Inside Track

Venue change for WMC 2016

The next ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (WMC) will be held in November 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, at the RAI Exhibition Centre immediately following METS.
The decision to change the venue from Rio de Janeiro was made further to concerns expressed by the host association ACOBAR that organising the event would prove difficult due to the new economic situation in Brazil.
WMC 2016 will be jointly hosted by Amsterdam RAI and the Dutch marine association HISWA. It will be the second time that a WMC event has been held in Amsterdam. The first was at a similar time of the year and was a success. 
The ICOMIA Marinas Group will hold the first detailed planning session for WMC 2016 at its meeting in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, in May.

Grand opening at Swanwick Marina

Premier Marinas will officially unveil its £5.8 million new boatyard development at Swanwick Marina at a grand opening ceremony on 6th April. Directors of Premier Marinas will declare the boatyard open with a plaque on the new building. 
The official ceremony will be complemented by a host of activities throughout the afternoon, including a two-part dance display performed by a group of aerial silk dancers. Professional jazz band, Fat Cats, will also provide live music and Warsash Sea Cadets will perform a range of modern and traditional music.
Visitors will be able to walk around the modernised boatyard and view the new facilities and equipment comprising a hoist bay, specialist forklift, new fuel pontoon with high-speed pump, waiting pontoon and drystack for boats up to 11m. Additionally, visitors can tour Premier’s new storage units and modern marina reception with luxury berth holder and tenant facilities.
Premier Marinas chief executive Pete Bradshaw commented: “Premier Marinas prides itself on providing first-class facilities and customer service at all its marinas. Swanwick’s new boatyard will provide an unrivalled boatyard on the River Hamble and, in turn, the expansion of the marina will encourage growth across the whole site, attracting further businesses and generating more employment in the area.”

Construction begins at Haulover Marine Center in Florida

Westrec Marinas has begun construction of a 508-rack drystack building and marine centre at the Haulover Marine Center in North Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
The fully enclosed drystack building has been designed to hold larger multi-outboard engine boats. It will consist of five racks and accommodate vessels up to 50 feet in length. Constructed of galvanised steel, the drystack building will be capable of withstanding a category five hurricane. An elevator lift system will be installed to launch and retrieve vessels.
Other components include a new marine centre, office, retail store and bathhouse. Parking has also been extended.
As part of the project, Westrec will also remodel the existing retail store and fuel dock.
The overhaul follows extensive negotiations with Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department. Construction commenced in July 2014 and work is scheduled to complete in spring 2016.

Awards presented at IMBC 2015

The International Marina Institute (IMI), the training subsidiary of the Association of Marina Industries (AMI), awarded certifications to eight marina professionals as Certified Marina Managers (CMMs) and one marina professional as a Certified Marina Operator (CMO) at the AMI-produced 2015 International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) in Tampa, Florida, on 29 January. The CMM and CMO designations recognise and distinguish the most highly qualified marina managers and operators throughout the world. 
IMI’s newest CMMs include Rion Salley Jr of Port Royal Landing (Port Royal, SC), Michael Short of Vancouver Marina (Richmond, BC), John Swick of Marinas International (Dallas TX), Marieke van Peer of Miami Beach Marina (Miami Beach, FL), Cliff Lewis of Bayport Marina (Bayport, MN), Colette Carter of Cottonwood Cove Marina (Searchlight, NV), Barry Armband of Harbour Towne Marina (Dania Beach, FL) and Joe Harms of River Heights Marina (Inver Grove Heights, MN). IMI’s newest CMO is Greg Carter of Cottonwood Cove Marina (Searchlight, NV). 
These awards bring the total number of worldwide CMMs to 332 and CMOs to 14. In addition to marina management experience, CMM/CMO candidates must complete Intermediate and Advanced Marina Management courses available through IMI. 
IMI’s training calendar is available on the AMI website at 

AMI's new board of directors revealed at IMBC

The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) elected its 2015 officers and directors at the International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) held 28 –30 January in Tampa, Florida, USA.
Jeff Rose CMM of Marinas International was reappointed chair; Brad Gross CMM of OC Dana Point Harbor was reappointed vice-president; Mick Webber of HydroHoist Marine Group was reappointed secretary; and Joe Riley CMM of Windmill Marina Association Inc was reappointed treasurer. 
Three new members, Kevin Thompson of Bellingham Marine, Mitch Jones of Anchor South, LLC and Michael Short of Vancouver Marina were elected to the 2015 board of directors for a three-year term. The AMI board bid farewell to Steve Ryder of Bellingham Marine, Mark Stafford of Marinas International and Randy Short of Almar Marinas. 
Thompson, Jones and Short will join the existing board of directors, which includes Jim Frye CMM, Westrec Marinas; Gary Groenewold CMM, Harbour Towne Marina; Keith Knowlton CMM, Riverside Yacht Club; Ken MacDonald CMM, Bay Port Yachting Center; Chris Petty, Suntex Waterfront Management; T Clarke Smith III, Norman Spencer Marine; Ronaldo Souza CMM, Westrec Marinas; Austin Cameron, VIP Marina, LLC; Ray Fernandez, Bridge Marina; John Chiazza, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Inc; and Bob Evans, Dillon Marina. 

Work nears completion at Prince Philip Yacht Haven

Piling is being completed at Prince Philip Yacht Haven (UK), the Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSYC)’s most ambitious construction scheme to date. The RSYC and its close neighbour, the RAF Yacht Club, have worked together on the project for several years.
Looking to improve its berthing facilities while completing reconstruction of its sea wall, plans involved stabilising the waterfront land, constructing some 70 walk-ashore berths – with disabled access – for motor and sailing boats, modern services, installing flood protection for shoreside facilities, and a slipway.
The RAF Yacht Club also benefits from the improved facilities and now has direct access to boats. 
The project was managed by Marina Projects Ltd and was completed in three phases. Walcon installed the pontoons and ML UK completed all dredging work. 
A large ‘quarterdeck’ over the water in front of the club was also constructed, which links to a replacement pier and provides facilities for the local community. 

ART to develop and operate marinas in Dubai

ART Marine Marinas has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kleindienst Group to advise upon and develop the marinas to be built at “The Heart of Europe” project in Dubai. Upon completion, ART will take over operations and management at the marinas.
ART is a leading marina management company in the Middle East, operating a large network of marinas in Bahrain, Jordan, Oman, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. It is also expanding in the Caribbean, China, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean and Southeast Asia. 
“The Heart of Europe” project consists of six islands owned by the Kleindienst Group on The World project in Dubai. When complete, it will host five, six and seven star hotels, underwater villas, floating restaurants, picturesque plazas, a waterpark, the world’s largest aquarium, beach clubs, cafés, restaurants, shops, boutiques and a variety of shops and entertainment facilities. 

Almouj Marina partners with scientists to prevent biofouling

The 400-berth Almouj Marina at The Wave, an award-winning project in Muscat, Oman, will collaborate with researchers from Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) to develop technologically enhanced, non-toxic coatings to be used on boats, submerged structures and industry equipment. 
Using nanotechnology, the study aims to identify environmentally friendly methods to reduce the impact of biofouling on waterways, marine life, maintenance costs and fuel consumption. 
The experiment, which is being conducted in the marina, involves growing nanostructures on fishing nets (test surfaces) to prevent biofouling. The metal oxide nanostructures absorb sunlight to provide a shield of highly reactive oxygen and hydroxyl radicals in the vicinity of the coated surfaces, thereby hindering the accumulation of bio-fouling species through a process called photocatalysis.
“The results of this field trial could potentially reduce biofouling in local marine environments, an issue that is responsible for over US$10 billion in damages worldwide,” said Dr Sergey Dobretsov, head of the Marine Science and Fisheries Department at SQU.