Inside Track

Boating BC allies with AMI

Boating BC Association of British Columbia, Canada, has entered into a membership alliance with the US-based Association of Marina Industries (AMI). Boating BC members will now have access to all AMI membership services and benefits.
The agreement will help both groups to expand professional training in British Columbia as Boating BC will be able to customise and run AMI’s International Marina Institute (IMI) training programmes for its members and other marina professionals across Canada.
“We are very pleased to be working with AMI,” says Boating BC president, Don Prittie. “The educational opportunities and value of this partnership will contribute immensely to the boating industry in British Columbia.”
AMI chair, Jeff Rose CMM, is equally positive. “This is a natural outgrowth of the increasing levels of interest by marina managers from Canada who have been attending IMI’s courses in the United States,” he comments. “We see this alliance as an example of how we can work together to successfully deliver an expanded training agenda and grow the industry both here and in Canada.”

Investment Seminar first

The industry’s first Marina Investment Seminar was successfully conducted on 2nd October in Sydney. Twenty delegates from across Australia, Asia and the USA including marina owners and developers, investment advisory executives and legal and valuation specialists active with both marina business and government agencies were in attendance.
Endorsed by the Global Marina Institute (GMI) and delivered by the Marina Industries Association in conjunction with KPMG Sydney, the seminar was opened by Mick Bettesworth, chairman of the GMI, who provided a global review of the marina industry. Five further high-profile presenters participated in the interactive programme.
Topics covered included investment fundamentals and the business of marinas, security of tenure, valuations, debt funding and the buying and selling of marina assets.
The GMI and its partner, the British Marine Federation (BMF), plan to hold a second Marina Investment Seminar during the London Boat Show in January 2015.

Investor sought for Wynyard site

Waterfront Auckland, New Zealand, is searching for an investor interested in developing the Wynyard Marine site, one of the last remaining waterfront blocks on the western edge of Wynyard Quarter, into a superyacht refit yard.
The 1.6 hectare site faces Westhaven Marina and is adjacent to the recently developed superyacht  berths at Silo Marina.
expressions of interest are being invited from marine/superyacht refit and yard operators and investors to develop 16,241m² of marine zoned land and 10,663m² of adjacent water space into a new facility with haul-out infrastructure. Within current zoning parameters, there is also capacity for the development of an additional 14,800m² of mixed use retail, office and residential property.
Auckland has enjoyed an influx of visiting superyachts in recent years. This has spurred the NZ Marine Industry Association and Tourism New Zealand to jointly progress an investment and marketing strategy to double the number of superyachts visiting the country over the next five years.
Waterfront Auckland chief executive John Dalzell says the Wynyard Marine site offers a superb opportunity to capitalise on New Zealand’s growing refit market. “The site is unrivalled in terms of its access to a city centre, a thriving marine business cluster and some of the South Pacific’s finest cruising grounds,” he said. “There’s no doubt these attributes, combined with the convenience and access to a local talent pool of world class operators and designers, will provide a competitive advantage over other international yard locations.”
For more information on the expressions of interest process, go to

Marine15 launches MarineX@Marine15

The organising committee of the Australia-based Marine15 conference (3rd-5th May 2015) has announced the launch of an associated business-to-business trade show.
To be known as MarineX@Marine15, the show builds on the success of the trade exhibition at Marine13 in 2013 that attracted 43 business exhibitors who networked with over 450 conference delegates. The committee is expecting at least 65 businesses to exhibit in 2015.
Darren Vaux, organising committee member and chairman of the Boating Industries Alliance Australia, said the entire event is expected to attract over 550 attendees from across Australia, New Zealand and the wider region.
“The delegate profile is owners, senior managers and staff of businesses across the spectrum of boating businesses including retailers, manufacturers and associated goods and service providers,” he said. “The marina stream attracts all the key decision makers and the conference safety stream attracts the senior government agency and corporation officials involved with boating safety and marina operations. With the increased focus on industry B-to-B opportunities as highlighted by the launch of MarineX@Marine15 we expect the event to be a sell-out.”
Marine15 will be held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. The prospectus for exhibitors and sponsors is now available on and exhibition rates have been held at 2013 prices with additional benefits.

Hunter to give keynote at IMBC

Professional speaker and author Jim Hunter will present the keynote address, ‘The Power of Servant Leadership’, at the International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) 28th-30th January 2015.
During his presentation, Hunter will discuss the rapidly emerging phenomenon known as Servant Leadership, a values and relational-based approach to leadership that seeks to create a high-trust culture by turning ‘bosses’ into ‘coaches’ and ‘head-honchos’ into ‘mentors’.
IMBC will be held at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, USA and is organised by the Association of Marina Industries.
As of 31st August, over 50% of the exhibit space at IMBC was sold with over 60 industry suppliers signed up as exhibitors.
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