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July/August 2010 Vol 10, No. 6

World News

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Special Report: Planning

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A marina developer in BC, Canada, fights politicised local opposition

Cover Story: Palm Harbor Marina 17

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South Florida’s newest major marina brings an economic boost to the city

Stacking Up

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An in-depth look at The Marina at Puerto Los Cabos in Mexico; new US drystacks in Florida and North Carolina; and a self-service system in operation in France 26

Marina Developments

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Upmarket Marina Bizerte Cap in Tunisia will offer a cheaper Med option

Talking Shop

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Steve Carothers CMM of Antelope Point Marina, Lake Powell, USA, talks shop 46

Products & Services

51 Front cover: The rebuilt Palm Harbor Marina on West Palm Beach, Florida, is the culmination of years of planning and has been designed to exceed marina industry guidelines. Read more on p. 22

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60th ISSUE A warm welcome to the 60th issue of Marina World ! To mark the end of our 10th year, we’ve invested in a redesign and hope you appreciate the fresh new format. Sixty issues makes for a lot of ink, a lot of paper and significant coverage of news and views from around the world. So, what’s happened? Over the past decade we’ve seen heightened attention on the environment, which has resulted in more difficult planning issues. We’ve also seen more vocal public opposition to marina developments that has made it increasingly onerous to build new marinas in certain developed parts of the world. Strides forward have, however, been made in gaining recognition of the benefits marinas bring to nautical tourism, local employment and the general economy. More effective environmental management has meant placing greater emphasis on establishing recycling stations, re-using water, improving anti-pollution measures in boatyards and reducing energy use in marina amenities. It has led to a growing acceptance of plastics and composites as alternative materials for pontoon decking. In terms of hardware, pontoon designs have been upgraded and boat handling systems for drystack have become increasingly sophisticated. Drystack itself has become far more widely accepted and now forms part of plans for many new marinas. There’s been a keen eye on stylish designs for gates, railings and marina buildings; a revolution has taken place in lighting systems – often coloured – to enhance ambience; and dockside pedestals no longer need to be unremarkable pillars but are stylish, decorative and have greater functionality. More efficient and reliable payment systems for all marina services are now widely embraced. Much has been learnt from the hotel industry. Emphasis on concierge-style services for ‘average’ boat owners and club-class services for the increasing number of superyacht crew and owners are the norm at higher profile facilities. The quest continues to build ever bigger berths. Smaller marinas continue to place emphasis on family-friendly extras, and service – throughout - has become the new watchword. The ‘destination marina’ has arrived as has the concept of exclusive ‘branding’ for marina groups; another hotel concept. Berth holders are not just members of a single marina but members of marina groups or clubs that offer club privileges – and marina chains are thinking globally not just nationally. All in all, that’s quite a lot of ‘growing up’ in ten years. Here’s to the next decade!

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WORLD NEWS

Seppälä joins Entrepreneur Academy MONACO: Ilkka Seppälä, CEO and owner of the Marinetek Group, is the first marina builder to become a member of the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Academy. Seppälä was honoured at the 2010 awards ceremony held in Monte Carlo’s Salle des Etoiles. In a letter of congratulation to Seppälä, Finland’s Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen noted: “Invitations to become part of this group are only granted to the world’s most successful and innovative entrepreneurs. You and entrepreneurs like you are significant factors contributing to the growth of national and global economies. As a Finn I am proud that your achievements are recognised internationally. I would like to congratulate you personally on your career and achievements as an

Docks and Marinas USA: Docks & Marinas 2010, which runs from 18th-20th October, is the 36th national engineering and construction conference and course in the series offered by the University of WisconsinMadison. The course offers 20 professional development hours, concentrating on the principles of modern marina design and best management practices. For information, email Prof C. Allen Wortley on: wortley@engr.wisc.edu

entrepreneur. Your success is a sign of dedication and skills. It also reveals your determination and persistence. Your story makes you a role model to all current and future entrepreneurs.” Describing the nomination as ‘the absolute highlight’ of his career, Seppälä explained: “The Entrepreneur of the Year programme has marked an important development stage for me and my company. Thanks to this learning process, we have further developed our strategy to better serve our international growth. Over the last two years Marinetek has gained a strong international foothold and is now more powerful than ever.” Michael Spencer, Group CEO of the UK’s ICAP plc, was picked from among more than 50 country finalists to win the title of Entrepreneur of the Year. ICAP plc, which has been the best performing financial stock in the FTSE 100 Index over the past decade, is one of the world’s most innovative financial services companies. It has an average daily transaction volume measured in trillions of US dollars and revenues of more than US$2 billion.

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Revamp for Rhu UK: Further to its purchase of Rhu Marina on the Firth of Clyde, Scotland, in April 2008 for £4 million, The Crown Estate is to invest £1.4 million in significant improvements. The existing floating breakwaters will be replaced and 58 berths added, bringing the total number to 240. Simon Haigh, managing director of Quay Marinas – which leases and operates Rhu Marina – is delighted. “This is very good news for all concerned, “he says. “Rhu customers will benefit enormously from the new breakwater arrangements and we shall be offering excellent value berthing packages going forward into 2011”. Alasdair Rankin, head of marine business development at The Crown

Estate, comments: “We are confident that this significant investment will benefit the marina in years to come. We are also keen to look further into improving the onshore marina facilities to provide a first class marina facility that caters for the future needs of our customers. Architects have now been appointed to take forward the master planning and design of the shoreside improvements.” The Crown Estate manages a highly diverse £6 billion property portfolio across the UK on behalf of the nation.

New managers for Boston Haven USA: Island Global Yachting (IGY) is to oversee all marina operations at Boston Yacht Haven, Boston, MA. The marina has 100 newly-renovated slips and an acclaimed 10-room boutique hotel. Recognising the strength of Boston Yacht Haven as a megayacht base, IGY will be bringing its signature megayacht service and expertise to the facility. Brian Deher, general manager at IGY’s Yacht Club at Isle de

Sol and Simpson Bay Marina in St Maarten, will be serving as general manager for this summer season in order to ensure that guests receive the same quality of service as at IGY facilities in the Caribbean.

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WORLD NEWS Coomera plans near completion

GHM bids for Rhodes GREECE: Grand Harbour Marina plc (GHM) has submitted a tender in association with Camper & Nicholsons Marinas (C&N) for the 50 year concession for the redevelopment and operation of Rhodes Mandraki Marina (above) in the centre of the island’s main town. The marina project will involve the renovation and extension of the existing facilities to bring them to world class standards. Improved standards are expected to attract more international yachts which,

in turn, will bring benefit to the local community through increased yachting tourism. There is a strong historical link between Rhodes and Grand Harbour as both marinas are bordered by the

fortifications of the Knights of St John. The tender for the marina is being contested by several bidders and the competition is strong. A decision is expected this year.

AUSTRALIA: The master plan for a $530 million expansion of the marine precinct at Coomera, Queensland, is on the verge of completion after more than two years of deliberation. Plans include a 390-berth marina and a 290slot drystack storage complex. The project is a joint venture between Maritimo and Brisbane-based developer Property Solutions Australia who are working to plans developed by Planit Consulting. The project, deemed to be of ‘state significance’, covers a 63.5 hectare site on the northern side of the existing Coomera Marine Precinct. It will create 4,800 jobs during construction and 4,600 jobs on completion. “We have developed a plan that is environmentally friendly and yet delivers the functional requirements of a growing marine industry,” confirms Planit Consulting director, Boyd Sargeant.

Jones Valley Submissions earns CA ‘Clean welcome for Boating Access Award Marina’ status MBTBC USA: Jones Valley Resort on Shasta Lake, Redding, California has received the Clean Marinas California Certificate. “We are pleased to announce that we received a 94% rating, which is very high for our industry,” said Mike Han, COO of marina owner, houseboats.com. “We are very dedicated and conscientious when it comes to protecting the environment. After all, it is our livelihood.” The Clean Marinas California Program, administered through the Marina Recreation Association, is a partnership of private marina owners, government marina operators and yacht clubs.

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USA: Nominations are open until 1st October 2010 for the BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award, which recognises individuals or groups who have succeeded in preserving or improving public waterway access.

“Ultimately, boating access is a local issue and this award recognises those advocates across the US who are succeeding in reversing the trend towards declining waterway access,” says BoatUS president, Nancy Michelman. “We’ll share those success stories with

others so that they may also learn how to preserve or improve boating access in their area.” For more information or a look at previous winners, go to www. BoatUS.com/gov/ AccessAward. Previous entrants are asked not to reapply.

expansion AUSTRALIA: The Hon Paul Lucas MP officially opened the new marina at the Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club (MBTBC), Manly Boat Harbour, Queensland, on 18th June. The facility has extended its marina capacity by 134 berths and added an undercover car parking facility. New amenities and three double-sided berths are to be added in December.

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New look for racing club

New UK CMMs - l to r: Tony Dye, Castle Marinas; Chris Windsor, Dover Marina; Charlie Telfer, St Katharine’s Dock; Charles Bush, Mayflower Marina; Sarah Hanna, Lowestoft Marina; Mike Gates, MDL Marinas; and Debbie Burns CMM – UK and Europe CMM Group chairman.

ITALY: The Marina di Carrara Yacht Club in Tuscany has been completely renovated and restructured. A total of 262 new berths on pontoons and multi-purpose floating docks has been installed utilising galvanised steel framed systems with reinforced concrete polystyrene floats and hardwood decking. Italian specialist Ingemar, as project developer, installed different widths of pontoon as appropriate, taking seaswell into account. Marina president, Emilio Cucurnia commented: “Thanks to the rational use of space and the new layout of Ingemar’s floating pontoons, our yacht club can now offer hospitality to a greater number of members owning yachts from 5-20m, in a better organised surface area which is actually smaller than before.” “Restructuring the moorings of a yacht club that is this important in the world of Italian sport has been a great success for our technical department,” noted Ingemar president, Lorenzo Isalberti. “They worked hard at rationalising the space in the marina and in installing the new mooring structures with a view not only to providing facilities for visitors but also to encouraging the growth of competitive sailing, which is what made this club is famous.”

The highs and the lows UK: The sixth UK Marina Conference (12th-13th May) proved a big success for the organising bodies - the British Marine Federation (BMF) and Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) – and event sponsors, Walcon Marine. Around 120 delegates attended from the UK, Australia, Ireland, France, Spain and the Netherlands. Debbie Burns CMM, chairman UK and Europe CMM group, supporters

enlightened and entertained by a keynote address, ‘The Seven

The UK market: sadly down Howard Pridding (BMF): “At the London Boat Show in January we were optimistic about gradual recovery but it has transpired to be a very difficult market in the UK.” Alastair Walton (yachtworld.com): “It’s tough. Brokers and dealers are having a difficult time but have been helped by low pound to euro. But the euro buyers have now left the supply chain – and we’re running out of boats to sell.” Steve Arber CMM (Tingdene Marinas): “It’s far from rosy in inland areas. In some places there’s less than 10% occupancy. British Waterways encouraged people to build marinas on farmland but now there are no boats.”

of the conference, was delighted with the turnout. “The conference is going from strength to strength and companies continued to support the event during the difficult economic climate,” she said. “It was extremely pleasing to see the high level of attendance on the second day, which culminated in a successful field trip to Brighton Marina.” Delegates were

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Norman and Tim Lyon of Network Training, updated on Health and Safety issues and dredging regulations, and advised on how best to approach liability claims. Marina managers shared best practices, discussed new marina developments and the state of the industry. A highlight of the conference, as always, was a presentation to new Certified Marina Managers (CMMs). The UK and Europe now has 58 CMMs of a worldwide total of 253.

...cautiously up Mick Bettesworth CMM (MDL Marinas): “Most areas in the US are picking up and we usually tend to be six to nine months behind the USA. It’s tough but it’s not for ever.” Simon Haigh CMM (Quay Marinas): “I think, personally, we’re in for a tougher time this year than last but on the coastal side we can take pleasure in the fact that we’re still profitable and, in the main, retaining our customers. This is a very strong position to be in.” Howard Pridding (BMF): “Our industry has been very, very resilient and an upturn will come. Industry has grown up over the past two years.”

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WORLD NEWS

Operators receive ‘excellence’ awards LEBANON: Marina operators, Aldar Marinas and Mourjan Marinas IGY, were both recognised with Innovation and Excellence Awards (Marina Management) at the World of Yachts Recognition Awards for Excellence 2010 at the sixth International Beirut Boat Show. Yas Marina manager, Cedric Le Rest, was honoured to receive the award for Yas Marina/Aldar Marinas. “We are committed to maintaining excellent standards across all areas of our marina management services and operations and look forward to further developing our reach across the Middle East and beyond, “ he said. Aldar Marinas manages a full range of marinas that form part of waterfront developments at Yas Island, Al Raha Beach and Abu Dhabi Island. The award for Yas Marina follows its inclusion in the Dow Jones ‘World’s Top Ten Marinas’ report. Cedric Le Rest (right) Michael Horrigan, CEO of Dubai-Based Mourjan Marinas IGY – a strategic partnership between Island Global Yachting and Malta based G-Marin – accepted the excellence award on behalf of the Arab Marine Industries Association. He also spoke of the need to maintain standards and expand market reach and, in a pre-ceremony conference, he Michael Horrigan (right) addressed the increasing role marinas play in integrated lifestyles throughout the Middle East. Horrigan highlighted the importance of designing boating facilities in tandem with public spaces and commercial upland components. The award for Mourjan follows a string of successes and awards for the company including Best Industry Initiative (Marina Berthing) for Festival City Marina, and Best Brand Presence and International Promotion at the Arabian Gulf Yachting Awards.

C&N wins Sanya contract CHINA: Camper & Nicholsons Marinas (C&N) has won a contract from Luhuitou Tourism Development Co to design and commission Sanyo Serenity Marina in southern China. The marina will be the only Chinese stop-over in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race. Incorporating 350 berths, including berths for yachts up to 50m, Sanya Serenity will form part of a resort being designed by world renowned architects Chapman Taylor. It is due for completion in June 2011. C&N Marinas CEO, Nick Maris, comments: “We are delighted to be working with Luhuitou Tourism Development on this outstanding project, which aims to bring the

highest international standards to this important new marina. Sanya is set to become a major yachting and tourism destination in South East Asia and we look forward to working together to make this the region’s finest marina.” LI Baiqing, deputy mayor of the city of Sanya, formed part of a delegation that undertook a three-day fact finding mission

to visit Grand Harbour, C&N’s flagship marina in Malta. Armed with information gleaned there, he acknowledges that the success of a marina is not only dependent on its design and build but also on the resources, training and knowledge of the people who manage it. He is confident that C&N is the right partner to ensure Sanya sets the standard for premium marinas in the region.

ICOMIA honours Stone Ron Stone has been given International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) Honorary Membership in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the leisure marine industry throughout the years. for the ICOMIA Boating Stone had a long and Facilities Committee when distinguished career it was formed in 1991. He with the US National became its chairman in Marine Manufacturers 1997. Association (NMMA) Stone retired from the as its director of marine industry last year government affairs and currently lives in Hawaii. and acted as secretary

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Port upgrade complete

As part of the project, the outer pier – closest to the marina entrance - was designed to be 3m wide and has an increased continuous waler connection system that takes wave action into consideration. The pier acts as a wave attenuator and has significantly calmed waters in the inner basin.

MONACO: Reconstruction of Fontvieille Port is now complete, offering berthing for 275 vessels up to 20m in length.

According to David Veyrat-Durebex, general manager Bellingham Marine France, there were various unique project challenges. Narrow, steep roads made transportation difficult; restrictions were placed on access times; there was limited space for staging work; and the team endured a streak of bad weather.

Bellingham Marine France led the renovation, which included installation of extra wide concrete floating pontoons anchored on chains. The chains pass through flush boxes constructed centrally in the walkway pontoons making for easy adjustment and inspection of fixings without the need for divers.

The port authority’s improvement plans for Fontvieille have been underway since the early 2000s.

MKB wins – again! HONG KONG: Marina at Keppel Bay (MKB) of Singapore was voted Best Asian Marina at the sixth annual Asia Boating Awards held in Hong Kong in May. In 2008, MKB won ‘Best New Asian Marina of the Year’. “This is one of the most competitive categories within the Asia Boating Awards with very strong competition from Hong Kong to the UAE,” commented MKB general manager, Trevor Fong. “For us, this

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SPECIAL REPORT: PLANNING

The politics of community opposition a marina developer in British Columbia fights for its right to build When Lachlan MacLean joined WAM Development to become general manager for the development company’s newest venture - a marina in Victoria, British Columbia - he understandably thought they would be breaking ground on the facility within a year of his move from Australia back to his native Canada. But, it’s two years down the line and the project is just receiving permitting. What happened and how did the project drag out? Sarah Devlin reports

Lachlan MacLean: “There’s a lot of misinformation. It’s as though we’re building a gated community with barbed wire and tall buildings that block the sun. The facts do not support that.” marine management centre. “The opposition was well organised and vocal,” MacLean says. “This has become highly politicised, unfortunately. But, it doesn’t reflect the attitude of the community.” In fact, a survey conducted by Environics, a research and marketing consultant based in Toronto, found that 74% of the people living in Victoria thought the marina would have a positive impact on the economy. So, why the opposition? According to Tom Ahern, a senior vice-president at Saint Consulting Group, which specialises in controversial zoning and land-use issues (but is not involved here), there are three interests to consider when organising community opposition: economic, political and legal.

Zoning for a new marina in the small town of Victoria was approved in the 1980s. Just this spring, environmental impact studies were accepted and permits were issued. First Nation requirements have been met. In the final plans, the public will have access to the shore. Kayakers will have their own launch ramp and undisturbed paddling area. Views will be slightly altered but not obstructed. There will be no pub on site. And, there’s plenty of parking. Still, op-eds abound and as recently as May, five former mayors of Victoria - a group that handled 30 years’ consecutive leadership of the town publicly denounced the marina plans. Images of kayakers huddled together near the proposed marina site, coupled with people on shore holding “This Is Not A Parking Lot For Elite$” signs

Above & below: Computer generated images show the layout of the 54-slip Victoria International Marina and the view from Paul Kane Place. were published alongside the story. The community opposition public-relations machine was still churning. Here are the details: WAM Development Group, a Canadian company responsible for millions of dollars of real estate development worldwide, has proposed a 54slip megayacht facility catering to boats up to 120 feet (37m) long and including 325 feet (99m) of broadside dockage in Victoria’s Middle Harbour along the Songhees waterfront. Shoreside buildings at the new Victoria International Marina will include a public restaurant, a coffee house, a ships store and a yachting concierge

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In many circumstances, an opposing developer may be interested in building on a location that is owned by or leased to a company already, such as a grocery store or hospital. That opposing developer may choose to turn to the community to stop the existing developer in order to take over the area for its own purposes. “The key is to find a way of getting the three interests aligned on the same

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SPECIAL REPORT: PLANNING Vancouver Harbour as it is today and (inset) as it was in 1968; always a highly urbanised working harbour. up, and goes full circle back to original demands that have already been settled. “This is textbook,” Ahern states. “They layer demand upon demand and you never reach the bar. This drags out the process.” “You can’t fight the coalition of the willing,” Ahern says, in keeping with his war-time metaphors and referring to a group that has been persuaded to battle.

page,” Ahern says. The most effective campaign, he asserts, operates in passion. For the most part, community opposition stems from straight-up passion about the neighbourhood. For instance, a retiree who moved to the shore is most likely to oppose a megayacht facility that is zoned for his/her area. Anyone opposed to a new marina would do well to contact that retiree immediately and use that person as a so-called ‘surrogate’ whom the opposition could count on to fight within the community. In other words, you make that person part of your campaign. A passionate plea from a neighbour trumps any kind of economic argument or political strategy. Opposition to new marina development is hardly news. Open any newspaper and you read articles about community opposition over waterfront development from South Providence, Rhode Island, to Sidney, British Columbia, and from Flathead Basin, Montana, to Hockley Heath, West Midlands, England. Stepping around zoning and permitting laws while appeasing a sceptical public can be daunting and is best likened to fighting a war with multiple front lines.

the marina will ‘privatise’ the waterfront, and from claims that the harbour is not zoned for a marina and that construction will negatively impact the environment. These are standard-issue arguments, but not entirely true here. Opponents went so far as to circulate computer-generated images portraying a harbour view blocked by an oversized and inaccurately depicted megayacht in order to obtain signatures.

A sceptic might think someone else has designs on this waterfront land zoned for various uses, such as docks, wharves and piers; fish packing and processing; breweries; and garbage, offal, dead animal or refuse incineration.

Most recently, opponents have asserted the harbour is ‘park land’. “It’s a highly urbanised working harbour,” MacLean states. “It’s already zoned for heavy industrial use. You could build a brewery or even an incinerator here.”

Or, this simply could be a political struggle between federal and provincial government. It’s possible a local political party is leveraging itself based on the perception that it’s representing its constituency by opposing the marina, thereby creating a battle that may not have existed in the first place. Ironically, according to MacLean, 18% of people surveyed in the city are less likely to vote on a development issue and a whopping 54% don’t see private development as a political issue at all.

The community opposition in this case is reminiscent of the aptly named mythical multi-headed water serpent, Hydra. Each time one of its heads gets cut off, two grow in its place. Once a demand is appeased, another pops

The development group worked with Victoria-based architect Herbert Kwan to consider local boaters in the marina’s design by including a 100ft (30m) floating bridge that allows kayakers to paddle through the marina rather

A photo montage distributed by marina opponents shows an oversized vessel close to pedestrian areas.

With all good intentions and thinking about the surrounding community, MacLean pulled together a list of marina facts in order to dispel the myths associated with the Victoria International Marina development. “There’s a lot of misinformation,” MacLean states. “It’s as though we’re building a gated community with barbed wire and tall buildings that block the sun. The facts do not support that.” The misinformation ranges from onthe-water congestion to assertions that

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SPECIAL REPORT: PLANNING than around it. The design also includes public landings and retrieval sites, dockside kayak storage and concessions to maintain sight lines. “Smaller boats will be moored along the shoreline to provide sightlines between boats,” MacLean affirms, thus preserving the waterfront view. Outside of federal and provincial as well as environmental issues, part of the permitting process in British Columbia includes the Provincial Policy for Consultation with First Nations, which mandates that developers and Canadian provinces consider aboriginal interests and feedback on development projects. “They want to minimise or eliminate any impact in regard to traditional land use or historical context,” MacLean explains. Kwan’s vision includes two symmetrical buildings positioned on either side of the marina, designed to resemble a yacht setting out to sea and, from above, reminiscent of a yacht propeller - all within one-storey buildings, as limited by a local petition raised in 1993 and settled by Canada’s Supreme Court in 2005. According to company literature, Victoria International Marina will bring over 200 new jobs to the area, both directly and indirectly related to the marina. “We weren’t asking for rezoning or new ordinances,” says MacLean, who recently hired a PR firm, which has helped the marina developers make some strides. “This has been part of the city plan for 20 years.” At press time, a group claiming to represent the Songhees First Nation and the Esquimalt Nation came forward to sue the Canadian government over allegations that the First Nation tribes were not consulted about the project. The complaint also mentions ‘displaced’ human-paddled boats, cites water congestion and asserts that public property is being turned over for ‘private use.’ Hydra’s head again.

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The real picture

Marina view across the harbour.

When struggling against well organised community opposition, it is generally most effective to take the offensive by stating what you will bring to the community, rather than responding to community concerns. According to Tom Ahern of Saint Consulting Group, when a person who is running for political office is accused of wanting to raise taxes, he/she does not say, “I don’t want to raise taxes,” but will instead say, “Here is my plan.” Here, then, is Victoria International Marina’s plan. WAM Development has proposed a marina on privately owned land that has been zoned for such purposes since 1984, after the province and federal government advertised for public comment and received significant response. WAM Development held an open house, spoke to community groups and attended meetings with politicians and development opponents. A full 74% of Victoria’s residents think the marina will have a positive impact on the environment while 53% support it. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans as well as Transport Canada determined the marina ‘is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.’ In fact, the marina development will improve the marine habitat from its current condition after years of industrial activity and log booming in the area, and will restore about 20,000 square meters of seabed to natural sediments. The project will create 229 construction jobs, 192 operational jobs, grow the demand for vessel maintenance and repair, and create interest in local activities and shops. The city will receive an estimated $165,000 in property taxes each year.

After reviewing the navigable waters permit application, Transport Canada has determined the marina’s placement and design are safe, and the facility will generate only 0.36% of total harbour traffic. The marina’s plans include a separate launch facility with storage for kayaks and a paddling route designed to Transport Canada criteria such that it is navigable by kayaks, canoes, dragon boats and a six-man outrigger canoe. The marina will be open to the public with public dockage, waterfront walkways, a coffee house and retail shops. The marina will accommodate vessels longer than 65ft (20m), at the request of Transport Canada, which wants larger vessels in the harbour due to traffic considerations. Also, a 2006 study indicated that for 50% of respondents, the lack of availability of slips greater than 50ft (15m) was a serious or prohibitive impediment to business. “I imagine, when this is built, members of the community will come down here,” Lachlan MacLean, Victoria International Marina’s general manager, says. “They’ll sit with their coffee and paper and watch the theatre on the harbour and they’ll say ‘What was all the fuss about?’”

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COVER STORY: PALM HARBOR MARINA

High end rebuild boosts City economy Creating jobs, energising the waterfront, stimulating the local economy and creating a fully customised, environmentally friendly destination marina in one package is no mean feat. Mix in a tight schedule and essential coordination with multiple agencies and the recipe to transform a 160-slip commercial marina into a 196-slip megayacht marina facility becomes yet more complex. Palm Harbor, the newest marina on West Palm Beach, has all these ingredients and, thanks to the vision of its owner operators and key design and equipment suppliers, officially opened for business – on schedule – in March 2010.

Fresh approach Palm Harbor Marina, formerly known as the Old City Docks, in the city of

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West Palm Beach in South Florida is conveniently located just minutes from Palm Beach Inlet and just south of the Flagler Bridge. The multi-million dollar renovation project represents the strength and commitment of the Chase family of Chase Enterprises who worked with the City of West Palm Beach in a public/private partnership. The marina officially broke ground on 27th March 2009 at a ceremony in which city officials and Chase family representatives explained the modus operandi. “This is a $90 million project that is going to immediately bring hundreds

of desperately needed jobs to our community and have a significant impact on the city’s tax revenues,” enthused West Palm Beach Mayor, Lois Frankel. Cheryl Chase, principal of the marina owners Leisure Resorts LLC, explained: “My father had the great idea to invest in West Palm Beach many years ago when we purchased the marina. We realised over the years that we had to modify the focus of the marina as the industry changed and create something completely new and modern.” “This project is the culmination of years of planning and the realisation of our family’s dream,” concluded Chase Enterprises principal, Arnold Chase. By joining forces with city officials, Leisure Resorts realised that it had an opportunity to not only get the docks it wanted for the project but also import new technology and industry – and bring related jobs – to the area.“We researched the best products available for our new marina and realised that Marinetek Group’s docking system was the best for us,” Cheryl Chase explained. Although Finnish design and technology, the Marinetek docks for Palm Harbor – and for subsequent projects in the Americas and the Caribbean - are built in the USA. Marinetek North America (NA) has its headquarters in West Palm Beach itself and undertook the Palm Harbor dock building project with team assistance from two local companies, Southeast Pre-Stressed and Murphy Construction Company. Employment prospects are bright: “We’re committed to staying here for the long haul,” confirmed Marinetek NA’s Chris Clark. “We’re working harder than ever to expand our business and to increase our labour needs.”

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COVER STORY: PALM HARBOR MARINA In addition to over 100 jobs created by the dock manufacturing process, hundreds more workers were needed to fill all other types of specialist service positions in a move described by Chase as the creation of an individual ‘economic stimulus package’. New permanent jobs at the marina have also been created.

Designed to excel Palm Harbor Marina is designed to exceed marina industry guidelines including state-of-the-art security, wide walkways, fairways and slip widths to accommodate new, larger megayachts. Berths are equipped with in-slip pumpout, single and three-phase power supply to meet the needs of present and future larger vessels and ever more demanding communications connections. The design also took full consideration of the hurricane-force wind conditions that occur in South Florida. Nothing was left to chance, as Robert Nathan, senior vice president of Moffatt & Nichol – design and engineering service provider for Palm Harbor – explained: “Yacht owners have more expectations nowadays when it comes to choosing a marina, for short or longterm stays. It’s almost like they bring the hotel suite and they expect to be able to ‘plug in’ and have access to full amenities.” Nathan, who also heads up the firm’s Urban Waterfronts & Marinas division, ventured further: “Marinas will have to adapt to accommodate these larger yachts.” Engineering services included preliminary master planning through to construction for the redevelopment and expansion. Master planning services covered the development of marina dock configuration alternatives based on existing physical and environmental site conditions and owner-directed slip distribution with accommodation for megayachts.

“We worked very closely with the owner to meet an expedited schedule,” confirmed Gabriel Perdomo, Moffatt & Nichol’s project manager for the marina. “This project required coordination with multiple agencies including the Florida Department of Transportation, US Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, City of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County and the US Coast Guard.” In addition, utility companies were consulted to locate and avoid submerged utility lines north of the marina. Moffatt & Nichol provided technical engineering support during the permitting process for the marina, which included the dredging of 100,000 cubic yards between the seawall and the Intracoastal Waterway, and acquired regulatory authorisation for replacement of 1,000 feet of seawall. It also provided design services for the structural, mechanical, electrical and fuel components of the marina and produced and submitted the construction tender documents

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including construction drawings and specifications. The firm also assisted the owner in evaluating proposals for the various project components and selecting contractors to perform the work and - working closely with the owner and contractors - coordinated construction support service, shop drawing reviews, and regular reviews and inspections of the production and installation of the marina components. The firm continues to support the project and is currently involved in the permitting process to remove a ‘low spot’ in the intercoastal channel. “The shoal, if removed, will make the marina more accessible to vessels 120 feet and above,” Perdomo explained.

Below & top left: Palm Harbor’s extensive mooring facilities offer generous manoeuvring space in a straightforward layout. Above: Marinetek concrete pontoons are aesthetically pleasing.

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On the dockside Capable of hosting nearly 200 yachts of all sizes from 50-250 feet in length, Palm Harbor Marina encompasses an area approximately the size of five US city blocks and has 2.2 million pounds of concrete floating docks. “Each of these slips when filled with a yacht represents nearly $500,000 in economic impact to the city and approximately five full-time jobs to support it,” Cheryl Chase enthused. “When you do the math, the success of this marina is a powerful addition to our community.” The marina was completely custombuilt by Marinetek NA from the bottom up with specially designed docks that were engineered to provide an extremely stable and safe platform in all weather conditions. All customengineered concrete pontoons are further reinforced with heavy-duty galvanised rebar and all gangways and finger-piers are extra wide.

up Marinetek’s involvement with the project; its first in the USA. “We’ve engineered and designed the marina to exceed the ‘Clean Marina’ standards,” Cheryl Chase added.

Open for business Completed comfortably in time for the 2010 Palm Beach International Boat Show in March, Palm Harbor Marina was able to play an instrumental part in growing the 25th event by opening its slips for on-water exhibits. Subsequent to this, it has signed up many slip holders and also welcomed HMY Yacht Sales, one of the leading yacht brokers and dealers in the USA, to its facility. HMY is setting up its flagship office on the premises this summer. Meanwhile, as the yachts move in, all services are being put to the test. And, unsurprisingly, they are extensive: full concierge; golf cart porter service;

ground transportation to local airports; private clubhouse; ship’s store; free WiFi; and ample parking. The last word goes to Chris Clark. “There will really be no other marinas in the United States built like Palm Harbor Marina,” he asserted. “We are so proud to have been involved with this high end project.”

L to r: Father and son team – Chris and Casey Clark – of Marinetek NA with Marinetek CEO, Ilkka Seppälä.

Further Marinetek attention to detail includes a custom colour motif; sleek yet strengthened anchoring design; elegant cleats; a 20ft wide x 196ft long fuel dock; and top level utilities. Eaton Marina Power & Lighting supplied powder coated stainless steel custom pedestals in the marina’s theme colour. Each unit features toe-lighting and a backlit palm symbol is cut into the top of each enclosure. All pedestals have slip numbers. The marina system is completely timber-free. “By avoiding toxic-coated wood and utilising eco-friendly products, Marinetek was able to offer an environmentally conscious product,” confirmed Chris Clark, who headed

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A new marina in Los Cabos, Mexico, has partnered with Marine Group Boat Works, based in San Diego, California, to bring more amenities to its customer base. The Marina at Puerto Los Cabos - a site that will include 500 slips for vessels up to 240 feet (73m) - will become the largest marina in Cabo. The entire resort encompasses a total of approximately 2,000 acres (809 hectares) of space, with such amenities as golf, hotel accommodation, beach clubs, a botanical garden, a residential village, and a community sports park with baseball and football (soccer) fields, plus 22,000 linear feet (6,700m) of dock space and the first drystack in Los Cabos. Sarah Devlin reports Relaxing in style at the resort pool. “We were on the project feasibilityplanning-design team along with EDSA [a land-side designer based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida],” says Tim Mason of Applied Technology and Management (ATM), the group charged with the initial phases of the project and who supported the design and development of floating

Todd Roberts: “Los Cabos has grown up as a world class destination. But there were no adequate boat repair facilities. We want to offer credible, high quality boat repair services.”

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dock, access gangway and marina utilities performance specifications and drawings. “We completed a detailed market study for the Cabo/Baja Sur area, developed the concept and master plan in parallel with EDSA, and completed financial performance modelling for the marina part of the project,” Mason says. “It is a very large land project, which was planned to be developed over many years.”

Design muse The Harbour Town Yacht Club at Hilton Head, South Carolina, was a design muse, as the Marina at Puerto Los Cabos has a narrow entry that also

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The marina has several subbasins designed for different boat groups such as the fisherman’s wharf (below). opens into an upland yacht basin protected by three breakwaters. Plans included moving an existing football field to another location onsite and excavating the area while three construction crews built the external breakwaters. As the excavation progressed, the basin filled with primarily fresh water from the existing water table and was opened to the saltwater with its subsequent tides and wave action only during the final phases of construction. The upland yacht basin, which will support over 500 slips, ranges from local fishermen ‘panga’ docks to larger configurations that can accommodate megayachts over 100ft (30.5m). “The marina was arranged with several sub-basins with different intended user/ vessel groups [i.e., commercial area, transients, residential, etc.] and planned in concert with the land plan,” Mason continues. The three large breakwaters protect the basin and entrance from

Pacific swells in the Sea of Cortes that reach up to 23ft (7m). Via sonar testing, the team also discovered a submerged canyon or deep underwater valley found along the continental shelf, that it incorporated into the final breakwater design. The result is a circular basin with curved breakwaters. Inside the basin, a small ‘island’ of land remains to help wave attenuation and increase dockage space. Marina manager, Jim Elfers, also confirms it adds an aesthetically pleasing touch.

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Boat Works, says. “But there were no adequate boat repair facilities. We want to offer credible, high quality boat repair services.” “We started in San Diego repairing superyachts and then expanded by following cruising patterns of boats, which took us to Los Cabos,” Leah Yam, director of communications for Marine Group Boat Works, adds. Cabo is primarily a resort area, not necessarily industrial, which meant all materials needed to be trucked in from the US. “There’s great fishing and weather, but you had to pack what you

The Marina at Puerto Los Cabos is also the site of the area’s first drystack facility, built on land leased from the marina by Marine Group Boat Works. “Los Cabos has grown up as a world class destination,” Todd Roberts, vice-president of Marine Group

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needed before you went. Now, the boat is not required to return to the States [for repairs],” Roberts says. Marine Group Boat Works is leasing 25,000 sq ft (2,300 sq m) with five 100ft (30.5m) docks and a 150-ton Marine Travelift with a capacity to haul boats up to 125ft (38 m) with a 28ft (8.5m) beam. With a retail shop and marina store, along with a full-service parts facility and a prop shop where customers can have their propellers balanced and aligned with PropScan, the new facility provides immediate repairs. “Before, when a boat mechanic said ‘I can arrange to get that [part] to you right away’, it meant three days.”

Platinum service The three-sided, three-storey buildings can store 50 boats each, up to 33ft (10m) long. The premise is simple: customers fly into Los Cabos and come to the marina where their fully provisioned boat awaits them at the dock. When the boaters - primarily sportfishermen - return to shore, the Marine Group staff is waiting to haul, clean, and return the vessel to

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dry storage. Any fish on board are promptly cleaned, vacuum-packed and shipped back to the boat owner. This is considered ‘platinum’ service. The group offers less expensive packages that work for the do-it-yourselfer and for those who require a boat to be launched and hauled only once per season. For the design, Roberts worked closely with Bill Roof at Roof & Rack, located in Boca Raton, Florida. “Based upon knowing the market and styles of boats, we designed a

The store opened in early May and, Roberts contends, they immediately sold out of stainless steel fasteners because previously there had been no other place in the area to purchase such a simple item.

Bill Roof: “Based upon knowing the market and styles of boats, we designed a building that would store wider, high-profile boats. We designed a two-boatwide system, wider than normal to handle wider boats, taller boats with bulkier beams.”

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Boat lift “Cabo’s a new market and Todd’s project will expand the drystack industry down there,” says Mike Marzahl of Wiggins Lift, which worked closely with Roof & Rack and supplied the site’s lift. There is some history between Marine Group Boat Works and Wiggins. As the official west coast representative of Italian boat hoist manufacturer, Ascom, Wiggins Lift has been working with Marine Boat Works for some years as Marine Boat Works had an Ascom lift at its San Diego operation.

Roberts explored various options for the boatlift at the Cabo site but, after visiting boatyards around the US, he ultimately chose Wiggins. “We did look into automated systems,” he says. “There are major costs involved and it’s still up-and-coming technology. Los Cabos may not be a good place to experiment with it,” but, he claims, “we should definitely keep an eye on it.” “We already had a business relationship,” Marzahl continues. “And, he liked our product and saw we had a great reputation. We’re also ‘local’ in that our factory is in Ventura [California] so we can offer factory support. We can

Seafront property (above) and boats ranged around curved docks (below).

be there in a day if something happens.” In the end, Roberts chose a Wiggins Marina Bull LoPRO, introduced in 2007. With a low centre of gravity, the unit Roberts ordered is capable of supporting 17,000lbs (7,700kg)

Tim Mason: “The marina was arranged with several sub-basins with different intended user/ vessel groups and planned in concert with the land plan.” and boasts a 12ft (3.5m) load centre with 42ft (13m) in air height with a 12ft negative. He also chose a sidemounted unit, rather than a centre unit. Marzahl claims the side-mount offers better visibility but since experienced operators are more accustomed to centre mounts, marina owners and managers default to the more common configuration. “We were training all new operators at [the Marine Group Boat Works] San Diego location,” Marzahl says. Since this was an initial introduction to forklifts for most of these operators, it was an easy decision. Now that the lift is onsite in Cabo, there is a main operator who is charged with training all other operators. The Marine Group Boat Works facility is now fully operational and, according to Elfers, the Marina at Puerto Los Cabos is 50% completed, in terms of slips and services.

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Harbour Towne and Southport Harbour Towne Marina in Dania, Florida, has opened a new 156-slot boat storage facility for vessels up to 51 feet in length. The building has been specifically designed for the storage of taller and beamier boats without compromising user-friendly operation. Roof & Rack Products of Boca Raton, Florida, worked closely with marina owners, Westrec Marinas, as general contractor for the project and handled the design, permitting, engineering, fabrication, site work and installation of the building along with the required fire suppression system. The company provided an architectural design that complemented the project’s surroundings while offering aesthetic appeal to the marina as a whole. In addition to being one of the most modern storage structures of its kind, it is also environmentally friendly as many of the materials used in the building are recycled and green rated components that would earn points under the LEED Green Building Rating System.

Roof & Rack has also been contracted to begin work on the phase one addition to a 128-slot drystack at Southport Marina in Southport, North Carolina. The building caters for boats up to 35 feet long. Phase two of the project is scheduled to break ground once the marina achieves occupancy of 65%. Analysis undertaken by the marina owner, Preston Development Company, suggests this will take no more than two seasons. When both phases are complete, the marina will be able to store over 400 boats wet and dry. Contact Roof & Rack Products, Inc in FL, USA on email: sales@roofandrack. com

Southport Marina drystack under construction (above) and the architecturally splendid Harbour Towne drystack (below).

Tim Timpson CMM will host the 9th Drystack Conference, organised by the International Marina Institute (IMI), the training subsidiary of the Association of Marina Industries (AMI). The bi-annual conference is scheduled for 24th-26th October 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. As host, Timpson will present the keynote presentation on the morning of 25th October when he plans to focus on lessons learned from drystorage projects. Throughout the conference, he Tim Timpson will facilitate all seminars including the closing panel where conference speakers and attendees will participate in an open discussion with a lengthy question and answer session. Timpson has been in the marine industry for 35 years and has been directly involved in the operation and management of dry-storage facilities for 24 of those years. The National Drystack Conference combines educational programmes and exhibits making it an ideal venue for marina professionals who wish to network with leading managers, developers and suppliers. Seminar topics focus on new drystack developments and technology, challenges in reconfiguring older marinas, the financial feasibility of drystack storage and optimising yard space for upland storage. For more information and to register, visit www.marinaassociation.org/ certification.php and click on ‘9th Drystack Conference’. The registration form and specific seminar details will be available for download over the next two months. The IMI can be contacted on email: imitraining@marinaassociation.org and tel: +1 401 247 0314.

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STACKING UP isn’t keeping pace for reasons such as lack of convenient water space, environmental pollution problems, marina permit issues and availability of investment funds for projects that may not appear cost-effective or offer appealing profits. All these issues suggest that the best way forward is to look upwards and adopt drystack for boat storage.

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24/7 stack-it-yourself During the late ‘90s, the European boating industry started to face the same problems as in the USA, namely a shortage of convenient and affordable mooring spaces for an ever increasing number of boats. The Phar’O drystack system, operational since 2007 near Marseilles in France, has proven to be a successful means of alleviating the lack of local berths. Terry Humbert explains The desperate need for extra berths cannot be underestimated. With a population of over 600 million, Europe currently has in excess of 18 million registered pleasure boats and the French Federation of Marinas (FFPP) estimates that in France, alone, there is a shortage of 50,000 berths. Further to this, 20,000 new boats (under 30 feet) are being registered every year.

replace it with your own boat than to set about finding just a mooring space. This is a pattern not only seen throughout Europe but also in the US and in parts of Australasia. New marinas must be built to meet growing demand but construction

Back in 2000, following many years of research and development, Phar’O – located close to the marina studded coastline of the south of France – took up the challenge. The company developed the world’s first patented, computer controlled, fully automated, autonomous drystack storage system that can be operated 24/7, 365 days of the year by the customers themselves. Even early-bird fishermen can use a coded key to retrieve or return their boat – whatever the water level. Advantages are numerous: there is no need to call ahead before arrival at the port; independent operation means that queues are often avoided even at peak boating periods; and the number of staging areas can thus be reduced.

Marseillan-Plage The Phar’O system at Marseillan-Plage, installed in 2006, has been in non-stop operation since 2007 offering a four minute rack to water operation (view the real time video on www.pharoport.com).

Across the Atlantic, the situation is equally grim with the American boating industry estimating the current shortage of mooring spaces in the USA as exceeding 500,000 and increasing at the rate of more than 110,000 a year. The overall shortage for 2010 is approximately 950,000 mooring spaces at both coastal and inland sites. In some place, such as Port Vauban (Antibes) in the south of France, it is quicker to buy a boat plus its berth, haul out the boat, dispose of it and

Above & right: The MarseillanPlage open drystack has been in non-stop operation since 2007 offering a four minute rack to water service.

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Above & below: The Phar’O selfservice automated system carries boats to the water’s edge and lowers them gently into the water.

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although, given that the system can be operated on a 24 hour basis, even this throughput can be increased making the sale/rental value per slot very financially attractive for the drystack owner/operator. A daily movement rate of 120 plus (60 boats out and 60 boats in) is very important for a drystack facility with over 200 boats. At peak weekends and vacation periods, boaters want to be sailing or fishing and not queuing for their turn with the forklift. In addition to speedy turnaround, boaters need to feel that their boats are being handled safely. Phar’O places boats on racks with an accuracy of 1/4in (5mm) by means of laser detection. The tower unit is electronically operated and travels rotationally and longitudinally along steel tracks. Rack selection is electronically controlled. The Phar’O system is manufactured in France (European contact: Max Jouves on max.jouves@wanadoo.fr) and in Bonita Springs, FL, USA (North American contact: Terry Humbert on terryhumbert@hotmail.com).

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South Med marina offers cut price luxury With 900 berths for yachts up to at least 110m and a base for Fountaine Pajot catamaran customers, newly constructed Marina Bizerte Cap 3000 is challenging other Mediterranean marinas by offering luxury facilities coupled with competitive prices. Donatella Zucca reports Located on the Mediterranean coast of northern Tunisia, Bizerte is closer to Europe than any other point on the African coast, a factor that has made it ‘disputed’ territory for over 3,000 years. Its central position at a natural westeast crossroads looking out towards the Straits of Sicily has also made it a coveted location, first inhabited by the Phoenicians in the 12th century BC but occupied, in turn, by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Spaniards, Turks and French. The result is seen in the richness of its architecture and the diversity of its culture.

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Computer generated image of a complete 1100-berth marina. work. This kind of maritime activity has encouraged entrepreneurs and local authorities to try to boost yachting by increasing mooring facilities. Work on Marina Cap Bizerte 3000, a US$140 million project financed by Tunisian and overseas entrepreneurs, commenced in June 2009 and is expected to complete by 2011. The

Marina access is via a wide channel flanked by traditional architecture.

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MARINA DEVELOPMENTS The marina basin takes shape and will eventually accommodate vessels as per the configuration below. the berth. Up to 27,000 litres of fuel is available at each of two fuel stations and larger quantities can be delivered if required.”

result gives Tunisia a new and modern marina and gives the operators a lease through to December 2058. Work to complete the marina is being undertaken on an international level with well established Italian company VIPP under a €30 million contract to build all port structures, international tenders out for floating pontoons, Belgian company CFE (a subsidiary of the Vinci Group) a shareholder and builder of the real estate and associated facilities and MECATER of Tunisia responsible for hydrological studies. VIPP, builder of Marina Aeroporto in Genoa, Italy, has been in operation for over 40 years

the outer breakwater, offers nine berths for yachts of 110m and above and a nearby superyacht wharf has 12 berths for 60m vessels.

Modern services Marina services are modern and efficient. “Every berth has water, electricity and WiFi,” explains marketing manager, Christophe Lacote. “Garbage is collected at garbage facilities, sewage and grey water can be collected at the berth and – if access permits and at yacht owner expense – tanks can be cleaned and waste oil removed while the vessel is moored in

All infrastructure – on land and water – is designed to take yachting needs into the ‘third millennium’ with a design that links the marina with the city via a channel but does not conflict with its ambience or its ancient architecture. For example, all eight floors of the associated apartment complex – the Nautilus Residence – are styled harmoniously, like a wave lapping the sand. All that can be seen are the terraced gardens and the windows of 275 luxury 80 sq m plus apartments and 600 sq m penthouses. Nautilus is a 50,000 sq m development with views of the old port and marina. The complex has its own swimming pool, fitness centre, children’s playground and residents’ facilities. It also features a luxury hotel, yacht club, beach facilities for boaters and apartment owners and a boatyard for technical repair and maintenance. Megayacht owners can also make use of Mezel Bourguiba on Bizerte Lake, one of the most important shipyards in the southern Mediterranean, which has a drydock for ships up to 249m.

Christophe Lacote: “The project will promote tourism and stimulate the local economy, creating new jobs in the boat sector. In Europe, there is a shortage of berths and Bizerte is well positioned to take advantage of this.” and has completed projects in Italy, Iraq, Nigeria, Morocco, Spain, France, Colombia, Romania and Croatia. Together, the companies will engage in the construction of three water basins with berthing for over 900 boats. These basins complement an existing marina to bring berth numbers to over 1100. Around 700 of the total berths will accommodate vessels of 10-35m and a dedicated site has been set aside to berth Fountaine Pajot catamarans and maxi-catamarans. A private quay for megayachts, close to

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Further amenities also being created within the port itself include high standard retail outlets, some of which will have duty-free status, a further large shopping mall and a chandlery. Overall, the port complex will offer 12,000 sq m of commercial and leisure/ entertainment outlets and guests will also enjoy use of a concierge office and meeting rooms similar to those VIPP designed for Marina Genova Aeroporto.

Tax-free benefits Aside from this, the marina has the distinct advantage of simply being in Tunisia; a country where residents and boat owners enjoy tax-free benefits. Living costs are much lower than in Europe (a full time housekeeper costs around €250 per month), fuel is priced at €0.70 per litre and oil at €0.47 per litre and there is no VAT on boat purchases. According to Lacote, the waterside property and the marina will help satisfy the growing demand for high level facilities, led by European tourists and foreigners working for offshore companies in the Bizerte region. “The project will promote tourism and stimulate the local economy, creating new jobs in the boat sector,” he says. “In Europe, there is a shortage of berths and Bizerte is well positioned to take advantage of this.”

The marina will set aside 100 berths for boats in transit on a daily, monthly, wintering and annual fee basis and crews – so important in the large luxury yacht arena – will be able to secure everything they need on site at prices unimaginable in European ports. In addition, the nearby city offers wide ranging commercial and leisure facilities, the climate is ideal for watersports and the Tunis-Carthage international airport is only 40 minutes away by motorway.

Marina Bizerte Cap will enhance the waterfront and offer improved public access to the water. brokerage company headed up by Tim Morley, acts as central agent for sales of Bizerte marina berths and has already sold berths to several European boat owners.

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In tandem with sales and marketing, Cap Bizerte continues to shape up rapidly with the construction of a 357m long breakwater and a 224m superyacht pier, which is being built on stilts with an underwater slope protected by artificial reefs. A 550m quayside promenade is planned to run parallel with Avenue Habib Bougaffa. The area to the south of the port will feature four 320m long moles and a 330m long x 14m wide central main jetty with seven fixed pontoons. Several floating docks will be set against the waterfront piers.

In addition to being a full service marina with immediate access to such a broad array of facilities, Marina Bizerte will also be an important base for Fountaine Pajot as the company has developed a range of services including vessel charter, rental of empty berths etc., which it will run from the marina. Morley Yachts, an experienced yacht

The associated 1.5 hectare shipyard will boast a paint shed for vessels up to 50m and will be equipped with a 300 ton boat hoist, boat trailer for vessels up to 50m long and a mobile crane for vessels of up to 30m in length. All equipment is as yet unspecified. A further larger yard, dedicated to superyachts, is also being considered.

The benefits of a prime waterfront site should be used to the maximum and the Bizerte site will also become home to a large aquarium, the Southern Mediterranean Research Centre, a sailing club, and crafts and cultural spaces. Together with the Chamber of Commerce, Marina Bizerte Cap 3000 will also organise an annual boat show.

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Antelope Point – designed to float Visitors to Antelope Point Marina on Lake Powell – the second largest manmade lake in the USA – can expect efficient service, spectacular scenery and a home-from-home welcome. They can also expect to enjoy the outdoors, sip their beverages and scan the lunch menu whilst seated on what is considered to be one of the world’s largest continuous floating platforms. General manager, Steve Carothers CMM, talks shop Built in partnership with the Navajo Nation and National Park Service, and operated by Antelope Point Holidays LLC, the marina has 65 slips for rentable luxury houseboats, 200 slips of varying sizes for private boat rentals and a 30-acre (12-hectare) dry storage area. Most significant, however, from a design perspective is its floating marina village, which is a truly innovative architectural achievement.

On the lake Lake Powell sits on the Arizona-Utah border within the Glen Canyon national recreation area, which has nearly 2,000 miles (3,200km) of shoreline and is perhaps best known for its recreational boating and houseboating. There are

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share information back and forth. We have worked together. It’s nice to have competition – everybody works harder.”

Boating facilities Antelope Point is primarily a houseboating marina and thus features large slips (25ft wide x 75ft long/7.5m x 23m), which were constructed and installed by marina personnel and moored with winches and cables set in concrete blocks. This keeps the docks afloat irrespective of water levels, which can fluctuate by as much as 60ft (18m) a year. “Our marina has one long [12ft wide x 1800ft long/3.5m x 550m] walkway. It comes down in a T and the slips are at the end. All sewerage treatment and utility lines run along that walkway,” Carothers reveals, adding that a long walkway has a big advantage. “It’s efficient. We don’t need to reset anchors like other marinas that have to move walkways and reset anchors when the water fluctuates. Ours is a nice design. We’re unique.”

five marinas, one of which is mid-lake and completely water-accessed. “Other marinas have been around a long time with houseboats, slips, guest docks and boat service. We’re the newest and we’re third in size,” Carothers explains. The other four marinas are owned by one operator, a David and Goliath situation that is nonetheless amicable. “They are our competitors but we know them and we

The vinyl coated steel-framed slips are uncovered and decked with 4 x 6 Steel Deck panels from Premier Materials. The docks are supported by encapsulated foam floats. The result is a durable dock, well able to support the two-way traffic of heavy-duty, heavily laden golf carts. “The walkway sees traffic like you can’t believe,” admits Premier Materials’ Keith Boulais and Carothers concurs: “It all works well – and it gets a lot of traffic. We golf cart people to their slips. We carry all their luggage and groceries and pick up the trash. That’s customer service!”

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The docks see plenty of two-way golf-cart traffic. Aside from wet slips, the marina has 30 acres (12 hectares) for dry storage and thus has no need for drystack. A 90,000 sq ft (8,000 sq m) covered storage building is, however, due for completion this month (July). Boat moving is efficient. “The boats are trailerable and we use houseboat trailers,” Carothers says. “We build our own or use trailers that come with the houseboats. We’ve also bought some from a local boatyard but most are custom built here.” Launch and retrieve services are available for vessels of all sizes. Executive concierge services, offered to all wet slip and dry storage guests, include pump-out, fuelling, cleaning/detailing and piloting services.

The marina village platform is 27,000 square feet (2,500 square metres) and weighs a staggering 2,500 tons. It was constructed in 14 pieces using a total of 1,234 cubic yards (943 cubic metres) of concrete and 123 tons of reinforcing steel. The entire floating platform was constructed on land adjacent to the marina and the 14 pieces were then launched and connected with posttensioning cables. The structure is kept afloat using 122,000 cubic feet (3,454 cubic metres) of encapsulated Styrofoam. The structure was conceived and designed by International Marine Flotation Systems (IMFS) of Vancouver, Canada, and built locally under IMFS licence. It can hold the equivalent of 3,900 people or 685 average sized cars! The building structure was designed by K/G Architects of Scottsdale, Arizona. The marina village is styled according to Navajo traditions with an east-facing entrance (symbolic of the dawn) and a central skylight that emulates a Hogan smoke hole. The simplicity of the building shape also reflects Native American traditions.

sandwiches and overstuffed wraps, Navajo tacos, crisp salads and an impressive selection of wood-fired pizzas via a sit-down service and a ‘to-go’ window and counter. Special occasion dining is also offered in the evening. Diners have access to the courtesy boat slips and transportation by golf cart is offered from the marina parking area to the marina. Seating for up to 225 – inside or on the outside patio – affords customers unsurpassed views of the lake. Emphasis is also very much on water-based recreation. “We have made things fun for the community,” Carothers stresses. “We have a winch that acts as a wakeboard pull in the harbours. You can learn to waterski without being

Outdoor dining on the floating marina village platform – the hub of the facility.

Atop the platform is Ja’di’too (Lake Powell’s only on-water restaurant and lounge), a retail store, courtesy boat slips, Grandma Betty’s ice cream and gourmet coffee bar and a 5,000 sq ft (465 sq m) store which stocks grocery items, sportswear, boating and fishing supplies. During the day and throughout the evening, the restaurant offers hearty

Antelope Point Marina on Lake Powell – a desert paradise – is managed by Steve Carothers (inset) with an emphasis on customer service.

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TALKING SHOP The enormous floating platform makes a stunning focal point on the lake at sundown. loosen up,” Carothers admits. “There’s an RV park in the plans too. I hope that we start next year but I’ve been saying that for three years...”

afraid of a propeller and we have ramps for wakeboarding. We also have an inlake pool right off the patio.”

Eco planning Antelope Point Holidays got the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the marina in the early 2000s, started planning and engineering in 2003 and opened the facility in May 2004. A marina plan had, however, been in existence since 1980. “This is Navajo Nation – a huge portion of the lake borders on Navajo land. We worked with the Navajo Nation and the Park Service; two government agencies. This takes more time – it’s slower than you’d like,” Carothers muses. When planning began in earnest, emphasis was placed on keeping Lake Powell a clean marine site, he stresses. “We’re green and clean. Our fuel dock is triple walled, state of the art and protects us from fuel spills. We have sensors every 100 feet and shut-off valves. Everything on site is cooled – even the walk-in coolers – with heat exchange from lake water pumped in at 54ºF (12ºC). There’s no Freon.” The marina has also partnered with Boy Scouts of America and the National Park Service to conduct area beach

The marina village dominates the centre of the marina and is accessed by golf cart.

clean-ups and has installed a number of features on its houseboats. The fleet has energy efficient and/or LED lighting, zero water discharge into the lake, fuel-efficient engines, solar panels and low-flow water fixtures. Recycled products are used to build each houseboat.

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Official plans call for a hotel lodge and cultural centre with 225 waterfront rooms and spacious public areas for displaying Navajo art and promoting Navajo culture; an RV park/campground for over 100 RVs with bike paths, picnic areas and toilet facilities; ten toilet/shower suites and a laundry with multiple energy efficient washers and dryers; a convenience store and petrol/gas station; and a fully equipped emergency services building. For Carothers, the main challenge is a one-liner. “Dealing with government agencies and keeping them happy,” he nods.

“We currently have 255 slips and we are adding ten this year – we want to complete them quickly, we could use them right now! But we build as demand sees fit. We can build up to a total of 365 so we’re 100 away from what we’re allowed by the Park Service.” Currently, the marina is at 100% occupancy with private slips leased on a monthly basis. In keeping with an established arrangement, the entire concession fee goes to the Navajo Nation. The four-phase Antelope Point Marina development is expected to complete in 2012 with total marina costs at around US$80 million but a degree of caution is understandable. “We’ll add more slips according to design and hope to progress the hotel design. We’re adding slips even with boat manufacturers going down and marinas closing. We’re pleased with business but we’re waiting for the economy to turn and for money to

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UL mark

government regulations, including US Army Corps of Engineer standards, they are claimed as 100% environmentally safe.

for Accmar pedestals

Dock accessories manufacturer, Accmar Equipment Company, has earned Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification for its premier 45in pedestal line. The company worked with UL for the past two years to obtain the coveted mark, which signifies that UL has rigorously tested and evaluated the product and determined that it meets its strict requirements. UL certification is recognised and trusted worldwide. Accmar president, Juan Pizarro, is delighted with the result. “As a US manufacturer, we are proud that our company has received this listing that will enable us to position ourselves more confidently in the global marketplace,” he said. “There are only a few pedestal manufacturers on the market today that can

Fit and lock floats An innovative float known as the Marina Saver has been introduced by US company Flotation Solutions as an inexpensive way to solve the problem of sinking or uneven floating concrete and metal framed docks. remain in place. Marina Saver patented Manufactured by Carolina floats are customised Waterworks and constructed to fit and lock under of an expanded polystyrene existing docks and require block encapsulated in a no fasteners or straps. thick-walled polyethylene Installation is quick, shell, the floats are virtually clean and quiet and, in indestructible and unsinkable. most cases, divers aren’t Exceeding stringent necessary and boats can boast about their UL listing. We embarked upon this gruelling process so that our customers would have the peace of mind that our products are safe, sturdy and reliable.” Accmar manufactures a complete line of dock accessories including power pedestals, dock lights and aluminium ladders at its manufacturing plant in Miami, Florida. Contact Accmar Equipment Company in FL, USA on email: info@ accmarequipment.com

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According to Flotation Solutions, Marina Saver can save marina operators on average over 75% of the cost to rebuild docks. The company guarantees its product will maintain 95% buoyancy for at least ten years and will meet the marina’s original specifications for wind speed and height. Traditional types of dock floats are prone to damage from marine life and fuel found in certain waters. Completely sealed, Marina Saver is claimed to be immune to these issues for long-lasting flotation. To prevent further damage, optional models that interlock to seal off the original flotation are also available. Contact Flotation Solutions in SC, USA on email: info@ flotationsolutionsinc.com

Streamlining planning and licensing The Marine Management Organisation (MMO), formally launched in June in the north east of England, is a new customer-focused UK government initiative set up to implement a new marine planning and licensing system. The MMO was established under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 to deliver the UK Government’s vision for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas. It will balance the development of marine industries with the need to conserve and protect marine species and habitats.

of the organisation: “We will be a collaborative rather than competitive organisation, encouraging clear communication across the marine area to achieve our aim of becoming the nationally and internationally recognised leader in integrated marine management and sustainable development.”

MMO chair, Chris Parry CBE, explained the aims

Further information on: www. marinemanagement.org.uk

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Jack up for trailers Brownell Boat Stands has introduced the Boat Lifting Jack System, a safe, swift method of removing a trailer from underneath a boat. In three simple steps, users can quickly lift the craft, remove the trailer and lower the boat onto boat stands or Brownell boat racks. The system can easily be adapted to fit virtually any size of vessel. Made in the USA, the Jack System is manufactured from steel to provide years of quality service. Each unit features a threeton ram jack, and the jack base and lifting arm are both adjustable and include safety pins. Four jacks are recommended to create a complete system. and is available via Brownell’s The Jack System has a network of distributors. wholesale price of US$1,000 Contact Brownell Boat Stands in MA, USA on email: sales@boatstands.com

Poralu buys CEI

Poralu Marine has acquired the business interests of CEI, an effluent treatment and waste recovery specialist previously based in Nogent-le-Phaye in France. The companies have conducted successful partnerships over the years and have enjoyed strong business ties. CEI, founded in 1991, has become established as the leader in the effluent sector in France and designs and manufactures heavy duty stainless steel pumps,

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washing stations and hydrocarbon separators for various industries. All CEI stock has been relocated to Poralu headquarters in Port,

In-house pump-out

Rolec Classic pedestal in blue and all-new Pump Out unit.

After years of supplying pump-out equipment to marinas via third party contractors, Rolec Services has now set up its own pump-out division named Rolec Sanitation. Headed up by a highly experienced sanitation engineer, Rolec Sanitation offers design work, supporting calculations, installation, product development and after sales service. The portfolio of pump-out systems and services is extensive and includes: self-contained pump-out pedestals; multiple point systems; inberth pump-out points; bilge pedestals; free to use or pay to use systems; supply-only of equipment; full design, supply and installation; and project management. One of Rolec’s earliest projects will be to design, supply and commission a sanitation system for Aldar Marinas’ Al Bandar Marina in Abu Dhabi. This contract, France, and the CEI brand name has been retained. Research and development, together with product design, will in future be undertaken by Poralu with input from two employees retained from CEI. A CEI triple pump was recently installed at the

which follows the design and supply of dockside services and lighting systems for Yas Marina, again covers a broad spectrum of products. Al Bandar will be equipped with Rolec’s Classic electrical, water, lighting and SOS pedestals, have LED Combi access bridge lighting and three pump-out systems. All in-berth services will be controlled, monitored and invoiced using the Rolec Berthmaster computer management system. SOS pedestals feature a localised audio visual alarm system, which will be linked back to the marina office. Contact Rolec Services in the UK on email: rolec@ rolecserv.co.uk Poralu-built Saint-Cast-leGuildo Marina on the Côtes d’Armor. The pump, which was designed to cope with a tidal range of 13m, is used alternately for waste oil, black water and bilge water. Contact Poralu Marine in France on email: info@ poralu.com

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MT hoist completes yard line-up Emsworth Yacht Harbour, UK, has invested in a Marine Travelift 5011 BFM mobile hoist for use alongside its existing Groves crane and recently acquired Wise W10 boat parker. The new Travelift is capable of moving boats weighing up to 50 tonnes and measuring approximately 18m (60ft) long. The family-owned marina offers berthing for 227 berths and serviced hard standing. On-site businesses provide a variety of boat repair and other services including chandlery and brokerage.

DIY dock protector United Plastics Corporation (UPC) has launched a doit-yourself surface solution designed to preserve timber docks and decks. Named ProFekt, the product fits directly onto the dock surface to eliminate air and water contact with the surface of the wood. Originally designed to protect boat deck surfaces, ProFekt is

Harbour manager, Neil Brooke, is enthusiastic about the purchase. “We are excited to be adding the Marine Travelift to our range of equipment on site and thus completing the reinstatement

of Emsworth Yacht Harbour as a fully working shipyard,” he said. “Together with our crane and boat parker, we can now lift most sizes and types of boats enabling them to benefit from the shipwright,

manufactured from marine grade PVC that does not leech when in contact with water. Its natural mineral composition eliminates splinters while creating a nonslip surface in both wet and dry environments. An ultraviolet ray stabiliser is integrated to enhance colour stability and reduce fading, and an antifungal treatment added to combat moisture intrusion and prevent mildew and mould. ProFekt is flexible, completely recyclable and contains recycled materials. Easy to install, it can be cut with a razor knife to the desired measurements and simply positioned on the surface of existing dock boards. Premium construction adhesive is used to fix the product to the decking and finishing nails should be tacked into the ends of each piece for proper installation. “ProFekt is a very simple way to give docks a makeover,” says Jack Nagy, UPC senior vice president sales and marketing. “It installs quickly and hides unsightly boards while protecting them from further damage. Plus it looks and feels like real wood and comes in four different finishes.”

engineering and boat maintenance services we can offer.” Contact Marine Travelift in WI, USA on email: info@ marinetravelift.com

Classy cleats Canadian docking solutions specialist, Technomarine, has introduced an innovative line of eye-catching but durable mooring cleats to accompany its new 500 series docks. Although radical in appearance, the cleats are nononsense in terms of function, having been developed by a team of industrial designers and engineers to offer optimal strength, durability and practicality. Four sizes and capacities are available: 12in (20kN); 16in x 2 (28kN and 52.9kN); and 20in (91.6kN). The two largest are said to exceed the capacity

of any other cleat on the market. Manufactured in cast aluminium alloy in either satin, polished or powder coated finishes, the cleats feature countersunk holes for capped bolts. This gives a clean modern look and also prevents the hardware from catching on the ropes. Logos can be added on request. Contact Technomarine Manufacturing in Canada on email: sales@technomarine.ca

The product comes with a 15year warranty. Contact United Plastics Corporation in NC, USA on email: jnagy@ unitedplasticscorp.com

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Docking smaller boats DualDocker, the innovative easy-to-use docking system for motor and sailing yachts, is now available for smaller vessels. Sizes S and XS, launched to complement the existing L and XL versions, not only cater for smaller boats but are also more suitable for alongside mooring. One such system is currently being installed in Port de Sitges near Barcelona, Spain, to secure a beautiful 100 year old 10m sailing boat alongside a quay wall. The yacht owner primarily purchased a DualDocker to prevent his yacht from being repeatedly damaged on the pier wall due to burst fenders but the extra security the equipment offers also gives him peace of mind when leaving the yacht for long periods. He is

also looking forward to less pitching when he relaxes on board. In addition to launching the new sizes, DualDocker is examining the viability of different production materials such as alu-alloys and has also released ‘Kjeld Click’, a new mechanism that connects the DualDocker arms to the ball cleats and secures them in an instant. This means that coming into berth (as well as leaving) is now even faster, easier and more convenient.

During a product presentation in Spain in April, the strongest guests performed a simulated test at ‘wind force 9’ pulling a rope attached to the midship cleat of a neighbouring yacht.

The new system has been installed on yachts in Spain and is being thoroughly tested by yacht owners.

Contact DualDocker GmbH in Austria on email: doris. czech@dualdocker.com

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES Forms and check lists in Volume 2 encompass areas such as employment; emergencies and safety; administration and finance; daily operations; boatyard issues; and training.

Benchmark handbook for marina operators A highly comprehensive A-Z of how to set up, administer and operate a marina efficiently, safely and profitably has been published by marina consultant turned author, Simon Arrol, to fill a much needed gap in the marketplace for the facts as well as the figures. “I don’t have to tell you world. It has been scrutinised how big the marina industry by a number of marina is, and how much value professionals and some of is involved – even before the documents included you count the value of have been the subject of the yachts sitting in the legal review in multiple marinas,” Arrol tells Marina jurisdictions. World. “Yet no one pays The publication comes much attention to systems, in two volumes totalling procedures, standards and around 450 pages. Volume standardisation.” 1 contains the main text of about 38,000 words With his new publication, with cross-referencing to The Marina Manual, Arrol Volume 2. The second embraces all aspects of volume comprises over modern marina operation 100 forms including check using clear, concise and lists, standard operating simple language. “My aim procedures, contracts, is to offer marina owners, guidelines and training operators and managers the sessions. chance to acquire a complete package of know-how at a cost that is a tiny fraction of what it would cost to prepare from scratch – even assuming such in-house preparation to this degree were possible,” he says.

Worldwide value The Marina Manual is a benchmark document designed for use by operators and developers around the

Key contents for Volume 1 include: quality of service; employment; health and safety; routine operations; accounting; business plans; pollution control; marketing and promotion; general office procedures; berthing contracts and invoicing; computerised management; commercial and legal issues; housekeeping; boatyard; and report generation.

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The Marina Manual is written in Microsoft Word and all pages are formatted for printing on A4 size paper. The whole manual is supplied in PDF but the forms in Volume 2 are also supplied in Word so as to be easily customised. A custom-made embossed file is available to hold the hard copies.

Certification and insurance Recent contact with certification authorities has confirmed that The Marina Manual can form a comprehensive basis for a marina to obtain ISO certification. It also carries insurance benefits having been recently endorsed by London-based marina insurer Underwriting Risk Services (URS). “I would fully endorse anything that leads to a rigorous approach to Health and Safety and an even more ‘professional’ approach to the day to day operations of the marina industry,” asserts URS director of underwriting, Paul Miller. “If a prospective insured can demonstrate that ‘The Manual’ is being followed, implemented and used day by day we would certainly look favourably on the rating/premium quoted as opposed to a business that does not demonstrate such excellent business practice.”

Cost-effective Priced at just $11,000, the entire manual costs around the same as a lawyer, accountant or human resources adviser would typically charge to prepare just one of the specialist

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forms. And the chances are that the professional involved would have little or no knowledge of the marina business. This, coupled with the potential insurance savings, the easier route to obtaining the additional business value of ISO certification and the time and cost saving of getting things right first time, could well combine to make the publication essential as well as definitive. Contact Simon Arrol on email: publisher@marinamanual.com and discuss the potential insurance savings with Paul Miller at URS on email: paul.miller@ undriskserv.com

About the author Simon Arrol CEng FICE spent 14 years in the international dredging and marine civil engineering industry before joining Camper & Nicholsons Marinas in 1988 as managing director. He was responsible for their six marinas in the UK and also expanded the company’s role as an international marina consultant and manager. By 2004, he had undertaken assignments in 25 countries on four continents. From 2005 to 2007, Arrol was based in the UAE and co-founded Island Global Yachting Dubai LLC and became involved with the rapidly developing marina industry in that region. In particular, he was responsible for designing and developing Anchor Marina on The Palm in Dubai and Festival Marina at Dubai Festival City.

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Meeting tight deadlines UK company Rollins Marine and Caravan Services (RMCS) worked to very tight deadlines to supply and install a package of dockside pedestals and lighting systems for Ocean Village Marina in Gibraltar. The contract, awarded in mid-March following initial contact in January, required all systems to be in place by 9th April – a mere three-week schedule – in readiness for the Gibraltar Boat Show. Installed services included pedestals for larger vessels and in-deck unobtrusive flush units for both water and electricity. All services are controlled by a bespoke RMCS computerised billing system using IMO hardware. A computerised access system for controlling

bespoke stainless steel gates was also provided. Lighting systems included 900m of blue rope lighting for installation around the marina basin and purposely sourced and manufactured 316L stainless steel walk-over lights, which carry a seven year manufacturer’s warranty. Colour co-ordinated pedestal lighting in blue, red and white was also incorporated. The result was a costeffective lighting solution that complemented the existing ambience of the marina.

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Index to Advertisers Applied Technology 50 & Management, USA Ascom, Italy 25 Bellingham Marine, USA 12 Cimolai Technology, Italy 6 City Hall Sopot, Poland 42 Clement Systems, 39 Germany & Dubai Con-O-Lift by Kropf Industrial, 14 Canada Dock Marine Systems, Turkey 42 EB Docking Solutions, UK 48 Eaton-Marina 36 Power & Lighting, USA Electro-Tec, UK 18 Gael Force Marine, UK 56 Golden Boat Lifts, USA 56 IMBC 2011, USA 50 IMFS, Canada 44 IMI Training, USA 54 Ingemar, Italy 18 Intermarine, UK 42 KMI Sealift, USA 33 MDL Consultancy, UK 15 METS, the Netherlands 59 Marine Technology, Australia 40 Marine Travelift, USA 60 Marinetek, Finland 4&5 Martini Alfredo, Italy 21 New Design Architecture, 40 China & Dubai Ocean LED, USA 54 Pacsoft, New Zealand 48 Platipus Earth Anchoring, UK 50 Poralu Marine, France 30 & 31 Rolec Services, UK 16 Rollins Marine & 44 Caravan Services, UK Roodberg, the Netherlands 57 SF Marina System, Sweden 2 Seaflex, Sweden 8 Seijsener, the Netherlands 50 Structurmarine, Canada 36 Superior Marinas, Australia 35 Taylor Fuel Controls, UK 44 Technomarine, Canada 29 Underwriting Risk Services, UK 56 Walcon Marine, UK 16 Waterspace Developments, UK 48

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Italian hoists for Russian market Fresh from delivery of a boat hoist and self-propelled boat trailer to a facility near St Petersburg, marine equipment and materials distribution company, UAMarine, reports strengthening sales for Ascom/ABI Trailers in Russia and the Ukraine. UA-Marine, appointed as official representative of Italian manufacturer Ascom/ABI Trailers in 2004, has to date supplied hoists and trailers to a number of newly established marinas in Russia. Examples include the Royal Yacht Club (Azimut Russia) and MRP Yacht Club, the two leading marinas in the Moscow area.

worldwide,” explains Ascom/ABI managing director, Roberto Schedoni. “Our biggest equipment, capable of lifting up to 750 tonne yachts, is now working in Italy and the Emirates and Ascom/ABI Trailers is able to offer up to 1,000 tonne lifting capacity equipment.”

“The biggest boat hoist now operating in Russia is an Ascom BHT-160 capable of handling yachts up to 160 tonnes in weight. This was delivered to the Moscow area before the world financial crisis,” confirms UA-Marine CEO, Alex Krykanyuk. The range and choice available is, however, extensive.

Schedoni is delighted with the recent sales success in Russia. “We are very happy with the work of our representative in the Russian Federation. Alex Krykanyuk has managed to build a strong reputation for UA-Marine and provide a very good business presence and after sales service centre for us in former Soviet Union countries.”

“We have been manufacturing boat handling equipment at Ascom/ ABI Trailers for more than 30 years and delivered more than 400 units

Contact UA-Marine in Russia on email: info@ua-marine.ru and Ascom/ABI Trailers in Italy on email: info@ascomitaly.it

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The Design Award METS (DAME Award), with design as main factor, is the design accolade of the year in the leisure product field. It’s awarded to the most innovative new product as assessed by an independent jury and, along with all submitted products, it is displayed at METS so that you can be amongst the first to see it.

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What are you waiting for? Just for some logistics, perhaps. METS is held in the modern Amsterdam RAI exhibition halls just 15 minutes from Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport and a ten minute drive from the historic city centre. You can attend – for free – if you pre-register as a trade professional. Show organiser, Amsterdam RAI, can also book hotel rooms for you and help with other travel requirements if you wish. Go to metstrade.com for all the details. And get ready for an international experience. Tom Douglas, vice president global sales and marketing for exhibitor Teleflex Marin, puts it succinctly: “Many marine industry trade shows have come and gone, but METS has created a venue that brings the world together all in one place. How could you not attend this show if you are serious about international business?”

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