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News Focus: South East Asia


Special Report


Sailing in the Mediterranean is enjoying a boost and location matters as much as marina services. Donatella Zucca reports

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Albany Marina, a luxury marina resort in the Bahamas, is one of the most advanced megayacht marinas in the Caribbean

Marina Design


Successful implementation of a Public Private Partnership in Argentina


Pontoons & Breakwaters: A-Z Guide to Manufacturers


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Challenges and developments in Scotland, the Netherlands, USA and Italy


Boat Lifts


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Front cover: Having recently added two superyacht piers, Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore, has completed its third and final phase. It can now accommodate 168 yachts, including superyachts up to 280 feet in length. See News Focus p.20. - May/June 2011


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Seeking protection against natural disasters Although any well engineered marina design will take full account of site conditions and build in allowances for harsher than average weather conditions, marinas like all structures – natural and manmade – have only limited resistance to freak conditions. And the marina industry on a worldwide level has had more than its fair share of disastrous weather so far in 2011. All of us will be aware of the devastation caused in March off the northeast coast of Japan by the most powerful earthquake ever to hit the country. This was followed by a tsunami with far reaching effects, further earthquakes and ongoing concerns over radiation leaks caused by damage to nuclear reactors. It is a disaster on a major scale that has led to the tragic death of thousands of people and impacted on the lives of thousands more.

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According to varied press reports, marinas in the immediate area suffered major – in some cases terminal – damage but most of the region’s coastal marina network appears surprisingly unscathed. So far, only a few copies of Marina World have been returned to us as undeliverable to Japanese marinas although we expect more to arrive.

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Effects of the tsunami were, however, felt beyond Japan – most particularly in Hawaii and off the US west coast in California and Oregon. Damage to the tune of tens of millions of dollars – estimates vary widely – has been reported, with Santa Cruz Harbor in California particularly hard hit. According to Santa Cruz Sentinel, up to 40 boats were either damaged or destroyed and several of the docks were damaged.

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In Hawaii, The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported 300-slip Keehi Lagoon as being hardest hit and also reported on a ‘fish kill’ of a couple of hundred different species at Keehi Lagoon and Ali Wai Boat Harbor. Marina operators at King Harbor Marina in Redondo Beach near Los Angeles, however, would have found this less daunting than the bizarre ‘fish kill’ they had to contend with in early March.

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According to BBC World News reports, one million sardines washed up dead in the marina, presumed to have fled rough seas and then exhausted the oxygen supply in the marina’s sheltered waters. Local officials said that in some places the dead fish were so thick that boats were unable to leave the marina. Disaster in Japan tore our focus away from the lives lost and lives ruined on the Australian Gold Coast earlier in the year although images of smashed up and landlocked boats and floating cars and debris dominated our screens in January as the Brisbane River burst its banks. Major floods were followed by Category 5 Cyclone Yasi, which caused further loss of life and extensive damage to property. Port Hinchinbrook Marina (see p. 9) was the major casualty in marina terms. Many marine companies have generously donated money, time and equipment to assisting in relief programmes for all affected areas and disaster protection will be even higher on the agenda than is normal at international marina conferences, seminars and meetings. While acknowledging that it is difficult and often impossible to ‘insure’ against the unprecedented, higher levels of protection are bound to be mooted. We will be listening with interest.

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Cyclone destroys Queensland marina AUSTRALIA: The state of Queensland endured a battering in the first two months of 2011 with extensive flooding in January around the Brisbane area and devastation to the north of the state when category 5 Cyclone Yasi hit in early February. Both events led to tragic loss of life and hundreds of properties and businesses were destroyed. Port Hinchinbrook Marina in Cardwell – halfway between Townsville and Cairns – was at the epicentre of the cyclone and suffered extensive damage with few of its 70 boats left intact. “Sadly for the marina, the storm surge of 6-7m raised it over the pile heights then smashed it shorewards with boats attached,” Ian McAndrew of Australian Marina Management told Marina World. “It is rumoured

that the developer – in the 1990s – when building the marina reduced the engineer’s recommended pile height by some 2m for aesthetic reasons – not to spoil the view from adjoining apartments, town houses etc. An expensive lesson!!” “From Cairns to Townsville with many houses destroyed or unroofed and crops flattened, no other marina suffered any significant damage,” McAndrew continued. “The piling in the other coastal marinas is well above the 1:100 year storm surge level.”

C&N opts out of Hurghada EGYPT: In light of the recent political unrest, Camper & Nicholsons (C&N) Marinas has suspended its operational management of Hurghada Marina and handed back the running of the facility to its owners. C&N Marinas operations director, James Beaver, explained: “The unprecedented situation in Egypt has inevitably had an impact on the country’s commercial enterprises and, in particular, the leisure and tourism industry. We have therefore agreed with

the owners of Hurghada Marina that our service agreement be suspended until such time as the political and business environment improves and stability returns.” The marina remains open and continues to welcome visiting yachts. - May/June 2011

CENTRAL CARIBBEAN: In anticipation that US President Barack Obama will soon lift the travel ban on American tourists visiting Cuba, representatives of Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands met at the Miami International Boat Show in February to draft a strategy to handle the predicted influx of boats heading south. Figures from the US Coast Guard and Florida vessel registration authorities indicate that there are more than 600,000 boats in Florida alone capable of making the 90 mile sea voyage from South Florida to Cuba. US boats have been barred from visiting Cuba for more than 50 years and opening a floodgate of vessels would rapidly inundate Cuba’s marinas. The representatives included Commodore Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich, representing Cuba’s major marina provider, Marlin; Dale B. Westin, representing the Port Authority of Jamaica; and Neville Scott, representing Cayman Island marina interests. All agreed that any relaxation of the travel ban for Americans to visit Cuba would have the effect of creating a new Central Caribbean cruising ground consisting primarily of Cuba but also including the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. In addition to marketing the three-country cruising ground, the representatives forecast the formation of the Caribbean Marine Trade Association that would serve as an umbrella organisation to promote yachting tourism to the Central and Western Caribbean. The Eastern Caribbean is currently the significant yachting destination. The Cuba Embargo relaxation rests largely with the US Congress and it is unlikely the measure will get house floor consideration in the next two years. President Obama does, however, have the authority to relax the travel ban.



Gated community has supermarina focus BELIZE: Placencia Group and Canyon Acquisitions has begun work on Placencia Marina, a luxury superyacht facility being built within a 6,500-acre gated private community which fronts 3,000 acres of Caribbean coastline and five miles of lagoon shores.

Restoration under way in Vigo SPAIN: Puerto Deportivo Vigo Marina in the heart of the vibrant city of Vigo in Galicia is undergoing a complete renovation. Work, under contract to Spanish company K-Marina, has been scheduled in two phases and should be complete before the end of the year. K-Marina is installing aluminium pontoons with concrete floats. The marina will have 320 berths for boats of 8-22m, available for short-term rental and longer term periods up to ten years. The area around the marina is also being upgraded with promenades and relaxation areas that include a swimming pool, sauna, spa and Turkish bath. Facilities throughout will be of high standard to ISO 9001 Certification for Quality Management and with ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Certification. Berths will have water and electrical supplies and WiFi connections and boaters will have access to a recycling and waste disposal centre. The marina is investing in the renovation in part to increase the number of nautical events it can host and thus help promote sporting activities and tourism in the area.


Pier 46 revamp SPAIN: Amarres Deportivos SL, a company formed by Bank Pastor and the managers of Pantalan del Mediterráneo, have drawn up plans to revamp Pier 46 in Palma, Mallorca. According to project partner, Oscar Siches, the vision includes complete renewal of the site with demolition of old offices, construction of a new building and restoration of an iconic traditional restaurant. The marina, which will have 26 moorings for boats of 25-40m and private car parking, is located just 100m from Palma Cathedral and Palma de Mallorca’s commercial shopping area. Renovation work is expected to start this summer.

Designed to be the largest full-service marina in the country, Placencia will ultimately consist of 263 slips accommodating boats from 35 feet to over 220 feet in length. Phase one of the 27-acre superyacht marina will include 117 slips from 40-220 feet of which 14 will be dedicated catamaran berths. Planned marina facilities include a refuelling station, utilities, at-berth pump-out, crew-only recreation centre and management services. The Marina Village at Placencia will include a VIP casino, multiple restaurants, retail outlets, and a world class spa and luxury boutique hotel. “Our world-class project team is committed to creating an exceptional marina that will offer an experience unlike any other in the Caribbean,” commented Brad Miller, Placencia Marina project manager. Marina village property and slip ownership opportunities were available in March as part of a marketing drive at the Palm Beach International Boat Show. The development also includes the newly built privately owned Placencia International Airport, a private 18-hole golf course, residences at Copal Beach Resort and the private 15-acre Rendezvous Island. - May/June 2011


Plans unveiled for Falmouth UK: The results of a year-long independent study into the future of Falmouth Docks, Falmouth, Cornwall went on public display on 18th March. The master plan, which unveils a shared vision for future marine activities in Falmouth and redefines the role of the dock area in terms of the local community, was produced by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design. Ambitious proposals, which centre around Falmouth Docks, set out projects for the next five years as well as for the longer term, up to 2026. These include modernising ship repair facilities, upgrading wharves, improving bunkering services, building new superyacht workshops and offices and constructing a new 290-berth marina. Plans also include a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, which will create low carbon heat and electricity for the docks and has the potential to be connected to the wider town.

ART secures two Mid East ops contracts UAE & OMAN: As part of its drive to create a marina network in the Middle East, yachting services and marina management specialist ART Marine has taken over the management of Emirates Palace Marina (above) in Abu Dhabi and Zighy Marina in Oman. Emirates Palace Marina, a 168berth facility which is positioned in front of the prestigious Emirates Palace Hotel, reopened in April following a rebuild. It accommodates vessels of 12-80m in length with many berths suitable for super/mega yachts. The new marina was designed by

Mourjan to operate The Wave marina OMAN: Dubai based marina developer, Mourjan Marinas IGY, is to fully manage and operate the 400+ berth marina at The Wave, Muscat. The marina lies at the heart of the first integrated resort and residential development in the greater Muscat region. The contract follows a series of recent strategic partnerships Mourjan has undertaken in the region, including development of the first marina within Lusail City in Doha, Qatar, and the operation of two marinas as part of the upcoming Marsa Al Seef project in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The first phase of the marina at The Wave will open in the second quarter of this year along with varied dining outlets, a retail promenade and yacht maintenance and fuelling facilities. “We are confident the marina will quickly become the place to be,” said Mourjan Marinas CEO, Michael Horrigan. - May/June 2011

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Australand markets first phase berths AUSTRALIA: Work on the highly anticipated 300-berth Port Coogee Marina on Cockburn Sound in Perth, Western Australia (WA) will shortly be under way. Developer Australand has issued Expressions of Interest for the marina’s first 60 pens (berths), which will be operational in January 2012.

Five Anchors for The Pavilion UAE: The Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina ‘The Pavilion’ has become the first in the Middle East to be awarded 5 Gold Anchors by the UK’s Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA). Situated at the foot of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, The Pavilion is right in the middle of Dubai’s tourist district. Marina staff offer the highest level of customer service and, through collaboration with the hotel, are able to deliver services that exceed the scope of most marina businesses. The marina offers private butlers for each boat and a private chef upon request and also has a dedicated marina concierge. Desmond Cawley, director of sports and leisure at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, is delighted that the marina has secured the award. “We hope this honour serves as a catalyst to inspire other marinas in the region to participate in the award

scheme and benchmark their facilities and services,” he said. TYHA assessor, Mieke Vleugels, commented: “At The Pavilion, customers are truly treated like kings. The personal service, outstanding facilities and unique location make for a deluxe boating destination. But don’t let the megayachts scare you, the marina welcomes all guests, with boat sizes starting from 30 feet and not exceeding 200 feet.” The Gold Anchor Award Scheme, which has been operating for 23 years, is based on the TYHA Code of Practice for the design, construction and operation of marinas, and ratings range from one to five gold anchors.

Set to become the centrepiece of a residential marina development just five minutes from Fremantle, Port Coogee will cater for vessels up to 20m in length and help fill a big market for marina berths in the area. It will also offer day berths to ensure that Port Coogee becomes a visitor destination. Boating Industry Association of WA general manager, Sherry Donaldson, welcomed the announcement. “It is absolutely fantastic that these additional 60 pens are coming on stream by private enterprise,” she said. “Boat builders are currently in the unenviable position of having clients who are thinking twice about purchasing a vessel because they cannot access a pen.” Recreational boat registrations in Perth have almost doubled from 48,468 in 2007 to 81,202 in 2010 and Donaldson said there is no doubt that more boats would be registered if more pens were available.

Top deals for beamy boats SPAIN: Sant Carles Marina in Catalonia, MDL Marinas’ first Spanish location, has opened a special berthing area for catamarans. MDL is also offering catamaran owners the chance to enjoy berthing fees at the same rates as monohull owners – with no surcharge for beam size. marina team has pledged to The offer for cat berths is help customers with their boat guaranteed for a minimum of three lifting and shoreside storage years and will remain fixed for a requirements. The team can four-year term if owners take up a arrange for a crane block booking four-year berthing option. to lift a number of vessels out and If catamarans berthed at back at the same time to reduce Sant Carles are too wide for costs. the marina’s hoist dock, the - May/June 2011

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WORLD NEWS Conferences and exhibitions Save the Dates World Marinas Conference WMC 2011: 10th-12th May Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore

2011 UK Marina Conference 25th-26th May Southampton, Hampshire

Marinas 2011 International Conference & Exhibition 20th-22nd June Melbourne, Australia

IMI Annual Fall Conference Increasing Marina Profits: 23rd-25th October Ft Lauderdale, Florida, USA

40th Annual Marina Recreation Association Conference & Trade Show 1st-3rd November Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

METS 2011 Marine Equipment Trade Show: 15th-17th November Amsterdam, the Netherlands

IMBC 2012 International Marina & Boatyard Conference: 1st-3rd February 2012 Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

South basin rebuild at Emeryville USA: The south basin of Emeryville Marina, which is located in the San Francisco Bay area in California, has been completely rebuilt. The project was undertaken by Bellingham Marine working in partnership with the marina’s operators, Marinas International. Welch, vice president of planning and In addition to installing a new floating operations for Marinas International. “It dock system that has created larger also enabled us to move through the slips, the designers significantly reconstruction process without having improved the layout of the basin. The to displace any of our boaters on either fuel dock and the commercial fishing a temporary or permanent basis.” docks, which were originally located The new south basin docks, which along the inner shoreline, were moved replace an outdated timber system to the outer edge of the basin to dating back to 1972, offer 100 slips improve access and free up space for a for boats of 40-80 feet and side tie greater range of slip sizes. moorings for vessels up to 120 feet. “The layout changes gave us a A number of design details were lot more flexibility and allowed us to incorporated including rounded finger increase the total number of slips in ends and single piece piers. the south basin by 30%,” said Gilbert

PHC presents new master plan

UK: In response to Government request that all major UK ports devise a 20/30 year strategy plan, Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) has drawn up a master plan proposal that includes the development of a Marine Centre to the south-west of Poole Yacht Club. opportunities for Poole Harbour to host the harbour and its environmental According to PHC, the project national and international sailing events sensitivities; facilities for Poole Sea involves providing significant new and and thus attract more tourists to the Scouts, Poole Sea Cadets, the improved facilities for Poole Yacht Club town. Hamworthy Outdoor Activity Centre as well as the creation of the Marine A key factor of the scheme involves and Poole Maritime Trust; free berthing Centre, which will incorporate a range extensive consultation with Poole Yacht facilities for disabled sailing charities; of important marine based amenities Club, the residents of Poole and Poole much-needed haul-out facilities for for the local community and include stakeholders. The planning process will commercial and non-commercial facilities for up to 950 boats in a new be lengthy and detailed. It is envisaged vessels; a new cruise ship berth; and a marina. that an extensive Environmental Impact marine business park. PHC envisages an education Assessment will be required, lasting It is hoped that the Poole Harbour centre to help harbour users, students through to the third quarter 2012. Marine Centre will also boost and local organisations learn about - May/June 2011


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Marinetek signs Port Olpenitz contract GERMANY: Port Olpenitz GmbH of Kappeln, Germany has selected Marinetek Group to undertake the first phase construction of a new marina on the Baltic Sea in Germany. When fully complete, the marina will be one of the biggest in Northern Europe. The marina will be a modern five star facility offering high levels of comfort and service and up to 2,000 berths. Charter boats, brokers and associated services will be available on the site, which will also be home to a boatyard. With generous total water space of 62 hectares and 7m water depths, Port Olpenitz incorporates an offshore terminal for permanent moorings and an interior basin for holiday home owners in addition to the full service marina. The marina will offer both short term and long term fully equipped berths for all kinds of vessel, from small dinghies to large yachts. All berth holders will have access to good shoreside facilities. The first phase of construction, worth nearly €3

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NEWS FOCUS: SOUTH EAST ASIA Overview of One°15 Marina Club (below) and new berths in use (left) for the inaugural Singapore Yacht Show, which closed as Marina World went to press. Show organisers, The Informa Group, reported positive response from exhibitors, and attendance by over 3,000 qualified visitors. The event will return to One°15 in 2012. attractive and the economic benefits are encouraging as pursuing this niche will attract a different tier of wealthy individuals,” he explains. “That is why Singapore is targeting more than 200 annual visits from superyachts by 2015 and aiming to become the region’s leading yachting centre.”

Third phase completes for Yacht Show SINGAPORE: The third phase of pontoon installation at One°15 Marina Club was completed in time to host Asia’s first superyacht event – the 2011 Singapore Yacht Show (8th-10th April). The expansion saw an additional 66 berths added to the 204 already completed in phases one and two, and fulfils the club’s promise to its members for a 270-berth marina. Pontoons, which feature composite timber decking, were built and supplied by Marina Technology & Construction (MTC) and pedestals (for all phases) sourced from Rolec Services, UK. Singapore’s yachting community has grown rapidly since the opening of One°15 Marina Club in 2007. Not only are there more boat owners but also more superyacht visits; a rise from 59 in 2009 to 81 in 2010. One°15 has contributed to the growing awareness among Singaporeans about yachting and waterfront lifestyle and the club has hosted various boating events. Arthur Tay, executive chairman and CEO of SUTL Group, which owns One°15, said the club was proud to have contributed to raising Singapore’s profile as a lifestyle destination and putting the city-state on the map for the global yachting community.

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SUTL is also riding on the club’s success to explore prospects overseas. “We are actively pursuing marina projects in Vietnam, Korea and China,” Tay confirmed. “The fastest economic growth in the world is here in Asia and we are seeing more and more of the super wealthy wanting to embrace new lifestyle choices such as yachting and waterfront living. Be it seaside, lakeside or riverside, we expect to see more infrastructure being built to accommodate this growing demand and governments putting the appropriate regulatory environment in place for yachting activities.”



Keppel Bay boosts superyacht berths SINGAPORE: Marina at Keppel Bay has added two new superyacht piers to meet rising demand for quality berthing space. Designed and built by Bellingham Marine (BMI), the berths represent the finishing touches to its third and final development phase. It can now accommodate 168 yachts, including superyachts up to 280 feet. “In recent years, we have seen an upward trend in the number of superyachts visiting Singapore, many of which are keen to explore the

cruising grounds and islands around the South East Asia region,” explains Marina at Keppel Bay general manager, Trevor Fong. “The opening of the integrated resorts has also drawn more superyachts and high rollers, which will benefit marinas in the region,” he adds. Marina at Keppel Bay is the first marina in Singapore to be fully designed and built by BMI and

is claimed to include Singapore’s first individual berthing system for superyachts. All pontoons and gangways are extra wide and boat owners have access to an onsite Customs office, reticulated vacuum pump-out system, potable water, wireless internet and fuel via a dedicated fuel dock. Large berths have 400 Amp power. Power and water usage is monitored by an advanced metering system. Bellingham Marine Singapore general manager, John Spragg, said it was an honour to be involved with such a prestigious project. “We’ve built a strong relationship with Keppel and share a common commitment to offering yacht owners an experience at port that assures excellence and the greatest level of luxury,” he commented. Marina at Keppel Bay is the first marina in Asia to be awarded the 5 Gold Anchor rating from the Australian Marina Industries Association and the facility complements the premier waterfront lifestyle offering at Keppel Bay. Owners of Keppel Bay’s luxurious homes enjoy true waterfront living with a private marina and a host of other waterfront amenities and facilities right on the doorstep.

Stronger sales in eastern markets ASIA: Having signed a number of contracts in China and Korea, Poralu Marine has decided to open offices in Shanghai (China) and Singapore in order to help secure projects in burgeoning yachting markets such as Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Middle East. pontoon for the Hainan Rendez-Vous other floating pontoon facilities, and The new Poralu South East Asia Exhibition in Sanya, China. partnering with organisers of major enterprise is headed up by Virginie The Youth Games pontoons were yachting events. Ségura, sales manager Asia, who installed for a one-off event near the To date, Poralu has built four will build on Poralu’s success to date Marina Bay Golf Course and were marinas in China, two in Korea and in terms of constructing marinas and subsequently reinstalled at a new one in Singapore. The sports centre for the Singapore rowing company sees China and canoeing associations. The Hainan as having the greatest pontoons are, however, a permanent potential although, fixture for mooring up to nine 25-50m with Chinese players superyachts opposite the Yacht Hotel. offering low prices, Poralu Marine posted sales of €15 the market is very million for the 2009/10 financial year. competitive. This performance was the result of Recent highlight strong business on its home base in projects include pontoon France and a sustained push to grow installation for the 2010 internationally. Export now accounts for Youth Olympic Games around 70% of the company’s overall in Singapore (left) and business. construction of a VIP

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Pooling skills for Asian market UK & HONG KONG: Marina Projects of the UK and Mott MacDonald Hong Kong have joined forces to offer marina developers and investors a comprehensive consultancy service in the Asia Pacific region. The collaboration draws on the extensive range of marina consultancy advice available from Marina Projects and maritime and coastal engineering expertise provided by Mott MacDonald. “In Asia Pacific the marine infrastructure requirements will prove fundamental to any marina scheme and it is important to assess the engineering implications at the earliest stage of the feasibility and concept design process,” explains Marina Projects director, Geoff Phillips. “The partnership with Mott MacDonald Hong Kong complements the Marina Projects consultancy offer and we look forward to expanding our operations in the region.” The collaboration has already been put to the test in developing marina concept designs for the ambitious Baroque on Lamma project, Lamma Island, Hong Kong. Destined to be one of the most prestigious superyacht marinas in the world, Baroque on Lamma is a sustainable marina community development that should become a flagship location for national and international maritime events. Planning application has recently been submitted.

Drystack under way at RSYC SINGAPORE: The Republic of Singapore Yacht Club (RSYC), the oldest yacht club in Asia, has embarked on an ambitious project to upgrade its services and facilities to meet the needs of the upcoming generation of boaters and marinagoing club members. The development, which is currently under way, will triple the club’s dry berth facilities from 110 boat slots to around 300, giving it more dry berths than any other yacht club in Singapore. The club also has 127 wet berths at its present West Coast Ferry Road location. The five-storey dry stack will cost around S$9 million and will accommodate boats up to 35 feet in length. High demand from locals is anticipated. As well as upgrading its berthing facilities, the plan also includes expansion of the club’s accommodation suites and rooms from 32 to 60. New rooms will be situated in a four-storey adjoining wing that will also provide members with additional facilities. Plans also exist to upgrade the clubhouse. Founded in 1826, RSYC moved to its current premises in August 1999, its third home since 1920. Its dry berths have - May/June 2011

been running at full capacity in recent years. In June 2010, the membership gave its Main Committee the mandate to expand; a plan conceived some two years ago by the RSYC Committee. As part of the overall strategy, a membership drive was launched in March. RSYC currently has about 2,400 members, many of whom have requested berthing facilities. To cater to new members who wish to take advantage of the expanded and upgraded dry berthing facilities, an additional 150 Ordinary Memberships is being offered with guaranteed berths (subject to availability based on the size of yacht). Ordinary individual club membership is currently pegged at S$15,000. The club also hopes to increase its appeal to the regional boating community, as well as the Singapore country club community.




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Chasing the breeze in the Mediterranean

Sailing is a sport for enthusiasts. In France it enjoys a great tradition and in Italy – although expensive – it has a strong following. Spanish sailors are plentiful and Croatia is a paradise for the ‘average’ yachtsman. In short, sailing in the Mediterranean is on the increase, and the new found favour is mostly down to sheer location. Donatella Zucca reports

If you think that the success of a marina should be reflected in its services rather than its location, you are making a big mistake. This is particularly true for sail boat marinas - especially those catering for small boats - as their owners care more about the natural environment and good sailing winds. Cruising and racing create dual worlds around which

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services, infrastructure and location need to be developed. As size of boat increases, technical demands at the marina change and become more in tune with the needs of motorboats. Sailboat owners actually don’t usually like dock life and, especially if they own large yachts, prefer to anchor in the bay leaving permanent marina berths for small or medium sized boats or for clubs that organise regattas and sailing activities. In the Upper Tyrrhenian, Monaco and northern Italy where marinas with - May/June 2011

Club Mar-Mallorca is a haven for sailboats and provides services for large yachts. Photo: Nico Martinez permanent moorings predominate, for example, regattas are organised yearround. Alassio on the Ligurian Sea and Caorle on the Adriatic both have winter championships and the same applies in other areas like Sicily where the winter season is shorter and kinder. Accommodating large yachts adds further complexity. These require extra water depths and are thus more dependent on natural conditions, mooring up in places like La Spezia, Genoa, Monaco or Malta where deep water harbours are more plentiful. Shoreside facilities at marinas in these locations also need to cater for crews who live aboard all year round. There is no single characteristic that encourages Mediterranean boating but, rather, a group of factors

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SPECIAL REPORT Kos Marina, one of the most modern marinas in Greece, hosts the annual Dodecanese Cup regatta. that includes scenic beauty, culture, excellent weather conditions for sailing and unique sailing basins. Different locations have different attributes. Seas between the Gulf of Follonica and the island of Elba are ideal for racing and the French Côte d’Azur, the Var, Liguria, Aeolian Islands and Egadi islands, the stretch of sea between Spain and the Balearics, Croatia, Sardinia, Greece and Turkey offer variable and challenging sailing waters. Some have adequate marina infrastructure and others are enjoying a swift growth in nautical tourism. “The best racing is held in the Tyrrhenian and the Adriatic, with its cycle of warm breezes, is also a good site for regattas but Italian mooring fees for small and medium range sail boats are too high,” says Antonio Vettese, expert sailor and long term editor in chief of Italian magazine Vela & Motore. “This is the reason they go elsewhere – to Greece and Croatia for example – where everything is less expensive

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and there are good opportunities for holidays. The mistake is to think that, economically, a marina needs to be totally self-sustaining. This pushes the focus towards motorboats whose owners spend more and transforms the marina into a hotel structure or residential summer village.” Thanks to the tradition of its yacht clubs amongst other reasons, Italy

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sits at the heart of the Mediterranean sailing scene and this, as elsewhere, has contributed to the increasing quality of its marinas. Harry Windsor, technical superintendent of Monaco Fraser Yachts, comments: “There have always been strongholds for the sailing boat community within the Med. Typically, such locations have

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become synonymous with world class sailing events and cornerstones for specialist organisations and individuals associated with the supply of products and services to these types of craft.” “Popular marinas can be found in Spain, Monaco, France, Italy with Sardinia included and in Turkey,” he continues. “All are characterised by services, suppliers and technical facilities such as a well-stocked chandlery, proximity of sail makers and a sail loft and lay-by berths for access to a shoreside crane. We’re talking of marinas with haul-out facilities with adequate space to un-step a mast and remove the rigging, with technicians, craftsmen and labourers specialising in sailing craft maintenance and repair.” Facilities are equally important. “Sailing yachts have specific requirements in terms of marina facilities,” Windsor continues. “Among the most important are no restrictions for air draught or water depth and large fairways as many sailing boats are less manoeuvrable than motorboats. Floating pontoons are ideal because many sailing boats have low freeboard and finger pontoons separating berths are required because boarding is easier from the side of the yacht and a variety of freeboard heights makes it difficult to protect vessels berthed side by side.” The best marinas also have service centres for sails and specialist equipment like rigging and halyards or incorporate an on-site shipyard. Marina di Scarlino in Tuscany is a good example for sport sailing facilities with a shipyard that undertakes maintenance for top brand boats, most particularly

Swan, and a yacht club. The Scarlino club often joins forces with the nearby Punta Ala Club to organise international regattas and next year will host the twelve regattas that make up the Melges 24 world championship. The distribution of sailboats in each Mediterranean marina varies and, where motorboats are dominant, there is a tendency to concentrate the sailing vessels in dedicated areas. This can be seen at Marina di Varazze in Genoa, Italy, where 200 (out of 700 moorings) are taken up by sail. “Sailors are different,” explains marina manager, Emanuele Rinaldi. “They are quieter and love privacy. Usually they demand the same essential services as motorboat owners but they like to be closer to the boat maintenance areas. Safety issues are always very important too and this is one of the reasons why we do not put them together with motor boats.”

Marina di Scarlino CEO and expert yachtsman, Enrico Bertacchi. “The Mediterranean Sea is suitable for races and famous regattas are organised here, like Giraglia from San Remo to Genoa passing round Giraglia Rock in northern Corsica, the Portofino Prize and many other competitions,” Bertacchi explains. “Greece and Turkey are now entering the race scene and Spain has done it thanks to the America’s Cup. Croatia is a paradise for those seeking calm seas even in windy weather.” “The stretch of sea between the north of Spain and the Balearics is very interesting and the venue for the famous Coppa del Rey. Like Greece, Turkey is wonderful and has very well equipped new marinas but the Aegean Sea is very windy in July and August with the Mesteni – a strong wind that makes for big waves – making sailing around Greece quite difficult.” Countries in North Africa have some good marinas but mostly lack essential basics required by holiday makers.

Bigger boats The ideal marina for the maxi-sailboat has deep water, plenty of manoeuvring space, a good location near to a town or tourist spot, well equipped technical assistance and a sense of year-round ‘life’, says Willy Persico, founder and managing director of Southern Wind Shipyard – a builder of 100ft plus vessels in Cape Town, South Africa.

Sea and sail It’s a mistake to view the Mediterranean as having ‘standard’ seas and breezes as many a sailor caught up in bad weather will attest. “Porto Cervo, for example, is a homeland for sailing and with the Mistral winds you can enjoy some extreme surfing. In Capri, it’s possible to organise lots of races but the southern winds can turn the sea rough,” confirms

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SPECIAL REPORT “For owners it’s also important to have an airport close by,” he adds. “The best marinas are in Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Barcelona, Genoa, Antibes, San Remo, Cannes, La Spezia, and Viareggio although water depths are limited,” he believes. “On the Adriatic side of Italy there are very few as water depths are low. In general, it is the mid-range boat that is best catered for as there are only a few appropriate places – often in ports or in the industrial areas of cities – for very large vessels.” Three further marinas – all within the Camper & Nicholsons Marinas (C&N) group – also fit the bill for maxiyachts, with Grand Harbour Marina, Malta, in particular fully geared up to welcome superyachts. Together with Cesme Marina in Turkey and Porto San Rocco in Trieste, Italy, Grand Harbour offers good water depths, generous manoeuvring space, ease of access to berths, technical and hospitality services, good safety systems and close proximity to the all-important airport. C&N has plenty of experience in meeting the needs of the captains and

crew of large yachts; a crucial element in attracting them to any marina. Crew agents are to be found all around the Mediterranean but are greatly concentrated in Monaco and the Côte d’Azur, closely followed by Spain and Mallorca. Refit and repair services are also vital and predominate in Antibes, La Ciotat and La Rochelle (France), Genoa and Viareggio (Italy),

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Albany is a luxury marina resort community in the Bahamas created by private investment company Tavistock Group and golf icons Tiger Woods and Ernie Els. Completed in October 2010, the resort features one of the largest and most technologically advanced megayacht marinas in the Caribbean. Todd T. Turrell reports When our firm, Turrell, Hall & Associates, first began this project more than five years ago, I wondered if it made sense to build a marina on New Providence already home to Lyford Cay, Nassau and Paradise Island/Atlantis, all located on the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s north coast. But after some thoughtful consideration, it


became apparent to me that the south coast of the island would serve as an ideal place for a marina. Albany Marina sits 47 miles from Highbourne Cay, Exuma; 88 miles from Staniel Cay, Exuma; and only 20 miles around the west side of New Providence into Nassau Harbour.

Our firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in the project was to design a marina that would complement the architectural style of the elegant buildings and marina village that will surround the basin in the future. We were also charged with the task of managing the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the approval process for the entire development, including marina, residential, golf course and various amenity components. Our firm completed plans for the marine construction and assisted the developers in selecting all the finishing details for the marina, right down to the stainless steel bollards. Albany Marina features a total of 71 large slips ranging from 50 to 240 feet (15m to 73m). Thirty-two slips accommodate vessels longer than 100 feet (30.5m) in length. Excavated from solid limestone, the yacht basin covers more than 15 acres and is equipped with an entrance channel that is nearly a mile long with a control depth of -15 feet MLW (mean low water). The outer channel was also dredged from solid rock, bringing the

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In construction The 15-acre yacht basin facing south.

total amount of rock excavation and dredging to nearly a million tons. The docks at Albany Marina are Bellingham Marine’s finest. The utilities were carefully designed so that virtually any yacht that can fit into the basin can run on shore power. Providing adequate power to serve the entire marina with the specific requirements of today’s large yachts was a design priority. Other notable features include stateof-the-art fire protection and in-slip sewage pump-out. The marina basin is aesthetically enhanced by a steel sheet pile bulkhead that is clad in concrete from the cap to MLW. While it is visually pleasing, it also serves a functional purpose, preventing damage in the most corrosive area of the inter-tidal zone. The harbour master’s office, also fitted out in steel sheet pile, sits on an island in the middle of the basin connected to the mainland by floating docks. It serves as a hub for the large fuel dock, which has high-speed pumps capable of delivering 60 gallons per minute.

team, which includes a couple of marine contractors who always manage to teach us engineers a thing or two about marine construction. Beyond the marina, Albany offers an array of spectacular landside features including a well-appointed boutique hotel, an Ernie-Els designed golf course, a full-service fitness centre, a spa, an adult pool and bar, a family water park, a kids’ clubhouse and a variety of fine dining and casual restaurants.

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The Bellingham Unifloat floating concrete dock system at Albany Marina was installed by Shoreline Foundation, Inc (SFI) in conjunction with its Bahamian affiliate, Heavy Marine & Foundation Ltd. Main walkways measure 12 feet wide and fingers range from eight to ten feet. Docks feature freeboards of 30 inches and gangways are rated for use by golf carts and other service vehicles. A single 12ft wide gangway, rated for use by larger vehicles, has also been installed for access to the central fuel dock and dock master’s office. SFI has been installing marinas on the eastern seaboard of the USA – especially Florida and the Florida Keys – and the Caribbean since the late 1980s. The company installed the marina systems at Cape Eleuthera Marina and Atlantis Marina, both in the Bahamas. Slips at Albany Marina have been sold via membership with the Albany Yacht Club.

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Making it work

Bringing a PPP to life in Argentina Although having lived abroad for 27 years, marina consultant Oscar Siches still sees himself as Argentinean to the core. As a result, he was well placed to represent Argentina for the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) in 2007 but rather less prepared for the surprises that awaited him as he became increasingly involved in the Argentine market. He discovered that a proactive local government could be a champion of boating facilities and that the Public Private Partnership (PPP) concept, so difficult to realise in established boating markets, could be greeted with enthusiasm and made to work, against local odds, in an ‘emerging’ market . Oscar Siches shares his findings After my appointment at ICOMIA in 2007, I started to travel to Buenos Aires once a year to help with the Buenos Aires Boat Show and Nautical Business Forum, both of which are organised by the Argentinean Nautical Association, CACEL. During my stay in 2009, I learned that CACEL was managing four marinas (with a total of around 1,100 moorings) and was planning a fifth facility. CACEL, according to its president Jorge Farré, had been approached several years back by the Municipality of San Fernando – which has a fair reason for calling itself the nation’s nautical capital – to help them deal with the renewal of very old yacht harbour concessions, many of which were neglected and in need of refurbishment. After analysing the situation, it was suggested that a consortium should be formed by the municipality (51%) and CACEL (49%), which would take over the marinas and share renewal plans, future urban developments benefiting nautical activities, and management of

the marinas. The consortium would run as a non-profit organisation but with a commercial company structure. The board of directors would receive no payment for their work and the consortium would pay the usual fees and taxes and would not receive any subventions or loans. It would pay a lease to the municipality for each marina site, taken as a percentage of the turnover of each operation. An important advantage for the consortium, of course, was that it received the land from San Fernando on just a revenue-related lease basis but all monies earned had to be used to upgrade existing facilities or set up new ones. This was the birth of Parque Náutico San Fernando, with four marinas offering different services ranging from berth-only facilities to ample covered space for events like concerts, boat shows etc., or additionally offering a good boatyard and convention centre/ reception facilities. - May/June 2011

What I would really like to share with you all, however, is how, in a country known for strong political feelings about elitism (yachting is regarded as elitist), a local government managed to team up with ‘the opposition’ and create a successful, smooth and effective nautical operation. There are three main reasons why it worked. Firstly, the government needed to create employment and build more leisure facilities. But this was not as straightforward as it might seem in San Fernando. Covering around 960 sq km (about the size of Martinique in the Caribbean) and situated north of Buenos Aires, San Fernando’s 150,000 inhabitants are mostly lower middle class families who are not part of the Argentine yachting tradition. Yachting facilities could thus be seen as not best serving the local people although, ironically, San Fernando is home to most of the country’s nautical industry. It has suitable river frontage and is considered the gateway to the 14,000 sq km Parana River Delta, unspoiled and beautiful cruising ground. Secondly, CACEL – which started out as an association for small boat builders – had grown to embrace all industries dedicated to nautical activity.

Bringing all to life for the Argentina Boat Show.



Paying attention to marina ‘essentials’: attractive landscaping; basic but neat docks; and a modern management facilities building. In doing so, it had identified the need for more berths as a means to boost yacht production. It had also examined the possibilities of offering berths that were not tied to a club membership. Finally, old marina concessions were coming to an end and no party was interested in making the necessary investments to refurbish and adapt them to meet the needs of the yachting fleet. One of the first steps taken by the Parque Náutico San Fernando Consortium was to allocate around 60,000 sq m of land alongside the river to set up a marina and secure a site for the biannual Argentina Boat Show. The area is now a marina for 150 yachts with 02_CFO_2demi pages_SM_11417.pdf 1 18/02/11 a park, picnic facilities and a building for commercial and cultural events.

In 2009, when I visited the boat show, I was asked for advice on how to improve the operation. I was also shown a new site, which would be open to the general public, where the consortium intended to set up a boatyard to service all four marinas. I made some suggestions about the layout of the boatyard and upgrades to pontoon access security systems, especially at the Exhibition Centre Marina. Shortly after returning to Spain, I put together drawings of the solutions I was proposing. I was incredibly surprised on returning to Argentina in August 2010 for the National Nautical Forum to 12:10 PM find that my improvements had been implemented. They hadn’t exactly used

the fancy designs I had suggested but had used well made alternatives that fitted the bill 100%. Interestingly, this was perfectly in keeping with what I had noticed about the floating pontoon systems, which are very basic steel structures with concrete tile surfaces and Styrofoam support blocks – fixed by tree trunks. With no corrosive salt water to affect the steel, the structures are fit for purpose, perfectly safe and cost effective – leaving funds for dredging and upland arrangements. Surprise followed surprise when the mayor, the director of the consortium, two of the major aides and the president of CACEL asked to meet with me after the forum to ask me, very directly, what they could do to improve their


Argentina Boat Show and aerial view of the new 150-berth marina, developed by the Parque Náutico San Fernando Consortium. installations. I was totally taken aback by a sincerity and straightforwardness from rather powerful politicians who were eager to listen, evaluate and take action. What I had only dreamed about for quite a while in the EU was being offered to me in Argentina – an administration that was listening!

Different approach

When government and private parties work together there are many barriers. The first is the unnecessary delay caused by ‘let’s wait and see how the idea evolves’. Trying to convince people who don’t really know what’s being discussed also generates a delay or 02_CFO_2demi pages_SM_11417.pdf 2 18/02/11 even halts the process as defence against the unknown.

When a mixed team (public and private) works together, explanations come from both sides and decisions are only taken when ideas are clear. The nautical element of the party needs to learn about urban plans, legal matters etc., and play a role in the decision making. Another barrier is the identification of yachting as elite; something that happens almost everywhere. Governments are afraid to defend the rights of the elite but, when working with a nautical partner, the government should have all the tools to demonstrate the employment benefits and contribution to the regional economy, to 12:10 PM mention the most obvious advantages. Traditional yacht clubs must continue

because they are part of the social and sports history of every country. In some cases, they are a pretty important piece of heritage. But, when looking at existing marinas or planning new ones, we must widen our view and think about how others who have not chosen yachting as their hobby can also enjoy the vision. It is impossible to make this approach work in all cases – maybe only in a few – but everything achieved will be for the future benefit of many, many people including yachtsmen. And, believe me, if it can work in Argentina, it can work anywhere. Oscar Siches CMM is a marina consultant and manager of Pantalan del Mediterraneo in Mallorca. He can be contacted on

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E: Adamant-Marina manufactures heavy-duty concrete pontoons and polystyrene floats. Systems are suitable for boat mooring, floating bridges, landing stages and floating buildings. Various decking options and pontoon anchoring systems are offered.

AISTER MARINAS, Pontevedra, Spain E:

Aister has been installing its wide range of innovative marina solutions to clients all over the world for 30 years. You can find its aluminium floating and fixed pontoon system, service pedestals and accessories at marinas in 22 different countries. (See advertisement p. 47)

ATLANTIC MARINE, Fontenay Le Comte, France E: E:

Atlantic Marine is a leading pontoon manufacturer based in western France. Together with its sister company, MTC in Singapore, it has capacity to design and build marinas anywhere in the world. Its products feature heavy-duty aluminium frames, polyethylene or concrete floats and a wide array of decking materials to suit all purposes and environmental conditions.


E: Founded in 1961, Atlantic-Meeco manufactures and installs high quality floating docks, platforms and gangways for fresh and salt water


Bellingham Marine is a marina design/build company and a leader in innovative floating dock design, manufacture and construction. BMIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Unifloat system is one of the most popular concrete flotation systems in the world with extremely high live load capacity, durability and custom design flexibility. The company has manufacturing plants in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Central America. (See advertisement p. 43 & 45)

CANDOCK, Quebec, Canada E:

The Candock modular pontoon system resists severe weather conditions and is light although very strong. No heavy machinery is required. It is lower in price than conventional marina docks and, as it is modular, it is ideal for creating customised layouts.

Port Louis Marina, Grenada, West Indies. Pontoons: Marinetek


Al Manzel is a leading manufacturer of pontoons, gangways, houseboats and other related marine products like fish farm equipment and jet ski ramps.

A-MARINAS, Turku, Finland E:

A-Laiturit, manufacturer of A-Marinas, has 22 years of experience in designing systems for the difficult Nordic weather conditions. The range includes timber decked plastic pontoons, heavy-duty concrete pontoons and mooring fingers. - May/June 2011



Central Canada’s largest manufacturer of floating dock marina and boat lift systems. The company is based in north western Ontario and services north western Ontario, Manitoba and Sask.

EZ DOCK, Missouri, USA E:

EZ Dock is a leading floating dock and PWC lift manufacturer. Its patented modular floating dock system and PWC lifts are engineered to provide low maintenance, durability, stability and high capacity. (See advertisement p. 52)


Tomis Marina, Constanta, Romania. Pontoons: Martini Alfredo

Carolina Waterworks has over 25 years of experience in marine manufacturing. It offers a range of accessories and an aluminium marina system. International shipping is available.

systems can meet virtually any requirements and versatile modular sections can be used to create many different shapes and sizes with little effort. Accessories, such as utility channels, bumpers and gangways, are available.



Clement Systems, in Dubai and Germany, provides innovative solutions for maritime tourism, including turnkey marinas, superyacht harbours, fishing piers, breakwaters etc. The company specialises in the design and construction of floating structures.



Dock Marine Systems is the trademark of PMS Polietilen Mamulleri San Ltd. Its products include a large range of polyethylene modular floating pontoons, accessories and connecting parts. (See advertisement p. 50)

Portland Marina, Dorset, UK. Pontoons: Walcon Marine


Eastern Floatation is the exclusive manufacturer of the floating concrete Pro-Float system. Pro-Float is a polyethylene flotation pontoon with integrated top tray designed to receive a poured concrete walking surface. It can be customised with colours, logos and textures.


FDN has been designing and constructing floating breakwaters and pontoons for the last 20 years and has developed technology that can damp waves up to 8m in height. It utilises inhouse testing facilities to determine the damping of breakwaters, and designs options for connections and anchorage taking local conditions into account.

CLI specialises in breakwater armouring technology, provides know-how transfer and top level technical assistance. It represents the trademarked products Accropode I and II, Core-Loc and Ecopode – unreinforced concrete units placed in a single layer. CLI is a licensee of the US Corps of Engineers and Sogreah Consultants.


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Zorbas, Minnesota, USA. Pontoons: Wave Armor

Since 1979, Ingemar has used its experience in flotation engineering to develop concrete pontoon structures. Its product range includes modular all-concrete pontoons and floating pontoons with galvanised steel or aluminium frames, hardwood decking and fibre reinforced concrete or rotomoulded polyethylene floats. A complete range of high quality concrete floating breakwaters and prefabricated structures for fixed piers is also available. (See advertisement p. 22)

construction. The company provides standard and madeto-measure pontoons as well as other mooring equipment, maintenance and consulting. (See advertisement p.28)







ICMS manufactures and installs floating concrete breakwaters and continuous float walkway units with concrete, timber and composite decking. Services are easily accessed and, where possible, installed safely out of sight.

IMF manufactures customised unsinkable floating concrete platforms that have been tested over the past 25 years. Product lines include floating residential and commercial structures, marinas, wave attenuators and boat enclosures.

INTER BOAT MARINAS, Puttershoek, Netherlands



Founded in 1986, Inter Boat Marinas is a specialist in the design, development, manufacture and installation of floating pontoons and marinas. It offers a complete turnkey service to clients who include developers, governments, water sports clubs and private individuals.


E: Intermarine is an established supplier of pontoon systems with a range of modular designs for use in the marina sector. It provides initial design specifications and site surveys through to complete structure and accessory installation. (See advertisement p. 61)

E: The pioneer of the modular pontoon, Jetfloat manufactures to ISO/TS 16 949:2009 and has been manufacturing modular units for 40 years. It utilises only Lupolen 5261 Z material for three basic modules and various accessories. Single element modules measure 500mm x 500mm x 400mm and weigh 6kg, and double element modules weigh 11kg. A low version single element weighing 5kg and measuring 500mm x 500mm x 250mm is also offered.

K-MARINA, Vigo, Spain E:

K-Marina, a construction company specialising in maritime works, consists of a team of skilled professionals with a high level of experience in marina

Kropf Industrial is a supplier of welded steel tube floating dock systems and wave attenuators that are custom designed and built to meet each customer’s specific needs. The company’s designs and methods yield stable and durable floating dock solutions and it is equipped to provide turnkey solutions. (See advertisement p.38)


Majestic Marine Engineering manufactures jetties, marinas, boardwalks and wave attenuators under its brand name of Majestic Jetties & Marinas. Products are made of non-corrosive, sustainable materials for robust, durable and eco-friendly solutions. Installations are made for private individuals and for multi-berth marinas.


MariCorp US manufactures fresh and saltwater floating marina systems that offer extreme robustness and longevity. Each system utilises a steel struss structure, top of the line moulded flotation and numerous decking options. The company also manufactures ‘Wave Gauntlet’ wave attenuators and ‘Bloc Doc’ modular dock solutions.


E: marinaharboursystems@gmail. com MHS offers high performance aluminium floating docks and breakwater systems made of the finest quality Canadian marine alloys and advanced composites. Systems offer long life and high resilience and are cost effective and environmentally sustainable.

Farmoor Reservoir, Oxfordshire, UK. Pontoons: Solent Marine

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PACIFIC PONTOON & PIER, Queensland, Australia

MSI is a total solution provider, specialising in the design, construction and management of marinas and waterfront developments. Concrete and aluminium systems are available.

Pacific Pontoon & Pier has been a leader in marina design and construction for 25 years. It has built 60 marinas with a total of over 8,200 berths. The company has demonstrated a new way to build marinas that are economical, low maintenance and built to last.

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E: marinaventures@erols. com A leader in the development, design and engineering of floating marinas and wave attenuators, Marina Ventures has completed 500 marina projects worldwide. Its glue-laminated cedar floating docks have been tested, exposed and survived the world’s harshest environments and the company has earned an international reputation for superior engineered, aesthetically pleasing and durable systems.

MARINETEK, Helsinki, Finland E:

Marinetek’s product range includes villa pontoons, marina pontoons and a variety of floating solutions, e.g. floating houses. It also specialises in marina design and consultation, maintenance, supervision and project management. Marinetek operates in 45 countries and has the biggest pontoon production capacity in twelve countries. (See advertisement p.4 & 5)


Muskoka Wharf, Ontario, Canada. Pontoons: Kropf Industrial access bridges and walkways for any kind of project. It has 35 years of experience and worldwide references.


Ocean Blue Marinas is the only manufacturer of aluminium-timber pontoon structures in India. It manufactures to international standards at a facility situated in Alibaug near Mumbai and builds a range of structures for simple access systems and fully-fledged marinas.


Ørsta Marina Systems AS is Norway’s leading supplier of complete floating marina installations. It has more than 25 years of experience in the production of floating piers and equipment for small craft and fishing harbours.

PLASTI-CO, Odessa, Ukraine E:

Plasti-Co manufactures the highly versatile Sunmarina steel framed pontoon system with plastic floats and the Sunplast plastic modular pontoon system for marinas and residential docks. Jetski docks are also available.

PORALU MARINE, Port, France E:

Poralu Marine is a leading dock manufacturer specialising in aluminium structures with proprietary floats made of roto-moulded polyethylene. The company pays meticulous attention to detail and fully tests everything, from the composite decking and fenders in matching colours, to gangways and architectural access gates. All components are designed to fit with ease and to be low maintenance. (See advertisement p.32 & 33)

Sunset Bay Marina, Florida, USA. Pontoons: Technomarine

E: Martini Alfredo produces galvanised steel framed pontoons with injection moulded floats made of polyolefin resin. A wide range of sizes, displacements and capacities is offered. Access gangways, adjustable fingers, floating breakwaters, mooring systems, accessories and soft fenders complete the catalogue. (See advertisement p.6)

METALU MARINAS, St Brevin Les Pins, France E:

Metalu Marinas offers a wide range of aluminium pontoons, finger piers,

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RONAUTICA MARINAS, Barcelona, Spain E:

Ronautica Marinas offers all types of pontoons and fittings and can offer a turnkey service. Customers benefit from the experience of other group divisions, namely: Ronautica Yachts (shipyard); Ronautica Services (charter and corporate events); and Ronautica Marinas Internacional (marina management of new marinas in Spain and overseas). The company has branches in Europe, the Caribbean, Central America, Brazil and North Africa.

SF MARINA SYSTEM, Gothenburg, Sweden E:

A global leader in the design and manufacture of superior concrete pontoons and floating breakwaters, SF Marina has created long-lasting, lowmaintenance systems in the harshest environments for over 90 years. Its new X-Line incorporates proprietary reinforcement material, resulting in lightweight, corrosionresistant products claimed to have twice the life of traditional concrete pontoons. (See advertisement p.2)

Port Mirabello, La Spezia, Italy. Pontoons: Ingemar Rixo post-tensioned pontoons and wave attenuators; floating aluminium and steel systems with rotomoulded floats; and floating boat lifts.

SISTEMA WALCON, Ferrara, Italy

Structurmarine is a specialist in well-engineered and architecturally attractive marina systems. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experienced team has created many large-scale, innovative and signature marina projects, waterfront developments and resorts around the world. (See advertisement p.36 & 37)


E: Sistema Walcon has set up a turnkey operation. Over the past year it has expanded its range of pontoons and introduced the new Breakwater 500 for the mooring of vessels up to 60 tonnes and a heavier discontinuous aluminium pontoon (11kg/ml). The company is committed to continuous R&D including research into eco-friendly materials and engineering development.


E: Solent Marine is one of the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most advanced manufacturers of world

Sullivan Flotation is a full service manufacturer of high quality, heavy-duty floating dock systems, wave attenuators and aluminium gangways. It offers timber, galvanised steel and aluminium structures with a variety of hardwood and composite deck surfaces. The company marks its 50th year in 2011.

SUPERIOR MARINAS, Queensland, Australia

E: Superior Marinas provides turnkey solutions for all commercial berthing requirements. It designs and constructs a range of marina systems and public walkways to meet specific applications. Products include the heavy-duty Elite, medium duty and modular Capri, innovative and functional Neptune and plastic moulded UMD systems. (See advertisement p.24)

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Port of Scheveningen, the Netherlands. Pontoons: Intermarine - May/June 2011

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E: Walcon Marine is a market leader in the design, construction and installation of marinas, yacht harbours and berthing facilities. With operations in the UK, Australia and Dubai, its work can be found in over 30 countries. Walcon is proud to have built the marina for the 2012 Olympic Games. (See advertisement p.34)

Yangpu River Marina, Shanghai, China. Pontoons: Poralu Marine


E: Technomarine has established a solid worldwide reputation for expertise in the engineering, customisation, manufacture and installation of floating structures for the marina industry. With over 30 years of experience, its team of


engineers have the know-how to build floating aluminium pontoons suitable for different weather conditions, ranging from hurricanes to ice conditions. (See advertisement p.26)


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WAVE ARMOR, Minnesota, USA

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City selects one-of-a-kind docks... As one of the yachting capitals of the world, the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, takes great pride in its Riverwalk area, a section that runs along the New River giving access from the sea to the heart of the city. It offers an array of attractions including shops, galleries, fine restaurants and cultural landmarks – and a series of brand new docks. panels for easy access to the services directly underneath. Technomarine used a proprietary fibre reinforced concrete decking material that blends seamlessly with the aluminium structure. The decking has a light grey colour pigment and is enriched with a slate texture. At the City’s request, certain panels were customised with a sandblasted Riverwalk logo. The cleats are fixed to tracks along the length of the docks and can easily be repositioned to accommodate boats of different lengths.

Docks at Riverwalk – ready for visiting boats. The City decided to install docks along the Riverwalk to promote tourism and enable boaters to moor up for short stay visits to the city centre. When launching the project, however, the City was on the lookout for something out of the ordinary. In particular, it sought one-of-a-kind docks that would be of high quality and aesthetic appeal. Quality meant a life expectancy of at least 30 years, low maintenance, hurricane resistance and a ten-year warranty.

Technomarine, the manufacturer of choice, was contracted to install its brand new 500 Series aluminium floating docks, a series designed by a team of in-house engineers working with an external design firm. The entire docking system, including its fenders and cleats, has a modern homogenous look to fit the criterion for aesthetics, while the materials and layout make for durability and low maintenance. The robust aluminium frame is covered with easily removable decking

In addition to the docks, the company also supplied aluminium platforms and gangways, which were topped with ipe decking. The combination of the hardwood and the textured concrete decking gives a deluxe look. The first two docks, measuring 100ft (30.5m) and 140ft (42.6m) long, were installed alongside the Broward Center for Performing Arts and can accommodate any size of vessel that can navigate the river. Both docks connect to land via ADA-compliant aluminium gangways and a fixed platform. Three further sites at the Maritime Museum, Marina Facilities Office and 3rd Avenue Bridge will be completed in coming months.

...and private marina owner opts for ‘lift-outs’

While the docks at Riverwalk are a feature to be enjoyed year-round, some marina sites are not all-weather compatible. In rare cases, docks have to be removed from the water in the winter and this entails special design considerations. One example is Shadows Marina on the banks of the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, New York. Marina owner, Joe Bonura, wanted to build a 101slip marina despite the harsh winter conditions that see massive ice floes down the Hudson destroy everything in their path. “I’ve seen the ice take out a massive six-steel-pile dolphin cluster like it was a tooth pick,” he says. Technomarine was tasked to engineer and construct an entire marina system, including wave attenuator, that could be removed every autumn and reinstalled every spring. Despite appearances, Shadows Marina does not have a year-round pontoon system. - May/June 2011


PONTOONS & BREAKWATERS All pontoon elements are easily removed in the winter season. “Technomarine not only provided a first class system that was easy to install and remove but they also designed a number of custom features that made the process even easier and faster – thus less expensive,” Bonura continues. Some of these customised features include: dock ends that give easy access to the dock section connectors; connector pins that secure the dock sections and finger piers that can be installed and removed without tools; and a winch system that easily tightens and releases tension on the Seaflex anchor lines.

The process needed to be as simple as possible. Bonura opted for a composite decked welded aluminium system. “This system is virtually maintenance-free and is 100% timber-free and green,” he explains. “Technomarine’s ten-year warranty is unmatched in the marina

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R&D success and home market order boost Italian engineering company, Ingemar, devoted greater attention to research and development last year, finalising designs and starting production of its new heavy-duty aluminium pontoons and undertaking laboratory tests on a new modular floating breakwater system. Ingemar tasked itself to develop new breakwaters that offer bigger dimensions, displacement and freeboard than currently available. In order to reduce transport costs, the company also decided to make all structures modular, with a view to constructing a breakwater on site with dimensions up to 20m x 6.0m, height of 3.4m, freeboard of 1.0m and displacement of 180 tons.

new yacht berths and 250 moorings for service vessels in just a few months. The market in the north east of Italy (Upper Adriatic) was particularly active.

Highlight projects included an extension of 35 berths at Porto San Rocco di Muggia (Trieste), which was built by Ingemar in 1998/99; a mooring system on the Lisert Canal at Monfalcone; pontoons and fingers for Adriatica Marina at Lignano Sabbiadoro; the 70-berth Marina 4 di Caorle Testing was completed, as in Venice; and a double usual, in cooperation with the assignment to extend the Marine Works Department Adriatica Marina has new moorings for small coastal vessels Corte Molin Landing at the of Padua University. Ingemar up to 8m in length. mouth of the Brenta Nuova reports that the tests River and replace existing fixed demonstrated a significant capacity In addition to concentration on new pontoons at Cantieri Mosella with a in wave motion attenuation, even with product development, Ingemar fulfilled 350-berth system comprising 1,100m of wave periods of up to 4.5 seconds and demanding orders on its domestic floating pontoons. wave heights of up to 1.5m. market, supplying and installing 550 - May/June 2011




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Boost to Clean Hull initiative Australian based AirBerth Boat Lifts was one of ten global companies selected to take part in the Clean Hull Initiative organised by the Jegrelius Institute of Sweden in March. The initiative was part of the Stockholm International Boat Show and aimed to showcase environmentally friendly alternatives to the use of copper based antifouling.

Sea Drive wins customer approval

Miami Beach Marina, owned and operated by RCI Development, recently placed an order for 17 30,000lb capacity four-post four-motor style boat lifts from Golden Boat Lifts. Mark Summers, project manager for RCI, cited many reasons for selecting Golden lifts but confirmed that one of the major factors in the decision was based on the new Golden Sea Drive system. The Sea Drive was developed to be used specifically for heavy lifting and is a 480:1 fully enclosed worm gear style reducer with 8,000 inch pounds of

Boat lift at Miami Beach Marina with Sea Drive system (inset).

torque. It connects directly to the drive shaft so there are no chains to break or belts to slip and is fully enclosed to eliminate periodic maintenance. When coupled with a 3,450 rev/min drive motor, it also provides the faster lifting speeds required in a commercial marine setting. Contact Golden Boat Lifts in FL, USA on email:

New models launched in USA Two new boat lift models, named RhinoHoist, have been launched by US company ShoreMaster to replace its previous floating lift models. Available in two versions – frontmounting and with L-arm – both feature galvanised steel frames and completely re-engineered tanks. The latter makes for increased individual tank capacity and fewer hose connections while a repositioned hose connection location reduces the risk of leaks in the hose and tank system. Rhinohoist is designed to compete in the southern USA market and thus utilises a capacity range for each model rather than a maximum capacity. This

Boat lift technology can play an important role in environmental protection, as Alex Chan managing director of AirBerth explained: “The AirBerth provides a solution that eliminates the need for antifouling paints. It also allows for marine growth on its pontoon without causing any adverse effects for the boat or for the AirBerth. In essence, this means that each AirBerth acts like artificial reef encouraging marine life.” Erik Noaksson from the Jegrelius Institute acknowledged the boat lift solution and added: “Sweden has already banned the use of toxic paints on its east coast (Baltic Sea) with plans to carry the ban through the west coast in the near future. So, now is the time to start introducing a paradigm shift towards new alternatives to antifoul paints.” The AirBerth, which has an estimated lifespan in excess of 50 years, is built from High Density Polyethylene (HDP) materials which are non-corrosive and have high UV stability. There are nine standard models, from 2,300kg up to 15,000kg, engineered to suit monohulls and catamarans. Contact AirBerth in Australia on email:

makes it easier for customers to select an appropriate model and also means that, in many cases, they will not need to buy a new lift if they subsequently purchase a larger, heavier boat. Both lifts were on display in April at River Hills Marina, Lake Wylie, South Carolina for a ShoreMaster dealer meeting and can now be seen in dealer showrooms, residential docks and commercial marinas. Contact ShoreMaster in MN, USA on email: - May/June 2011


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Managing utilities with Albatross control The Azimut Electronics Group, well established within the marine sector for its wide ranging hardware and software solutions, has developed Albatross Marina Control (AMC), a comprehensive control and management system for water and electrical supplies in marinas.

Fuel supplier gives Marina of the Year award ValvTect Petroleum, leading US supplier of marine fuels, recognised Longboat Key Club Moorings in Longboat Key, Florida, with its 2010 Marina of the Year Award. The presentation was made at the International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) in January. and diesel. The 291The ValvTect Marina of slip facility, designated the Year Award is given a Clean Marina by the annually to a ‘ValvTect Florida Department of Certified Marina’ for Environmental Protection, outstanding operation, is located on the ICW total commitment at Marker 15. It can to customer service accommodate yachts and environmental up to 150 feet and offers stewardship. Longboat Key Moorings direct access to Sarasota Bay, the Intracoastal is one of nearly 600 ValvTect certified marinas Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. is the US and Caribbean Contact ValvTect in IL, that offer the company’s USA on email: valvtect@ specially formulated marine gasoline (petrol)

Above - Jerry Nessenson (left), president of ValvTect Petroleum and Paul Craufurd (right) ValvTect regional sales manager, present Dennis Matthews (centre) of Longboat Key Club Moorings with the 2010 award.

AMC gives the marina operator exact knowledge of utility consumption in real time from each supply point; activates all services and supplies remotely from a control centre; and gives the operator instant access to information on any incident that affects these supplies. Most significantly, it works via wireless technology so no new wiring is required at the marina and it is compatible with most supply pedestals on the market. AMC has three principal functions – to control supply, offer monitoring and security and assist with pre-payment or billing. In its ‘supply’ mode, it activates and/or shuts down water and electricity supplies; reads water and electricity consumption at a distance or from actual pedestals; programmes lighting in the supply pedestals; and displays consumption in multiple formats – year, month, day and time. The system has an anti-theft alarm for water and electricity and alarms for electrical shutdown and water leaks. It also monitors mooring status (free/occupied).

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As a collection management system, AMC can run a prepay system for vessels in transit without cards or devices, and generate periodic billing for berth holders. All the system’s information and commands are transmitted via radio frequency from one pedestal to another, creating a web of information that can be self-managed and self-planned. All information is detailed and managed from the marina office computer and the software’s graphic interface is personalised for each port, based on an aerial photograph. Data can be stored for up to four years, litre by litre and watt by watt, to give a precise consumption record for each minute of the time period. Easy to install and compatible with existing marina management software, AMC helps reduce supply and management costs, gives customers accurate information and promotes efficient and environmentally responsible use of water and energy. Contact Azimut Electronics in Spain on email: info@

British Waterways National Supplier Intermarine were up against some very “strong competition in a keen marketplace and their ability to demonstrate competitive pricing, and proven capabilities, secured their position. Nigel Habben British Waterways

Find out how Intermarine can help with your next project T +44 (0)23 8023 1332 - May/June 2011


PRODUCTS & SERVICES Index to Advertisers Aister Marinas, Spain 47 American Boat & Yacht Council, 34 USA Bellingham Marine, USA 43 & 45 Cimolai Technology, Italy 14 Con-O-Lift by Kropf Industrial, 38 Canada Dock Marine Systems, Turkey 50 Dual Docker, Austria 52 EZ Dock, USA 52 Eaton-Marina Power & Lighting, 18 USA Golden Boat Lifts, USA 60 Helix Mooring Systems, USA 58 IMBC 2012, USA 60 IMCI, Belgium 58 IRM, Slovenia 56 Ingemar, Italy 22 Intermarine, UK 61 JLD International, Netherlands 55 K-Marina, Spain 28 KMI Sealift, USA 16 Leestrom, UK & Germany 60 MDL Consultancy, UK 29 METS, the Netherlands 49 Marina Projects, UK 18 Marine Technologies, Australia 24 Marine Travelift, USA 64 Marinetek, Finland 4&5 Martini Alfredo, Italy 6 New Design Architecture, 17 China Ocean LED, USA 58 Pacsoft, New Zealand 54 Poralu Marine, France 32 & 33 Premier Materials, USA 63 Rolec Services, UK 12 SF Marina System, Sweden 2 SaniSailor by EMP Industries, 48 USA Seaflex, Sweden 8 Seatec, Italy 56 SeatizenPro, France 58 Seijsener, the Netherlands 50 Solent Marine, UK 40 Stor-Mate, USA 51 Structurmarine, Canada 36 & 37 Sublift, Sweden 22 Superior Marinas, Australia 24 Taylor Fuel Controls, UK 60 Technomarine, Canada 26 Turrell Hall & Associates, USA 25 Walcon Marine, UK 34 Wave Armor/Innovative 57 Outdoor Solutions, USA


Custom order for GCCM... Gold Coast City Marina (GCCM) in Queensland, Australia, has replaced its 40ton hoist with a new Marine Travelift 50 BFMII. The marina teamed up with Marina Projects (NZ) Ltd, a well-known supplier and specialist Marine Travelift dealer, to determine the best choice of hoist for the facility.

width specifications so as to lift larger yachts without the need to remove rigging. It also received customised painting to match the marina’s corporate image.

Steve Sammes, general manager at GCCM, was clear on the marina’s requirements. “The GCCM facility sees around 3,000 boats per year coming through the shipyard, so our equipment needs to be of the highest quality and reliability,” he said.

Sammes envisages increased growth and performance with the new hoist. “The machine performs beautifully, with extremely smooth hydraulic controls,” he noted. “Our customers often comment on how quiet the machine is when running and are amazed as to how smoothly their vessels are lifted out from the water.”

The hoist was modified to accommodate the marina’s height and

...and new dealer in South America Marine Travelift has appointed Ribeca Equipment Inc., as its newest dealer in South America. Formed by Roberto Rizo Benedetto with his wife and two sons, the new company will promote Marine Travelift products throughout Venezuela, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica. Rizo worked with Marine Travelift products for 12 years as the special projects manager with a South American machinery and equipment company. With Ribeca Equipment, he hopes to

inspire customer confidence in terms of service, quality and the availability of service and parts supply. “I think our customer service will preserve the Marine Travelift name in our area,” he commented. - May/June 2011

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