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

<strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

Issue 143<br />

Essential reading for marina and waterfront developers, planners and operators



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<strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong> Vol. 24, No. 5<br />

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

<strong>Marina</strong> Planning & Design<br />

The multiple factors in modern design 13<br />

Planning Spoilbank <strong>Marina</strong> 18<br />

Sustainable design is just “good design” 21<br />

Living Seawalls 27<br />

Company Focus 30<br />

Italian marina build company Ingemar celebrates<br />

45 years in <strong>2024</strong>. CEO and founder, Lorenzo Isalberti,<br />

talks to <strong>Marina</strong> <strong>World</strong><br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Groups 34<br />

Private Mediterranean marina network, Marinedi, is on an<br />

ambitious path to protect the environment<br />

Buying & Selling <strong>Marina</strong>s 37<br />

37<br />

Smart Technology 49<br />

Product and service providers give advice on the most<br />

cost-effective ways to adopt smart systems<br />

Products, Services & People 56<br />

On the cover:<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> di Vieste is one of<br />

15 marinas in the Marinedi<br />

group portfolio. Racking up<br />

an important influence in the<br />

Mediterranean marina sector,<br />

the group has set high goals<br />

for sustainability and is in the<br />

forefront of defending and<br />

promoting the tourist port<br />

industry. Read more p.34<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />


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Perfecting<br />

plans<br />

As you will read in this issue, industry experts need to take an increasing<br />

number of factors, aspirations and practicalities into account when planning<br />

and designing a new marina, marina refurbishment or expansion. Lorenzo<br />

Isalberti sums all up neatly in the special Ingemar 45 th anniversary Company<br />

Focus (p.30) by emphasising that marinas are no longer concepts for<br />

‘sheltering and parking boats’ but hubs that centralise and provide different<br />

services for water-related experiences.<br />

Mike Ward and Simon Goodhead of UK company <strong>Marina</strong> Projects, when<br />

examining the multiple factors in modern design, tell us that in some markets their<br />

clients are regularly asking them to “break the mould” – and do something exciting<br />

that has not been seen before. But innovation, as they stress, has to dovetail with<br />

supply, practicalities and codes. Early project design stages are peppered with<br />

“healthy debate” and site conditions need to be balanced with vision and aspirations<br />

so as to identify the “optimum marina design solution.”<br />

Owners of new marinas often want to enter the market at the top of the class;<br />

seeking designs and facilities that will secure the highest recognised industry<br />

accreditations – immediately. <strong>Marina</strong> Projects balances this goal with sustainable<br />

design principles, and educates clients with regard to the operational procedures<br />

and processes they need to implement so as to meet these exacting accreditation<br />

standards. And, of course, all design needs to take “sustainability” into account.<br />

Esteban Biondi of US-based Applied Technology & Management bases his article<br />

(p.21) on the fact that sustainable design is nothing other than “good design”. Good<br />

design enhances value, reduces risk, and reduces costs on multiple time and spatial<br />

scales, he says. It’s about people, the environment, and connectivity.<br />

The PIANC Working Group 148 report published in 2023 states that we should<br />

seek proactive inclusion of ecological features and identify opportunities for guest<br />

experience that provide direct benefits to the local community.<br />

Climate change mitigation should be factored in realistically with designs that can<br />

be adapted to future change – but meet all the requirements appropriately for now<br />

and for the near future.<br />

Operationally, marinas now need to be “smart”. Ward and Goodhead note that<br />

the correct physical infrastructure needs to form part of the initial design so as to<br />

integrate with ongoing marina operations, and Idan Cohen of Pick a Pier asserts “the<br />

future of marinas lies in their evolution into smart, interconnected hubs that optimise<br />

decision-making and provide valuable insights.” Read more in the Smart Technology<br />

feature p.49.<br />

Designing and maintaining marinas at the highest level boosts their value as an<br />

asset class. Suntex, already the largest marina group in the USA, is now poised to<br />

spend a further US$1.25 billion on marina acquisitions (p.7) and global investment<br />

shows no sign of flagging (see p. 37 for our new regular section on Buying & Selling<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s).<br />

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www.marinaworld.com – <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />




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Billion dollar spend<br />

on US marinas<br />

USA: Suntex <strong>Marina</strong> Investors, the largest stand-alone marina owner in the US,<br />

and Centerbridge Partners have established a Joint Venture (JV) backed by<br />

Centerbridge-affiliated funds and global institutional investors to acquire over<br />

US$1.25 billion in new marinas across the United States.<br />

The funds will be used to support<br />

new acquisitions and capital<br />

improvements at recently acquired<br />

facilities, as well as for several<br />

development projects across the<br />

country. The day-to-day operations of<br />

the JV will be managed by Suntex,<br />

for which it will receive customary<br />

fees. The transaction further expands<br />

Suntex’s partnership with Centerbridge,<br />

which first invested in the company in<br />

2021.<br />

In connection with the transaction,<br />

the JV also closed on a revolving credit<br />

facility of up to $600 million.<br />

“We’re thrilled to close on this<br />

joint venture to usher in new growth<br />

for Suntex <strong>Marina</strong>s,” said Bryan<br />

Redmond, CEO Suntex <strong>Marina</strong>s.<br />

“While our team continues to increase<br />

our interest in new acquisitions, a<br />

portion of these funds are going to be<br />

dedicated towards redevelopment and<br />

enhancement of new marinas as well.<br />

We have an incredible opportunity to<br />

further grow our network from coast<br />

to coast and improve upon the Suntex<br />

experience. We are confident that our<br />

guests will enjoy what we have in store.”<br />

“The marina industry has shown<br />

consistently strong fundamentals<br />

for many years as enthusiasts have<br />

invested in more and bigger boats while<br />

the availability of high-quality marinas<br />

and boat storage remains scarce,”<br />

said William Rahm, chairman Suntex<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s and global head of real estate<br />

Centerbridge Partners. “Bryan and the<br />

Suntex team have a demonstrated track<br />

record of acquiring quality properties,<br />

enhancing operations for customers<br />

and adding value though accretive<br />

capital investments.”<br />

Read more on sales and acquisitions<br />

in our NEW regular section ‘Buying &<br />

Selling <strong>Marina</strong>s’ p.37<br />

Full steam ahead<br />

in Taichung<br />

TAIWAN: The Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) is making good<br />

progress with its master plan to promote the Port of Taichung as a central<br />

Taiwan mecca for tourism and recreation.<br />

Two wharves on the northwest side<br />

of Mitsui Outlet Park, a mall that has<br />

attracted tens of millions of visitors<br />

since opening in December 2018, have<br />

been designated for a leisure marina.<br />

Taiwanese yacht club operator Argo<br />

Yachts Development Co has leased the<br />

space and will build an international<br />

standard marina on the site.<br />

There are subsequent plans to<br />

develop hotel, dining and retail<br />

services, as well as family arts and<br />

entertainment and marine education<br />

facilities. The ultimate goal is to create<br />

a multi-faceted complex tailored to<br />

serve the entertainment, recreation and<br />

pleasure craft support needs of central<br />

Taiwan.<br />

Plans for the project have been under<br />

way for a number of years and Argo<br />

Yachts won the tender in a third round of<br />

bidding in autumn 2023, securing a 30-<br />

year build and operate lease that covers<br />

a total area of 10.7ha (26.4 acres),<br />

5.9ha (14.5 acres) of which is on land.<br />

The development will proceed in two<br />

phases, starting with the installation<br />

of breakwater facilities and berths<br />

for around 30 boats, a temporary<br />

clubhouse and boatyard. Phase two will<br />

add 50 further berths as well as a hotel<br />

and family-friendly amusement facility.<br />

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www.marinaworld.com – <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />



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Oasis expands reach to Texas<br />

USA: Oasis <strong>Marina</strong>s has been contracted to manage JMK5 <strong>Marina</strong> in Kemah,<br />

Texas. This is the specialist marina management company’s first managed<br />

property in Texas and thus expands its reach beyond the Mississippi River and<br />

into the bustling boating market of Clear Lake.<br />

“JMK5 <strong>Marina</strong> is the perfect fit for<br />

our expansion into Texas, thanks to<br />

its prime location on Clear Lake and<br />

the marina’s outstanding amenities,”<br />

said Oasis <strong>Marina</strong>s CEO Kenneth<br />

Svendsen. “We’re eager to bring our<br />

expertise and passion for high quality<br />

marina management to Texas, and<br />

even more excited to make a positive<br />

impact at JMK5 <strong>Marina</strong>.”<br />

JMK5 is a full service marina with<br />

immediate access to Galveston Bay.<br />

Located just outside of Houston, it<br />

features 331 wet slips and a range<br />

of amenities including a beautiful<br />

swimming pool, a covered deck, and a<br />

barbeque and picnic area.<br />

The marina is a popular destination<br />

for both tourists and the many boaters<br />

that call Clear Lake home. Known for<br />

its boardwalk and proximity to Houston,<br />

Kemah offers a lively atmosphere with a<br />

rich history as a commercial shrimping<br />

town turned leisure destination.<br />

“Oasis <strong>Marina</strong>s’ reputation for<br />

enhancing the boating experience<br />

aligns perfectly with our goals,” said<br />

Jerome Karam, CEO and founder of<br />

JMK5 Holdings. “With Oasis <strong>Marina</strong>s,<br />

we believe our marina will continue<br />

to be a premier destination on Clear<br />

Lake.”<br />

USA: Pink Shell Beach Resort & <strong>Marina</strong> in Fort Myers, Florida now has brand new Golden<br />

Marine aluminium docks after its infrastructure was devastated by storm surge caused by<br />

Hurricane Ian in September 2022. Dock master, David O’Connor, said that, thanks to Golden<br />

Marine, the marina was fully operational within just 14 months, just in time for the season.<br />

Build<br />

starts for<br />

Livorno<br />

ITALY: Construction of the longawaited<br />

Livorno <strong>Marina</strong> commenced<br />

last month (April). The joint venture<br />

with private yachting group Azimut<br />

Benetti and D-Marin will deliver<br />

a notable Mediterranean marina<br />

designed by Archea of Florence.<br />

The entire project is expected to<br />

complete in <strong>June</strong> 2026 although parts<br />

of the marina will be available to<br />

customers ahead of schedule. There<br />

will be a total of 815 berths.<br />

In an investment of €14-15 million,<br />

the project includes renovation of the<br />

docks, meeting spaces, leisure and<br />

entertainment amenities. Significant<br />

parts of the site will be reserved for<br />

restaurants, bars and offices. The<br />

marina will feature natural elements,<br />

such as trees and hedges, in place<br />

of fencing, solar panels to produce<br />

a significant proportion of energy,<br />

and rainwater recovery systems for<br />

irrigating green spaces.<br />

Luca Salvetti, mayor of Livorno, said<br />

the City was delighted to have its own<br />

marina. “After 16 years, the procedure<br />

to effectively grant the concession was<br />

finalised,” he explains. “This represents<br />

another milestone in the development,<br />

growth and transformation of the city,<br />

which will benefit from the boost to the<br />

local economy in terms of both tourism<br />

and employment.”<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />


Delivering the marinas<br />

of tomorrow<br />

Dubai Harbour - United Arab Emirates<br />

Hi-tech solutions to connect land and sea<br />

Pontoons, breakwaters, superyacht piers, floating crossings and<br />

constructions, off-the-shelf or customised, with robust and<br />

reliable structures in steel, aluminium or concrete.<br />


Dock project completes<br />

for Marine Max<br />

USA: Golden Marine Systems has completed the ‘B’ dock construction<br />

project for Marine Max Pensacola. The newly constructed dock measures an<br />

impressive 358ft (109m) long, has side-to-tie functionality and comprises 19<br />

slips designed to accommodate vessels of up to 70ft (21m) in length. The<br />

addition of a 100ft (30m) fuel<br />

dock, featuring custom flotation<br />

tailored for a ship store,<br />

enhances the dock’s versatility.<br />

Golden used its 850 Series<br />

single track pontoon system with<br />

Endeck PVC decking and 12in<br />

(30cm) GMS adjustable cleats for<br />

secure mooring, along with pile<br />

guides and finger piers to enhance<br />

functionality and safety for boaters.<br />

GCG Construction, a general<br />

contractor based in Fort Myers,<br />

Florida, played a pivotal role<br />

in overseeing execution, ensuring<br />

adherence to the highest standards of<br />

quality and craftsmanship. Installation<br />

management was handled by Mid-<br />

Coast Marine.<br />

Mike Shanley, president of Golden<br />

Marine Systems, expressed his<br />

gratitude for the seamless collaboration<br />

between Mid-Coast Marine and GCG<br />

Construction, citing their collective<br />

efforts as instrumental in the project’s<br />

resounding success. “The completion<br />

of the ‘B’ dock project for Marine Max<br />

Pensacola exemplifies our unwavering<br />

commitment to delivering superior<br />

marine solutions,” he said. “We are<br />

immensely proud of the craftsmanship<br />

and innovation showcased in this<br />

project, and we look forward to<br />

continuing to exceed the expectations<br />

of our clients.”<br />

New waterfront to revitalise Muscat<br />

OMAN: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning (MoHUP) has announced<br />

the master plan for a waterfront development in central Muscat, the nation’s<br />

capital. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), the $1.3 billion Al Khuwair<br />

Muscat Downtown and Waterfront Development will span 330ha (815 acres)<br />

and is set to revitalise the area.<br />

The district will comprise five<br />

key areas: a marina; a recreational<br />

waterfront lined with beaches<br />

and sports facilities; a canal<br />

walkway; a cultural quarter; and<br />

a Ministry campus. Incorporating<br />

residential areas, extensive<br />

mixed-use developments will cater<br />

for government and commercial<br />

businesses, together with arts,<br />

culture and leisure spaces.<br />

Continuing Muscat’s rich<br />

tradition as a historic port city, the Al<br />

Khuwair development will reflect local<br />

culture, with the marina acting as<br />

the cornerstone of the project. It will<br />

feature a range of attractions while<br />

emphasising green spaces and public realm<br />

along with waterfront, including destination<br />

dining experiences, luxury retail outlets,<br />

health and wellness facilities, hotels and<br />

residential spaces.<br />


Algarve marina<br />

now in build<br />

PORTUGAL: Further to plans<br />

revealed during the ICOMIA <strong>World</strong><br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s Conference in Vilamoura<br />

last October (see report in <strong>Marina</strong><br />

<strong>World</strong> November/December 2023),<br />

Vilamoura <strong>Marina</strong> on the Algarve<br />

coast has now begun construction<br />

of its new associated marina.<br />

Three pontoons with a total of 68<br />

berths will be installed, equipped with<br />

the latest technologies. All berths are<br />

specifically designed for large boats<br />

of 20 to 40m (66 to 131ft) in order to<br />

respond to the fast-growing popularity<br />

of boats in this size range, and<br />

strengthen the destination’s capacity to<br />

attract a high net worth demographic.<br />

Every berth will include multiple<br />

features, such as individual waste water<br />

pump-out systems, charging points<br />

for electric boats, and systems for<br />

remote monitoring and management<br />

of water and electricity consumption.<br />

Work is also underway to explore the<br />

implementation of desalination systems<br />

and photovoltaic energy generation.<br />

Isolete Correia, director of Vilamoura<br />

<strong>World</strong>, commented: “This new marina<br />

in Vilamoura really sets the destination<br />

apart and responds to the growing<br />

needs within the market in relation to<br />

large boats, which currently pass this<br />

part of the coast.”<br />

“The new marina is also the result<br />

of our constant desire to improve the<br />

service we provide to our clients,” she<br />

added. “These clients, and those that<br />

visit and stay in Vilamoura, are the real<br />

focus of this project and are the ones<br />

we work for on a daily basis to provide<br />

them with an ever better and more<br />

extraordinary experience.”<br />

Construction of the marina is<br />

expected to complete by the end of the<br />

year.<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />



Portonovi <strong>Marina</strong> in Montenegro was<br />

designed from the outset to achieve high<br />

levels of accreditation.<br />

The multiple factors<br />

in modern design<br />

Modern marina projects have an increasing range of important factors<br />

and considerations that need to be addressed through the marina design<br />

process. Mike Ward and Simon Goodhead of UK-based <strong>Marina</strong> Projects<br />

summarise issues and how they interface with traditional and typical design<br />

considerations.<br />

There is often a complex matrix of<br />

considerations, with different clients<br />

placing emphasis on particular aspects<br />

of the scheme. In part, the reasons for<br />

these varying considerations are the<br />

specific drivers relevant to a particular<br />

client, making each design project<br />

unique. These differences, combined<br />

with factors such as the site conditions<br />

and the resulting design process,<br />

require a tailored approach.<br />

We routinely consider the market<br />

conditions and influences at a particular<br />

site to establish the scale and nature of<br />

demand that can be anticipated. There<br />

must be a significant focus on the site<br />

conditions to establish the physical<br />

and environmental constraints and<br />

opportunities. Balancing these factors<br />

with the client’s vision and aspirations is<br />

at the heart of identifying the optimum<br />

marina design solution.<br />

The same set of principles<br />

applies, whether for a simple marina<br />

reconfiguration and extension project<br />

or integrating the design of a marina<br />

into a new world-class waterfront<br />

development.<br />

So, what are the main factors<br />

influencing marina design studies?<br />

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

It is regularly a client requirement<br />

that the new marina must achieve<br />

(and even seek to exceed) industry<br />

recognised accreditation, such as The<br />

Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA)<br />

Gold Anchor Platinum Status. In some<br />

markets we are also regularly being<br />

asked to “break the mould” and do<br />

something exciting, something that<br />

has not been seen before. This is a<br />

clear signal that clients are pushing the<br />

industry to innovate.<br />

There is undoubtedly a tension that<br />

arises with ambitious and lofty goals<br />

to push the boundaries when, at its<br />

heart, the most important aspect of<br />

any marina is that it must first and<br />

foremost provide a safe haven, a calm<br />

environment for leisure boaters and<br />

their boats. ‘Safe’ and ‘calm’ are not<br />

necessarily words that ambitious and<br />

driven clients want to hear. Striking the<br />

right balance between the traditional<br />

and innovative can provide for some<br />

healthy debate during the early design<br />

stages of a project.<br />

Of course, ambition and innovation<br />

often come at a price, both directly<br />

in terms of infrastructure and capital<br />

expenditure, but also indirectly in<br />

terms of efficiency and utilisation of<br />

water space. Testing design concepts<br />

through business planning and viability<br />

modelling can<br />

both flush<br />

out the true<br />

aspirations and<br />

ambition of a<br />

client, but also<br />

help to identify<br />

the longer term<br />

commitment<br />

to deliver and<br />

maintain the<br />

Mike Ward<br />

necessary<br />

operational standards required to<br />

sustain the marina accreditation. As<br />

part of this process, there is often a<br />

natural filtering of elements that won’t<br />

have a meaningful bearing on the final<br />

marina product.<br />

Sustainability<br />

Key pillars of modern marina design<br />

are matters relating to sustainable<br />

design principles, products and<br />

working practices/operations, which<br />

are becoming increasingly important<br />

as awareness across the industry<br />

continues to improve and develop.<br />

Sustainability essentially refers to<br />

“meeting the needs of today without<br />

compromising<br />

the needs of<br />

tomorrow” and<br />

can be mostly<br />

captured under<br />

three primary<br />

headings,<br />

environment;<br />

social; and<br />

economic. In<br />

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broad terms,<br />

delivering projects to address matters<br />

arising under each of the three<br />

headings in a symbiotic and cohesive<br />

manner is pertinent to sustainable<br />

marina design.<br />

There are many challenges that<br />

clients and operators can be presented<br />

with; particularly with existing marinas<br />

seeking to increase their ‘sustainable<br />

profile’. Examples include the<br />

introduction of sustainable working<br />

practices, such as ‘closed loop washdown’<br />

in boatyards, which can be both<br />

expensive in terms of capital investment<br />

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Applying modern marina design codes<br />

ensures optimum berthing arrangements.<br />

and require regulatory approval, and<br />

converting traditional swing moorings<br />

that create scour on the seabed to<br />

more sustainable ‘eco moorings’ that<br />

are less proven in design terms and<br />

fundamentally will not increase the<br />

revenue generation. It is important<br />

to build a compelling argument to<br />

change needs to satisfy the primary<br />

sustainability headings. In simple terms,<br />

moving towards improved sustainable<br />

design requires a commitment from<br />

our clients and the marina industry to<br />

ensure that our sector continues to<br />

thrive in an ever-evolving landscape.<br />

Programmes such as Clean <strong>Marina</strong><br />

and Blue Flag are examples of leading<br />

industry initiatives that are providing<br />

the guidance and framework upon<br />

which operators can demonstrate<br />

their environmental awareness and<br />

underpin their credentials along with a<br />

commitment to ongoing improvement.<br />

The international clean marina<br />

programmes typically consider the<br />

impact of marina operations on the<br />

water body, but historically there has<br />

been more of a focus in predominantly<br />

assessing marina operations through<br />

site management, environmental best<br />

practice and customer engagement.<br />

However, with the global focus on<br />

sustainability, emphasis is emerging<br />

on the design, technical specification<br />

and aesthetics of marina infrastructure,<br />

and it is our responsibility to ensure<br />

that the principles of sustainability can<br />

be delivered by the operating marina<br />

post-design.<br />

Salt marsh monitoring on the<br />

Beaulieu River in Hampshire,<br />

England protects the natural environment.<br />

Smart marinas<br />

What is a smart marina and what is<br />

the role of design in achieving smart<br />

marinas?<br />

The International Council of Marine<br />

Industry Associations (ICOMIA) <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Group usefully defines a smart marina<br />

as “a marina that is first and foremost<br />

easily accessible by boaters and other<br />

stakeholders through digital platforms<br />

and physical data collection sources,<br />

such as interconnected sensors. It<br />

optimises operations through analysis<br />

of the collected data and adjusts them<br />

accordingly.”<br />

More broadly, there is an observed<br />

potential to connect marinas with<br />

surrounding services of local<br />

community facilities, external service<br />

providers, and for smart marinas to be<br />

interconnected.<br />

Similarly to achieving marina<br />

accreditation, it can be seen that the<br />

physical smart marina infrastructure<br />

and systems must be completely<br />

integrated with the ongoing marina<br />

operations. As the marina designer,<br />

communicating this essential link<br />

through to marina operations, even<br />

at the conceptual design stage, is of<br />

paramount importance.<br />

Retaining that link all the way<br />

through the design, construction<br />

and implementation phases can be<br />

particularly challenging, not least<br />

because so often the larger waterfront<br />

development projects have a significant<br />

lifespan often of many years.<br />

Design codes<br />

The role of design codes in achieving<br />

marina accreditation, sustainable<br />

design and smart marinas is<br />

an interesting topic worthy of<br />

consideration.<br />

On the face of it, there is a natural<br />

link between marina accreditation<br />

and the application of design codes<br />

but simply meeting the code will not<br />

achieve the accreditation standard<br />

because, quite rightly, the standard<br />

requires extensive consideration of how<br />

the infrastructure is applied in practice<br />

to deliver for the needs of the customer.<br />

Accordingly, there is a significant<br />

role for operational procedures<br />

and processes in the accreditation<br />

assessment, and communicating this to<br />

our wide range of clients can present a<br />

challenge. At one end, marina operator<br />

clients are very familiar with the<br />

operating procedures, processes and<br />

requirements, but ambitious waterfront<br />

developers generally less so.<br />

There is more that design codes can<br />

do to support the marina accreditation<br />

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process, and it is also the case that<br />

design standards need to be brought<br />

up to date to take account of innovation<br />

and the changing marketplace.<br />

Undoubtedly, design codes also<br />

need to give more consideration to<br />

sustainability and smart marinas/<br />

technology.<br />

Evolving customer<br />

profiles<br />

The issue of sustainability in marina<br />

design and operation naturally leads<br />

to early consideration of tomorrow’s<br />

customer. That comes against a<br />

backdrop of changing boating trends<br />

both in terms of vessel propulsion but<br />

also user expectations. The advent<br />

and growth of boat clubs as a way of<br />

seeding customer interest certainly<br />

adds another user group to the<br />

consideration during market studies,<br />

and demand projections must provide<br />

for expansion of the marketplace and<br />

increasing vessel size as a result.<br />

From start to finish<br />

A consistent theme of the marina<br />

design detail, as outlined above,<br />

emphasises the need to dovetail<br />

with the final operational standards<br />

and procedures, particularly if<br />

accreditation, sustainability and smart<br />

marina objectives are to be realised.<br />

Experience shows that if the main<br />

Porto Montenegro was designed to meet<br />

the needs of different vessel sizes including<br />

superyachts.<br />

factors described are not considered<br />

at early feasibility and concept<br />

design stages, it can be challenging<br />

to retrospectively redesign and<br />

incorporate key requirements into a<br />

client’s masterplan.<br />

It is often the case that the wider<br />

development objectives and vision<br />

necessitate the requirement for<br />

exploring such initiatives, and<br />

maintaining that continuity through the<br />

life of a project and into the operational<br />

phase often calls for <strong>Marina</strong> Projects to<br />

take up a role as the marina champion<br />

or marina design guardian.<br />

Evidence of the evolving nature of<br />

marina design and the matrix of design<br />

Designing and upgrading marinas in<br />

sensitive areas of natural beauty requires<br />

careful consideration of site conditions and<br />

environmental constraints.<br />

considerations is observed by the<br />

increasing recognition and request for<br />

us to retain ownership and coordination<br />

of the design throughout the life of<br />

the project. As the various delivery<br />

packages come forward, it is important<br />

to maintain and protect the overarching<br />

vision for the development, to ensure<br />

that the initial premise does not become<br />

diluted through ‘value engineering’<br />

exercises that are often the result of<br />

internal and external influences and<br />

pressures.<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />



Artist’s impression of the completed<br />

Spoilbank <strong>Marina</strong> at Port Hedland in<br />

Western Australia.<br />

Spoilbank <strong>Marina</strong>:<br />

a refuge from industry<br />

Spoilbank <strong>Marina</strong> at Port Hedland in the Pilbara region of Western Australia is<br />

set to transform the busy industrial waterfront into an attractive destination for<br />

locals and tourists to visit, with a grand opening expected later this year.<br />

The Hedland community has<br />

held aspirations for a marina since<br />

the 1980s and the AU$187 million<br />

Spoilbank <strong>Marina</strong> project – a key<br />

election commitment from the Western<br />

Australia Government – is unlikely to<br />

disappoint. It is being delivered by the<br />

country’s largest port, Pilbara Ports,<br />

and is funded by the state government,<br />

the town of Port Hedland and resources<br />

company BHP. When complete, it will<br />

join a crop of marinas springing up<br />

along the Western Australian coast,<br />

including the world-class Ocean Reef<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> in Joondalup.<br />

Naturally deep waters have helped<br />

Port Hedland achieve its status as the<br />

highest tonnage port in Australia. Each<br />

year, around 3,300 vessels come and<br />

go, transporting 566.5 million tonnes of<br />

cargo. The town is also famous for its<br />

enormous trains, with one BHP train<br />

in 2001 setting the world record for the<br />

longest and heaviest train at 7.3km (4.5<br />

miles) long, comprising 682 cars and<br />

hauling 82,000 tonnes of ore.<br />

While the sight of such large<br />

vessels and trains is awe-inspiring, to<br />

improve access and ensure safety for<br />

recreational boaters and fishermen<br />

Spoilbank <strong>Marina</strong> sits at the end of<br />

a separate navigational channel that<br />

splinters off from the main shipping<br />

lane.<br />

Led by Australian landscape<br />

architects and environmental<br />

consultants, Emerge, and working<br />

closely with DevelopmentWA, the<br />

new marina has been designed to<br />

alleviate demand on the existing boat<br />

launching facilities at Port Hedland. Its<br />

construction has provided a boost to<br />

the Pilbara economy, with more than<br />

60% of project spend to date awarded<br />

to local and registered Aboriginal<br />

businesses and more than 200 local<br />

jobs generated during the construction<br />

period.<br />

The marina has been in the planning<br />

pipeline for more than a decade,<br />

Emerge says, but due to the size and<br />

scale of previous concept plans, as well<br />

as funding constraints, the project was<br />

put on hold.<br />

The initial proposal was for dredging<br />

works resulting in up to 900,000m³ of<br />

dredge spoil, dredged to a maximum<br />

depth of -2m chart datum. The dredge<br />

spoil will be used onsite as fill material<br />

to raise the finished ground level before<br />

landscaping, with excess material<br />

disposed of offsite. Plans also involved<br />

clearing and ground disturbance<br />

of up to 40ha (99 acres) within a<br />

development area of around 77ha (190<br />

acres).<br />

The budget was set at AU$121.5<br />

million and the project was expected to<br />

complete by late 2022, but both budget<br />

and time to complete the work have<br />

been significantly extended.<br />

The marina boat ramp was officially<br />

opened to the Hedland community<br />

in January <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

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A two-platform public jetty has been<br />

designed to account for fluctuating tides.<br />

Construction underway<br />

Construction of the marina is now well<br />

advanced, Pilbara Ports project director<br />

– Spoilbank <strong>Marina</strong>, John Freimanis,<br />

told <strong>Marina</strong> <strong>World</strong>. A four-lane boat<br />

ramp has been installed, with floating<br />

pontoons that rise and fall with the<br />

tides, allowing it to be accessible to<br />

the public at all tides. The pontoons<br />

are designed to lay flat, removing the<br />

need for split levels and making the<br />

ramp suitable for wheelchair users. The<br />

marina has 22 boat pens, with capacity<br />

to expand to 80 pens in the future. A<br />

two-platform jetty has been designed to<br />

account for Port Hedland’s fluctuating<br />

tides. The top level is wheelchair<br />

friendly and includes lowered handrail<br />

sections so that children and people of<br />

all abilities can fish from the jetty. Six<br />

artificial reef balls have been installed<br />

underneath to create an inviting habitat<br />

for fish. Pilbara Ports is also building<br />

trailer parking for up to 200 vehicles.<br />

The final stage of construction will<br />

bring the marina vision to life and<br />

provide a vibrant foreshore area for<br />

locals and visitors to gather. This<br />

stage includes the delivery of retaining<br />

walls, footpaths, landscaping, a public<br />

amenities building, shade structures<br />

and the installation of utilities and<br />

services. Pilbara Ports will also<br />

plant around 700 trees in this final<br />

stage. For the public, there will be an<br />

accessible breakwater with pedestrian<br />

path, recreation and event space,<br />

a waterfront promenade, barbecue<br />

facilities and an art and cultural<br />

gathering space. Nine unique artworks<br />

by indigenous Kariyarra artists have<br />

Artificial reef balls will be<br />

installed underneath the jetty<br />

to create an inviting habitat for fish.<br />

been selected for the marina and their<br />

fabrication is ongoing.<br />

The marina will also boast a<br />

maintenance hardstand, two fish<br />

cleaning stations with six taps and 20<br />

CCTV cameras for security purposes.<br />

The lights at Spoilbank <strong>Marina</strong> have<br />

been designed to minimise impacts to<br />

turtles at the nearby Cemetery Beach –<br />

an important nesting site.<br />

The marina is being opened to<br />

the public in stages. The first stage,<br />

which included the public boat ramp<br />

facility, car park and main access road,<br />

was officially opened to the public in<br />

January. The boat ramp opening hours<br />

are currently 6am to 6pm, daily, and<br />

will be increased to 24 hours a day<br />

once the marina lights are operational.<br />

The boat pens will be the next stage to<br />

open, which is expected by mid-<strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Civil and landscaping construction is<br />

well progressed, with construction of<br />

the concrete retaining walls progressing<br />

well around the promenade/central hub<br />

in the southeast corner of the marina<br />

basin. Western Australian business<br />

Ertech was awarded the contract for<br />

the works. Work has also<br />

begun on the footpaths<br />

near the boat pens and<br />

boat ramp, using decorative<br />

exposed aggregate paving.<br />

The picnic shelters are<br />

also being installed, with<br />

footings constructed and<br />

steelwork going in. Steel<br />

columns have been erected<br />

for the shade structure<br />

near the public amenities<br />

building. Installation of<br />

underground services<br />

continues, including<br />

irrigation, power and communications.<br />

The marina has also begun work<br />

on curved seats that emerge from<br />

the ground, hand made using local<br />

Karratha stone.<br />

Work is expected to continue until<br />

late <strong>2024</strong>, when the marina will<br />

fully open. When the boat pens are<br />

operationally ready, the Department of<br />

Transport will take over operation of the<br />

marina.<br />

In harmony with nature<br />

Despite its fame as a transport hub,<br />

Port Hedland is also a popular tourist<br />

destination, just a two-hour flight from<br />

Perth. Its desert climate provides yearround<br />

hot weather, averaging ten hours<br />

of sunshine a day. The main beach front<br />

is home to a flatback sea turtle rookery,<br />

while several lookouts on the waterfront<br />

allow for viewing bottlenose dolphins<br />

and humpback whales. Estuaries<br />

support mangroves, fish and an<br />

impressive array of birds including rednecked<br />

stints, sharp-tailed sandpipers,<br />

red-necked avocets, oriental plovers,<br />

bustards, bowerbirds and finches.<br />

Port Hedland sits at the heart of<br />

a region rich in indigenous culture,<br />

which has been sensitively woven into<br />

the marina design. The ‘Staircase to<br />

the Moon’ phenomenon can be seen<br />

between March and October, when<br />

the full moon rises above the exposed<br />

mudflats at low tide, creating an optical<br />

illusion of a staircase to the moon.<br />

Nearby, more than 129km (80 miles)<br />

of pure white, undisturbed beach<br />

sand is flanked by the warm waters<br />

of the Indian Ocean. When complete,<br />

Spoilbank <strong>Marina</strong> is set to seamlessly<br />

blend these industrial and natural<br />

worlds.<br />

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A farmers’ market at Rodney Bay <strong>Marina</strong> in<br />

St Lucia is a popular and community-based<br />

event for locals and visitors.<br />

Photo: Adam Foster<br />

Sustainable design is<br />

just “good design”<br />

By Esteban Biondi<br />

When we look at sustainability principles and how they can be applied, we<br />

can show that they are all about “good design”. Good design enhances value,<br />

reduces risk, and reduces costs at multiple time and spatial scales.<br />

Sustainability is a broad concept, but<br />

it has been over used and may not be<br />

as strong a call to awareness and a<br />

driver of change as it should be. On one<br />

hand, we are now familiar with generic<br />

statements, buzz words and fashionable<br />

declarations that only sugarcoat<br />

“business as usual”. On the other<br />

hand, regulations are evolving rapidly<br />

to impose additional requirements. But<br />

when we step back, there is significant<br />

value in applying a thorough design<br />

approach to achieve sustainability.<br />

Modern sustainable marina design is<br />

not about introducing external or foreign<br />

issues, but about rethinking design and<br />

operation more thoroughly. What used<br />

to be considered acceptable, even if<br />

not ideal, was often justified in terms<br />

of some sort of cost reduction. Now we<br />

know that we can do better. We seek<br />

more value in different dimensions,<br />

lower indirect and societal costs,<br />

and make deliberate efforts for risk<br />

reduction. These considerations now<br />

have more relevance in design.<br />

Some environmentalists rage against<br />

marinas, saying that they all cause<br />

negative environmental impacts. We<br />

must recognise that there are too<br />

many examples of marinas in pristine<br />

environments that have caused<br />

excessive and unjustified damage,<br />

which leads to this assessment. But<br />

it is also true that some locations in<br />

degraded environments will benefit from<br />

the proper development of recreation<br />

navigation infrastructure. There is<br />

arguably more total value in sustainable<br />

marinas that expand local economic<br />

activity, revitalise cultural traditions and<br />

provide ecological functions than some<br />

pure ecological restoration projects.<br />

Sustainable marina design<br />

guidelines, such as the PIANC Working<br />

Group 148 report published in 2023,<br />

now explicitly state that we should<br />

seek proactive inclusion of ecological<br />

features and identify opportunities for<br />

guest experience that provide direct<br />

benefits to the local community.<br />

Higher expectations result in some<br />

details becoming more relevant and<br />

unavoidable. Analysis is more complex<br />

and nuanced, but the result is better.<br />

Net positive environmental impacts,<br />

meaningful stakeholder engagement,<br />

resource conservation, resilience to<br />

extreme events and climate change,<br />

and reduction of greenhouse gas<br />

(GHG) emissions are now part of<br />

modern marina design.<br />

While Working with Nature<br />

emphasises following a design process,<br />

it highlights specific environmental and<br />

social issues applicable to marinas; and<br />

it also discusses climate mitigation and<br />

adaptation issues.<br />

Climate change mitigation<br />

Climate change mitigation refers to the<br />

reduction of GHG emissions, which are<br />

classified depending on the control that<br />

a company has over those emissions.<br />

Scope 1 emissions are due to the<br />

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has pontoon arrangements designed for<br />

variable water levels and low-impact<br />

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plants. Photo: Melanie Symes<br />

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activities that the company<br />

controls, scope 2 emissions<br />

are generated by the energy<br />

the company consumes,<br />

and Scope 3 are emissions<br />

by customers and suppliers.<br />

The design, development and<br />

operation of marinas all play a<br />

part in reducing emissions to<br />

mitigate climate change.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s in certain<br />

jurisdictions that already have<br />

regulations promoting climate<br />

mitigation measures are<br />

now introducing procedures<br />

specifically designed to<br />

document, quantify and reduce<br />

Scope 1 emissions, including emissions<br />

by marina owned vehicles, generators<br />

and equipment.<br />

Scope 2 emissions are GHG<br />

emissions by power generators.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s do not control them directly,<br />

but energy conservation reduces<br />

them. Many marinas began some time<br />

ago to evaluate their consumption of<br />

resources (water, energy, materials<br />

etc.) and to implement conservation<br />

measures. Consumption reduction<br />

results in economic and environmental<br />

sustainability benefits, but energy<br />

conservation measures also reduce<br />

Scope 2 emissions. Reduction can also<br />

be achieved by self-generation of power<br />

within the property, such as installation<br />

of solar panels.<br />

The next type of climate change<br />

mitigation actions that marinas should<br />

begin to consider are related to Scope<br />

3 emissions. These are GHG emissions<br />

by customers and suppliers. Most<br />

marinas sell fuel for recreational vessel<br />

propulsion, so this type of Scope 3<br />

emission is large and relatively easy to<br />

track.<br />

The marina industry already has<br />

companies dedicated to power charging<br />

stations and hydrogen supply for new<br />

propulsion systems. Some developers<br />

in the Middle East have established the<br />

goal that no fossil fuels will be used for<br />

mobility systems, including recreational<br />

navigation. <strong>Marina</strong>s that are considering<br />

improvements to their electrical<br />

supply systems to charge batteries of<br />

electric boats and provide fuel for new<br />

recreational vessel propulsion systems<br />

are not only responding to the market<br />

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fishermen. The fishermen’s basin facilities<br />

are operated by local fishermen who offer<br />

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demand but setting themselves up to<br />

document impactful climate mitigation<br />

measures.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> assets also include embodied<br />

carbon due to the emissions required<br />

for construction and maintenance. But<br />

we are much less advanced than some<br />

property sectors in accounting for those<br />

when designing new developments and<br />

expansions. Additionally, the positive<br />

contribution due to carbon capture by<br />

increasing vegetation cover is not yet<br />

accounted.<br />

Resilient design<br />

Planning, design and operation of<br />

coastal development is under scrutiny<br />

due to increasing risks that are being<br />

fuelled by climate change and poor<br />

development. Institutional property<br />

investors, the reinsurance industry and<br />

regulators are further evaluating the<br />

extra costs of storm damage. Sea level<br />

rise and changes in frequency and<br />

intensity of extreme events will only<br />

increase those risks.<br />

This appears as a challenge, since<br />

Maintaining a mangrove<br />

shoreline at the edge of a marina<br />

in Jupiter, Florida preserves<br />

the ecosystem and keeps the<br />

facility connected to its natural<br />

environment. Photo: E Biondi<br />

some of the basic assumptions<br />

of marine design throughout<br />

the history of engineering,<br />

such as the elevation of<br />

a mean sea level and the<br />

statistical analysis of extreme<br />

events, are not true for future<br />

conditions. But engineers<br />

only need to apply the same<br />

engineering principles to these<br />

new conditions, including the<br />

uncertainties that still exist.<br />

Structural resilience is a principle<br />

that underlies all engineering design<br />

standards; you don’t want catastrophic<br />

failure when design conditions are<br />

exceeded. But the project response<br />

to extreme events now needs to be<br />

evaluated more thoroughly. We can now<br />

apply resilience principles knowing that<br />

low probability actions due to maritime<br />

hydrodynamics will get worse over time.<br />

With the current understanding we have<br />

of the effects of climate change, we<br />

know that wave protection and marina<br />

edge structures will have to adapt to<br />

maintain a certain level of service. We<br />

also know that planning for adaptation<br />

must consider uncertainties but can be<br />

based on the information we do have.<br />

For example, we know that due to<br />

future sea level rise, the elevation<br />

of marina edge structures will need<br />

to be higher to avoid flooding. But it<br />

may not be reasonable to build the<br />

edge structure now at the elevation<br />

needed in one hundred years, because<br />

functionality in the short term will be<br />

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compromised. So now the standard<br />

practice is that all coastal works should<br />

include a climate change adaptation<br />

strategy and plan. With the proper<br />

approach, it is not critical to know<br />

exactly when adaptation will be needed,<br />

but we can build knowing how we can<br />

adapt, while having some flexibility in<br />

the time scale.<br />

Unlike other change processes<br />

in recent engineering history,<br />

infrastructure that does not adapt will<br />

have little opportunity to be reused in<br />

the future. Many urban and recreational<br />

waterfronts in developed countries have<br />

resulted from the reconversion of aging<br />

or obsolete port areas because part of<br />

their infrastructure was reusable. But<br />

structures that cannot adapt to climate<br />

change will be more difficult to reuse.<br />

Beware of top-down<br />

frameworks<br />

In addition to the way in which climate<br />

change may transform marina design,<br />

the economic and financial effects<br />

will have a fundamental impact on<br />

waterfront property development<br />

and infrastructure for recreation<br />

and tourism navigation. Broad<br />

During the concept planning of various facilities along a 10km (6mi) stretch of waterfront<br />

at Haicang Bay, Xiamen, China, the design team observed that some local boats had<br />

been adapted to transport tourists. The proposed strategy was thus to work with the local<br />

community in planning the associated tourist marina.<br />

sustainability and climate frameworks<br />

are now being developed based on<br />

very general concepts but will drive<br />

further regulations and incentives to<br />

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Companies that are already evaluating<br />

their sustainability and climate risk<br />

profiles and implementing the resultant<br />

adaptation strategy may benefit from<br />

these changes. But our industry should<br />

ensure that the implementation details<br />

are appropriate.<br />

Esteban Biondi is a principal at Applied<br />

Technology & Management and is<br />

chair of the PIANC Recreational<br />

Commission.<br />


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Anya Freeman, CEO (left) and Charlotte<br />

Hoffman, business development lead.<br />

Life in the seawall<br />

Florida-based company Kind Designs is innovating on traditional, uninspiring<br />

concrete seawalls by installing vibrant, cost-competitive ‘Living Seawalls’ that<br />

benefit marine life and can be tailored to suit different environments. Charlotte<br />

Niemiec finds out more<br />

Seawalls haven’t changed much<br />

since they were first installed in the<br />

USA, in Galveston Bay, Texas more<br />

than 100 years ago, Kind Designs<br />

product development lead Charlotte<br />

Hoffman says. By 2050, the US<br />

construction industry is expected<br />

to have destroyed 50,000 miles<br />

(80,468km) of marine habitat by<br />

installing traditional, toxic seawalls.<br />

Kind Designs seeks to replace these<br />

seawalls with an environmentally<br />

conscious and economically scalable<br />

solution.<br />

“We are the first and only company<br />

in the world to 3D-print seawalls,” says<br />

Hoffman. “We’re disrupting coastal<br />

construction by addressing a major<br />

pain point for coastal contractors.<br />

Instead of having to make their own<br />

concrete seawall slabs, which takes<br />

a lot of labour and space, these<br />

contractors can now buy the seawall<br />

panels at a price competitive to making<br />

their own. Instead of competing with<br />

local businesses or existing contractors,<br />

we are enabling them to take on much<br />

more business.”<br />

The seawalls also help to solve<br />

marine habitat degradation. By 3Dprinting<br />

the product, the company is<br />

able to incorporate an artificial reef<br />

structure into the seawall design, which<br />

helps rejuvenate coastal ecosystems<br />

and improve water quality.<br />

Living Seawalls are plug-and-play, as<br />

the printing technology allows slabs to<br />

be customised to meet the exact design<br />

of already-permitted concrete seawall<br />

projects or integrated into the design<br />

at the start of a project. “Additionally, if<br />

you have seawalls already installed but<br />

would like the environmental benefit,<br />

we can add Living Tiles,” Hoffman says.<br />

These are independent artificial reefs<br />

that can be affixed to any seawall –<br />

steel, vinyl or concrete – made with<br />

the same non-toxic materials as the<br />

seawalls.<br />

The company installed its first Living<br />

Seawall in Miami Beach earlier this<br />

year and is now in the process of fitting<br />

12 more in the state in the next two<br />

months.<br />

Environmental benefits<br />

Living Seawalls feature an artificial reef<br />

on their facade that offers shelter and<br />

60% more surface area for sea life to<br />

A Living Seawall in the water (above) and<br />

being installed in Miami Beach earlier this<br />

year (right).<br />

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attach, encouraging colonisation<br />

and the creation of a robust coastal<br />

ecosystem. Irregular ridges and<br />

textures on the wall, as a result<br />

of the 3D-printing process, act as<br />

anchoring sites, better protecting<br />

organisms from wave energy, boat<br />

wakes and storms compared to a<br />

traditional flat wall.<br />

The seawalls have been designed<br />

using biomimicry principles to<br />

imitate the natural coastal habitat<br />

in South Florida, making it suitable<br />

for native marine species. Based on<br />

where the seawalls are installed,<br />

the company can change the design<br />

to mimic the environment. Water<br />

quality sensors fitted into the walls also<br />

collect 15 parameters of essential data.<br />

Importantly, the seawalls are costcompetitive.<br />

“Part of Kind Designs’<br />

founding principle was to make sure<br />

there were economies of scale for<br />

an environmental solution,” Hoffman<br />

explains. “So many times there are<br />

green premiums for products that<br />

either don’t harm or don’t even benefit<br />

the environment, preventing them<br />

from becoming a global solution for<br />

an environmental problem. Our Living<br />

Seawalls are a cost competitive solution<br />

to traditional ones, priced at US$25-30/<br />

ft². Traditional concrete walls usually<br />

range from US$20-25 and steel sheet<br />

pile costs even more.”<br />

The seawalls are durable, too.<br />

“Concrete lasts forever – there are<br />

concrete seawalls built during the<br />

Roman Empire that are still standing<br />

today!” Hoffman says. “That being<br />

said, modern day seawalls require the<br />

use of a reinforcement bar (rebar) for<br />

added tensile strength. Rebar is the<br />

actual determining factor in the life of<br />

a concrete seawall. Concrete seawalls<br />

with steel rebar last 30-50 years, while<br />

a concrete seawall with a fibreglass<br />

rebar can double their life, or more.”<br />

Printed protection<br />

The walls are constructed using 3D<br />

printed mortar, made from 5,000psi<br />

marine-grade extrudable concrete,<br />

which is environmental product<br />

declaration (EPD) certified, pH<br />

balanced and non-toxic, using no<br />

metals, chloride or sulphates. The<br />

concrete used to fill the interior is<br />

6,000psi marine-grade ready-mix<br />

concrete. The company uses the<br />

customer’s choice of either steel,<br />

glass fibre or galvanised steel<br />

rebar, depending on the engineer’s<br />

specifications.<br />

With the fastest concrete printer<br />

in the world, extremely small layer<br />

sizes are printed using a completely<br />

autonomous robot, allowing for fast<br />

production times and seawalls with<br />

detailed designs.<br />

In the first step, the 3D shell is printed<br />

with the artificial reef design, which<br />

takes around one hour and 15 minutes.<br />

Next, the rebar cage is inserted inside<br />

the shell, which takes another hour.<br />

In another half an hour, the interior is<br />

complete. Cure time is just 48 hours,<br />

compared to the two or three weeks for<br />

traditional seawalls. The entire panel is<br />

ready for delivery within seven days of<br />

printing.<br />

The panels are then delivered to<br />

the installation site by truck or barge<br />

and can be installed by any marine<br />

contractor, with no special ‘know-how’<br />

or equipment — just a crane. They<br />

can be installed using either piles or<br />

tiebacks. For very large projects, the<br />

printing robot can even be brought on<br />

site.<br />

Tailored design<br />

The nature of 3D-printing lends itself<br />

to completely customisable designs,<br />

enabling each seawall to be unique<br />

and recognisable. “We can print a<br />

design that mimics the natural coastal<br />

environment, your marina’s logo<br />

into the wall, or even an art piece,”<br />

Hoffman says. ​Partnerships between<br />

Kind Designs and renowned artists<br />

are possible, and can transform<br />

waterways into public art installations<br />

on an impressive scale while protecting<br />

marine environments.<br />

“Our business model is based on<br />

franchising,” Hoffman explains. “We<br />

have international exclusivity to 3D-print<br />

seawalls with our robot partner CyBe.<br />

Our goal is to franchise nationally and<br />

internationally to replace traditional<br />

seawalls with Living Seawalls<br />

across the globe. Right now<br />

we’re working on a joint venture<br />

in the Bahamas to service<br />

the Caribbean. All licensing<br />

partners will get access to our<br />

copyrighted library of designs,<br />

and we can work on specific<br />

designs tailored to each partner<br />

location.”<br />

The company’s success<br />

owes as much to its team as<br />

to its idea. Born in Ukraine,<br />

the company’s adventurous<br />

CEO, Anya Freeman, lived in<br />

Israel, South Africa and China<br />

(Shanghai) before receiving<br />

a scholarship to study law at the<br />

University of Miami. Afterwards, she<br />

worked for the US Attorney’s Office and<br />

clerked at the US District Court before<br />

opening her own law firm, Freeman<br />

Law Group, focused on environmental<br />

policy and litigation. Inspired by firsthand<br />

experience at her flooded house<br />

in South Beach and frustrated with lack<br />

of innovation around rising sea-levels,<br />

Freeman took on the challenge of<br />

finding technological<br />

solutions to this<br />

global challenge<br />

that both supports<br />

the environment<br />

and has economies<br />

of scale. That’s<br />

when Kind Designs<br />

was born.<br />

Other team<br />

members are experts in marine<br />

construction, 3D printing, autonomous<br />

robots, software engineering,<br />

conservation and media.<br />

Living tile designs (above) and a close-up<br />

view of the seawall shell (below).<br />

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The temporary bridge for the Redentore<br />

Festival in Venice is a stunning example<br />

of the floating structures Ingemar helps<br />

develop for events.<br />

Ingemar at 45:<br />

innovating for the<br />

bigger picture<br />

Italian marina design and build specialist Ingemar celebrates 45 years in <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> <strong>World</strong> talks to founder and CEO Lorenzo Isalberti about his passion to<br />

continually ensure that infrastructure is improved and relevant, while never<br />

losing sight of the fact that marinas are for ‘people’.<br />

“From the very beginning, Ingemar’s<br />

growth has been fuelled by the<br />

desire to improve the traditional<br />

structures designed for the needs of<br />

the past, with new solutions designed<br />

for the changing expectations of<br />

modern yachting,” Isalberti says. He<br />

highlights the advantages of floating<br />

infrastructure, such as ease of layout,<br />

constant freeboard at varying tides and<br />

minimal environmental impact, and<br />

emphasises the focus Ingemar<br />

has always placed on materials.<br />

“From a production point of view,<br />

Ingemar has always favoured the<br />

use of natural and environmentally<br />

friendly materials and tropical<br />

timbers from FSC-certified forests,”<br />

he notes.<br />

Over the years, Ingemar<br />

research has developed noninvasive<br />

anchorage systems,<br />

and damping systems with special<br />

elastomers and Dynema ropes,<br />

expanded its operating facilities,<br />

established a network of licencees<br />

in the UAE, Oman and India, built<br />

ever bigger breakwaters and, most<br />

recently, launched a <strong>Marina</strong>4all range<br />

of products.<br />

What’s ongoing and in the pipeline for<br />

Ingemar – and for the industry?<br />

Q: In a bid for decarbonisation, boats<br />

– especially large yachts – will be<br />

increasingly designed to accommodate<br />

different fuel systems. How will this<br />

impact on the design of marinas and<br />

pontoon systems?<br />

A: At the moment, separate safe areas<br />

are being created on floating platforms<br />

and pontoons that are equipped with<br />

spill guards and special filter sections<br />

in the water that absorb hydrocarbon<br />

residues.<br />

In the near future, it is foreseeable<br />

that we will see a progressive<br />

development of hydrogen propulsion,<br />

which seems to be able to provide an<br />

autonomy that electric power does not<br />

currently guarantee. The difficulties to<br />

be overcome will no longer concern<br />

problems related to pollution but to the<br />

storage and safe transfer of potentially<br />

flammable and explosive elements.<br />

With this in mind, <strong>Marina</strong> Sant’Elena<br />

in Venice seeks to be a ‘pathfinder’ for<br />

the new technology and is currently<br />

collaborating with NatPower srl to install<br />

a first ‘clean’ refuelling point.<br />

Many marinas are also equipping<br />

themselves with photovoltaic systems,<br />

with projects to cover their buildings<br />

and also to cover their jetties with<br />

canopies, or even to transform their<br />

decks into photovoltaic surfaces.<br />

Q: What is the thinking behind your<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>4all products?<br />

A: <strong>Marina</strong>4all products aim to make<br />

the approach to modern ports<br />

Ingemar pontoons at <strong>Marina</strong> del<br />

Gargano, a 700-berth marina in the<br />

Italian Gulf of Manfredonia. Vessels<br />

up to 50m (164ft) in length can moor<br />

up in an environment that offers<br />

privacy as well as multiple amenities.<br />

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Lorenzo Isalberti (wearing white<br />

waistcoast) and the Ingemar team.<br />

‘kinder’, with high safety standards<br />

and easy accessibility for everybody<br />

– for those with disabilities, but also<br />

for anyone who wishes to use the<br />

port, from the elderly or those with<br />

mobility difficulties to new mothers<br />

with bags and pushchairs and ship<br />

owners, sportsmen, craftsmen, service<br />

personnel, etc.<br />

In addition to special and often<br />

technically complex solutions, such as<br />

reduced distance between the water<br />

level and the walking surface, the<br />

minimal slope of the connecting ramps,<br />

and attention to the sufficient width<br />

of walkways to ensure comfortable<br />

manoeuvring spaces, the new<br />

structures are equipped from the start<br />

with special provisions for auxiliary<br />

protection and support systems (cranes<br />

for lifting people and other devices),<br />

as well as original patented surfacing<br />

sections that absorb the oily residues<br />

suspended in the waters of the host<br />

basins.<br />

The first <strong>Marina</strong>4all prototypes<br />

were launched in 2023 at the Venice<br />

and Genoa Boat Shows and used by<br />

disabled sailor Marco Rossato as the<br />

starting and arrival bases for his Tour<br />

of Italy by Sail “Navigating Beyond<br />

Limits”. He visited 45 Italian ports in 99<br />

days of navigation and covered over<br />

A destination marina in the Gulf of<br />

Naples, <strong>Marina</strong> di Stabia’s Ingemar<br />

pontoons deliver 789 berths. The largest of<br />

megayachts can be accommodated due to<br />

deep waters.<br />

1,700 miles aboard ‘Tornavento’ to<br />

“photograph” the accessibility of Italian<br />

boating facilities and to urge operators<br />

and the public to pay more attention to<br />

it.<br />

At the design level, the next<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>4all facilities will also include<br />

new elements designed to overcome<br />

other forms of access barriers, invisible<br />

to those who can see, but unfortunately<br />

penalising those who are visually<br />

impaired or blind. They will include<br />

dedicated experimentation areas, tactile<br />

paths, contrasting colours and Braille<br />

signs.<br />

Q: Can further progress be made with<br />

new materials and techniques? If so,<br />

what is currently under discussion and<br />

what can be foreseen?<br />

A: There are many areas where action<br />

can be taken today to improve the<br />

performance and quality of modern<br />

marinas. The most likely development<br />

hypotheses take into consideration the<br />

new possibilities offered by research<br />

into advanced technologies and<br />

innovative materials. These include: the<br />

increasingly important use of recycled<br />

elements and photovoltaic surfaces<br />

for the construction of roofs and the<br />

decks themselves; anchoring systems<br />

equipped with special attenuators<br />

able to generate energy from water<br />

movement; and the process of<br />

digitising services that will soon<br />

include software and sensors to<br />

monitor areas and routes and<br />

facilitate all manoeuvres in port.<br />

Q: Do you see marinas using more<br />

water space for floating structures<br />

in order to make better use of land<br />

space or overcome the lack of<br />

space on land?<br />

A: Available space is and will be<br />

increasingly limited and crowded.<br />

This means that marinas must<br />

be increasingly open to the city,<br />

allowing non-boaters to enjoy<br />

some of the marina’s services,<br />

and solutions to optimise logistics<br />

and hospitality are multiplying:<br />

car parking built inside floating<br />

breakwaters; platforms for services<br />

and exhibitions; club houses<br />

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becoming sports centres; and even<br />

the new trend of building floating<br />

houses inside marinas to improve<br />

their reception and accommodation<br />

offerings.<br />

Q: Have you recently built floating<br />

structures specifically for marinas?<br />

A: Since most of Ingemar’s installations<br />

are tailor-made, there are many<br />

significant structures in terms of design<br />

features and dimensions. Examples<br />

include those in the Gulf of La Spezia,<br />

an open-air showcase of the most<br />

diverse Ingemar creations, and the<br />

service platforms for the four marinas<br />

built in LaAla Al Kuwait for a new<br />

city risen from the desert. In Lignano<br />

we built connecting pontoons for<br />

houseboats in a floating resort; we built<br />

the floating office and service centre<br />

for the regional port of Locarno; and<br />

the floating headquarters of the Tevere<br />

Remo rowing centre in Rome.<br />

Q: What will be the design and<br />

construction principles for marinas<br />

in the coming decades?<br />

A: The shortage of new water space<br />

for pleasure boating leads us to<br />

look more and more insistently at<br />

solutions that, on the one hand will<br />

seek to expand existing marinas<br />

with the addition of new protective<br />

breakwaters and the construction<br />

of automated shore shelters to<br />

free the basins from small boats,<br />

and on the other will contemplate<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> di Valetta in Malta has been<br />

designed to maximise mooring for<br />

different kinds of vessels within a<br />

sensitive and historically<br />

rich environment.<br />

major projects for the reconversion of<br />

degraded areas or disused industrial<br />

settlements to transform them into<br />

drivers of tourism and territorial<br />

development.<br />

The most recent examples of<br />

reclamation and restitution to the<br />

community of water areas equipped<br />

with Ingemar floating structures can<br />

be seen in Italy. For example, in<br />

Castellammare di Stabia or Piombino,<br />

where new large boat marinas have<br />

sprung up on the ashes of the old<br />

local steel industry, and at the old port<br />

of Genoa as part of Renzo Piano’s<br />

waterfront regeneration project.<br />

Q: What we should do and what<br />

should we not do?<br />

A: The model inspiring modern marinas<br />

has profoundly changed from the<br />

original concept of ‘sheltering and<br />

parking’ for boats.<br />

The Ingemar marina at the annual Genoa<br />

Boat Show is one of the company’s most<br />

famous references.<br />

Today’s marinas respond more to the<br />

idea of a large hub that centralises and<br />

provides different services, i.e. a place<br />

to go to for a water-related experience.<br />

This is why, as in other sectors, it<br />

would be desirable to spread ‘boatsharing’<br />

and all-inclusive short-term<br />

rental practices, from small boats to<br />

maxi-yachts.<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s must become the water<br />

gateway to the host city, attracting the<br />

population to experience the sea, not<br />

just admire it. Therefore, in addition<br />

to enjoying the services present,<br />

such as shops, bars and restaurants,<br />

people should be able to enjoy the<br />

sea and water sports, such as sailing,<br />

rowing, diving, sport fishing and so<br />

on. <strong>Marina</strong>s should be able to attract<br />

and entice people to experience the<br />

sea, spreading the culture of the sea,<br />

respect for the sea, the beauty of the<br />

sea.<br />

As mentioned, it will be interesting to<br />

place new land spaces next to ‘classic’<br />

marinas, where new dry marinas will<br />

be built, offering a launching service for<br />

smaller boats with automated or on-call<br />

systems.<br />

In the traditional marinas, meanwhile,<br />

associations and sports clubs will<br />

continue to be able to find space, but<br />

will have shared facilities to provide<br />

new experiences to a wider public, not<br />

necessarily made up of boat owners.<br />

Equipped floating structures will<br />

also gain more and more space in the<br />

future, due to the ease with which port<br />

layouts can be reconfigured according<br />

to size of boat and market demands.<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />



Left: <strong>Marina</strong> di Vieste, at the extreme edge<br />

of the Gargano promontory, is perfectly<br />

positioned for access to the Croatian,<br />

Greek and Albanian coasts.<br />

Renato Marconi, CEO and founder of<br />

Marinedi Group.<br />

Sustainability goals<br />

across the network<br />

Following an ambitious path to protect the environment, and utilising Artificial<br />

Intelligence (AI) to foster its sustainability goals, Italy-based Marinedi Group is<br />

racking up an impressive influence in the European marina sector. Donatella<br />

Zucca reports<br />

Marinedi is the first private marina<br />

network in the Mediterranean and<br />

a leader in the development and<br />

management of tourist ports. With<br />

6,000 berths, 15 operational entities<br />

and a fivefold increase in its EBITDA<br />

valuation in just five years, its rising<br />

success is obvious.<br />

Since its foundation at the end<br />

of 2012, Marinedi has always been<br />

eco-friendly, primarily choosing to<br />

rejuvenate abandoned sites rather<br />

than create new ones. Today, the<br />

group aspires to be an environmental<br />

ambassador, especially for countries<br />

where sensitivity to environmental<br />

issues is poor or non-existent.<br />

Marinedi’s journey has been supported<br />

by its membership of Assonat (National<br />

Association of Tourist Landings &<br />

Ports) which actively promotes nautical<br />

tourism, its activity in the maritime<br />

economy with FEE Italia via its Blue<br />

Flag awards, and its inclusion in the<br />

European group Cooperation Odyssey.<br />

The group has been at the forefront<br />

in the fight to defend the tourist port<br />

industry, and emphasise its crucial<br />

importance to Italy as a country, by<br />

engaging in continuous dialogue with<br />

the Italian Government and various<br />

institutions. In February of this year,<br />

it took part in the ‘General States of<br />

Italian Tourist Ports’ meeting organised<br />

by Assonat-Confcommercio and<br />

Assonautica Italiana-Unioncamere<br />

on the 2025-2027 strategic plan for<br />

Italian tourist ports. On this occasion,<br />

Nello Musumeci, the Minister of Civil<br />

Protection & Sea Policies, invited<br />

Renato Marconi, founder and CEO of<br />

Marinedi, to assist the Government in<br />

analysing the principal needs of those<br />

who manage tourist ports and defining<br />

appropriate objectives.<br />

Thanks to tourism and boating –<br />

‘Made in Italy’ excellences – nautical<br />

tourism is a crucial part of the country’s<br />

nautical industry economy, which<br />

has a €7 billion annual turnover.<br />

Growth is continuous, especially<br />

with the expansion of the Blue<br />

Economy, which includes the use<br />

of new technologies and AI. The<br />

establishment of the Blue <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Awards for green marinas, tourist<br />

ports and landing places, promoted<br />

by Assonautica Italiana-Unioncamere<br />

and Assonat-Confcommercio, bears<br />

witness to this in addition to being<br />

a model of collaboration in the<br />

sustainable development goals of<br />

the United Nations and in the blue<br />

economy objectives of the European<br />

Commission.<br />

Aware of the importance of<br />

harmonising its expansion with the<br />

environment, Marinedi aims to transform<br />

each construction and management<br />

project into a hotbed of ideas and<br />

technologies for the benefit of land<br />

and sea. “In <strong>Marina</strong> dei Presidi in Porto<br />

Ercole and in marinas in Cagliari,<br />

Procida and Vieste, we have positioned<br />

Seabin floating baskets to capture<br />

microplastics and other residues,”<br />

explains Renato Marconi. “In the marina<br />

in Villasimius, we’ve tested a drone that<br />

moves on the surface of the water to<br />

capture waste and floating substances,<br />

as well as an underwater drone that<br />

34 www.marinaworld.com – <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong>


An ideal starting point for exploring the<br />

Tuscan Archipelago, <strong>Marina</strong> dei Presidi<br />

Porto Ercole is a popular destination,<br />

especially in the summer.<br />

identifies and captures waste on the<br />

seabed, and a 100kg [220lb] transcollector<br />

that can be positioned on<br />

fixed and mobile docks.”<br />

Further to this, Marinedi has<br />

entered into a partnership with<br />

Aqua superPower for installation of<br />

marine rapid charge electric charge<br />

points, the first of which is now<br />

at Brindisi <strong>Marina</strong> offering 22kW<br />

AC and 150kW DC for leisure and<br />

commercial vessels.<br />

“Throughout the network we urge<br />

the use of paints and antifouling<br />

systems that have the lowest possible<br />

impact on the ecosystem, products that<br />

reduce the presence of biocides and<br />

the use of antifouling films that are free<br />

of pollutants,” Marconi adds.<br />

In 2022 Marinedi joined the Pick<br />

a Pier digital platform, which had<br />

already partnered with TransEurope<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s, the largest European marina<br />

network with over 75 marinas and<br />

around 45,000 berths. Together, Pick<br />

a Pier and TransEurope committed to<br />

sustainable growth of the sector and its<br />

standards of innovation and services.<br />

Pick a Pier, formed in 2017 by<br />

Idan Cohen and his brother Asaf<br />

as a start-up, focuses on utilising<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> di Villasimius has 840 berths<br />

and numerous facilities and amenities.<br />

machine learning and AI to design<br />

a technological future for the marina<br />

industry that is capable of reinventing<br />

the nautical experience.<br />

The first objective has been to<br />

synergistically combine the needs<br />

of efficiency, profitability and<br />

sustainability by connecting marinas,<br />

boaters, government agencies and<br />

organisations with support from global<br />

partners. By collecting and analysing<br />

real-time data using powerful and<br />

intuitive software, an AI-enabled system<br />

is being created by and for the nautical<br />

industry. A team of engineers, product<br />

designers, data scientists, revenue<br />

management specialists, operational<br />

experts, and more, work within the Pick<br />

a Pier team.<br />

Partnerships and memberships<br />

are crucial to Marinedi’s quest to<br />

progress in line with its precise policies.<br />

Being part of Assonat is particularly<br />

important. “It represents the opportunity<br />

to contribute to re-launching tourism<br />

and boating, the principal excellence<br />

of ‘Made in Italy’ and, more generally,<br />

to the sea economy. Furthermore,<br />

we can explain the major needs of<br />

those who manage tourist ports to<br />

the Government and help define the<br />

objectives we need to work towards.<br />

With Assonat, we are taking action<br />

to shed light on the rules of state<br />

concessions and the tax rules that<br />

apply to the sector,” says Marconi.<br />

Education plays a key role right down<br />

to school level. “In various ports within<br />

the network, for example, <strong>Marina</strong> di<br />

Porto San Giorgio, we have organised<br />

educational workshops at local<br />

schools, aimed at raising awareness<br />

of the port area, delving into issues<br />

related to maritime civilisation and<br />

with the intervention of people who<br />

bring their own testimonies. These<br />

are free activities, driven by a desire<br />

to strengthen the idea of a ‘heritage<br />

community’. Where possible, we<br />

promote schoolwork initiatives aimed<br />

at making ports nurseries for modern<br />

yachting professionals. Also in Policoro,<br />

Procida and Balestrate activities<br />

are promoted by the local nautical<br />

institutes.”<br />

Marconi would be the first to agree<br />

that fuel and energy systems are<br />

amongst the most talked about topics<br />

industry-wide and are of particular<br />

importance to Marinedi as part of its<br />

role as an environmental ambassador.<br />

“In September 2023, we started a<br />

five-year autonomous energy supply<br />

programme, which plans to make the<br />

network tourist ports more sustainable<br />

by exploiting renewable, clean and<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />



<strong>Marina</strong> di Procida offers moorings on a<br />

Tyrrhenian island that is renowned for<br />

natural beauty and close to one of the most<br />

important colonies of dolphins<br />

in the Mediterranean.<br />

self-produced energy sources. The<br />

aim is to reduce combustion pollutants<br />

and climate-changing emissions. The<br />

programme includes interventions on<br />

the energy efficiency of port buildings<br />

and public lighting systems, the use<br />

of electric means of transport, the<br />

reduction of emissions from boats<br />

at the dock and the creation of<br />

infrastructure for the use of electricity.”<br />

“The autonomous energy supply<br />

programme began by diagnosing<br />

the energy use at each marina in the<br />

network. The opportunity to create<br />

an energy community that extends<br />

to neighbouring manufacturing and<br />

commercial structures, and port<br />

infrastructure, will then be studied.<br />

We carry out analytics at each port to<br />

identify the actions needed in order<br />

to achieve energy autonomy across<br />

our entire network within the five-year<br />

timeframe.”<br />

Enhanced efficiency and<br />

environmental benefits have,<br />

meanwhile, accrued from Marinedi’s<br />

association with Pick a Pier. “Joining the<br />

Pick a Pier platform to connect boaters<br />

and marinas has guaranteed an easy<br />

and fast service. As an example, the<br />

platform’s inclusive payment simplifies<br />

the lives of both boaters and staff,”<br />

Marconi notes. “From an environmental<br />

point of view, the results have been<br />

achieved via Pick a Pier’s Popeye<br />

Sailing Club [created in collaboration<br />

with Blue Flag]. This allows boaters<br />

(by signing up for free) to earn points<br />

and discounts for each vacancy they<br />

report to the ports, making navigation<br />

more accessible, convenient and<br />

sustainable.”<br />

Marinedi is strengthening its<br />

collaboration with Pick a Pier in <strong>2024</strong><br />

and implementing some of its latest<br />

features that help eliminate repetitive<br />

tasks and financial errors while<br />

enhancing customer satisfaction.<br />

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The next Florida superyacht marina?<br />

A very rare opportunity to create a new superyacht marina in Stuart, South Florida has come to market via CBRE Capital<br />

Markets.<br />

The offering includes two vacant<br />

parcels totalling 11.4 acres (4.6ha),<br />

comprising 3.7 acres of upland and<br />

7.7 acres of deeded submerged land.<br />

There is a potential to expand the<br />

existing marina basin to 15.3 acres<br />

(6.2ha) with a state submerged land<br />

lease. The property can accommodate<br />

yachts up to 200ft (61m) in length with<br />

its basin depths of up to 17ft (5.2m).<br />

Proposed designs have been drawn<br />

up by Cummins Cederberg Engineers<br />

to conform with existing zoning and<br />

regulations. The plan showcases<br />

the potential for development of a<br />

superyacht marina within the fee simple<br />

area, as well as in an expansion area<br />

that is subject to the submerged land<br />

lease. Renditions have been developed<br />

for different configurations for 92 to 157<br />

slips and a 256ft (78m) dedicated fuel<br />

dock.<br />

“It is one of the only superyacht<br />

development opportunities in South<br />

Florida,” Julie Fisher Berry, senior<br />

vice president CBRE Capital Markets,<br />

tells <strong>Marina</strong> <strong>World</strong>. “The depths in and<br />

around the property can accommodate<br />

large yachts, which is unusual. With<br />

New owners<br />

for Ozarks<br />

resort<br />

Simply <strong>Marina</strong>s, in partnership with<br />

Graymeadow LLC, has successfully<br />

brokered the sale of an iconic<br />

destination property on Lake of the<br />

Ozarks in Missouri, USA.<br />

Coconuts <strong>Marina</strong> and RV Park and<br />

its associated vacation rentals, beach<br />

bar and grill are of a scale rarely seen<br />

in a major hospitality and marina<br />

destination. Lake of the Ozarks, a<br />

manmade reservoir, is the most popular<br />

lake destination in Missouri offering<br />

1,100 miles of shoreline. Visitors enjoy<br />

multiple public beaches, swimming,<br />

watersports and fishing.<br />

Coconuts includes an RV resort with<br />

space for over 200 vehicles and first<br />

the shortage of slips for larger vessels<br />

in South Florida and everywhere, our<br />

Stuart development opportunity is<br />

positioned to be a stunning marina<br />

with land to develop amenities and<br />

concierge services. Stuart is also<br />

exploding with affluent residential<br />

homes.”<br />

Senior associate Sheila Roux adds:<br />

“A new Brightline station has been<br />

class amenities. Boaters moor up in a<br />

163-slip marina and PWC owners have<br />

access to 21 dedicated PWC slips.<br />

There is room for further expansion.<br />

There are multiple short-term<br />

vacation rental residences and a<br />

massive destination bar and restaurant<br />

concept with various swimming pools.<br />


approved for Stuart as well, coming in<br />

2026, and is within walking distance<br />

of the property. This aligns quite nicely<br />

with the timing of a new development.”<br />

The rail service will give quick and<br />

convenient connections to Orlando,<br />

West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and<br />

Miami.<br />

Enquiries to: julie.berry@cbre.com or<br />

sheila.roux@cbre.com<br />

The Simply <strong>Marina</strong>s team facilitated<br />

the sale after a detailed and complex<br />

due diligence process by a group<br />

buyer, and the sale was conducted<br />

via a confidential sale process. Simply<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s and Real Capital Markets<br />

reached out to global pre-qualified<br />

buyers.<br />

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Suntex boosts<br />

northeast portfolio<br />

Suntex <strong>Marina</strong> Investors has added to its northeast portfolio with the<br />

acquisition of Lighthouse Point <strong>Marina</strong> & Yacht Club in Toms River, New Jersey.<br />

One of the premier full-service<br />

marinas located along the scenic Toms<br />

River, Lighthouse Point offers 243 wet<br />

slips and 38 jetski slips, each with<br />

access to electricity, water, cable and<br />

Wi-Fi. Located within a fully protected<br />

natural breakwater on the river, which<br />

leads into Barnegat Bay, it is also one<br />

of the most luxurious on the Jersey<br />

Shore, with amenities including a fullservice<br />

boat yard with haul and launch<br />

capabilities, winterisation services,<br />

easily accessible customer amenities<br />

of bathrooms and showers, laundry<br />

facilities, a pool with lounges and<br />

cabanas, a games room, snack bar,<br />

pump-out stations and a store.<br />

“Expanding our offerings in the<br />

beautiful and iconic Jersey Shore<br />

area is a long-term goal of ours, and<br />

Lighthouse Point is a perfect addition<br />

for our portfolio in that region,” said<br />

Sam Chavers, senior vice president of<br />

coastal operations, Suntex <strong>Marina</strong>s.<br />

“This is a high-demand marina<br />

with a very loyal customer base and<br />

every possible amenity, located in a<br />

vibrant waterfront community that is<br />

a destination hotspot for locals and<br />

tourists alike. We believe that Suntex<br />

can elevate Lighthouse Point and<br />

provide even more for guests and the<br />

surrounding population.”<br />

Suntex is the largest recreational<br />

marina owner in the USA in terms of<br />

marina count and boat slips.<br />

Port Dinorwic sold to local consortium<br />

Specialist leisure property adviser, Christie & Co, has brokered the sale of Port Dinorwic <strong>Marina</strong> on behalf of Azets,<br />

which has been dealing with the administration of Port Dinorwic <strong>Marina</strong> Limited. The marina has been sold to The<br />

Waterside Consortium, a newly formed company of local investors.<br />

The picturesque Port Dinorwic<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>, which dates back to 1763, was<br />

previously operated by The Marine and<br />

Property Group and offers year-round<br />

cruising in the Menai Strait, which<br />

separates North Wales and Anglesey.<br />

Simon Monks, restructuring partner<br />

at Azets and joint administrator,<br />

commented: “Whilst Port Dinorwic<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> has had its challenges<br />

in recent years, its sale out of<br />

administration to a new owner/operator<br />

will enable the necessary investment<br />

to create a thriving marina that staff,<br />

berth holders and local community can<br />

be proud of. I wish the new owners<br />

every success in operating the marina<br />

going forward.”<br />

Jon Patrick, head of leisure and<br />

development at Christie & Co,<br />

concluded: “Considerable interest<br />

in Port Dinorwic resulted in multiple<br />

offers for the business being received,<br />

a number from owners of holiday<br />

park businesses in and around the<br />

northwest, as well as community-based<br />

investors, lifestyle buyers and multi-site<br />

marina operators. We saw a marked<br />

increase in marina and marine related<br />

advisory work throughout 2023, with<br />

further new marina instructions already<br />

confirmed in Q1 <strong>2024</strong>.”<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />



MDL buys prime waterfront plot<br />

UK-based MDL <strong>Marina</strong>s Group has purchased a 3.2-acre (1.3ha) plot in Southampton, Hampshire that offers key<br />

expansion opportunities for its Shamrock Quay <strong>Marina</strong> (below).<br />

The newly purchased acreage,<br />

with prime waterfront and deep-water<br />

access, represents a highly strategic<br />

acquisition, enabling MDL to expand<br />

operations across both its Shamrock<br />

Quay and nearby Saxon Wharf<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> over time, giving both shortterm<br />

and long-term development<br />

opportunities to extend the services<br />

on offer to its berth holders, visitors<br />

and other marina businesses.<br />

Opportunities could include the<br />

expansion of MDL’s drystack services,<br />

boat storage and car parking, as well<br />

as enhanced superyacht berthing and<br />

expanded boat manufacturing facilities.<br />

The land, officially designated as<br />

Millstone Point, is currently owned and<br />

operated by Oil Spill Response and<br />

incorporates a vast building with offices,<br />

which MDL plans to rent out to tenants<br />

looking for prime office space within a<br />

marina setting.<br />

“Today marks a pivotal moment for<br />

MDL <strong>Marina</strong>s as we proudly unveil<br />

our latest expansion in Southampton<br />

waters,” said MDL <strong>Marina</strong>s managing<br />

director Michael Glanville. “With the<br />

acquisition of the 3.2-acre plot, we’re<br />

not only securing prime waterfront<br />

real estate but also reaffirming our<br />

long-term commitment to growth and<br />

innovation.”<br />

“This strategic move positions<br />

Shamrock Quay to become one of the<br />

UK’s largest trading boatyards,<br />

demonstrating our dedication<br />

in serving the boating<br />

community with excellence,<br />

offering unparalleled facilities<br />

and services to all our marina<br />

customers,” he added.<br />

Situated in the heart of<br />

the River Itchen, with the<br />

backdrop of Chessel Bay<br />

providing scenic overwater<br />

views, MDL’s Shamrock Quay<br />

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of sheltered waters and access<br />

to world-class sailing conditions, with<br />

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conveniently located a short distance<br />

away.<br />

Steeped in history, the 255-berth<br />

marina offers excellent services and<br />

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<strong>Marina</strong> market insights<br />

Steven Ekovich, executive managing director and partner of Leisure<br />

Investment Properties Group (LIPG), looks at how the marina market<br />

performed in the USA in <strong>2024</strong> and how it’s panning out this year.<br />

The boating market has charted a<br />

course of remarkable growth in recent<br />

years, and this trajectory showed no<br />

signs of slowing in 2023, with continued<br />

momentum expected to carry into <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Finite storage options, together<br />

with technological advancements and<br />

innovative boat designs, have propelled<br />

a surge in demand for recreational<br />

boats.<br />

Notably, the allure of boats exceeding<br />

25ft (7.6m) has bolstered the necessity<br />

for public storage amplifying the demand<br />

for wet slips and drystack options.<br />

A recap of 2023<br />

In 2023, the US marina industry<br />

reported robust revenue of $6.7<br />

billion, marking a 1.1% increase<br />

from the preceding year. However,<br />

amidst a narrowing spread between<br />

debt costs and marina cap rates,<br />

caution looms as this disparity may<br />

deepen the chasm between buyers<br />

and sellers. Despite these challenges,<br />

the industry fundamentals remain<br />

robust, underpinning operations amidst<br />

macroeconomic shifts.<br />

Investment activity slowed but both<br />

the median and average sales prices<br />

for marinas were up. Buyers acquiring<br />

without leverage were still buying, but<br />

the sky-high interest rates caused<br />

severe disruptions for investors needing<br />

financing.<br />

Boat sales and slip<br />

occupancy<br />

The boating market and industry have<br />

seen significant growth in recent years,<br />

and this trend is expected to continue<br />

in <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Boat sales have slowed to a<br />

pre-pandemic level, yet there is a<br />

significantly higher number of boaters<br />

today than pre-pandemic, and the<br />

overall age of boaters has shifted<br />

towards younger generations.<br />

Interestingly, the usual trend during<br />

economic paradigm shifts is to see<br />

the larger yacht segment cool off first,<br />

followed by a slowdown in the smaller<br />

yacht segment. However, the current<br />

situation is the opposite. This can be<br />

attributed to the rise in interest rates<br />

and inflation, which have impacted the<br />

affordability of smaller yachts. Despite<br />

these challenges, there is still hope for<br />

strong activity in the market. The larger<br />

market segment is actively engaged<br />

in both acquiring and selling yachts,<br />

and the inventory of available yachts<br />

remains scarce, as reported by a<br />

number of yacht brokers in 2023.<br />

Rental rates (slip and drystack)<br />

growth has benefited from full<br />

occupancies and extensive waiting<br />

lists – demand indicators that are still<br />

strong through Q1 <strong>2024</strong>, and which<br />

we expect to remain strong throughout<br />

the year. We continue to see marinas<br />

in suburban and rural markets benefit<br />

from net migration out of major<br />

metropolitan areas to the southeast,<br />

a shift that was initially driven by the<br />

COVID-19 pandemic and the ability to<br />

work remotely.<br />

Rental boats<br />

Dockmaster states the boating rental<br />

trend continues expanding as more<br />

individuals continue to rent boats for<br />

their boating needs – be it fishing boats,<br />

yachts or other kinds of watercraft.<br />

Boats up to 28ft (8.5m) are among<br />

the most sought-after rental options,<br />

and boats between 28ft and 45ft<br />

(13.7m) are also in high demand.<br />

However, the market for boats longer<br />

than 45ft is limited. Tours, charter<br />

rentals and day cruise rentals are also<br />

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The full version of this marina<br />

market insights article can be read<br />

in Leisure Investment Properties<br />

Group’s <strong>Marina</strong> Investment Report<br />

<strong>2024</strong>. Other articles focus on<br />

capital markets, interviews with<br />

four market experts on the state<br />

of the insurance market, buyer<br />

sentiment, and transactions in the<br />

US$1 to 10 million tranche.<br />

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widely available. Rental has fantastic<br />

potential as the market expands and,<br />

by 2028, it is expected to surpass<br />

$280.2 million in size.<br />

Boat rental companies provide a<br />

stable income for slips at a marina with<br />

extra space. They are better tenants<br />

than individuals as they tend to be<br />

better financed and, as a result of<br />

renting multiple slips, they don’t want to<br />

lose their space in a marina so they pay<br />

on time.<br />

The supply side<br />

According to IBIS<strong>World</strong>, there are<br />

approximately 10,445 marinas in use<br />

in the United States. This inventory<br />

is not materially increasing but new<br />

projects are coming online with decent<br />

consistency. We also see marina<br />

expansions as a common value-added<br />

component.<br />

The “supply” takeaway is that<br />

marinas are not like other commercial<br />

real estate, which can be easily<br />

developed with the right site, proper<br />

zoning and capital. There are<br />

expansion opportunities, but there<br />

are still barriers to entry for new<br />

marinas. This can be an advantage<br />

or disadvantage depending on who<br />

you ask (marina owner, boat owner,<br />

investor, government, etc.), but marina<br />

valuations are positively impacted by<br />

limited supply (and a low probability<br />

of new supply) since demand and rate<br />

growth for existing storage space is<br />

high.<br />

On the other hand, low-demand<br />

locations with ample supply are more<br />

prone to vacancies – not necessarily<br />

due to property-specific causes, but<br />

a factor of the location and boating<br />

market. We carefully assess those<br />

factors with each asset our team<br />

works on because there are always<br />

opportunities to improve operations,<br />

change the business model, and/or add<br />

value by building on the uplands, e.g.<br />

building a drystack, adding a restaurant<br />

or apartments, etc.<br />

Investment activity<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> sales data is dynamic as recent<br />

sales become public, are recorded, or<br />

are identified with a price. Based on the<br />

most current available data recorded<br />

for 2023 sales, transaction volume<br />

was down while both the median and<br />

average sale price were up from 2022.<br />

The average price was up slightly from<br />

$4,468,685 to $4,493,488 an increase<br />

of 0.5%, while total recorded sales<br />

between $1-20 million declined from<br />

129 in 2022, to 78 in 2023. The median<br />

sales price in 2023 was $3,185,000 up<br />

from the 2022 median of $2,750,000,<br />

a whopping increase of 15.56%!<br />

The median price is considered a<br />

better statistical measure of trending<br />

value because the average is easily<br />

influenced when a large quantity of<br />

lower or higher-priced sales exists in<br />

the data set. Further analysis of the<br />

intermediate subset ($1-10 million<br />

range) provides insights into where<br />

marinas traded in 2023, and the result<br />

points to the higher range with fewer<br />

overall sales.<br />

Market forecast for <strong>2024</strong><br />

After looking at all the demand<br />

drivers, marina inventory levels,<br />

macroeconomic factors, transaction<br />

data and impact from natural disasters,<br />

we have a cautious yet optimistic<br />

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outlook for <strong>2024</strong>. We<br />

believe transactions will<br />

continue at a healthy<br />

pace as fundamentals<br />

remain strong. Sellers<br />

and buyers must<br />

be cognisant of the<br />

changing environment<br />

so appropriate<br />

expectations can be set:<br />

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• With financially<br />

healthy marinas,<br />

increasing occupancy<br />

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increasing juliahallam@marinaworld.co.uk<br />

slip/rack<br />

rates, we believe the<br />

asset class remains<br />

a great alternative<br />

investment for both<br />

private clients and larger, institutional<br />

investment companies.<br />

• We expect to see more owners<br />

continue holding their asset(s) when<br />

physically able (and desiring) to<br />

continue operating. Cash flows may<br />

stagnate in some areas, but the<br />

fundamentals are extraordinarily<br />

strong around the country and lead to<br />

excellent income for owners.<br />

• With inflation seeming to stall<br />

and hopefully fall by the end of <strong>2024</strong>,<br />

interest rates should come down<br />

providing easier access to credit for<br />

marina investors.<br />

• Consolidation is expected to<br />

continue by institutional investment<br />

companies, with excellent opportunities<br />

for stabilised and value-added marinas<br />

around the country.<br />


• Boat sales are normalising<br />

to pre-pandemic levels. 95% of<br />

boats sold in the US are under<br />

26ft (10m) – a demographic<br />

more likely to finance the<br />

purchase, and therefore more<br />

sensitive to rising interest<br />

rates, so smaller boat sales<br />

should pick up in the second<br />

half of the year if rates drop as<br />

is widely expected.<br />

• <strong>Marina</strong> owners should<br />

focus on boater retention<br />

and introduce amenities and<br />

events that foster a stronger<br />

community. The goal should<br />

be to keep current boaters<br />

active at the marina.<br />

• Insurance rates are rising,<br />

and it is best to stay on top of how this<br />

expense may impact a marina’s value.<br />

If you are in a hurricane country, make<br />

sure you insure your docks as this can<br />

be an extremely expensive repair.<br />

While there is uncertainty about<br />

the economy and several shifts to the<br />

investment landscape, we are looking<br />

forward to another momentous year for<br />

the marina business in <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

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<strong>Marina</strong> operators around the world are striving to embrace smarter working practices using digital technology. How can<br />

suppliers help? <strong>Marina</strong> <strong>World</strong> asked a selection of industry experts to give guidance by answering a couple of pertinent<br />

questions.<br />

Q: What do you think is the single most important thing that marina owners/operators need to do to pave the way for a<br />

smarter marina? And how can they keep costs down in the adoption of smart technology?<br />

Vance Young,<br />

Scribble Software/MARINAGO<br />

A: Operating a marina or marine facility<br />

in the post-COVID era has revealed<br />

unprecedented challenges and created<br />

the ever-important need to operate a<br />

smarter operation. A key challenge<br />

affecting nearly all industries revolves<br />

around retaining quality staffing and<br />

the marina industry is no exception.<br />

Customer demand seems to rise while<br />

the pool of good, qualified personnel<br />

appears to be decreasing. With this<br />

challenge, it is ever so important to<br />

implement less time-consuming and<br />

smarter operation procedures.<br />

Scribble Software completely<br />

understands this dilemma and has<br />

invested time and resources to<br />

implement smarter technologies in<br />

our cloud-based marina management<br />

solutions. We know that many<br />

marinas are operating with fewer<br />

employees, so one of our goals is to<br />

create technology that allows the end<br />

customers to perform tasks that would<br />

normally be performed by marina<br />

staff. While this may sound strange at<br />

first, many operations are ideal for the<br />

end customer if marinas make use of<br />

features such as:<br />

• Online and self-guiding bookings and<br />

reservations<br />

• An online customer portal where<br />

customers can sign in and perform<br />

self-operations, such as reservations,<br />

invoice payments, adding payment<br />

methods, setting up ACH information<br />

and keeping track of account activity<br />

• Easy to use mobile QR code fuel<br />

pay-at-pump activity<br />

• Instant-Pay invoices via email and/or<br />

text messaging<br />

• Payment receipt delivery via email<br />

and/or text messaging<br />

All of these technological options<br />

have been made available in the<br />

MARINAGO Office cloud-based marina<br />

management solution. The mobile<br />

QR code fuel pay-at-pump system<br />

has proven to be a key contribution to<br />

operating a smarter marina. Our “smart”<br />

fuel server allows customers to use<br />

their mobile phones and easily scan a<br />

QR code on a fuel dispenser. This pulls<br />

up the MARINAGO Fuel system on the<br />

phone and guides the customer through<br />

purchasing and dispensing fuel. This<br />

automated and end customer-centric<br />

system is a key aspect in converting a<br />

marina to a smarter operation.<br />

Irena Cadez, <strong>Marina</strong> Master<br />

A: With over three decades of<br />

global experience supporting<br />

marina management worldwide,<br />

the <strong>Marina</strong> Master team recognises<br />

the transformative impact of smart<br />

technology on the future of marina<br />

operations and management.<br />

The single most crucial step for<br />

marina owners/operators in embracing<br />

a smarter approach is to automate and<br />

digitise marina processes extensively.<br />

This entails deploying automated and<br />

adaptive services and facilities that can<br />

be remotely accessed and managed via<br />

digital platforms, accessible from any<br />

device. This shift allows marina staff to<br />

redirect their focus towards meaningful<br />

client communication, nurturing<br />

empowered marina-client relationships<br />

and fostering an environment of<br />

superior customer service.<br />

Additionally, our my<strong>Marina</strong> mobile<br />

app enhances smart customer service<br />


by providing<br />

marina clients<br />

with convenient<br />

access to services<br />

and information,<br />

ensuring a<br />

seamless<br />

experience. A<br />

smart marina<br />

requires intelligent Irena Cadez<br />

technology,<br />

well-trained staff and adept customer<br />

service, all while upholding safety and<br />

data privacy.<br />

As an all-in-one support solution,<br />

we don’t merely provide software;<br />

we evolve alongside smart marinas,<br />

offering flexibility, ongoing consultation<br />

and reliable ongoing support to adapt<br />

to the dynamic needs and trends of the<br />

marina industry.<br />

Smart staff within a smart marina<br />

must possess a robust understanding<br />

of smart technology, excellent<br />

communication skills, strong problemsolving<br />

abilities and a willingness to<br />

learn and adapt. Our collaborations<br />

with Certified <strong>Marina</strong> Managers<br />

(CMMs) around the globe have proven<br />

highly beneficial, fostering knowledge<br />

exchange and the implementation of<br />

innovative ideas from different regions.<br />

Smart technology not only reduces<br />

costs but also promotes sustainability<br />

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and eco-friendliness. Manual services<br />

are now automated and paperless,<br />

consuming fewer resources and<br />

requiring fewer staff. As Darrell Barnett<br />

CMM, marina manager at Soldiers<br />

Point <strong>Marina</strong> in Australia, attests:<br />

“The software not only improves<br />

day-to-day operations but also saves<br />

me thousands of dollars annually in<br />

operational costs.”<br />

Bas Durieux, Seijsener<br />

A: One of the most transformative<br />

technologies today for a smarter<br />

marina is the AanUit.net system, which<br />

revolutionises how marina services are<br />

accessed and managed. AanUit.net<br />

allows guests to<br />

independently<br />

start services<br />

like docking,<br />

electricity,<br />

water, and<br />

more. It also<br />

provides them<br />

with direct<br />

Bas Durieux<br />

insight into<br />

their usage.<br />

Guests only<br />

pay for the services they actually use<br />

through a digital environment. This<br />

not only reduces the need for physical<br />

interactions but also streamlines<br />

the management of utility services,<br />

optimising both cost and usage.<br />

Our system gives marina operators<br />

complete oversight of who is using the<br />

facilities and who has paid. We handle<br />

the invoicing and ensure they receive<br />

the payments, significantly simplifying<br />

the administration of the marina.<br />

However, the journey towards a<br />

smarter marina isn’t just about digital<br />

upgrades. It’s about maintaining<br />

a balance with reliable ‘analogue’<br />

infrastructure that’s easily accessible<br />

and manageable. That’s why we focus<br />

on solutions with a low total cost of<br />

ownership – durable, dependable, and<br />

maintenance-friendly.<br />

At marinas where we have introduced<br />

AanUit.net, the impact is clearly<br />

noticeable. Boat owners and guests<br />

enjoy a smoother, more streamlined<br />

service interaction, which significantly<br />

increases the likelihood of them<br />

returning.<br />

Adopting smart solutions like AanUit.<br />

net is essential for marinas aiming to<br />

meet contemporary needs and prepare<br />

for future challenges. This system not<br />

only simplifies life for guests but also<br />

propels facilities forward, especially as<br />

we advance towards more sustainable<br />

and electronically powered boating<br />

paradigms.<br />

Brent Wierson, Molo <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Management/Stellar Software<br />

A: In the ever changing landscape of<br />

marina management, leveraging smart<br />

technology has become paramount<br />

to ensuring operational efficiency and<br />

enhancing customer experiences.<br />

There’s been an uptick in marina<br />

management<br />

software<br />

companies<br />

focusing on the<br />

pain points of<br />

marina owners<br />

and providing<br />

technical<br />

solutions to solve Brent Wierson<br />

them.<br />

Companies like Molo <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Management and Stellar Software take<br />

a unique approach to envisioning the<br />

future for marinas and how various<br />

aspects can benefit from integration of<br />

smart solutions, some of which we’ve<br />

included below:<br />

1 Dock management and monitoring<br />

– one way companies like Molo<br />

are getting ahead is by providing<br />

monitoring of dock occupancy, vessel<br />

arrivals and departures, and meter<br />

tracking for electricity, gas and water<br />

usage. Rental software platforms like<br />

Stellar have also adopted their own<br />

version of dock management with<br />

features like their ‘Dock Attendant’<br />

tool, which provides a digitised<br />

process for launching and returning<br />

rental boats to ensure smooth<br />

operations and compliance.<br />

2 Customer services and experience<br />

– smart technology empowers boat<br />

rental and club businesses to provide<br />

customers with instant access to<br />

information about marina facilities,<br />

membership details and rental<br />

options. Additionally, automated<br />

booking and payment systems are<br />

a great way to simplify operations,<br />

enhancing customer satisfaction and<br />

relieving administrative burden.<br />

3 Business operations and<br />

management – integrated<br />

management solutions for things<br />

like inventory management (POS),<br />

billing and financial reporting can<br />

enhance efficiency and accuracy.<br />

Data analytics tools take it a step<br />

further by offering insight into<br />

customer behaviour, market trends<br />

and operational performance,<br />

empowering marina managers with<br />

the information needed for informed<br />

decision-making and strategic<br />

planning.<br />

John Barbanas,<br />

Successful Software<br />

A: In order for marina owners/operators<br />

to be able to move towards a smarter<br />

marina, they need to invest in flexible<br />

digital infrastructure. This infrastructure<br />

should support interconnected<br />

systems that will be an amalgamation<br />

of hardware, Internet of Things (IoT)<br />

and software<br />

solutions.<br />

The ideal<br />

infrastructure<br />

will gather<br />

data from<br />

various data<br />

sources. By<br />

having a<br />

solid digital John Barbanas<br />

foundation, marina owners/operators<br />

can harness the power of data<br />

analytics, automation and monitoring<br />

to optimise operations, improve overall<br />

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efficiency and ensure positive word of<br />

mouth from their customers.<br />

To keep costs down in the adoption<br />

of smart technology, the management<br />

team should invest in modular and<br />

scalable systems. This will allow the<br />

gradual adoption of smart technologies<br />

based on the current needs and budget<br />

of the business. When the budget<br />

permits, the management will be able<br />

to add the next module that will make<br />

its operation smarter.<br />

Moreover, choosing smart solutions<br />

that can seamlessly integrate with<br />

existing software and hardware will<br />

minimise integration costs and reduce<br />

the learning curve.<br />

George Spiers, Konnected<br />

Technology<br />

A: In our experience at Konnected<br />

Technology the single most important<br />

upgrade or smart improvement that<br />

marina operators need to adopt within<br />

possible smart marina technology<br />

starts with investing in comprehensive<br />

internet network with coverage over the<br />

entire facility.<br />

As most smart<br />

technology is<br />

cloud based, a<br />

strong, reliable<br />

internet system<br />

is paramount<br />

regardless<br />

of the smart<br />

technology<br />

George Spiers<br />

deployed. In the<br />

age where internet access has become<br />

as essential as water, light and food,<br />

the trend is high demand for premium<br />

internet in marinas. Also comprehensive<br />

internet is the first step to implementing<br />

further smart marina solutions.<br />

In terms of cost recovery, upfront<br />

investment costs can also be recovered<br />

by passing along the cost, along with<br />

the benefits of premium Wi-Fi to boat<br />

owners. If implemented, premium<br />

services can create a new revenue<br />

stream for marinas. Recognising this<br />

shift, we acknowledge that premium<br />

Wi-Fi is not just a luxury but an<br />

essential service that defines a marina<br />

experience.<br />

Idan Cohen, Pick a Pier<br />

A: The future of<br />

marinas lies in<br />

their evolution<br />

into smart,<br />

interconnected<br />

hubs that<br />

optimise<br />

decision-making<br />

and provide<br />

valuable insights. Idan Cohen<br />

By collecting<br />

data digitally and methodically,<br />

marinas can comprehensively<br />

understand their operations and make<br />

more informed decisions. While there<br />

are immediate learnings and actions<br />

marinas can take from day one, the<br />

long term, compounding effect of this<br />

effort would be game changing.<br />

With today’s technology and tools,<br />

the initial investment is no longer a<br />

barrier. Instead of expensive hardware<br />

and complicated physical solutions,<br />

marinas can now access and leverage<br />

proprietary and external data in<br />

new ways. Connecting the dots and<br />

combining all stakeholders, while<br />

utilising future planning as part of the<br />

sharing economy and circular economy<br />

principles, will yield the best results for<br />

our industry.<br />

Smart marinas must also look beyond<br />

their own operations and communicate<br />

with other industry stakeholders to<br />

share and receive data. This approach<br />

also applies to marina chains, which<br />

may excel at internal communication<br />

but often lack external data sharing<br />

capabilities.<br />

At Pick a Pier, we’re working with<br />

partners to establish harmonisation<br />

within marinas and across the industry,<br />

making data collection more valuable<br />

for all. We invite you to join us in this<br />

collaborative effort, as we can drive the<br />

growth of smart marinas worldwide.<br />

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A: There are now plenty of realworld<br />

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for customers, and drive positive<br />

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journey is<br />

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there can be significant differences with<br />

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systems allow you to gain valuable<br />

insights and manage all your smart<br />

technologies from a single place.<br />

A final word of caution: we all want<br />

our software to be ‘simple’ but that<br />

can sometimes come at a cost if a<br />

technology’s shortcomings force you<br />

and your team to add time-intensive<br />

manual processes to compensate.<br />

Picking the right technology up front,<br />

with well-thought-out automation and<br />

a comprehensive feature set, will save<br />

you time and money in the long run.<br />

Mark Read,<br />

Smarter Technologies<br />

A: Deploying a real-time IoT network<br />

across a site is the first step towards a<br />

smart marina both afloat and ashore.<br />

Wireless retrofitted devices monitor<br />

and track anything, so you can improve<br />

efficiencies and drive down costs.<br />

Orion is the largest unified IoT platform<br />

available: simple, easy, and costeffective.<br />

This secure network allows you to<br />

gather real-time data, track, monitor<br />

and control (turn things on/off etc.)<br />

without sim-cards or Wi-Fi. This onesystem<br />

approach to service multiple<br />

requirements mitigates costs. Using<br />

standard software platforms and apps<br />

avoids costly IT development.<br />

Whilst our hardware and software<br />

platforms offer monitoring solutions that<br />

improve customer experiences, many<br />

business modules focus specifically<br />

on reducing expenses and improving<br />

margins.<br />

Retrofitting our MID-approved<br />

meters to automate billing and control<br />

access to utilities removes the cost of<br />

managing utilities and prevents losses.<br />

Customer-facing apps allow payment<br />

and real-time visibility and reporting<br />

tools demonstrate ESG compliance.<br />

The costs of managing compliance<br />

of marine businesses can be huge.<br />

Our platforms fully automate these<br />

functions, removing the human<br />

cost and only<br />

alerting you<br />

when necessary.<br />

Examples include<br />

temperature<br />

monitoring,<br />

safety equipment,<br />

defibrillators<br />

and Legionella<br />

compliance.<br />

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platforms also<br />

help you control parking, track assets,<br />

know when a berth is occupied, check<br />

washroom temperatures, water or<br />

fuel levels, and where your visitors or<br />

contractors are.<br />

Many of our solutions can be<br />

delivered on a zero-capex basis,<br />

enabling you to get all the benefits of<br />

efficiencies and cost saving from day<br />

one without the usual upfront costs.<br />

The key to smart marinas lies in the<br />

simplicity and effectiveness of real-time<br />

data collection, intelligent analysis, and<br />

ease of reporting.<br />

capture and input data, but one may<br />

deliver much richer information back.<br />

This could be real-time occupancy<br />

reporting, detailed financial forecasting,<br />

or even customer revenue analysis.<br />

If this rich information is coupled with<br />

intelligent automation, you will gain<br />

actionable insights while also saving<br />

your team time and freeing them up to<br />

do what they do best.<br />

The foundation underpinning a<br />

modern ‘smart marina’ is clever marina<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />



Greener practices in Mallorca<br />

Melchor Mascaró has awarded Flovac the contract for a vacuum sanitation system that forms part of the remodelling of<br />

Puerto Portals in Mallorca.<br />

The project involves the<br />

installation of a double network<br />

of pipes for the management of<br />

sewage and bilge water that will<br />

provide an efficient waste evacuation<br />

service directly from the yacht<br />

moorings. The system will not only<br />

simplify the process for boaters but<br />

also contribute to environmental<br />

protection by minimising pollution<br />

risks and unpleasant odours in the<br />

port.<br />

One of the most notable features<br />

of the system is its ability to adapt<br />

to vessels of different sizes, from<br />

small boats to megayachts. This<br />

is achieved by installing discharge<br />

inlets on the dock edges, which<br />

allow wastewater to be sucked in by<br />

the vacuum in the network, or in the<br />

case of larger vessels, by means of<br />

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Inland marina<br />

– first for<br />

hydrogen<br />

Robert and Audrey Parton, husband<br />

and wife owners of Aqueduct <strong>Marina</strong>,<br />

a narrowboat marina in Church<br />

Minshull on the Shropshire Union<br />

Canal, have long been stewards<br />

for decarbonisation. Surrounded<br />

by iconic English countryside<br />

and mindful of the need to keep<br />

inland waterways as unpolluted<br />

as possible, they have scored a<br />

UK first by offering hydrogen and<br />

fuel cell technology to the boating<br />

community.<br />

The marina, which was also one<br />

of the first inland waterways marinas<br />

in England to offer HVO alongside<br />

conventional diesel, is now supplying<br />

BOC’s Genie lightweight hydrogen<br />

cylinders. These contain 30% more<br />

gas than equivalent steel cylinders,<br />

resulting in fewer changeovers.<br />

In addition to supplying hydrogen,<br />

establishing a commercial agreement<br />

with BOC enables Aqueduct to supply<br />

all BOC gases to customers. Chandlery<br />

manager, Tom Raines, explains that<br />

new customers need to set up a BOC<br />

account, which normally takes about<br />

ten minutes, and then can buy welding<br />

gas, balloon gas, oxygen and hydrogen.<br />

Aqueduct owners are also working<br />

with Hydrogen Afloat, producers of<br />

hydrogen fuel cell domestic power<br />

systems for boats. These innovative units<br />

can be fitted to the roof of most narrow<br />

boats and will reduce engine running<br />

time for battery charging while emitting<br />

nothing more damaging than water.<br />

MDL partners with Club Lagoon<br />

UK operator MDL <strong>Marina</strong>s has formed an exclusive partnership agreement<br />

with Club Lagoon at its Ocean Village <strong>Marina</strong> in Southampton, Hampshire.<br />

The collaboration offers Club Lagoon<br />

members access to the marina’s fivestar<br />

facilities and 10% of the annual<br />

berthing tariff back in Otium Rewards<br />

points, double the usual amount. The<br />

points can be redeemed against a<br />

wide range of products and services,<br />

including fuel.<br />

Launched in 2020, MDL’s pointsbased<br />

loyalty programme has been<br />

designed to give customers a more<br />

personalised experience when using<br />

services within the marina group. “With<br />

our Otium Rewards loyalty programme,<br />

berth holders get the chance to make<br />

real savings and can choose where<br />

best to apply their points to give them<br />

maximum personalised value from<br />

their berthing agreement,” says Tim<br />

<strong>May</strong>er, sales and marketing director.<br />

In addition to the rewards, Club<br />

Lagoon members will benefit from<br />

exclusive discounts on short-term<br />

berthing at the marina, as well as<br />

“My expectation is that we will not<br />

sell much hydrogen in the short term,<br />

but there are power systems, such as<br />

the one provided by Hydrogen Afloat,<br />

on the market now and I am looking<br />

forward to seeing how the hydrogen<br />

propulsion market develops,” Robert<br />

Parton says.<br />

Nick Swift, director of Hydrogen<br />

Afloat, comments: “We are delighted<br />

that Aqueduct is the first marina in<br />

the UK to stock hydrogen. We need to<br />

find ways to decarbonise the canals<br />

boatyard services at nearby Saxon<br />

Wharf and access to permanent<br />

berth holder offers at numerous<br />

bars, restaurants and businesses<br />

surrounding the marina.<br />

“We’re thrilled to embark on<br />

this exciting journey with MDL<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s,” says Corentin Blanchard,<br />

customer relations manager at<br />

Beneteau Group’s Club Lagoon. “The<br />

collaboration will offer lots of great<br />

benefits for our Club Lagoon members<br />

as well as access to MDL’s fantastic<br />

Ocean Village <strong>Marina</strong>.”<br />

Awarded ‘<strong>Marina</strong> of the Year’ at the<br />

British Yachting Awards in December<br />

2023, Ocean Village <strong>Marina</strong> is claimed<br />

to be the UK’s only five-star marina,<br />

offering a raft of upmarket leisure<br />

facilities, luxury residential dwellings<br />

and a £50 million luxury spa hotel<br />

complex. Surrounded by shops, bars,<br />

restaurants and a cinema, its waterfront<br />

is bustling and sophisticated.<br />

and rivers of the UK. We can start<br />

with domestic power, since that works<br />

now, but in time I expect we will see<br />

hydrogen used for propulsion.”<br />

“Birmingham, London and other<br />

cities already have fuel cell buses, so<br />

hydrogen gas is becoming more widely<br />

used. Making hydrogen available at<br />

the canal-side supports innovation<br />

in the inland waterways, creating the<br />

opportunity for early adopters to take<br />

advantage of the benefits it offers,” he<br />

adds.<br />

www.marinaworld.com – <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />



Index to Advertisers<br />

ASAR, USA 14<br />

Aqua superPower, UK 54<br />

Bellingham Marine, USA 7 & 59<br />

Bluet, Finland 36<br />

Bluewater Marine & Dock, USA 44<br />

Bluewater Marine Systems, USA 54<br />

Capria, Argentina 32<br />

Catamaran Cruisers, USA 38<br />

Conolift by Kropf<br />

Industrial, Canada 22<br />

D-Marin, Greece 29<br />

EMP Industries/Fast Attack 38<br />

EMP Industries/SaniSailor 42<br />

Eagle Floats by<br />

Hendren Plastics, USA 41<br />

Edgewater Resources, USA 22<br />

Flovac, Spain 24<br />

Gigieffe, Italy 46<br />

Golden Manufacturing, USA 12<br />

Ingemar, Italy 10<br />

Inmare, Italy 44<br />

Lindley, Portugal 38<br />

Livart, China 42<br />

MPP Engineering, UK 56<br />

Marex, Croatia 32<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Master by IRM, Slovenia 46<br />

<strong>Marina</strong> Projects, UK 60<br />

MARINAGo by<br />

Scribble Software, USA 51<br />

Marinetek, Finland 4<br />

Martini <strong>Marina</strong>s, Italy 26<br />

METSTRADE, Netherlands 20<br />

Molo <strong>Marina</strong> Management/Stellar<br />

Systems, USA 52<br />

Perspective Products, USA 24<br />

PierPump by<br />

Vogelsang, Germany 8<br />

Plus Marine, Italy 52<br />

Premier Materials/Konnected<br />

Technology, USA 48<br />

Rolec, UK 16<br />

Ronautica, Spain 14<br />

Roodberg - a brand of Frisian<br />

Industries, Netherlands 54<br />

SF <strong>Marina</strong> System, Sweden 2<br />

Seaflex, Sweden 6<br />

Seijsener, Netherlands 48<br />

Simply <strong>Marina</strong>s, USA 40<br />

Superior Group, Australia 36<br />

Twinwood by CJ Plast, Portugal 44<br />

Walcon Marine, UK 25<br />

Wiggins Lift Co, USA 42<br />

WISE Handling, UK 26<br />

Promotions at Golden<br />

Three new positions of vice president have been created at dock solutions<br />

specialist Golden Manufacturing.<br />

With over 20 years of valued<br />

contribution to Golden’s growth and<br />

success, Amber Clark has been<br />

named the new vice president of<br />

administration. In her tenure with<br />

the company, she’s moved through<br />

bookkeeping, sales<br />

and design roles,<br />

and earned a<br />

college degree. In<br />

her new position,<br />

Clark develops,<br />

implements and<br />

manages all<br />

administrative,<br />

Amber Clark<br />

insurance and<br />

HR policies and<br />

procedures, as well<br />

as overseeing DOT and legal issues.<br />

Devin Garrison has been named<br />

vice president<br />

of operations.<br />

Having begun at<br />

Golden nearly nine<br />

years ago, he has<br />

been promoted<br />

numerous times,<br />

proving himself at<br />

each level within<br />

the company to<br />

become a driving<br />

Devin Garrison<br />

force behind its many achievements. He<br />

oversees processes, capacity planning<br />

and resource allocation, providing<br />

David Randall<br />

David Randall CMM has been appointed CEO at Empire<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s Group in Australia. He brings extensive<br />

experience in the marine and marina industries to his role,<br />

with a career history in the New Zealand Navy, hospitality,<br />

yacht charter, yacht club facilities management and marina<br />

management. Most recently, he was general manager of<br />

Empire <strong>Marina</strong> Lake Macquarie and part of the executive<br />

management team of Empire <strong>Marina</strong>s Group.<br />

Empire <strong>Marina</strong>s Group is owned by<br />

interests associated with the Vaux and<br />

Richardson families and celebrates its<br />

20th year in <strong>2024</strong>. Group chairman,<br />

Darren Vaux, said: “Joining Empire<br />

<strong>Marina</strong>s almost three years ago, David<br />

has demonstrated his capacity and<br />

drive to deliver outstanding outcomes<br />

in the management of our facilities and<br />

the delivery of customer service. He is<br />

the consummate marina professional,<br />

with a commitment to the development<br />

maximum efficiency while further<br />

reducing operating costs. His focus<br />

also includes monitoring strict quality<br />

control measures that exceed industry<br />

standards.<br />

No stranger to<br />

the marine industry,<br />

Don Lunardini<br />

is now vice<br />

president of sales<br />

and marketing.<br />

A results-driven<br />

leader, he has a<br />

proven track record<br />

of creating a culture<br />

Don Lunardini<br />

of continuous<br />

improvement and building an effective<br />

customer base. Prior to joining Golden,<br />

Lunardini had numerous managerial<br />

roles within the tyre business, including<br />

at Michelin. He supervises regional<br />

teams, coordinates public relations<br />

and provides input into product<br />

development.<br />

“I’m excited by these three<br />

appointments and the dynamic team<br />

we’ve built,” said company president Bill<br />

Golden. “We’ve positioned ourselves<br />

to be a forward-leaning company that<br />

will continue to innovate and radically<br />

redefine boat lifts and dock solutions for<br />

decades to come.”<br />

www.goldenboatlifts.com<br />

www.goldenmarinesystems.com<br />

David Randall<br />

of the industry as a whole, and we are<br />

excited to see what he can achieve in<br />

his new role.”<br />

Empire <strong>Marina</strong>s has big plans for<br />

the future, with a major expansion and<br />

redevelopment of Empire <strong>Marina</strong> Lake<br />

Macquarie in the planning stages and<br />

a range of industry-leading climate<br />

change resilience and environmental<br />

initiatives proposed for Empire <strong>Marina</strong><br />

Bobbin Head.<br />

www.empiremarinas.com.au<br />

58 www.marinaworld.com – <strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong>














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