Brazilian ACOBAR wins ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2016 bid
Less than a month before the International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ (ICOMIA) World Marinas Conference 2014 officially launches, the ICOMIA Marinas Group together with Brazilian Boatbuilders Association ACOBAR have announced that the next edition of the globally prominent travelling Conference will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in April 2016.
The ICOMIA World Marina Conferences (WMC), which have been previously held across Europe, the US, Australia and Asia, are “must attend” events for all marina owners, operators and developers. The Conferences are highly informative and relevant to global market trends, whilst the extensive networking opportunities are invaluable for on-going business success, and the vast array of exhibits offer insight into the very latest in marina product development and technology.
The ICOMIA Marinas Group selected the winning bid, placed by ACOBAR and the Instituto de Marinas do Brasil, at the 50th committee meeting held during the International Boat Show and Festival in Hainan, China.
Eduardo Colunna, president of ACOBAR – a full member of ICOMIA – emphasised that the success of the Brazilian bid is a result of a strategic effort to integrate the Brazilian industry within global markets. Commenting on winning the bid, Colunna said: “Hosting ICOMIA WMC 2016 in Rio de Janeiro is a great achievement; it comes with a great deal of responsibility and we are honoured to accept it.”
Claudio Brasil do Amaral, president of the Instituto de Marinas do Brasil and member of the ICOMIA Marinas Group added: “ICOMIA WMC 2016 has the potential to become a cornerstone in the history of marine business in Brazil. It will bring together the most prestigious international experts to share their knowledge and insight with the Brazilian professionals and government authorities.”
Brazil is a continental country with a coastline of 8,500km and 50,000km of navigable waterways. It is the largest economy in Latin America, with a GDP of approximately US$2.5 trillion, representing 43.8% among the other countries in the region. Brazil has economic partnerships with most of the countries of South and Latin America as well as with other continents, such as Europe, Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa.
Meanwhile, the much anticipated ICOMIA WMC 2014, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on 2-4 June 2014, will officially ‘kick-off’ at this year’s METS Marina and Yard Pavilion.
ICOMIA WMC 2014 is presented by the ICOMIA Marinas Group and, for the first time, in partnership with METS organiser Amsterdam RAI. Hosted by Turkish marine industry association, DENTUR, which serves over 300 Turkish companies and experts in the industry, the event is set to attract over 350 attendees and will include an exciting line-up of industry speakers as well as social and networking events.
With Turkey benefiting from four surrounding seas, an ancient boat building tradition and strategic geographical positioning in both Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a fitting stage to bring together marina professionals and academics from both east and west to learn about and share experiences.
The ICOMIA WMC series provides the opportunity to gather an exceptional global audience of professionals skilled in various fields of marina operation and design to exchange experience and knowledge.
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TYHA partners with PIANC and launches new mapping tool
The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA), UK, has been recognised as a strategic partner for PIANC (World Association for Waterborne Transport).
TYHA has established global credibility for its work in supporting and developing the marina industry, originally in the UK but now in 27 countries. Its recently reviewed Code of Practice is recognised as a leading work for marina operators.
An internationally renowned forum of professional marine organisations with members in 65 countries, PIANC was founded in 1885 and assesses worldwide trends and challenges in port and waterway development and management.
The new partnership will enhance existing initiatives to develop and improve the standards and professionalism of the global marina industry. This includes PIANC's Marina Designer Training Program, the MEDA Marina Excellence Design “Jack Nichol” Award, the reports and guidelines for designers, including the recent design and operational guidelines for superyacht facilities and TYHA's Gold Anchor Award scheme.
TYHA has also launched a free mapping tool on www.whichmarina.com, which enables boaters to research marinas in any given area and plan their journey using the fully detailed marina charts. Together with leading electronics chart company, Navionics, the map provides a detailed listing of all TYHA members on a full set of global nautical charts. Users can locate their computer or portable device using ‘Geolocation’ and then display details of local marinas with Gold Anchor ratings as well as using Google’s ‘Panoramio’ service to access a full database of photos taken in the selected area.
TYHA general manager, Gareth Turnbull, said: “The new mapping tool makes it incredibly easy to plan a passage and locate suitable marinas, all from within one site. We’re pleased to say we are offering this service free from any charge or subscription.”
I Fish, I Boat and I Vote campaign launched in Australia
The Sydney International Boat Show Industry Breakfast hosted the launch of the recreational boating and fishing sectors' combined campaign “I Fish, I Boat and I Vote” on 2 August 2013.
Focused on raising awareness of the impact and importance of the boating and fishing industries and community, the campaign was launched just weeks ahead of the Australian Federal election.
Boating Industries Alliance Australia (BIAA) chairman Darren Vaux – who launched the campaign – said: “There are over five million Australians who fish and boat every year. Fishing and boating is Australia’s favourite recreational pastime, it’s part of our way of life. We must ensure that our politicians really understand the important economic, social and environmental benefits that fishing and boating brings to Australia.”
Representing the interests of the 2,500 boating industry businesses and wider boating community, the BIAA policy platform “I Boat and I Vote” sets out its four core pillars of boating safety and education; access and infrastructure; regulatory reform; and industry and community support.
Vaux added: “The policy was welcomed and endorsed at the recent ICOMIA Congress in London, at which commitment of the global industry to join the campaign was secured.”
For more information, visit www.fishboatvote.com.au
Marina professionals receive Neil Ross Scholarship
The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) has awarded the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ) and the California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains (CAHMPC) with the Neil Ross Scholarship awards. Each association was asked to present its award to an individual it felt best deserved the funds.
MTA/NJ chose its executive director, Melissa Danko, to receive the award and attend the International Marina and Boatyard Conference. CAHMPC chose Mick Kronman, harbor operations manager at Santa Barbara, who will take part in Advanced Marina Manager training.
Danko was chosen for her tireless efforts bringing support, funding and relief to the many marinas that suffered losses during Hurricane Sandy. Frederick Brueggeman, president of MTA/NJ commented: “Melissa has guided us in the creation and implementation of a special relief fund, a programme to assist those members that were most affected by the storm. Without her knowledge, guidance and relentless work ethic the MTA/NJ would not be the organisation it is today. She does this all while raising a family and maintaining a balanced personal life.”
Kronman was chosen because he has been a long-standing champion of higher education for CAHMPC, seeking to become a Certified Marina Manager himself. Brad Gross, CAHMPC Board member said: “Mick, like many, has had some challenges over the last few years, but he has always faced them with a positive and can-do attitude. Furthermore, Mick is a model of the type of professional we all believe should represent our industry as a Certified Marina Manager.”
The Neil Ross Scholarship was formed in recognition of the numerous contributions that Neil Ross has made to the AMI and to the marina industry overall. The award is given annually to provide financial assistance for training.
Customers to vote for Marina of the Year
The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) of the UK has launched the GJW Marina of the Year Award, an annual competition available to TYHA Gold Anchor marina members.
Nominations for each of four categories are open to all Gold Anchor ratings but are being made exclusively by marina customers who are being invited to complete questionnaires on quality and service. The categories are: British marina of the year (UK marinas only); international marina of the year (non-UK marinas only); British inland marina of the year (UK marinas, non-tidal only); and employee of the year.
All nominations will be reviewed by a panel of judges that includes: a TYHA executive; TYHA chairman or deputy; Royal Yachting Association (RYA) representative; and media representatives including Marina World.
MIA releases 2014 course timetable
The Marina Industries Association (MIA) has released its 2014 course timetable. Marinas 101 will be held on the Gold Coast on 10 May and in Sydney on 4 October, while Straddle Carrier Operations and Maintenance courses will be held in Perth on 31 May to 1 June and Melbourne on 21-22 June. An Intermediate Marina Management course will take place between 10-14 August in Melbourne; Marina Attendant courses will run on 6 September in both Melbourne and Sydney South, and on 13 September in Sydney and on Sydney’s northern beaches.
More information can be found on www.marinas.net.au/training/course-timetable