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Impressive line-up of speakers at ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2014

Amsterdam RAI, organiser of the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference, has announced the speaker line-up for this major event in Istanbul. From 2-4 June, over 40 world-class experts will present their views and inspire delegates. Speakers include Gary Groenewold (Westrec Marinas), Matthew Bate (Dogus Marinas Group) and Julian Goldie (The Yacht Harbour Association). The conference will be an exceptional learning experience for professionals in the marina and nautical tourism fields. A global audience of specialists will come together in the unique environment of Istanbul to exchange knowledge and learn from each other’s best practice.
Istanbul as the connecting link between east and west
“The ICOMIA Marinas Group has held events across Europe, the USA, Australia and Asia,” comments chairman Roberto Perocchio. “Now, for the first time, the renowned ICOMIA World Marinas Conference is going to be held in the eastern Mediterranean. As the connecting link between east and west, Istanbul has a rare advantage in the global marinas industry. The conference promises to be the best to date since our first event in 1993.”
Marinas into the future
This year’s theme will be ‘Marinas into the future’. In addition to the exciting and wide-ranging line-up of speakers, the event will be a must-attend platform for marina professionals who value the latest marina product developments and innovations. The Istanbul location will offer an ideal opportunity for people to network with their fellow marina professionals.
Learn about and discuss marina management and operational practices
Another reason why the ICOMIA WMC 2014 is sure to be a success is the organisational experience of Amsterdam RAI and the expertise of the host, Turkish marine industry association DENTUR. The main topics will be the state of the global marina industry, and the emerging markets of the Eastern Med, Black Sea, Middle East, Asia and South America. Breakout sessions will provide delegates with the opportunity to learn about and discuss marina management and operational practices, revenue maximisation concepts and the benefits of marina classification.
The scenic city of Istanbul
Delegates are encouraged to enjoy visiting the scenic city of Istanbul, with a Bosphorus Wining & Dining Cruise being included in the conference fee of 680 euros (510 for ICOMIA members) if booked before the end of February. There will also be inspiring marina tours and an entertaining partner and family programme. With the conference being held in the five-star Swissôtel Bosphorus, the ICOMIA WMC 2014 is sure to live long in the memory.
2-4 June - Swissotel, The Bosphorus, Istanbul.
The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference will be held from 2 to 4 June in Swissotel, The Bosphorus in Istanbul. A significant discount advantage rate has been realised for all WMC delegates in this five star luxurious hotel which overlooks the Bosphorus river. Booking can be made easily via the delegate registration form online. 
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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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PIANC 2014 World Congress registration open

Registration is now open for the PIANC 2014 World Congress, to be held in San Francisco, California, USA from 1-5 June 2014. The congress is a “must attend” conference for professionals involved in all aspects of navigation, ports, waterways and the environment, especially engineers, economists, operators, planners and policy makers – from private firms, government agencies and universities in the USA and around the world. 
The congress will include:
  • 260 technical presentations with speakers from 30 nations covering a wide range of topics including dredging, environment, global, inland, ports and recreation
  • Two plenary sessions
  • Six pre-congress technical short courses
  • Three technical tours
  • An exhibition hall with more than 50 exhibitors demonstrating the latest products and services
  • Networking opportunities including the congress banquet aboard the beautifully restored San Francisco Belle
  • Tours of San Francisco and Sausalito for accompanying guests
  • Events for young professionals and students (40 years old and younger)
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IMI awards CMMs and CMOs at 2014 International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC)

The International Marina Institute (IMI), the training subsidiary of the Association of Marina Industries (AMI), announced eight new Certified Marina Managers (CMMs) and one Certified Marina Operator (CMO) at the International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, on 30 January this year. The CMM and CMO awards recognise and distinguish the most highly qualified marina managers in the world.
IMI’s newest CMMs include Scott Bird of SkipperBud’s Quarterdeck Marina (Sturgeon Bay, WI), Nancy Booth of Hartge Yacht Harbor (Galesville, MD), Matthew Driscoll of Cooper River Marina (North Charleston, SC), Simon Gatrell of Royal Victoria Yacht Club (Victoria, BC), Mark Helman of Conch House Marina (St. Augustine, FL), James McCrink of Miami Dade County Parks & Recreation (Homestead, FL), Tracy McKendry of Shilshole Bay Marina (Seattle, WA) and Brad Wilson of Mears Great Oak Landing (Chestertown, MD). IMI’s newest CMO is Stuart Robertson of The Charleston City Marina (Charleston, SC).
There are currently 324 CMMs and 13 CMOs worldwide. In addition to marina-management experience, CMM/CMO candidates must complete Intermediate and Advanced Marina Management courses available through IMI. The next Intermediate Marina Management course is scheduled for November 9–13, 2014, in Fort Lauderdale, FL, while the next Advanced Marina Management course is scheduled for February 23–28, 2014, in Charleston, SC.
IMI’s entire training calendar is available on the AMI website at

TYHA's first marina awards a great success

The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA), UK held its first marina awards at the London Boat Show in January. The awards were sponsored by GJW Insurance, one of the largest insurers in the marine trade.
The first award, presented to Cara Hodgson-Read from Wiltshire Marina, Caen Hill, by chairman of GJW Insurance, Mike Pope, was Employee of the Year. Cara was described as “extremely friendly, efficient, approachable and very welcoming.” Along with her husband, Rob, Cara also won the Inland Marina of the Year award. 
Plymouth’s Mayflower Marina won the British Marina of the Year award. Mayflower Marina is an independent marina situated at the entrance to the River Tamar in Devon. The award was presented by Royal Yachting Association (RYA) CEO, Sarah Treseder, and accepted by marina manager, Charles Bush. 
Cabo San Lucas Marina, a picturesque marina at the entrance to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, scooped the International Marina of the Year award. The award was presented by Treseder to IGY executive vice president Kenny Jones. 
The nominations were reviewed by an independent panel of judges including representatives from TYHA, the RYA, Marina World and Motor Boat & Yachting.
TYHA administrator, Libby Gordon, sees a bright future for the TYHA award: “These awards are an excellent way to acknowledge the hard work of marina staff, not only in the UK but all over the world,” she said. “We are grateful to our sponsors GJW Insurance for supporting this year’s awards and hope to build on the awards in future years.”
[Photo: Charles Bush, MD, Mayflower Marina with Sarah Treseder, CEO, RYA. Credit: TYHA]

AMI elected new board of directors at IMBC

The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) elected its 2014 officers and directors at the International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in January.

Jeff Rose, CMM, of Marinas International was appointed chair; Brad Gross, CMM, of OC Dana Point Harbor was appointed vice-president; Mick Webber of HydroHoist Marine Group was reappointed secretary; and Joe Riley, CMM, of Windmill Marina Association, Inc. was appointed treasurer.

Bob Evans, CMM, of Dillon Marina was also elected to the 2014 board as a new director. The AMI Board bids farewell to John Schoppmann, CMM, of Forever Resorts.

Evans will join the existing board of directors including Jim Frye, CMM, of Westrec Marinas; Gary Groenewold, CMM, of Harbour Towne Marina; Keith Knowlton, CMM, of Riverside Yacht Club; Ken MacDonald, CMM, of Bay Port Yachting Center; Chris Petty of Suntex Waterfront Management, Steve Ryder of Bellingham Marine; Randy Short of Almar Marinas; T Clarke Smith III of Norman Spencer Marine; Ronaldo Souza, CMM, of Westrec Marinas; Austin Cameron of VIP Marina, LLC; Ray Fernandez of Bridge Marina; John Chiazza of Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Inc.; and Mark Stafford of Marinas International.

Dog River Marina receives 2013 ValvTect Marina of the Year award

Dog River Marina, located in Mobile, AL, USA was awarded the ValvTect Marina of the Year award at the International Marina and Boatyard Conference (IMBC) held in Florida in January. The award is presented annually by ValvTect Petroleum to the Certified ValvTect Marina that exhibits outstanding customer service, community involvement, environmental stewardship and excellent marketing of ValvTect Marine Fuels. Other finalists included Southport Marina in Southport, North Carolina and Harbor Towne in Hilton Head, South Carolina. 
Dog River Marina president, Sonny Middleton, spoke highly of ValvTect when accepting the award.
“We were the first marina in the mid-Gulf area to rebrand our fuel dock from a popular automotive brand of gasoline and diesel to ValvTect. At first our customers were sceptical, but as they realised the benefits provided by ValvTect Marine Fuels they started to recommend ValvTect to other boaters,” he said. “Soon our fuel sales increased and so did our customers’ satisfaction as ValvTect Marine Fuels virtually eliminated our customers’ fuel related problems from ethanol and ultra low sulphur diesel. We are most proud to represent ValvTect Petroleum and humbly accept this award on behalf of our staff and crew."
[Photo: L to r: Bob Schwartz, vice president, Dog River Marina; Paul Craufurd, ValvTect regional manager; Sonny Middelton, president, Dog River Marina; Jerry Nessenson, president, ValvTect Petroleum]

AMI releases 2013 Marina Trends Survey Report

The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) has released its 2013 Marina Trends Survey Report, which identifies overall facility information, revenues and expenses, occupancy rates and comparisons with 2012 figures.

Coordinated with Marina Dock Age Magazine, the report is based on an online survey completed by 260 marinas representing 39 US states. 

The report can be purchased at or by emailing The cost is US$25 for AMI members and US$45 for non-members. Participants in the survey will receive a free copy.

Lusail Marina wins Most Interesting Marine Development award

Mourjan Marinas, a leading luxury marina management company in the UAE, has won the Boat Owner Middle East’s ‘Most Interesting Marine Development’ award for its efforts in delivering five-star hospitality combined with a strong customer offering and its ongoing commitment to the region.
Lusail Marina, located within the prestigious Lusail City development in Doha, welcomed its first yacht in 2011. The stunning waterfront destination has quickly grown into a world-class facility and one of the region’s premier boating and lifestyle destinations.
“We are very proud to win this award, which is testament to the pioneering initiatives and hard work of the entire Lusail Marina team,” said Wayne Shepherd, general manager of Mourjan Marinas.
The award win rounds off a successful year for Lusail Marina which, together with Mourjan Marinas, has delivered pioneering initiatives through its commitment to Doha on its journey to becoming an internationally-recognised yachting destination. 
In November, Lusail Marina hosted the inaugural Qatar International Boat Show 2013 (QIBS), which welcomed visitors from across the region as well as a host of prestigious international exhibitors to the Middle East for the first time.
Earlier this year, it embarked on a partnership with UNESCO to pioneer a ground-breaking experiment at Lusail Marina in the use of floating mangroves for the capturing of carbon emissions, the results of which have the potential to shape scientific understanding on mitigating climate change (see Marina World, September/October 2013).
“Importantly, Mourjan Marinas and the Lusail Marina team are committed to developing its role and influence throughout the region, of which CSR initiatives – including our work with UNESCO and mangroves, and support for pioneering events such as QIBS – are a key factor,” said Shepherd.
“Lusail Marina has quickly solidified its position as one of the region’s leading marinas and guests are regularly impressed by its unique design, as well as the high level of service on offer.”
Many unique features have been developed at the marina, including contemporary shade structures and on-water lounge areas, underwater lighting, black and grey water pump-out at berths, 24-hour security, a five-star concierge service and deck wash for all yachts.
The 93 berth marina, which caters for yachts between 10-40m in length, has also been designed as an eco-friendly facility, using the very best materials to meet the highest environmental management standards. The marina utilises aluminium marina systems that are built of non-corrosive recyclable materials, including marine-grade aluminium alloy frames, composite wood decking, plastic floats and stainless steel hardware. 
[Photo: Lusail Marina staff receive the 'Most Interesting Marine Development' award]

IMCI updates certification programme

From April 2014, the International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI) will update its existing programme for the certification of experts in the boating industry. IMCI has applied for accreditation with the Belgian accreditation body, BELAC, based on the quality management certification EN ISO/IEC 17024:2003.
Upon receipt of the application, IMCI reviews the personal and professional qualifications of the expert. After a positive assessment and determination of the expert’s area of interest, he or she can be admitted to the examination. The examination subject areas are fixed and can be viewed on the IMCI website, along with more information on the exam.
The current certification based on EN 45013 will expire on 31st December 2014. Existing certificates will remain valid until then. Experts already following the IMCI Quality Manual, certified on the basis of EN 45013, have the opportunity to adopt the new methods and need not undergo further testing. 
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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, 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."

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.