tourists,<br />

international home owners and Costa<br />

Rican residents to enjoy too.<br />

Onsite attractions include a branded<br />

35-key luxury hotel, a spa, an<br />

amphitheatre with weekly schedule of<br />

more than 20 new shops, including an<br />

ice cream parlour, a bakery and coffee<br />

kiosks as well as six new restaurants,<br />

including an Italian and a seafood and<br />

sushi outlet.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Bahia Golfito’s location is a<br />

blessing from a climate point of view,<br />

too. “The weather in the north is very<br />

dry from November to April, it’s like<br />

a desert and is very arid, whereas<br />

the south is truly diverse. It’s a green<br />

landscape where tropical rainforest<br />

meets the ocean, along with all the<br />

wildlife you’d want to see, including<br />

monkeys, sloths and ocelots.”<br />

So what, you might ask, is the appeal<br />

of buying a base in Golfito? In simple<br />

terms, it’s a place where people often<br />

feel encouraged to lead a healthier,<br />

more sporty existence, according to<br />

Harries. “You live better and happier,<br />

and you eat better – that’s pura vida,<br />

or a life lived to its fullest. The food is<br />

fabulous, and there’s a healthy way of<br />

life here, which makes your mood, vibe<br />

and whole being change. For example,<br />

some people feel inclined to try yoga<br />

and paddle boarding and lots of other<br />

new outdoor hobbies for the first time.”<br />

With around 85% of buyers expected<br />

to come from the US (mostly Texas,<br />

California and Florida), 10% from<br />

Canada and 5% from Costa Rica<br />

and Europe, the target demographic<br />

includes vacation home owners looking<br />

for more adventuresome destinations.<br />

Many will spend an average of three to<br />

six weeks a year in residence, taking<br />

advantage of Enjoy Group’s in-house<br />

rental programme to generate income<br />

when they are not there.<br />

The reputation of Enjoy Group goes<br />

a long way towards creating buyer<br />

reassurance, a prerequisite for longterm<br />

investors. With a long established<br />

history in hospitality, Enjoy Group owns<br />

and operates a hotel in Golfito, several<br />

hotels in San Jose and Papagayo and<br />

several restaurant franchises. The<br />

company has recently ventured into<br />

luxury resort real estate and is excited<br />

to be part of the long-term future of<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Bahia Golfito.<br />

“They’re not only the developer but<br />

will also remain the operator, unlike<br />

many other developers,” adds Harries.<br />

“The leadership and team are very<br />

hands-on; they go to their properties<br />

and spend time there so they will be an<br />

inherent part of the marina landscape.”<br />

The above article is reprinted by kind<br />

permission of IGY <strong>Marina</strong>s.<br />

www.igymarinas.com<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



The Benetti yard in Livorno is one of three<br />

sites that ensure the company leads the way<br />

in the Italian superyacht sector.<br />

both temporary and permanent boat<br />

moorings and that special services and<br />

products are required year round for<br />

captains and crew; the putative owners<br />

of the large yachts.<br />

Mega focus in<br />

Italian marinas<br />

The lust for superyachts is increasing worldwide, with 128 new giant yachts<br />

sold in 2021; 78% more than in 2020. Italy is the undisputed global leader in<br />

superyacht building, and Italians are increasingly determined to host these<br />

yachts at Italian marinas. Donatella Zucca reports<br />

The research office of Confindustria<br />

Nautica and the Edison Foundation<br />

estimates that the 2022 turnover of<br />

the Italian nautical sector will exceed<br />

€7 billion. Around 530 superyachts will<br />

have been built, a little more than 49%<br />

of the total global order book and 70<br />

more than in 2022. One out of every<br />

two yachts above 30m (98ft) is built in<br />

Italy and Italian designers and yards<br />

won the most accolades in the <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>World</strong> Superyacht Awards.<br />

Building such vessels and offering<br />

suitable places to moor them do not,<br />

however, dovetail. Despite best efforts<br />

in Italy’s broadly scattered 530+<br />

marinas, as is the case elsewhere<br />

in the Mediterranean, legislative,<br />

bureaucratic and structural hurdles slow<br />

up opportunities for change forcing<br />

operators and institutions to take the<br />

initiative, especially in the central and<br />

upper Tyrrhenian Sea.<br />

Perhaps driven by national pride for<br />

goods Made in Italy, operators move<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> d’Arechi in Campania has many<br />

moorings for yachts up to 60m (197ft)<br />

and some for megayachts up<br />

to 100m (3303ft) long.<br />

forward by creating nautical poles and<br />

expanding and refurbishing marinas to<br />

make room for vessels of 50m (164ft)<br />

in length. They are also aware that<br />

infrastructure for maintenance and<br />

refit needs to be in place alongside<br />

A new megayacht district is, for<br />

example, emerging in Porto Marghera<br />

between docks and navigable canals<br />

in the historically industrial and<br />

commercial interior of Venice. Partners<br />

include Wider Shipyard, always a<br />

builder of large yachts and today 100%<br />

owned by W-Fin Srl, and Idromacchine,<br />

a leading company in the construction<br />

and maintenance of naval and offshore<br />

industrial plants. Wider is kick starting<br />

the new focus by building the 72m<br />

(236ft) steel and aluminium yacht<br />

“Moonflower” (due for delivery in 2025)<br />

at its 72,000m² (775,000ft²) yard.<br />

This first step in the superyacht/Made<br />

in Italy hub complements the Venice<br />

Boat Show, which takes place in the<br />

Arsenal area – the engine of the city<br />

that has opened up large-scale nautical<br />

productions.<br />

Other examples come from the<br />

Azimut Benetti Group. Giorgio<br />

Casareto, CEO of Azimut Benetti<br />

Lusben and responsible for the group’s<br />

marinas, continues in his quest to<br />

make Lusben, one of the best refit<br />

and repair yards, the very best in the<br />

country via its sites in Varazze (Liguria)<br />

and Viareggio and Livorno (Tuscany).<br />

The latter site is capable of working<br />

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on Benetti-built gigayachts up to 120m<br />

(390ft) long thanks to an 18,000 tonne<br />

180m (590ft) long floating dock, a 25-<br />

berth marina, yard space and a helipad.<br />

Also notable is the company’s <strong>Marina</strong><br />

del Porto Mediceo project, part of the<br />

large development plan for the entire<br />

Porta a Mare area.<br />

The city of Genoa, also renowned<br />

for a world-leading boat show, plays<br />

a big part in the bid for superyacht<br />

business via Amico & Co, a refit and<br />

repair centre opening worldwide in the<br />

superyacht sector. The company has<br />

managed 1,230 projects in the last ten<br />

years, averages 135 projects per year<br />

and continues to expand by investing in<br />

new developments. It currently occupies<br />

over 65,000m² (700,000ft²) in the port<br />

of Genoa, offers expert concierge<br />

service to crew members that also<br />

benefits from an alliance with the yacht<br />

and ship agent Pesto Sea Group and<br />

new state-of-the-art facilities including<br />

a 4,000 tonne shiplift. The expansion in<br />

the Fiera di Genova dock is relatively<br />

recent and goes hand-in-hand with<br />

Amico & Co’s management of the<br />

megayacht marina there.<br />

Moving towards Rome, we find the<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Yachting project in the Old<br />

Port of Civitavecchia. This important<br />

development in welcoming large yachts,<br />

which promises 160 berths for vessels<br />

up to 150m (490ft) in length, is a joint<br />

venture between Port Mobility and Ports<br />

Above right:On the border with France,<br />

Cala del Forte di Ventimiglia marina,<br />

owned and operated by Ports de Monaco,<br />

actively courts superyachts.<br />

Right:Porto Mirabello continues to expand<br />

its superyacht facilities and services.<br />

of Monaco. A private investment of<br />

around €24.6 million, it will change the<br />

look of the historic port of Civitavecchia,<br />

bringing luxury tourism, green spaces,<br />

futuristic structures and redeveloped<br />

and restored historic sites.<br />

One of the main recent indicators<br />

of the superyacht trend comes in the<br />

form of a new package of services<br />

for custom megayachts launched by<br />

Rina, the Italian classification society<br />

that is also a leading partner in the<br />

design, construction and management<br />

of superyachts. The new product,<br />

called Rina Maxima, supports the<br />

realisation of projects in the safest and<br />

most efficient way via<br />

digital transformation and<br />

environmental awareness.<br />

As noted previously,<br />

almost every major<br />

marina in Italy, is<br />

endeavouring –<br />

successfully or otherwise<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> di Loano in Liguria can moor a<br />

total of 900 boats and offers berths to 77m<br />

(253ft) and on-site maintenance and repair.<br />

– to expand its berth offerings to super,<br />

mega or even giga yachts and, where<br />

possible, add related services. The<br />

‘classics’ in the large yachting sector<br />

are no exception. Porto Cervo in<br />

Sardinia, for example, has expanded<br />

its superyacht berths to 100, and IGY<br />

Portisco <strong>Marina</strong> has allocated 41 of<br />

its 589 berths for vessels up to 90m<br />

(295ft).<br />

Dedicated to large yachts from the<br />

outset, <strong>Marina</strong> Genova in Liguria has<br />

never stopped improving its offerings,<br />

and Porto Lotti and Porto Mirabello<br />

are both in continuous growth in terms<br />

of volume and services specific to<br />

superyachts.<br />

In the heart of the Tyrrhenian Sea,<br />

Stabia Main Port marina, established<br />

in Castellamare di Stabia in 2016, has<br />

a hub capable of hosting yachts up to<br />

250m (820ft) long and is now frequented<br />

by famous owners of huge vessels.<br />

For example, the 110m (360ft) yacht<br />

“Kaos” owned by Nancy Walton Lauerie,<br />

daughter of Bud Walton, business<br />

partner of the founder of Walmart.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> d’Arechi Port Village, also in<br />

Campania and on the border with the<br />

Amalfi coast, has moorings for yachts<br />

up to 60m (197ft) and some for 100m<br />

(330ft) in its 1,000-berth mix. It also<br />

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The <strong>Marina</strong> Yachting project in the Old Port of Civitavecchia in<br />

Rome promises 160 berths and will be able to moor vessels up to<br />

150m (490ft) in length.<br />

features a 7,000m² (75,300ft²) shipyard<br />

and a 220-tonne boat hoist.<br />

In Sicily, the project for the<br />

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infrastructure for maxi yachts; <strong>Marina</strong> di<br />

Riposto or Porto dell Etna is developing<br />

new berths for maxi yachts along its<br />

breakwater; and the Xifonio Tourist<br />

Port in <strong>August</strong>a is offering spaces for<br />

yachts up to 90m (295ft). The latter is<br />

an ambitious 254-berth project with a<br />

goal to become a large tourist port for<br />

pleasure boats with exclusive services<br />

and sophisticated shipyard offerings.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> di Loano in Liguria has<br />

berths up to 77m (253ft) within its 900<br />

moorings and boats that carry out<br />

maintenance and repair operations<br />

directly inside the port. And, still<br />

in Liguria but on the border with<br />

The marina at Stabia Main Port is frequented by famous owners and<br />

their very large yachts. It is possible to see vessels of 250m (820ft) in<br />

the marina.<br />

France, Cala del Forte di Ventimiglia<br />

marina actively courts superyachts.<br />

Inaugurated in 2021 and operated by<br />

its owners Ports de Monaco, it offers<br />

high level services, 178 berths for<br />

vessels up to 70m (230ft) and beautiful<br />

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IGY to operate NEOM’s first<br />

groundbreaking marina<br />

IGY <strong>Marina</strong>s is to partner with NEOM, the global development taking shape in northwest Saudi Arabia, to develop and<br />

operate the prestigious marina at Sindalah, the giga-project’s luxury island destination.<br />

IGY platform provides superyacht<br />

owners, captains and charter<br />

guests unrivalled destinations,<br />

service and convenience. IGY<br />

is tremendously excited about<br />

the opportunity to promote<br />

this amazing new destination<br />

to the international yachting<br />

community.”<br />

Perfectly positioned as a glamorous<br />

gateway to the Red Sea, Sindalah<br />

will be the closest ultra-prime<br />

superyacht marina to Europe and the<br />

Mediterranean. Expected to become<br />

an iconic destination for the world’s<br />

yachting community, the maritime<br />

facility will offer 86 berths for yachts up<br />

to 50m (164ft) and additional serviced<br />

offshore buoys for superyachts up to<br />

180m (590ft).<br />

“Sindalah will be one of the<br />

most alluring and vibrant yachting<br />

destinations in the world thanks to<br />

its strategic location, outstanding<br />

amenities and stunning natural<br />

landscapes,” said Antoni Vives,<br />

head of urban development at<br />

NEOM. “This partnership with IGY<br />

is one of many steps we are taking<br />

to achieve our vision of reshaping<br />

the global yachting calendar, with<br />

NEOM located one day’s cruising<br />

distance from the Mediterranean<br />

Sea.”<br />

IGY’s unique position and<br />

expertise will help Sindalah realise<br />

this goal and set a benchmark<br />

for premium customer experience.<br />

Once established, the marina will join<br />

IGY’s international superyacht marina<br />

network of 23 marinas across 12<br />

countries – the only network of its kind<br />

in the world – as well as its exclusive<br />

superyacht membership programme<br />

IGY Trident.<br />

Tom Mukamal, CEO of IGY <strong>Marina</strong>s,<br />

commented: “Sindalah perfectly<br />

integrates with IGY’s global vision to<br />

connect the world’s most incredible<br />

destinations across our growing marina<br />

network. The addition of NEOM to the<br />


The Red Sea is home to over<br />

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which are endemic to its waters<br />

and cannot be found elsewhere<br />

in the world – from dolphins,<br />

turtles, dugongs, manta rays<br />

and whale sharks, to rare<br />

corals and colourful reef fish.<br />

On land, visitors to Sindalah<br />

will enjoy a redefined luxury<br />

island experience, with high-end<br />

premium hotels including Four Seasons<br />

and The Luxury Collection by Marriott,<br />

groundbreaking retail offerings, culinary<br />

dining from Michelin starred chefs<br />

and an exotic golf course designed by<br />

Robert Trent Jones and operated by<br />

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to be a world leader in environmental<br />

conservation, with thriving businesses<br />

and outstanding residential offerings.<br />

Concept renderings of the luxury<br />

Sindalah island development that forms<br />

part of the exciting and far-reaching<br />

Saudi Arabian NEOM project.<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />




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New managers for GCCM<br />

The Gay family, owner of Gold Coast City <strong>Marina</strong> & Shipyard (GCCM), has<br />

signed a long-term management agreement with Andrew Chapman (above<br />

right) and his company <strong>Marina</strong> Solutions. GCCM brought Chapman in last year<br />

to reset the operations of the iconic facility.<br />

Chapman says his focus has been<br />

to build and empower the great team<br />

that provides the exceptional customer<br />

service at GCCM. “With 23 years of<br />

experience, the GCCM operations set<br />

the benchmark in the Coomera Marine<br />

Precinct and we are focusing on these<br />

core values and deliverables that our<br />

customers require when they engage<br />

GCCM and our business partners<br />

around the shipyard to refit and<br />

maintain their vessels.”<br />

Bermuda dock<br />

opens for superyachts<br />

St George’s <strong>Marina</strong> and Superyacht Dock on Ordnance Island in Bermuda<br />

was officially opened on 22 nd May. The facility is able to accommodate up to<br />

ten superyachts and has a 170ft (52m) fixed concrete pier and an additional<br />

140ft (43m) floating dock.<br />

GCCM director, Trent Gay,<br />

comments: “I am pleased to have<br />

secured Chapman and <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Solutions to operate the facility long<br />

term as the benefits of his hands-on<br />

management style with staff, business<br />

partners and clients has been very<br />

well received. Many who have visited<br />

the marina and shipyard over the<br />

weekends are shocked to often see<br />

Chapman on the yard or in the office<br />

to ensure seamless operations for our<br />

Honourable Premier David Burt<br />

said the development symbolised<br />

the Government’s commitment to<br />

enhancing the Corporation of St<br />

George and the community. “One<br />

of our significant promises was to<br />

deliver the construction of a worldclass<br />

marina that would serve as a<br />

catalyst for Bermuda as a superyacht<br />

destination – a further step in the<br />

economic renaissance that has been<br />

taking place in the Olde Towne.”<br />

“This new marina capitalises on<br />

the prominence and strategic location<br />

customers. Chapman’s experience in<br />

marina and shipyard construction will<br />

be pivotal in the commencement of our<br />

Stage 2 Titan Yard.”<br />

GCCM has 90 business partners on<br />

site and its stage 2 development will<br />

more than double its size by adding<br />

a 20ha (49 acre) adjacent facility.<br />

Once completed, GCCM will be able<br />

to further accommodate the growing<br />

size of the Australian domestic fleet<br />

along with the influx of vessels cruising<br />

the South Pacific region including<br />

superyachts, wide beam catamarans<br />

and sailing yachts. Titan Yard will<br />

have 1,500+ tonne lift capacity and<br />

undercover refit and repair factories.<br />

Chapman has nearly 40 years of<br />

experience in marina and shipyard<br />

development and operation and actively<br />

consults around Australia and the Asia<br />

Pacific region. He has led the <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Industries Association as president and<br />

chairman for the last 14 years and has<br />

been a director for 19 years.<br />

of Ordnance Island and will give St<br />

George’s the unique ability to provide<br />

excellent amenities to yachting visitors<br />

and jobs beyond construction in areas<br />

such as the new lounge,” he added.<br />

The project was originally conceived<br />

in October 2010 but, although an<br />

agreement in principle was made with<br />

St George’s <strong>Marina</strong> Development<br />

Ltd (the developer), a change in<br />

government led to a five year hiatus.<br />

In November 2021, a 21-year leasing<br />

agreement and PPP between the<br />

developer, the Corporation of St<br />

George’s and the Government set the<br />

ball rolling.<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Conceptual rendering<br />

Conceptual site plan<br />


Swift progress on Blue Water Cay<br />

After years of sitting undeveloped and neglected, the Yamacraw area on the southeast side of Nassau, Bahamas is about<br />

to undergo remarkable change. Leading hospitality and property developer, Legendary <strong>Marina</strong>, is on an ambitious multimillion<br />

dollar mission to create a resort that will transform the yachting landscape.<br />

the installation of a culvert to enable<br />

the ocean to flow into the adjoining<br />

marshlands.<br />

Native trees and vegetation will<br />

predominantly remain on site or, where<br />

possible, be thoughtfully transplanted to<br />

other suitable areas so as to preserve<br />

the region’s natural beauty.<br />

Prime Minister Philip Davis referred<br />

to the project as a “welcome addition”<br />

to New Providence and said the<br />

project would create up to 200 jobs<br />

for Bahamians. “This promising<br />

development, which will be carried out<br />

in four phases, represents a capital<br />

expenditure of $110 million and will<br />

serve as a valuable economic catalyst<br />

via capital,” he noted.<br />

Following the signing of a heads of<br />

agreement at the Office of the Prime<br />

Minister in May, Legendary <strong>Marina</strong><br />

has wasted no time in commencing<br />

the necessary preparations for the<br />

prestigious Legendary <strong>Marina</strong> Resort at<br />

Blue Water Cay project.<br />

The centrepiece of the marina<br />

plan is a 120-slip dock capable of<br />

accommodating boats up to at least<br />

200ft (61m) and a dry storage facility<br />

for 750 boats of up to 55ft (16.7m) in<br />

length. The drystack will be rated for a<br />

Category 5 hurricane. The marina will<br />

also boast excellent accommodation<br />

for overnight guests, including 20<br />

condo units, 22 oceanfront villas and<br />

a 130-room hotel. Waterfront retail and<br />

restaurant spaces, a tiki bar with a pool,<br />

a general store and onsite-fuel will<br />

complete the offering.<br />

Rodney Chamberlain, vice president<br />

of marina development at Legendary<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>, eagerly anticipates the ongoing<br />

progress at the site. “After navigating<br />

through the meticulous permitting and<br />

entitlement process for two years, we<br />

are thrilled to commence construction<br />

on this world-class marina,” he said.<br />

“This marks the beginning of an<br />

exceptional project that will have a<br />

positive and lasting impact on the lives<br />

of many Bahamians.”<br />

Once the land<br />

clearing phase<br />

is completed,<br />

the next crucial<br />

step will involve<br />

dredging the<br />

waterways<br />

surrounding the<br />

20-acre (8ha)<br />

site. This process<br />

will remove<br />

sediment and<br />

debris and create<br />

ample depth for<br />

large vessels.<br />

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

is steadfast in<br />

its commitment<br />

to upholding<br />

high environmental standards and will<br />

focus on the removal of sunken boats<br />

and debris from the water, as well as<br />

Superyacht<br />

marina for<br />

Dubai<br />

Islands<br />

Dubai-based master developer,<br />

Nakheel, has launched Nakheel<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s Dubai Islands. Located<br />

along Dubai’s northern coastline<br />

at Dubai Islands, the new marina<br />

will accommodate 13 superyachts<br />

up to 47m (154ft) in length at any<br />

one time amidst its 248 berths.<br />

The marina, which will have easy<br />

entry to the sea, will also have 40<br />

dry berths for trailers up to 20m<br />

(66ft).<br />

Features include 24/7 dock<br />

assistance, complimentary club<br />

car transfer, utilities and ice supply,<br />

waste collection, pump-out, free<br />

Wi-Fi, showers, washrooms and a<br />

laundrette. Security systems in place<br />

include 24/7 CCTV surveillance and<br />

gated access.<br />

The newly opened Dubai Islands<br />

Beach is within walking distance<br />

of the marina and hotels just steps<br />

away.<br />

30 www.marinaworld.com – <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong>


Layout of the Yelken Yacht Club and its<br />

marina in Turkmenistan. The club opened<br />

in 2010 and offers the best infrastructure in<br />

the Caspian Sea.<br />

In need of new marinas<br />

– and new money<br />

Over the past few years, the Caspian Sea – the world’s largest inland body<br />

of water – has seen a lack of investment in yachting infrastructure. There<br />

are various reasons for this, including the administrative pressures of local<br />

authorities and questionable profitability. The low living standards of a large<br />

proportion of the local population also remain the key factor in discouraging<br />

potential investors. Vladislav Vorotikov reports<br />

The construction of a marina in<br />

Aktau, the sea capital of Kazakhstan,<br />

seems to be a never-ending story. The<br />

idea was originally greenlighted by the<br />

Aktau city council in 2007 as part of a<br />

comprehensive yachting infrastructure<br />

development programme in the city.<br />

However, the authorities failed to<br />

find an investor, so the project was<br />

postponed to be revived every two to<br />

three years.<br />

The last time this happened was in<br />

2021 when Nurdaulet Kilybay, mayor<br />

of Aktau, announced plans to build a<br />

marina on the Rocky Path, part of the<br />

coastline within the city’s boundaries.<br />

He estimated that the construction<br />

could complete by 2024 or 2025, but it<br />

is yet to be started, again supposedly<br />

due to a lack of interested investors.<br />

This scenario is typical for the Caspian<br />

Sea where plans to build new sea<br />

infrastructure are so often laid out but<br />

remain only on paper.<br />

Under a Caspian Sea port<br />

development strategy, yachting<br />

infrastructure is due to be built in the<br />

ports of Makhachkala and Derbent in<br />

the Dagestan Republic. However, it is<br />

not clear when this would happen. As of<br />

today, on the 530km (329mi) Dagestan<br />

coastline, not a<br />

single marina<br />

is in operation,<br />

according to Aliyev<br />

Ali Magomedovich,<br />

who, with a group<br />

of enthusiasts,<br />

launched yacht<br />

building in the<br />

republic.<br />

One of three yacht<br />

clubs in Baku,<br />

the capital of<br />

Azerbaijan. Local<br />

investors continue<br />

to mull over plans to<br />

build new marinas.<br />

Yachting in Kazakhstan is also in<br />

embryo, and local analysts argue about<br />

the root cause. Natalia Butyrina, an<br />

Aktau-based journalist writing about<br />

the yachting industry, is confident that<br />

many Aktau citizens are willing to<br />

purchase sailing yachts or motor boats,<br />

but are discouraged by the lack of<br />

infrastructure for mooring their vessels<br />

during the season and the repair<br />

facilities available.<br />

“A growing number of foreign<br />

yachtsmen are also showing interest in<br />

coming to the waters of our region. This<br />

means that there is an increasing need<br />

for modern marinas with good service.<br />

However, there are no yacht ports on<br />

the coast and a few mooring sites for<br />

small vessels that are not included<br />

in the general international tourism<br />

network,” Butyrina admitted.<br />

Last one standing<br />

The cost of building a marina in Aktau is<br />

estimated to be close to US$15 million,<br />

and Butyrina is convinced it would give<br />

powerful impetus to the development of<br />

yachting in this part of the Caspian Sea.<br />

Investors, however, seem not to share<br />

the same confidence, especially since<br />

the city’s only yacht club ‘Breeze’ has<br />

been fighting over the past few years<br />

with the city council for survival. The<br />

council says it wants the plot to build a<br />

new embankment.<br />

During Soviet times, Aktau and other<br />

towns on the Kazakh coast housed<br />

several yacht clubs, but now Breeze<br />

is the last one still in operation. If it is<br />

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investors to build new marinas in<br />

the country will become even more<br />

challenging.<br />

Oleg Morozov, deputy head of<br />

Breeze, disclosed that the dispute<br />

began in 2019, when a ten-year rent<br />

contract with the city council, or akimat,<br />

ended. Thanks to a public outcry, the<br />

yacht club survived the first attack, but<br />

now the authorities extend the rent<br />

agreement for only a year at a time, and<br />

in 2022 a new assault began.<br />

“They put spokes in our wheels:<br />

the akimat comes up with various<br />

requirements that make it impossible to<br />

continue operation,” said Oleg Morozov,<br />

deputy director of Breeze. “For<br />

example, they ask us to leave the site<br />

open, which we do during the day, but<br />

this cannot be done at night as we keep<br />

yachts and boats. We have valuable<br />

navigation equipment and outboard<br />

motors on the boats.”<br />

There are other demands put forward<br />

by the akimat, some of which are<br />

absurd and even contradict Kazakh law,<br />

according to Morozov. In 2022, a local<br />

publication Kazpravda assumed that<br />

the site currently occupied by the yacht<br />

club could eventually go to another<br />

business. This would be a classic story<br />

for Central Asia, where administrative<br />

pressure and corruption is used as a<br />

means of protecting business interests.<br />

Tilegen Edigeev, head of the<br />

business department of the Aktau<br />

akimat, described this assumption as<br />

a “hoax”, but on the other hand, the<br />

authorities refused to guarantee to the<br />

publication that, once the city’s only<br />

yacht club with the marina is liquidated,<br />

its site instead of being used to build<br />

a tourist path would not be given to<br />

another private owner.<br />

Forgotten yachting Mecca<br />

Across the sea, things are pretty similar.<br />

In Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan,<br />

only three yacht clubs with marinas<br />

are currently operating. Over the past<br />

few years, local investors mulled plans<br />

to build new infrastructure, but low<br />

demand makes the financial return<br />

questionable.<br />

“Yachting in Azerbaijan is poorly<br />

developed, although the country has<br />

gigantic prospects in this field,” said<br />

Kirill Roletsky, business development<br />

adviser of the Baku City Yacht Club,<br />

who recalls that in Soviet times this<br />

part of the country was one of the top<br />

yachting centres, declining in the 1990s<br />

when the established infrastructure fell<br />

into decay.<br />

“The Caspian Sea is an ideal place<br />

for yachting – in Soviet times, there<br />

were a lot of yacht clubs in Baku, the<br />

whole bay was full of sails, this place<br />

was a kind of Mecca for yachtsmen.<br />

Baku winds are a godsend for sailors.<br />

They blow almost always, which allows<br />

yachtsmen to sail almost all year<br />

round,” Roletsky said.<br />

Some yachtsmen recall that the<br />

Soviet infrastructure suffered significant<br />

destruction during the 1991 flood<br />

in Baku and never fully recovered.<br />

During Soviet times, Kazakhstan,<br />

Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Russia<br />

shared no borders, and yachtsmen<br />

enjoyed free movement along almost<br />

the entire Caspian Sea coast. Currently,<br />

Yachting is under-developed in Kazakhstan<br />

and there is currently only one large<br />

marina. Increased interest from overseas<br />

visitors, however, could spur development.<br />

the Caspian Sea is divided not only<br />

by borders but also by a lack of<br />

infrastructure.<br />

As reported by the Azerbaijan Tourist<br />

Agency, yachtsmen can’t go too far<br />

away from Baku owing to a lack of<br />

necessary infrastructure, such as a<br />

fuelling station outside the city. Roletsky<br />

also stated that bureaucracy puts<br />

pressure on yachting in the region as<br />

to undertake a voyage a boat owner<br />

needs to make it through tonnes of<br />

paperwork, most particularly to secure<br />

permission from the customs service.<br />

These echo complaints voiced by<br />

yachtsmen all over the region who<br />

repeatedly call on the authorities to<br />

agree to simplify the customs regime<br />

for marina tourists in order to facilitate<br />

industry development. However, as the<br />

political relations between the countries<br />

remain complicated, this is unlikely to<br />

happen in the foreseeable future.<br />

High hopes<br />

It would be wrong, however, to say that<br />

the Caspian Sea has no luxury marinas.<br />

Currently, the best infrastructure in the<br />

region can be found in the Yelken Yacht<br />

Club in Turkmenistan, launched in 2013<br />

for $80 million and primarily known<br />

because US pop diva Jennifer Lopez<br />

performed a concert at its opening.<br />

That story was remarkable because<br />

she ended up giving away her huge fee<br />

on the grounds that she didn’t know<br />

whether or not there were any kinds of<br />

human rights issues in the country.<br />

Local sources recall that when<br />

Yelken Yacht Club was launched,<br />

local yachtsmen hoped that it would<br />

give impetus for further infrastructure<br />

development in the region. However,<br />

no new marinas have been built in<br />

Turkmenistan over the past decade,<br />

and there are none on the horizon.<br />

Yachtsmen complain about high prices<br />

and inadequate price-quality ratio.<br />

One source said that with the<br />

average salary in Turkmenistan in 2022<br />

close to US$280, there is no chance<br />

that ordinary citizens could afford to<br />

own a boat. He explained that Yelken<br />

Yacht Club is focused on servicing a<br />

relatively small group of people, such<br />

as the political elite and business<br />

people. This is not enough, however,<br />

to justify additional investment in the<br />

yachting infrastructure in the country.<br />

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EVENTS<br />

IBEX <strong>2023</strong>:<br />

focus on sustainability<br />

The International Boatbuilders Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), taking place<br />

3 rd -5 th October at the recently renovated Tampa Convention Center (TCC),<br />

Florida, USA is set to be a packed event with a focus on new technology,<br />

innovation and sustainability.<br />

The renovation is the largest event for<br />

the TCC and will result in an expanded<br />

third floor exhibit hall and additional<br />

fourth floor meeting rooms, complete<br />

with terraces with breathtaking water<br />

views. The expansion has added<br />

5,900ft² (548m²) of exhibit space for<br />

the show and provided new space on<br />

the fourth floor for the VIP Lounge.<br />

More than 675 exhibiting companies<br />

will fill the three floors, occupying over<br />

134,000ft² (12,400m²) of indoor space,<br />

plus outdoor displays and the IBEX<br />

docks on the waterfront.<br />

New companies and<br />

specialist pavilions<br />

The first and second floor exhibit halls<br />

will showcase products and services<br />

from companies new to the show<br />

and the industry, and include the new<br />

Sustainable Technology Pavilion,<br />

featuring products designed to reduce<br />

carbon emissions, empower cleaner<br />

processes for propulsion and promote a<br />

more sustainable future. The third floor<br />

features specialist pavilions, such as<br />

the Composites Pavilion, Compliance,<br />

Standards and Education Pavilion,<br />

and the NMEA Connected Electronics<br />

Pavilion.<br />

International pavilions for <strong>2023</strong><br />

highlight Italian, French and Australian<br />

exhibitors. New products entered in the<br />

Innovation Awards programme are on<br />

display along Innovation Way on the<br />

second floor. Replacing the <strong>Marina</strong> &<br />

Yard Pavilion, the <strong>Marina</strong> & Yard Trade<br />

Route includes exhibitors spread<br />

across all three floors.<br />

Debating sustainability<br />

The new Sustainable Technology<br />

Pavilion is supported by a sustainability<br />

track in the conference and includes<br />

a free special session entitled ‘The<br />

Carbon Conundrum’. When it comes<br />

to fossil fuel consumption, today’s<br />

thriving boatbuilding industry is best<br />

defined by two extremes: designers and<br />

engineers loading centre consoles with<br />

five or six outboards of 12 cylinders<br />

each to indulge a market hungry for<br />

horsepower; and teams of investmentfuelled<br />

innovators pushing the potential<br />

of electric propulsion and hydrogen<br />

fuel by building lightweight carbon fibre<br />

foiling prototypes. Our future likely lies<br />

somewhere in between the two.<br />

The topic will be explored by a<br />

panel of experienced naval architects,<br />

propulsion engineers, boatbuilders and<br />

As always, IBEX will deliver a wealth of<br />

networking and learning opportunities.<br />

marketing experts who will debate the<br />

virtues, practicalities and shortcomings<br />

of different approaches to our collective<br />

low-carbon future.<br />

“Technology is advancing so quickly<br />

and there is no better place than IBEX<br />

for all marine professionals to see<br />

what’s new and what’s next for the<br />

boating industry,” says Anne Dunbar,<br />

IBEX show director. “Our exhibitors<br />

are eager to display their latest and<br />

greatest innovations, many with a<br />

significant wow factor. We are confident<br />

it will be our best show in years. Make<br />

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www.marinaworld.com – <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


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Variable width option<br />

for mobile boat hoists<br />

After months of design, manufacture and rigorous factory testing, Marine<br />

Travelift has announced the availability of a ‘variable width’ option for its BFMII<br />

and C-Series mobile boat hoists.<br />

The first Marine Travelift model with<br />

the variable width option – a 75BFMII<br />

(75 tonne lift capacity) – was delivered<br />

to The Marine Group Boat Works’ San<br />

Jose del Cabo location in March. It<br />

offers 9ft (2.7m) of width variability and<br />

can seamlessly expand and retract<br />

under full load in 60 seconds.<br />

The most important benefit the<br />

option offers is the opportunity to<br />

block vessels closer together in<br />

order to maximise space previously<br />

unavailable because of the overall<br />

width dimensions of a standard fixed<br />

width boat hoist.<br />

“The variable width machine allows<br />

us to utilise otherwise lost space with a<br />

traditional boat hoist,” says Pete Horner,<br />

general manager at the Los Cabos<br />

yard. “It’s a two-fold solution for us as<br />

we can continue to grow our business<br />

in the same physical footprint and<br />

work on more boats at the same time,<br />

ultimately limiting customer downtime<br />

and maximising profitability.”<br />

The variable width option also<br />

enables the operator to move vessels<br />

through a doorway, a feature that was<br />

previously not an option as the width of<br />

a standard machine is sized to fit piers.<br />

This eliminates the need to double<br />

handle vessels when moving them in<br />

and out of the building and broadens<br />

the handling scope of the machine.<br />

The new option is powered by a<br />

hydraulic ram, housed within the<br />

telescoping top beam, and is assisted<br />

by Marine Travelift’s patented all-wheel<br />

electronic steering option. These two<br />

components are also teamed with<br />

a control loop system that includes<br />

angle sensors, a distance sensor and<br />

wheel encoder to keep the machine<br />

square and ensure safe expansion and<br />

retraction throughout the full range of<br />

variability.<br />

The extension and retraction<br />

functions can occur on either side of<br />

the machine for flexibility and maximum<br />

manoeuvrability. It is also designed<br />

to handle full load across the entire<br />

width spectrum and can stop anywhere<br />

within the full range of variability, with or<br />

without a vessel in the slings.<br />

“This machine combines many<br />

familiar systems that we have<br />

successfully developed and refined<br />

over the years: the patented all-wheel<br />

electronic steering system we’ve been<br />

using on Marine Travelift mobile boat<br />

hoists and Shuttlelift mobile gantry<br />

cranes, sensors/safety systems<br />

like the linear transducer and angle<br />

sensor have been utilised on our<br />

Hydro M_Drive marina forklifts, and the<br />

knowledge we’ve gained from building<br />

hydraulic transporters with a variable<br />

width option. We combined these to<br />

create a well-designed system that is<br />

not only efficient, but also safe – for the<br />

operator, the vessel and the machine<br />

itself,” confirmed Bob Johnston, director<br />

of customer care, Marine Travelift.<br />

Design goals for the new option<br />

included safety, performance (speed/<br />

efficiency) and functionality. To be<br />

certain that this option reached all<br />

three goals, Marine Travelift teams<br />

performed months of rigorous factory<br />

testing that included countless hours<br />

of use, both with and without maximum<br />

load, on different grades, and using<br />

a mock-up of the end user’s existing<br />

pier infrastructure. Making the machine<br />

easy to maintain for the customer is<br />

also a key feature so serviceability was<br />

considered at every stage of the design<br />

and engineering process.<br />

The variable width option is available<br />

on all capacity boat hoists offered by<br />

Marine Travelift, and there are already<br />

orders in place for 35, 50 and 150<br />

tonne models, which are all scheduled<br />

to deliver in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

www.marinetravelift.com<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



The giant 1,000 tonne capacity hoist (left)<br />

is the biggest Boat Lift has delivered to<br />

date. A 90 tonne variable width machine<br />

(below) is now in service at The Boat<br />

Works, marking the first delivery to the<br />

southern hemisphere.<br />

Setting new delivery<br />

records for <strong>2023</strong><br />

Italian boat handling and lifting specialist Boat Lift has much to celebrate in<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, having delivered its biggest boat hoist to date and its first machine to a<br />

customer in the southern hemisphere.<br />

The giant delivery – a 25m (82ft)<br />

high, 1,000 tonne capacity hoist – is<br />

now in action at Bomlo Skipsservice,<br />

a ship repair and refit yard situated<br />

alongide a Norwegian fjord.<br />

The machine represents the<br />

culmination of research and<br />

development, both at technical and<br />

functional levels, and is a tribute to the<br />

company’s solid teamwork in rising<br />

to the challenge of developing the<br />

best performing and most responsive<br />

machines.<br />

Delivery of an 820 tonne hoist,<br />

recently assembled in Fitjar, a few<br />

kilometers from Bomlo, has also<br />

reinforced the high potential for Boat<br />

Lift in the Norwegian market. A 90<br />

tonne trailer, an 80 tonne expandable<br />

trailer and a 320 tonne mobile hoist<br />

are also due to be delivered in coming<br />

months to the region.<br />

Meanwhile, very far from home, a 90<br />

tonne expandable mobile boat hoist has<br />

entered operation at The Boat Works<br />

yards in Queensland, Australia. It joins<br />

four existing hoists that, together, have<br />

the capacity to lift every type of vessel<br />

up to 300 tonnes.<br />

Tony Longhurst, owner of The Boat<br />

Works, said that investment was made<br />

in the new variable width, all-wheel<br />

drive machine so as to keep pace<br />

with demand. It also provides more<br />

flexibility as it can lift wide multihulls<br />

and monohulls.<br />

“It has an adjustable beam width<br />

narrowing the vessel<br />

footprint from 8m [26ft]<br />

down to 5.5m [18ft]<br />

allowing the team to<br />

maximise the vessel set<br />

down footprint. This is<br />

brilliant for boat storage<br />

as we can go narrow for<br />

the narrower runways<br />

and use it for packing<br />

boats in tight spots,”<br />

Longhurst explained.<br />

The machine boasts<br />

unique Dynamic<br />

Steering Control (DSC),<br />

which Boat Lift defines<br />

as “allowing seamless<br />

transfer between four modes with<br />

infinite adjustment between each to<br />

allow progressive adjustment of the<br />

radius of rotation.”<br />

“DSC is an innovative steering<br />

management system developed<br />

by Boat Lift. This system allows an<br />

operator to linearly move the axis of<br />

rotation in any position between the<br />

axis of the front wheels and the rear<br />

wheels. This makes it possible to<br />

significantly reduce the manoeuvring<br />

space required for the handling and<br />

storage of boats,” Longhurst added.<br />

“Given a steering angle, the operator<br />

can also use it during the forward<br />

and backward movement of the travel<br />

to circumvent obstacles in a single<br />

manoeuvre.”<br />

In addition to breaking ground on<br />

record deliveries, Boat Lift continues<br />

to hone its electric hoist offerings. Boat<br />

Lift electric machines are equipped<br />

with tailored high efficiency lithium<br />

batteries, selected specifically for their<br />

considerable benefits in comparison<br />

with lead-acid batteries. Boat Lift says<br />

that, while the latter guarantee 1,000<br />

recharge cycles and present voltage<br />

drop in response to energy spikes,<br />

lithium batteries ensure 3,000 recharge<br />

cycles and present a lower voltage<br />

drop thanks to their high stability and<br />

efficiency.<br />

So as to meet different demands,<br />

Boat Lift machines can be designed<br />

in two different versions: full electric<br />

and hybrid. The former is propelled<br />

exclusively by electric drives and is<br />

endowed with inverters, responsible<br />

for controlling the correct speed and<br />

torque of electric motors. The latter<br />

is equipped with an electric traction<br />

motor and maintains the hydraulic<br />

system for all other movements. In this<br />

respect, Boat Lift installs IE3 efficiency<br />

electric motors on its machines that, in<br />

combination with inverters, guarantee a<br />

high level of energy efficiency (93.6%).<br />

www.boatlift.it<br />

40 www.marinaworld.com – <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong>



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Spanish company GH Cranes & Components reports the successful ‘one-year’ operation of its groundbreaking electric<br />

boat hoists in a Spanish marina. As the industry has traditionally relied on hydraulic systems powered by diesel<br />

engines, this milestone marks a significant shift towards sustainable and eco-friendly solutions.<br />

Having over two fully-electric Rubber Tyre<br />

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GH Cranes’ commitment to a greener future is<br />

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www.marinaworld.com – <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


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pad for all hull shapes<br />

When thinking of hydraulic slipway trailers, it is tempting to focus just on the<br />

hydraulics. But what about the all-essential cushioned hull support? Dutch<br />

company Roodberg, with decades of experience in ensuring that hull pads<br />

deliver the quality required, outlines requirements and options.<br />

Hydraulic slipway trailers function<br />

differently from regular slipway trailers.<br />

In regular slipway trailers, the boat is<br />

pulled onto the trailer often using a<br />

winch. Rollers on the trailer help move<br />

the boat forward.<br />

With a Roodberg hydraulic slipway<br />

trailer, there is no pulling or pushing.<br />

The boat is positioned in plenty of water<br />

above the trailer. When the boat is in<br />

position, the pads are hydraulically<br />

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When the trailer is driven out of the<br />

water, the boat rests on the pads and<br />

bow support. The hydraulic frame lifting<br />

cylinders ensure that the boat remains<br />

horizontal while driving up and on the<br />

hard-stand.<br />

Pads for all shapes<br />

The pads are large and of semi-soft<br />

material to prevent damage to the boat<br />

hull from friction or peak loads. They<br />

are also offered in different shapes and<br />

sizes to best suit different boat shapes,<br />

including the standard 90 x 30cm (35<br />

x 12in) pad and the larger 120 x 40cm<br />

(47 x 16in) pad. On trailers with a<br />

capacity up to 40 tons, Roodberg works<br />

with a total of four pads as standard,<br />

from 47 to 60 tons with six pads and<br />

above that with ten pads, i.e. five on<br />

each side of the trailer.<br />

For those who want even more<br />

precise and friendly support for their<br />

boat, there are the dual pads that<br />

consist of two parts of 60 x 40 cm (24 x<br />

16in) that are both hinged. In this way,<br />

the line of the hull is optimally followed.<br />

Larger vessels with a deep keel, where<br />

the bow is not supported, require more<br />

pad support.<br />

The ultimate result for curved and/<br />

or fragile hulls, such as those of (GRP)<br />

sailboats, can<br />

be achieved with<br />

the unique and<br />

patented quattro<br />

pads. The unit<br />

consists of four<br />

independently<br />

hinged pads, each<br />

measuring 40 x<br />

40cm (16 x 16in).<br />

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of different<br />

pad models is<br />

desired. As every<br />

Roodberg trailer is<br />

custom-equipped,<br />

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and any type of hull can be<br />

optimally supported.<br />

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increase, especially in the<br />

countries surrounding the<br />

Aegean Sea, the Indian and<br />

Pacific Ocean islands, the Caribbean<br />

and New Zealand.<br />

Roodberg offers several solutions for<br />

this. At times it is possible to support<br />

the catamaran bridge directly with<br />

the pads fitted to the trailer. On other<br />

occasions, it is necessary to add socalled<br />

cat beams to the trailer. Hinged<br />

pad supports with pads measuring 90<br />

x 30cm (35 x 12in) are placed on the<br />

cat beams. These are adjustable across<br />

the width of the beams to support<br />

catamarans of different sizes.<br />

Engineered to last<br />

Roodberg pads are made of<br />

polyurethane moulded over a grid.<br />

The grid and saddle are manufactured<br />

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stainless steel. The hardness of the<br />

polyurethane is specifically selected<br />

to ensure durability and optimal<br />

adaptation to the boat hull at the same<br />

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Multi-use trailer for<br />

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Blue Heron Company of Tobermory, Ontario, recently took delivery of a new<br />

Conolift SP-60 self-propelled hydraulic trailer from Kropf Industrial.<br />

The trailer offers all the standard<br />

advantages of a Conolift trailer,<br />

including a unique open frame design<br />

and hydraulic frame lift to over 60in<br />

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The trailer frame also expands<br />

hydraulically in width from 96in (2.4m)<br />

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An onboard Tier 4 diesel engine<br />

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front of the trailer provides maximum<br />

manoeuvrability. Rear-wheel drive<br />

assist allows the trailer to launch and<br />

retrieve vessels on a slipway.<br />

The unit is equipped with a single<br />

level joystick control on a raised<br />

operator’s station, but a wireless radio<br />

remote control system is also available.<br />

Adjustable powerboat pads and<br />

hydraulic side pads can be adjusted<br />

to suit a wide range of hull types and<br />

vessel sizes.<br />

The open-frame design provides<br />

drastically simplified lift and set<br />

operations, with exceptional space for<br />

placement of keel blocking and storage<br />

stands. The independent frame lift<br />

in both the rear wheels and the front<br />

end allows for the trailer and boat to<br />

remain level during launch and retrieval<br />

operations on a slipway.<br />

Blue Heron Company is a diversified<br />

tourism operation with glass bottom<br />

boat tours, open-air jet boats, retail<br />

outlets, a motel and cottage rentals.<br />

The Conolift SP-60 will be utilised<br />

for annual launch and retrieval<br />

operations in the tour boat business,<br />

supporting both the storage and repair/<br />

maintenance requirements of the<br />

operation.<br />

The addition of the trailer, with its<br />

simple and safe operation and inherent<br />

flexibility, will allow Blue Heron to<br />

maximise the utilisation of its facility<br />

while also reducing operating costs and<br />

increasing safety.<br />

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New owners to invest in Dartside Quay<br />

MDL <strong>Marina</strong>s has sold its Dartside Quay boatyard in Dartmouth, UK to the owners of nearby Dolphin Haven, a boatyard<br />

with berthing services just across the Galmpton Creek waters. The purchase is being followed by substantial site<br />

investment.<br />

With space for over 300 boats<br />

ashore, the seven-acre (2.8ha) dry<br />

boat storage area is serviced by a 65-<br />

tonne Wise hoist which operates from<br />

a purpose-built dock. A 20-tonne Wise<br />

trailer also operates from the slipway.<br />

MDL <strong>Marina</strong>s managing director,<br />

Michael Glanville, said: “Dartside Quay<br />

boatyard provides important lifting<br />

and refit services to many of our berth<br />

holders, as well as local businesses<br />

and we’re excited to be working<br />

with Dolphin Boatyard to create an<br />

opportunity for these services to grow.”<br />

“The sale agreement, which critically<br />

retains employment for our loyal and<br />

highly skilled team, allows capital to<br />

be released and repurposed<br />

in other areas of our business<br />

to strategically develop our<br />

portfolio of products and<br />

services for our customers,” he<br />

added.<br />

Ben Morris, managing<br />

director of Dolphin Boatyard,<br />

commented: “The acquisition<br />

of Dartside Quay is an exciting<br />

step forward for my business. It<br />

allows us to expand our services<br />

to local boaters in the bay, on<br />

the Dart and beyond, adding<br />

new refit opportunities and<br />

investing in both the Dartside<br />

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www.marinaworld.com – <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


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New production<br />

line, new<br />

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deliveries<br />

For <strong>2023</strong>, Italian company PDN<br />

Cranes has opened a new<br />

production line for cradles, and fixed<br />

and telescopic boat keels so as to<br />

give its customers a complete range<br />

of products. The company has also<br />

developed a fully-electric or hybrid<br />

electric mobile hoist design which<br />

will be released to the market in<br />

good time for PDN’s 20 th anniversary<br />

in 2024.<br />

Over the past two years, particular<br />

delivery highlights in the marina<br />

sector have been the supply of two<br />

specialist cranes to French marinas<br />

Port Camargue and Dunkerque <strong>Marina</strong>.<br />

Although covered in <strong>Marina</strong> <strong>World</strong><br />

soon after delivery, each is worthy of<br />

special mention due to the interesting<br />

technology involved.<br />

The Port Camargue (above) machine<br />

has 20 tonne capacity and is of threeleg<br />

design so as to be of use in three<br />

different basins of different widths. The<br />

operator cabin is located at the rear of<br />

the machine to enable it to be driven in<br />

a similar manner to a forklift. It is thus<br />

considered to be a combination of boat<br />

hoist and boat trailer and is very fast<br />

and flexible when moving between the<br />

lifting and parking areas.<br />

The machine for Dunkerque is a<br />

30 tonne capacity amphibious boat<br />

hoist which carries out a boat hauling<br />

service between the yard and slipway.<br />

It can be submerged in water up to<br />

2.5m (8ft), which enables it to service<br />

sailboats with long keels.<br />

Like the Port Camargue machine,<br />

it is very fast in operation and<br />

is equipped with PDN’s remote<br />

assistance system.<br />

www.pdncranes.it<br />


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Futuristic pod<br />

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Yacht handling and shipping<br />

company Peters & May transported<br />

a futuristic luxury floating pod to<br />

Doha in June. The Anthénea is now<br />

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and private island<br />

experience to<br />

its guests. It is<br />

the result of five<br />

years of research<br />

and development<br />

and the efforts of<br />

French designers,<br />

engineers and<br />

naval architects.<br />

It has zero<br />

carbon footprint,<br />

is self-sufficient<br />

and is said to be<br />

unsinkable.<br />

The design model was extensively<br />

researched to ensure it could resist<br />

violent storms and sea level rise, and<br />

its spherical shape is the optimal form<br />

for withstanding extreme conditions<br />

on the water. The pod is equipped with<br />

1,000W solar panels, and can also be<br />

provided with a 4,000W installation,<br />

and reaches complete autonomy with<br />

its own water-processing and sewage<br />

system. Numerous interiors are<br />

available for the pods, tailored to meet<br />

the design needs of each customer’s<br />

requirements.<br />

The distinctive shape of the capsule<br />

proved an ideal opportunity for Peters<br />

& May to demonstrate its expert<br />

lifting capabilities. Global technical<br />

director, Paul Elsom, commented:<br />

“The Anthénea floating suite is the first<br />

of its kind and we are proud to have<br />

been involved with such an interesting<br />

project. It is always a pleasure to ship<br />

exclusive and unusual cargo. Fifty<br />

years in the shipping industry yet this<br />

is the first time we have come across<br />

anything like it, in its unique and<br />

futuristic pod shape.”<br />

Prior to handling, the cargo was<br />

towed on a seven-hour crossing from<br />

Honfleur <strong>Marina</strong>, France by SNSM<br />

(National Society for Sea Rescue).<br />

Peters & May then performed a threesling<br />

lift, attached via D-ring fasteners<br />

to the cargo, to lift it from the water. It<br />

was then loaded onto a trailer using a<br />

gantry crane until a vessel arrived to<br />

ship it to the Middle East.<br />

www.petersandmay.com<br />

D-Marin wins iF<br />

Design award<br />

D-Marin has been recognised by the<br />

iF Design award for its customer<br />

experience project, undertaken in<br />

collaboration with Sketchin design<br />

studio.<br />

The project, named ‘Reshaping the<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Industry Standard’, won the<br />

fiercely competitive Service Design<br />

Award by crafting a completely<br />

new customer marina experience,<br />

harmonising digital and personal<br />

services.<br />

The joint work by Sketchin and<br />

D-Marin started with intense customer<br />

research, which identified opportunities<br />

for service improvements, as well as<br />

key areas in which D-Marin excels.<br />

This research became the driving force<br />

behind a €10 million investment in the<br />

Connected <strong>Marina</strong> initiative, which<br />

uses digital innovations to make marina<br />

experiences seamless and effortless.<br />

D-Marin CEO, Oliver Dörschuck,<br />

said: “We’re thrilled to be recognised<br />

by one of the most prestigious design<br />

awards which attracts high quality blue<br />

chip entrants from across the world.<br />

It’s testament to our commitment to<br />

excellent customer experience and the<br />

success of the project delivered with<br />

Sketchin.”<br />

“We recognise that a combination<br />

of physical and digital experiences<br />

is essential to providing a quality<br />

marina service. Our digital innovations<br />

ensure efficiency so customers can<br />

enjoy maximum pleasure time on their<br />

yacht whilst our marina teams make<br />

customers feel appreciated with a<br />

personal touch.”<br />

www.d-marin.com<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



The new marine fast charge station at<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Vela in Barcelona is the second on<br />

the Spanish Catalan coast.<br />

First in Barcelona,<br />

first in Redwood City<br />

The first Aqua superPower electric marine fast charge station at <strong>Marina</strong> Vela<br />

in Barcelona, Spain joins a unit installed a few months ago in the Port of La<br />

Rápita to initiate the creation of a charging corridor on the Catalan coast.<br />

The charge station, installed and<br />

financed by Aqua superPower, offers<br />

a power of 75kW and twin CCS2<br />

connectors. Two electric boats can<br />

simultaneously recharge in as little as<br />

20 to 40 minutes. The charge station is<br />

accessible to electric boat users via the<br />

Aqua app that can be downloaded on<br />

any device to provide a seamless user<br />

experience.<br />

“With this electric boat charge<br />

station, another step is taken towards<br />

converting the port of Barcelona into<br />

a green port,” said Alberto Garcia,<br />

director of <strong>Marina</strong> Vela Barcelona.<br />

“<strong>Marina</strong> Vela Barcelona is the first<br />

nautical facility in Barcelona that has<br />

an electric marine charge station of 75<br />

kW power to bring the arrival of ‘zero<br />

emissions’ boating. The installation of<br />

the new Aqua superPower fast charge<br />

station is part of our commitment to<br />

the environment and leading the way<br />

in sustainable marina management<br />

practices.”<br />

Another ‘first’ marine fast charging<br />

station has been installed at Westpoint<br />

Harbor in Redwood City, San Francisco<br />

Bay. Westpoint Harbor is a world-class,<br />

award-winning marina that offers a<br />

protected harbour with modern slips up<br />

to 120ft (37m) and dry storage. As a<br />

Clean Marine award holder, Westpoint<br />

Harbor leads the way with sustainable<br />

marina management practices, and<br />

the decision to become the first Aqua<br />

network host in the Bay Area continues<br />

that tradition by supporting the growing<br />

number of boat users who want to<br />

switch to clean electric boating.<br />

The Aqua 75 DC marine<br />

supercharger installed at Westpoint<br />

Harbor will provide boat owners with<br />

access to reliable plug and charge<br />

infrastructure, offering features such<br />

as charge point visibility to develop<br />

the confidence to transition away from<br />

liquid carbon fuels.<br />

“As a Gold Anchor marina, Westpoint<br />

Harbor is committed to clean marine<br />

practices,” said Westpoint Harbor<br />

president Mark Sanders. "Having<br />

the opportunity to install Aqua’s<br />

marine supercharger was exciting.<br />

Sustainability and protecting the<br />

environment are extremely important<br />

to us, and we are not short on early<br />

technology adopters around here.<br />

Redwood City is in the heart of Silicon<br />

Valley, and electric boating is the next<br />

logical step in maritime e-mobility."<br />

Scott Canning, vice president<br />

US business development at Aqua<br />

superPower, explained: "Electric marine<br />

mobility works best when boat users<br />

can take advantage of conveniently<br />

located charging stations throughout<br />

their local area. These e-boat corridors<br />

are central to our vision, and we are<br />

delighted to work with Westpoint Harbor<br />

on developing this critical infrastructure<br />

as the first Aqua superPower charging<br />

hub in San Francisco Bay."<br />

www.aqua-superpower.com<br />

A charge station at Westpoint Harbor is the<br />

first in San Francisco Bay.<br />

52 www.marinaworld.com – <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong>



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More<br />

Freedom in<br />

Australia<br />

The Freedom Boat Club division<br />

of Brunswick Corporation is set<br />

to open three new club locations<br />

in Australia this month (<strong>July</strong>).<br />

Located at Bobbin Head, Pittwater<br />

and Lake Macquarie, they will<br />

each provide direct access to the<br />

picturesque waterways north of<br />

Sydney. They complement the<br />

club location at d’Alboras the Spit<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> on Sydney Harbour.<br />

The new clubs will be franchise<br />

locations led by Darren Vaux,<br />

managing director of Empire <strong>Marina</strong>s<br />

Group, president of ICOMIA and<br />

previous president of the Boating<br />

Industry Association in Australia,<br />

New Freedom Boat franchisees, Darren<br />

and Nicky Vaux.<br />

and Nicky Vaux, the Boat Princess<br />

and director of the <strong>Marina</strong> Industries<br />

Association, who have more than 40<br />

combined years of marine industry<br />

experience.<br />

“We are thrilled to continue our<br />

growth into truly stunning and<br />

popular yet accessible boating<br />

locations in Australia,” said David<br />

Kurczewski, general manager<br />

shared services Asia-Pacific for<br />

Freedom Boat Club. “We are<br />

confident in Darren and Nicky’s<br />

ability to expand marine participation<br />

in this market with their clear<br />

passion for the on-water lifestyle,<br />

Waiting pontoon for<br />

high season<br />

A new waiting pontoon, manufactured by Lindley, has been installed in the<br />

entrance channel to the main harbour at <strong>Marina</strong> Palamós on the Costa Brava,<br />

Spain.<br />

The dock has been designed to<br />

serve as a temporary mooring point<br />

for boats of up to 10m (33ft) in length<br />

while waiting for access to the marina<br />

or the fuel pump. This will enhance<br />

safety during the summer months<br />

when there is heavy traffic entering or<br />

leaving the marina. The structure can<br />

be dismantled during the winter.<br />

Almarin supplied and installed<br />

and commitment to delivering impeccable<br />

service. We look forward to growing our<br />

partnership and supporting our members<br />

in the region.”<br />

“One of our key drivers is helping people<br />

access the boating lifestyle and Freedom<br />

Boat Club is a world leader in this regard.<br />

With full member training, access to boats<br />

in incredible locations and affordable,<br />

flexible memberships Freedom really is<br />

boating re-imagined,” said Nicky Vaux. “As<br />

boaters ourselves, it’s great for us to be<br />

able to share the passion.”<br />

the 60m (197ft) long aluminium<br />

floating pontoon and a 6m (20ft)<br />

long aluminium access walkway. The<br />

system has articulated radius arms<br />

due to its proximity to the breakwater.<br />

This approach also reduced costs by<br />

avoiding the need for piles.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Palamós has 902 moorings, a<br />

boatyard and a nautical base.<br />

www.almarin.es<br />

“Freedom Boat Club creates a new,<br />

accessible and affordable pathway<br />

to the boating lifestyle for seasoned<br />

and first-time boaters alike,” said<br />

Darren Vaux. “What makes the<br />

Freedom model so compelling is that<br />

members not only have access to the<br />

outstanding range of boats available<br />

through the Brunswick brands, but<br />

also access to fleets of boats in more<br />

than 380 locations worldwide.”<br />

www.freedomboatclub.au<br />

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Trouble-free trolley<br />

goes international<br />

When Bogense <strong>Marina</strong> in Denmark needed a trolley for its customers, one<br />

of the berth holders snapped into action. Per Østerhaab, a blacksmith,<br />

entrepreneur and owner of Bogense Yacht Services, designed a trolley, sold<br />

the solution to the local council (the marina operator), and the rest, as they<br />

say, is history.<br />

“I simply wanted to see a trolley<br />

that was robust, durable and simple<br />

in design, with no need for cleaning,”<br />

he recalls. “We produced them with<br />

the same quality as stainless steel<br />

parts on our boats. So, they last<br />

forever and really need no cleaning.”<br />

The company uses the tag line “joyful<br />

boating – organised marinas” to sum up<br />

trolleys that perform as they should, are<br />

maintenance-free and can be stored<br />

in special parking areas for everyone’s<br />

convenience.<br />

Østerhaab, now aged 74, is still<br />

actively involved in designing special<br />

solutions and coordinating production<br />

and quality assurance, but the<br />

next generation now manages the<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>Trolley business.<br />

Over the past 30 years, the trolley<br />

Above: Per Østerhaab in the workshop.<br />

Left: <strong>Marina</strong>Trolley customer Hans Lindum<br />

Møller, harbour master at <strong>Marina</strong> Minde in<br />

Denmark, with his line-up of trolleys.<br />

has become the market standard<br />

in Denmark and, via nothing more<br />

than word of mouth, found its way to<br />

marinas in Germany and Sweden. In<br />

2022, however, recognising that growth<br />

opportunity was focused on developing<br />

new wheels for the trolley, the company<br />

rebranded the product and started to<br />

look at further developing its export<br />

potential. Bigger marinas across Spain,<br />

Greece, Croatia, Malta and Montenegro<br />

became new customers.<br />

“We knew we had a fantastic product<br />

with huge global potential and it is great<br />

to see how well this simple concept<br />

works in every market we enter,” says<br />

managing director Henrik Østerhaab.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>Trolley is an elegant and<br />

minimalistic solution, offering a range of<br />

features and benefits and retaining the<br />

high quality electropolished stainless<br />

steel upon which it built its reputation.<br />

The centre-placed wheels make it wellbalanced<br />

and easy to manoeuvre, and<br />

puncture-proof air-filled tyres ensure it<br />

floats on the water if it ends up in the<br />

marina basin. It has a self-cleaning<br />

grid bottom, weighs just 18kg (40lbs)<br />

and can easily carry loads of 100kg<br />

(220lbs). A coin lock encourages users<br />

to return it to its designated place.<br />

In addition to a large tailor-made<br />

name plate cut into the side of the<br />

trolley (making it less attractive to<br />

steal), there is space for advertising,<br />

which the marina operator can sell so<br />

as to offset the purchase cost.<br />

Several <strong>Marina</strong>Trolleys for new<br />

customers are currently in production<br />

and the company is building a network<br />

of agents to promote and sell the<br />

product in different countries.<br />

www.marinatrolley.com<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


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Cleaning water with<br />

Advanced Oxidation<br />

One of the 21st century’s greatest challenges is a severe shortage of clean<br />

water. Water is now being polluted faster then ever by agricultural runoff,<br />

and general and industrial waste that infrastructure was never designed to<br />

deal with. According to Keith Boulais at Premier Materials Technology, old<br />

line cleaning technologies are failing miserably or are just not cost-effective,<br />

especially when it comes to new pollutants, such as PFAS, PAHs, excessive<br />

nutrients, fracking water, coal ash, personal care products residues and drugs.<br />

No one wants polluted<br />

water in a leisure<br />

boating environment<br />

and keeping water clean<br />

can be a surprisingly<br />

natural process via<br />

a new category of<br />

technologies known as<br />

Advanced Oxidation<br />

Processes (AOP). The<br />

EcoSOAR Ionizer is the<br />

most advanced of these<br />

technologies and the<br />

only process currently<br />

available in the world<br />

that produces superoxide<br />

(O _ 2) on a large scale.<br />

The O _ 2 technology<br />

cleans the water column<br />

and sediment of organic<br />

pollutants, anaerobic bacteria, metals<br />

etc. It also significantly raises the<br />

dissolved oxygen level of the water<br />

column and sediment helping to<br />

promote water body health.<br />

Here’s the science. O _ 2 (superoxide) is<br />

a type of oxygen that contains an extra<br />

electron. It is this electron that gives it<br />

its special oxidising power. Here is an<br />

oxidation rating scale (Daniels. 2002):<br />

Chlorine is.................................... 1.00<br />

Ozone is....................................... 1.52<br />

O _ 2 (superoxide) is........................ 2.37<br />

O _ 2 (superoxide) is as old as Earth’s<br />

oxygen atmosphere and is actually<br />

ubiquitous in the environment. It<br />

regulates the bio-availability of trace<br />

metals in the ocean, it is produced<br />

by fungus as a by-product that<br />

remediates such contaminants as<br />

excessive nutrients and coal ash, and<br />

is produced by corals to protect against<br />

bacteria and viruses, and to control the<br />

availability of nutrients in the reef.<br />

O _ 2 (superoxide) operates via a<br />

mechanism called Fenton Chemistry<br />

that was discovered by British chemist<br />

Hank Fenton in the 1890s. In this<br />

mechanism, the O _ 2 preferentially reacts<br />

with carbon atoms in any organic<br />

molecule. It is able to virtually dismantle<br />

an organic<br />

contaminant<br />

atom and return<br />

such atoms to<br />

the ecosphere<br />

for recycling. This<br />

means that there<br />

is no secondary<br />

pollution to deal<br />

with; all of the<br />

individual atoms<br />

cleaved from the<br />

contaminant are<br />

available for re-use. A good example<br />

is oil, which is primarily hydrogen and<br />

carbon. An oil molecule treated with<br />

O _ 2 is changed to CO2 and water. The<br />

same reaction will occur with organic<br />

pollutants such as algae/cyanobacteria<br />

and anaerobic bacteria.<br />

O _ 2 (superoxide) is created from the<br />

open atmosphere without the use of<br />

any chemicals. It’s one of the safest<br />

water body treatments, handles the<br />

most pollutants, and is the only one that<br />

cleans both the water column and the<br />

sediment.<br />

The EcoSOAR Ionizer is a highly<br />

portable unit, measuring 51in<br />

(129.5cm) long x 31in (79cm) wide x<br />

41in (104cm) high. It weighs 1,010lbs<br />

(458kg) and requires 220V three-phase<br />

power (which can be obtained via solar)<br />

to operate at 4.5kW/hr. The unit can be<br />

installed on a trailer (as seen bottom<br />

right) with a back-up generator.<br />

It could be the ideal solution to<br />

keeping water clean, and free from<br />

invasive weeds and potentially<br />

hazardous pollutants.<br />

E: keith@premiermaterials.com<br />

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connectors<br />

Registration is now open for US<br />

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take part in the large-scale beta<br />

pilot programme to test VoltSafe<br />

Marine electrical shore power<br />

connectors (see Product Focus<br />

May/June <strong>2023</strong>).<br />

This opportunity allows<br />

participating marinas to test the<br />

product by setting up a smart control<br />

box and pedestal-side connector (an<br />

easy retrofit on existing pedestals).<br />

Once installed, the marina manager<br />

will be able to monitor and manage<br />

power consumption for each marina<br />

slip using VoltSafe’s desktop<br />

dashboard in real time.<br />

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www.marinaworld.com – <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />





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received new configurations and capacities that make it even more adaptable<br />

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requirements—such as length of travel<br />

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Depending on the overall and<br />

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GCMarine partners with Harbour Assist<br />

Australia-based GCMarine has become principal partner for UK-based Harbour Assist in the Asia Pacific region.<br />

GCMarine will use its comprehensive marina experience to expand the reach of Harbour Assist’s innovative software.<br />

“From first-hand experience in our<br />

managed sites, Harbour Assist’s marina<br />

management software is truly top<br />

of its class. We’re excited about this<br />

partnership and the opportunity to bring<br />

such a robust suite of tools to marinas<br />

in Asia Pacific,” said GCMarine’s Matt<br />

Browning.<br />

Harbour Assist is seeing a strong<br />

take up at Australia’s leading marinas,<br />

including <strong>Marina</strong> Mirage (left) and<br />

Sanctuary Cove <strong>Marina</strong>, which won<br />

the recent MIA <strong>Marina</strong> of the Year <strong>2023</strong><br />

award. Sanctuary Cove <strong>Marina</strong> general<br />

manager, Steve Sammes, described<br />

Harbour Assist as “a breath of fresh air.”<br />

“We’re thrilled to be joining forces<br />

with GCMarine,” said Nick Gill, chief<br />

revenue officer of Harbour Assist. “Their<br />

unparalleled knowledge and extensive<br />

experience in the marine sector will<br />

ensure our software reaches the<br />

marinas that need it most, enhancing<br />

operational efficiency and customer<br />

piers, as well as on shoreline timber<br />

and steel piles. The lift is manufactured<br />

for both the specific location<br />

satisfaction across the region.”<br />

GCMarine has a long standing<br />

reputation for delivering top-tier marine<br />

and waterfront solutions and is well<br />

placed to promote Harbour Assist’s<br />

management solutions to an extensive<br />

network of marinas and waterfront<br />

businesses.<br />

“It is user friendly, efficient and the<br />

staff really enjoy using it because they<br />

believe in it,” he said. “This CRM is a<br />

core foundation to our operations and<br />

has been key in driving our success<br />

across the business.”<br />

The partnership represents a<br />

significant step in Harbour Assist’s<br />

global expansion strategy.<br />

www.gcmarine.com.au<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



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Capria, Argentina 28<br />

Cimolai Technology, Italy 44<br />

Conolift by Kropf<br />

Industrial, Canada 18<br />

D-Marin, Greece 23<br />

DualDocker, Austria 14<br />

EMP, USA 58<br />

Eagle Floats by<br />

Hendren Plastics, USA 55<br />

Flovac, Spain 63<br />

Forklift Exchange, USA 41<br />

GH Cranes & Components, Spain 36<br />

Gigieffe, Italy 42<br />

Golden Manufacturing, USA 12<br />

IBEX <strong>2023</strong>, USA 20<br />

IWMC <strong>2023</strong>, Portugal 31<br />

Ingemar, Italy 16<br />

Inmare, Italy 48<br />

Lindley, Portugal 49<br />

Livart, China 28<br />

Marex, Croatia 28<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Frapa, Croatia 33<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Master by IRM, Slovenia 48<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Projects, UK 64<br />

MARINAGo by<br />

Scribble Software, USA 10<br />

Marinetek, Finland 4<br />

Marine Travelift, 35<br />

Martini <strong>Marina</strong>s, Italy 36<br />

METSTRADE, Netherlands 24<br />

Molo, USA 26<br />

PDN Cranes, Italy 38<br />

Pacific Netting, USA 48 & 56<br />

Pacsoft, New Zealand 60<br />

PierPump by Vogelsang, Germany 8<br />

Rolec, UK 53<br />

Ronautica, Spain 43<br />

Roodberg - a brand of Frisian<br />

Industries, Netherlands 25<br />

SF <strong>Marina</strong> System, Sweden 2<br />

Seaflex, Sweden 6<br />

Seijsener, Netherlands 60<br />

Superior Group, Australia 60<br />

ThruFlow, Canada 56<br />

Walcon Marine, UK 18<br />

Wiggins Lift Co, USA 46<br />

Wider decking panel–<br />

ideal for finger piers<br />

Sunwalk Docks has expanded its 90-series line of high-quality decking<br />

products by introducing a new 24in (61cm) wide panel to enhance functionality<br />

and aesthetics in marinas and waterfront properties. It is particularly ideal for<br />

finger piers.<br />

The 90-series boasts a wealth of<br />

benefits:<br />

• Maintenance-free and impervious to<br />

insects, it is durable, UV-protected,<br />

impact-resistant, and well able<br />

to withstand the harshest marine<br />

environments.<br />

• Clean lines and a uniform design look<br />

good year after year.<br />

• A uni-directional, ADA-compliant dry<br />

and foot-friendly non-slip surface<br />

offers secure grip even in wet<br />

conditions, and advanced cooling<br />

properties make it comfortable<br />

underfoot in the scorching sun.<br />

The 24in (61cm) wide decking<br />

requires fewer fasteners than timber<br />

and takes significantly less time to<br />

install. Its light weight also speeds up<br />

the installation process. Coupled with<br />

12in (30cm) on-centre support, it is<br />

highly stable and well able to support<br />

commercial loads, and consistent size<br />

and flatness make for a streamlined<br />

result.<br />

Sunwalk is committed to<br />

sustainability and its decking design<br />

allows for better sunlight transmission,<br />

providing an open space that<br />

enhances ecological balance without<br />

compromising<br />

strength or durability.<br />

The open design also<br />

minimises hydraulic<br />

uplift caused by<br />

storm waves, surge<br />

and high-water<br />

situations.<br />

The new wider<br />

decking panel is<br />

available now and<br />

offered in ‘stone’ or<br />

‘oak’ colourways, with<br />

or without interlocking<br />

connector tabs.<br />

sunwalkdocks.com<br />

62 www.marinaworld.com – <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong>


GREEN<br />


SEWAGE<br />


Vacuum sewerage systems are ideal for use<br />

in marinas and ports of any size.<br />

The Flovac system can capture sewage and<br />

bilge water from boats and all facilities<br />

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 />

Ease of installation<br />

No odour, no spills<br />











Our services cover the entire spectrum of marina and waterside development.<br />

With uncompromising standards in all areas of our service, we have the credentials to<br />

take the vision and aspiration of any marina development to its ultimate conclusion.<br />

www.marinaprojects.com<br />

U NITED KINGDOM +44 (0)23 9252 6688 | H ONG KONG +852 3796 3533 | C YPRU S +357 97714495

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