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Giant lock gates bring new life to Milford Marina

A huge pair of state of the art lock gates, installed in the Port of Milford Haven’s vibrant docks and marina in Pembrokeshire, UK, have been officially commissioned by the Secretary of State for Wales.

The £6 million lock gates, standing almost 12m high and weighing 90 tonnes apiece, represent a major upgrade to a system first built over 125 years ago when the docks were created as a home to the large fishing fleets of the time.

Secretary of State for Wales, the Rt Hon Stephen Crabb cut a ribbon on the gates on the morning of Friday 26 June before a flotilla of yachts made a symbolic journey through the new gates. Commenting ahead of the opening, he said: “This new investment represents another step forward for the Port of Milford Haven. The £6 million project is a significant infrastructure investment and is the first step in the delivery of the Milford Dock Master Plan, which will put Milford firmly on the map as a leisure destination.”

“The new lock gates have made Milford Marina the most accessible tidal marina in the UK and a hub for the leisure marine industry in west Wales,” he added. “Pembrokeshire has a thriving tourism industry and this new investment has the potential to attract and most importantly develop new opportunities for businesses locally.”

Milford Marina and Docks manager, Alaric Churchill, said the locks will make a huge difference. “Boats can come and go at any time now, more often and more quickly. That’s great news for berth holders getting out to sail along Pembrokeshire’s beautiful coastline, of course. But it’s also great news for visiting boaters from near and far, who will find it easier than ever to pop in for the day and enjoy what Milford Marina has to offer,” he commented.

Entries invited for Jack Nichol MEDA

The Recreational Navigation Commission of PIANC has issued the Call for Applications for the 2015 Marina Excellence Design Jack Nichol Award, the MEDA. Applications are due 30th September 2015.

To be eligible, a facility must:

  • Provide berthing for recreational boaters
  • Have been constructed within the last 15 years
  • Have operated successfully for the last two years
  • Be accessible to the boating public

Judges will consider functionality, aesthetics and environmental sustainability.

Further information from or from the RecCom Secretary, Mr Simone Lanzalone on email:

The 2014 MEDA went to Cesme Marina, Turkey.

Ara Marina achieves first Gold Anchor accreditation in Korea

Ara Marina has become the first marina in Korea to achieve Gold Anchor status with the Australia-based Marina Industries Association (MIA). Ara Marina is also the first and only Korean marina to have obtained International Clean Marina Programme accreditation.

MIA president, Andrew Chapman, presented the marina with its 4 Gold Anchors at a ceremony held during the recent Korean International Boat Show. He commented on the outstanding leadership Ara Marina continues to provide to the wider Korean marine and marina industries. “By taking the lead in gaining internationally recognised accreditations, Ara Marina is setting the standard for the Korean industry to follow.  The Gold Anchor accreditation process has assisted Ara Marina to further raise its level of service and facilities. This not only assists the existing and future clients of Ara Marina but it also indirectly assists with the development of the marina industry in Korea. This in turn will mean more of the Korean public turn to the boating lifestyle as an attractive recreation and leisure opportunity.”

CEO Jong-hae Kim from Ara Marina said it was an honour to receive the Gold Anchor accreditation. “Ara Marina places great importance on the quality of our facilities and services. Gold Anchor accreditation assists us to ensure that we are continually improving our performance for the benefit of our customers and our stakeholders.”             

Ara Marina is located in the state of Gyeonggi-do. It is a modern marina with 136 floating berths and 58 dry berths. It has a hard stand area with boat haul out, fuel provision, and extensive options for dining and special events such as weddings.      

Further awards for Waterscape

After bringing home the International Superyacht Society Award for Excellence in Innovation in Fort Lauderdale in October 2014, Gold Coast manufacturer, Superior was again recognised for design-led ingenuity and innovation with a win at this year’s MIA Marina of the Year Awards, held at marine15. Waterscape won the Best Marina Innovation for 2015.

Further to this accolade, Waterscape scooped upthe Good Design Award in the Lifestyle & Sport category at the Good Design Awards ceremony and gala dinner, 29 May 2015 at Darling Harbour.

The Good Design Award is regarded as one of the most coveted awards for design and innovation in the world. Entries must represent excellence in design at every level where judges carefully consider various factors including innovation, quality, functionality, sustainability and above all, world-class design.

Waterscape is the world’s first commercial and domestic adaptive floating system (AFS) recently patented and launched in Australia. It is the result of a two-year collaboration between Superior CEO, John Hogan, and designer Alexander Lotersztain at Derlot Pty Ltd. Waterscape shines the spotlight on the “water appeal” of a home or venue and will inspire a diverse range of users: architects, home owners, prestige brands, superyachts and waterfront hotels.

“Waterscape is visually arresting and innovative in its versatility,” said Hogan. “It adds another dimension to waterfront living and entertaining and we see a myriad of applications for yacht clubs, marina precincts, luxury homes and hotels. Anywhere there is a body of still water, Waterscape will extend the usage and enjoyment of the on-water experience.”

Superior Jetties is headquartered at Arundel on the Gold Coast, and manufactures design-led flotation solutions for use all over the world. It won the Premier of Queensland Export Award in 2009.

“With substantial interest in both the commercial and domestic markets, Waterscape is now being rolled out internationally,” Hogan confirm.

British Marine Federation (BMF) Awards 2015

Robin Walters, founder and chairman of marina builder Walcon Marine, has been honoured with the Peter Millward Memorial Award for his outstanding contribution to the British Marine Federation (BMF) association The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA). 

During the celebrations he said: “I’m incredibly proud to have been awarded the Peter Millward Memorial Award at the British Marine Federation’s annual awards. I’ve been involved in the industry for over 50 years now and have accomplished some remarkable achievements in that time, including installing the first marina in the UK at Port Hamble. I enjoy being part of such a fantastic industry and am honoured that my efforts have been recognised in this way.”  

RIGHT: Robin Walters (front row, far right) with the Peter Millward award.

Superyacht charter boost for Australia

Foreign flagged superyachts wishing to charter in Australia will find the process a breeze in comparison with past experiences, largely due to the efforts of Superyacht Australia (SA).

Superyacht Australia has been working diligently over the past 12 months lobbying government to allow easier access.  SA CEO, MaryAnne Edwards, said: “We developed a working group of industry stakeholders to work alongside government to address this key issue.  Those in the working group have met with Australian government officials on several occasions to ensure the current temporary licensing system will work for foreign flagged superyachts wishing to charter here and more importantly will ensure a warm Australian welcome to these visiting superyachts.”

The process is a two pronged approach.  Immediately vessels can charter in Australia under the temporary licence system issued under the Coastal Trading Act 2012 by the Department of infrastructure.  Vessels operating under this licence can also undertake refits and repairs and are not required to fully import the vessel. By the end of the Australian parliamentary winter sitting it is expected the new simpler regime will be in place.

Superyacht Australia strongly recommends that any owners or captains wishing to charter in Australia using the current temporary licence system under the Coastal Trading Act 2012, engage the services of a professional superyacht agent.  SA is ensuring its member agents are fully au fait with this temporary licence process and members offering refit and repair facilities have also been fully informed as to how it works.

To ensure a seamless system, it is important that the Australian agent selected is set up as a resident agent to allow the simple process of the agent acting on the owner’s behalf for all matters including GST when the vessel is chartering in Australia.  An Australian resident agent can apply for the permit and manage the GST on the vessel’s behalf.

In simple terms, this is how it works:

  • Licence fee is $400
  • 12 month charter is available currently voyage based
  • Superyacht crew visa for 12 months
  • 10% GST is payable on charters
  • 4 month minimum lead time for applications that wish to charter in the GBR Marine Park
  • 1 month minimum lead time for applicants that wish to operate in the rest of Australia
  • A resident agent can establish all the permits required from various departments and arrange taxation collection for GST
  • Vessel does not need to be imported and refit can be conducted during stay.

The Superyacht Australia members involved in the working group are Bray Management, Ocean Alliance, Abell Point Marina, Ports North (Cairns Marlin Marina) and Aurora Logistics.

Marina Bay secures planning permission

After a third round of debate by Gibraltar’s Development & Planning Commission (DPC), outline planning permission has been awarded for new superyacht berths and short-stay/rental apartments at Marina Bay at Ocean Village.

Ocean Village director, Neil Crawford, says, “Of course we’re delighted at the news.  It’s been a long road for us since December 2014, when the plans were submitted, and the project has generated a lot of interest in the form of overwhelming support, which outnumbered the occasional strong objection. This is a vote of confidence in the future of Gibraltar's economy and complements the Government of Gibraltar's measures to attract superyachts to the Rock.”

This green light brings Gibraltar a step closer to losing its reputation as ‘just’ a stop-off for cut-price fuel, and instead as a genuine prospect for long-term berthing in a tax-efficient VAT-free environment - with all the infrastructure expected from the demanding superyacht industry.  Local jobs will be created and Gibraltar will be able to legitimately compete with other superyacht marinas – but with the natural competitive advantage of a strategic geographic location where Mediterranean meets Atlantic.

Crawford continues, “Our marina sees superyachts on a regular basis, but usually just for short periods of time or for fuel stops.  Only recently a superyacht fuelled in Gibraltar but then continued up the coast to Puerto Banus, a marina with arguably outdated infrastructure, where the owners spent €300,000 in one shop.  Main Street retailers and other Gibraltar businesses will relish being on the receiving end of this kind of investment from the superyacht industry.”

The Marina Bay masterplan outlines ten stern-to superyacht berths with secure access, a modern Pier Office to include executive crew lounges with sophisticated data networks, pump-out facilities, significantly improved electricity supplies, spa-style facilities, as well as storage, workshop and laundry services.  The promenade will be enhanced with landscaping and a ‘mirador’ open to the public, while CCTV will be in place to ensure peace of mind for the high-value superyachts’ owners, guests and crew.

102 waterside apartments complement the scheme and address a local need for short-stay and rental accommodation.  Arranged across three-storey units, with waterways flowing between like a mini Venice, the apartments will enjoy rooftop leisure facilities from pools to play areas. 

The developers now have to conduct further research and provide various traffic, environmental, and aeronautical reports, standard procedure at this stage of the planning process.

IMBC heads back to Ft. Lauderdale

27 – 29 January 2016

The floor plan for the International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC), which will be held at the Broward County Convention Center, is now available for viewing by potential exhibitors. Last year’s event was a record breaker in terms of attendance and more of the same is expected for 2016 as the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) organises the exhibition, receptions for both exhibitors and attendees, seminars, workshops, keynote speakers, Best Profit Idea Awards and more. 

“The 2015 IMBC content was superb, very informative and with spot on topics everyone was interested in. As the AMI’s CMM programme continues to grow we announced the designation of eight new CMMs and one new CMO,” comments AMI chairman Jeff Rose CMM. 
This year’s event is co-locating with the Refit International Exhibition and Conference, Professional BoatBuilder magazine’s new annual trade event created exclusively for professionals working in the large yacht refit sector. Refit International will feature a series of 24 technical seminars and an exhibition hall dedicated to the most appropriate products and technologies available to this unique industry.  "We are delighted to have the opportunity to share space with the Refit Show and create an opportunity to connect each of our audiences and provide them with access to the broadest array of vendors and content," says IMBC event coordinator, Kate Stanley. 
Although the Refit Show and IMBC are different shows, aiming to attract different audiences, there will be opportunity for cross-show networking that leverages the similarities between the marina and refit industries.
See available spaces and the finalised floor plan for IMBC here: For bookings and questions, please contact IMBC sales director, Ray Clark, or call on +1 (401) 682-7334. 
Further information on 

The MYP 2015

Make plans for the Marina & Yard Pavilion (MYP) at METS, Amsterdam, 17th-19th November 2015. 

The MYP 2015 looks set to be another success, with more exhibitors and a new-style programme under development for The Marina & Yard Stage.

Aside from excellent networking opportunities, it will also be a great chance to find out more about the ICOMIA World Marina Conference (WMC) 2016, which will dovetail with METS next year. “RAI Amsterdam will be the place to be for the worldwide marina industry in 2016 when we feature the MYP at METS and WMC 2016,” says maritime domain manager, Irene Dros. “Having so many marina professionals gathered together offers unique networking and business opportunities. Add in a high quality information programme with top level professionals from across the marine industry and it’s clear why these are unmissable events for exhibitors, visitors and attendees alike.”

Exhibitors keen to keep up to speed with the latest technology will be looking forward to this year’s METS Breakfast Briefing keynote. Peter Sander, manager emerging technologies and concepts at Airbus Industries will speak on ‘additive layer manufacturing’ or, more simply, 3D printing. He will discuss the opportunities and challenges this brings for future design and industrial production.

Design is always at the forefront of the METS focus and 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the prestigious DAME Design Award METS. All exhibitors can enter new products, provided they will be on display at the 2015 show. The ‘Marina Equipment, Boatyard Equipment and Boat Construction Tools and Materials’ award is waiting to be scooped up by an innovative marina product! The deadline for entry is 22nd September.

Marina World is the Official Magazine for the MYP and for WMC 2016.

Island Gardens marina build on schedule

US-based Flagstone Property Group has assembled a team for the marina, architecture, construction and marketing for Island Gardens, as the south Florida development progresses towards its 2017/18 opening.

Upon completion, the mixed-use development will boast a superyacht marina that can accommodate 50 yachts. The marina will be complemented by two luxury hotels, a selection of world-class retail outlets and restaurants, and will offer a water taxi system servicing Miami and the beaches.

The Deep Harbour at Island Gardens will be exclusively designed for superyachts and is scheduled for completion in December 2015. It will offer customs and immigration clearance for visiting foreign yachts and accommodate vessels up to 550 feet with full service amenities including in-slip fuelling. The new marina will also serve as the future home of Superyacht Miami, a new boutique show by Show Management designed to cater exclusively to superyachts.

Club Marine winners announced at marine15

The Club Marine MIA Marina of the Year Awards for the 2015/16 period were announced at the marine15 conference and exhibition on the Gold Coast, Australia, in May. Marina Industries Association (MIA) president, Andrew Chapman, said the competition for the awards was the strongest ever and a record number of entries had been received from Australia and other countries. 

Club Marine CEO Simon McLean said the awards play an important role in fostering business improvement across the marina industry.  “Congratulations to the winners, finalists and all the entrants in the awards. The awards process requires time to reflect on one’s business performance and this in itself is a very healthy process”.    

The winners in each award category were:

  • Commercial Marina – Up to 140 Boats: Rivergate Marina and Shipyard QLD
  • Commercial Marina - 140 Boats and Over: Soldiers Point Marina NSW
  • Club Marina: Royal Perth Yacht Club WA
  • International Marina: Port Denarau Marina Fiji
  • Best Public Boat Harbour: Gladstone Marina QLD
  • Marina Hall of Fame, Commercial Marina, Under 140 Boats: Soldiers Point Marina NSW
  • Best Marina Restaurant:  Ormeggio - d’Albora Marinas The Spit NSW
  • Most Innovative Marketing by a Marina: Soldiers Point Marina NSW
  • Best Community Engagement Initiative by a Marina: Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club NSW
  • Best Marina Innovation by a Supplier: Superior Jetties ‘Waterscape’
  • Best Boat Yard - Up to 20 Boats:  Fenwicks Marina NSW
  • Best Boat Yard – Over 20 Boats: Gold Coast City Marina QLD
  • Best Dry Stack Facility: Gold Coast City Marina QLD
  • Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to the Industry: Dr Ed Mahoney, Recreation Marine Research Centre Michigan State University USA.  William (Bill) Kirby was also acknowledged for his contribution to the QLD marina industry.
  • People’s Choice Best Marina Employee: Jim Duncan, Soldiers Point Marina NSW