MARINAS22: inspiring – and successful

The Marinas22 international conference and trade exhibition reaffirmed its place as one of the largest marina industry conferences in the world after welcoming over 320 attendees across two days to the Australian Gold Coast 23rd-24th May.

The conference was opened by the Hon. Michael Healy, Queensland Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development, a strong supporter of the industry who highlighted the measures in place for future sector growth. An economic overview, forecast and implications for industry was delivered by Tapas Strickland, NAB chief markets economist, before Ashley Fell, demographer and social researcher and director of advisory at McCrindle Research, outlined the changing consumer and demographic trends and the opportunities ahead for the marina industry.
L to r: Suzanne Davies, Innovation Award winner Paul Williams, and Andrew Chapman.

L to r: Suzanne Davies, Innovation Award winner Paul Williams, and Andrew Chapman.

Andrew Chapman, MIA president, released the findings of the 2021 Health of the Australian Marina Industry Survey (HAMIS), which presents a resilient and strengthened industry but challenges operators and governments to provide additional storage capacity to support the boating boom.
Joe Ueberroth, president and owner of Bellingham Marine, delivered a thought-provoking presentation on how marinas could maximise their returns. The conference hall buzzed, with delegates busy re-evaluating their current business practices to take on board some of the ideas presented.

Specialist topics

L to r: Darren Oh, SUTL general manager (business development); Teo Joo Leng, SUTL group general manager; James Roy, marina director One°15 Marina Sentosa Cove; and Jonathan Sit, general manager One°15 Marina Sentosa Cove.

L to r: Darren Oh, SUTL general manager (business development); Teo Joo Leng, SUTL group general manager; James Roy, marina director One°15 Marina Sentosa Cove; and Jonathan Sit, general manager One°15 Marina Sentosa Cove.

With the macro picture painted and the industry opportunities examined, the first afternoon presented delegates with a choice of specialist subjects to examine. Conference committee chairman, Mike Harvey, commented: “The Marinas22 programme was designed to allow delegates the opportunity to delve into topics by choosing between two workshop streams, each with a panel of experts. Day one included innovation, the environment and decarbonisation, boatyard evolution, marketing and marina events.”
The Innovation Showcase was the highlight, and showcased five new products, four of which were environmental initiatives. A live poll was taken from over 150 delegates in attendance and the Man Overboard Marina Alarm System was announced as the winner in a tightly contested result. In receiving his award, product creator Paul Williams explained the genesis of his idea: “It was conceived after a near drowning incident in a marina where my boat is moored. A woman had fallen into the marina late at night and by the time her cries for help were heard she was suffering serious hypothermia as well as other injuries. I went home that night and came up with a solution that has consumed my life ever since.”

Second day

The Hon. Michael Healy.

The Hon. Michael Healy.

Day two of the conference focused on encouraging delegates to look internally at their operations to further capitalise on the recent industry growth. This was led by Darren Vaux, vice president of ICOMIA and managing director of Empire Marinas Group. He provided delegates with insights, and discussed opportunities on how the industry could engage with new and old boaters as we move into a post-COVID environment.
Suzanne Davies, Marina Industries Association (MIA) CEO, provided an overview of the MIA, outlining how it is supporting industry and following a strategic direction. Davies then introduced Ed Shute, membership and programmes manager, who explained the importance of the environmental and accreditation programmes the MIA administers, along with the industry training and educational programmes. New industry support initiatives including My Marina Guide and Marine Jobs were also presented. In closing, Shute commented, “it is our business to help members grow theirs,” – a sentiment embraced by the room.
Day two workshops delved into topics and key pain points, such as insuring against and managing risk, legal issues facing marinas and creating an engaged, productive and high performing workforce through training and development.
Lyndon Turner, CEO Nautilus Marine Insurance, chaired a panel of experts who discussed current market conditions and provided delegates with useful guidance on key risk areas affecting their marinas.
During the ‘Lessons and Learnings’ session, Scott Finsten, harbour master Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Thailand, described a recent boat fire at his facility, explaining the key takeaways and best practices that need to be in place to avoid disaster. Panel chair, Andrew Chapman, commented: “It’s these first hand experiences that help build knowledge amongst the industry and in the long run will reduce the number of catastrophic accidents occurring.”

Final flourish

The conference programme concluded with Jonathan MacDonald’s keynote address: ‘Inspiring Success’. MacDonald invigorated the room to embrace innovation. Suzanne Davies summed up: “Jonathan gave our marinas a lot to think about, changing their mindset of the business they think they are in and shifting this to the business they are truly in. When we selected Jonathan to be our keynote speaker, we were drawn to his ability to invoke deeper thinking and inspire an audience to challenge the status quo.”
And finally, the ‘blue carpet’ was rolled out for the Gala Dinner. The evening provided an opportunity for the industry to celebrate achievements and recognise some of the industry’s long-serving members: Colin Bransgrove for his 13 years of service as MIA CEO, and Phil McGowen CMM, marina manager of Birkenhead Point Marina, for over 14 years of service volunteering and providing his knowledge, skill and time in the creation and delivery of many industry courses.
Five industry professionals were formally acknowledged as new Certified Marina Managers by the Global Marina Institute and One°15 Marina Sentosa Cove, Singapore, was awarded Platinum 5 Gold Anchor accreditation.
The Gala Dinner concluded with presentation of an MIA Lifetime Achievement Award – the highest honour given by the association – to John Spragg, vice president MIA. The award, only three of which have ever been made, recognises individuals who have been major contributors to the marina industry over an extended period of time and for a majority of their professional life.
“John has been a true believer in what the MIA stands for,” said Andrew Chapman. “During his tenure at Bellingham Marine, John ensured that the MIA had the seed capital to operate while it was merely a volunteer organisation, through to today as the association’s Platinum Sponsor. Without John’s or Bellingham’s involvement the MIA would not be the strong association it is today.”

Innovation Showcase shortlist

  • Jellyfishbot from IADYS is an on-water robot. It is the size of a small suitcase and collects floating solid and liquid waste floating on the water surface.
  • Collect’Thor from The Searial Cleaners is fixed to the edge of a marina or seawall where it attracts and contains waste floating on the water surface. It is totally silent and can collect and store up to 100kg (220lbs) of waste before being cleaned.
  • WINNER: The Man Overboard Alarm System, developed by Paul Williams, enables a casualty to simply pull a cord under the pontoon decking to sound an audible alarm. This not only raises attention but also gives marina management the location of the person in distress.
  • Sucoil from Sustainable Oil Recovery is a cost-effective, recyclable solution to removing hydrocarbons from water. Deployed on a sponge, the spill attracts the hydrocarbons, which can be squeezed from the sponge and recycled. The sponge can be reused and repurposed, reducing landfill.
  • Seavolt is an electric charging network for ports and waterways – soon to be installed in Empire Marinas Group marinas.


Waterfront innovations in Canada

New agent for Capria

Breaking ground on the future

Port Vell launches bunkering service

Pacsoft launches MarinaPay

Extra berths at The Boat Works

Storm protection in Quincy Bay

Dura adds smaller size mesh

Smart Marinas guide and 2022 industry statistics

Man Overboard alarm readies for export

Eco pedestals promoted for export

Safe storage for lithium batteries

Freedom adds two Sydney clubs

Rental service boost in South Florida

New transporter is fit for a Princess

Keeping it in the family

Metstrade remains essential anchor point

Adapting marinas to alternative fuel propulsion systems

EV charging in the marina industry

Whitepaper illuminates key role of bidirectional charging

Mobile fuel station pioneers sustainability and efficiency

Resilient marina renovations lead to coral relocation

New research outlines pathways to decarbonisation

A resilient rebirth at Zeke's Landing

Renovations, partnership and acquisitions

Partnership boosts nautical tourism

Replacement docks double superyacht capacity

Premier buys leading drystack

Tourist driven marina breaks ground

Waikawa extension opens

Ultra luxury on The Spit

Launching Norlana superyacht hub

Popular boat lifts form part of renovation project

New forklift boosts operator confidence

Digital payment solution for visitor moorings

Stacking up on Okanagan Lake

Smart software drives success in Mooloolaba

Using bacteria to eliminate hydrocarbon residues

Sustainable sanitation for America’s Cup bases

MDL continues multi million pound roll ut

D-Marin makes €1.7 million investment

Voting in the best for 2023

Regeneration continues at Isle of Wight harbour

Expansion plans in a buoyant market

Customers, culture, comms and carbon

Ligurian icons make a comeback

Welcoming megayachts to Istanbul

Integra buys Aventura marina

Med marina networks partner up

Renewed Dover dock nears completion

Merger creates 'biggest' South Florida marina

Sindalah yacht repair centre, first of many for Neom

New Calero group marina, and more

IBEX one of best to date

Plans firmed up for Habacoa

M3 to boost Amaala to La Belle Classe

IWMC 2025 heads to Venice

AMI keynote announced

Redeveloping a prime lakeside marina

Charging options on both sides of the Channel

Sanitary building kick starts floating building range

Hydrogen power

Floating patio becomes new marina hub

Boosting sustainability with the WRF

New lifts in facility upgrade

Interest builds for electric hoists

Majoring on the minority

Flying the Blue Flag

Silver EcoVadis for Premier

Protecting a sensitive ecosystem

Tangible benefits for the local area

Karpaz Gate Marina: A home away from home

Convenience is not a European value

Industry lobbies government on cyclone cover crisis

Upgrades at Port of Lisbon

Port 32 expands partnership with Gulfstream

North Island marina expands

Monument buys Florida marine centre

Marine Centre plans for James Watt

JYC Marina soft opens for Saudi Grand Prix

Wider decking panel– ideal for finger piers

GCMarine partners with Harbour Assist

Elevator Lift is reconfigured

Cleaning water with Advanced Oxidation

Trouble free trolley goes international

Waiting pontoon for high season

More Freedom in Australia

First in Barcelona, first in Redwood City

D Marin wins iF Design award

Futuristic pod delivered to the Pearl

New production line, new designs and noteworthy deliveries

New owners to invest in Dartside Quay

Multi use trailer for Canadian tourism service

Handle with care: a pad for all hull shapes

One year operation of electric boat hoists

Setting new delivery records for 2023

Variable width option for mobile boat hoists

IBEX 2023: focus on sustainability

In need of new marinas and new money

Superyacht marina for Dubai Islands

Swift progress on Blue Water Cay

Bermuda dock opens for superyachts

New managers for GCCM

IGY to operate NEOM's first groundbreaking marina

Mega focus in Italian marinas

Marina Bahia Golfito: the new Costa Rica destination

Rivergate up for sale

Full service in Fort Lauderdale

Go Outdoors platform launch

Upgrading key infrastructure

Marina group in administration

Operator sought for Co Down marina

How sustainable is your marina?

Geoff Phillips

UK marina group signs four year service contract

Valterri Vauramo

Joint connector enhances breakwater performance

Flovac wins second Mallorca contract

Setting a new standard in marine electrical safety

Smarter management, happier customers

Enhancing customer service across a multinational portfolio

Moss Marina: surviving the storm

Developing the Eagle Float

Wet versus dry in the western Med

First phase drystack opens in Charleston

Forklift design for growing centre console market

Pioneering drystack buys larger forklift

Industry views: Drystack storage

Promoting a customer focused culture

Ismailia contract awarded

Trophy asset for east coast portfolio

Marina completes waterfront regeneration

Investment plans for Pylos

Operator chosen for Elounda

New marina at town gateway

Guidelines for sustainable infrastructure

Evolving design over the decades

New trends drive marina reshape

Electric chargers for Italian marinas

D Marin expands digital solutions

Next generation buoy

Ultranav invests in LifeLadder

New hoist brings new technology

Pontoons for Ocean Race

Electric propulsion: a solution to pollution

Collection and protection for small islands

AMI Expo: a record breaker

Slovenian marinas join forces to boost potential

Resilience, long term vision and personal approach

Support for local businesses

Becoming a master at planning marinas

A nautical tourism centre for Piombino

Ismailia Yacht Marina: a key player in the new era of the Suez Canal

Rebuild underway at Club marina

Upgrade approved for Jones Bay

Port 32 buys Lighthouse Point

Suntex adds NJ and AZ marinas

Marina group expands to Spain

Port Vell as Cup superyacht marina

Berths still in high demand

Community space with maritime focus

Livart builds state of art factory

Dock company changes hands

New catalogue highlights

A 3D map of your marina

All change at ICOMIA

ICOMIA stats for 2021

Stellar joins Molo

Developing a fast charge network

The move to electric: e handling and e boating

Building a sustainable marina

Buzzing on full power

Innovation on the dockside

E dock supports e boat challenges

World Cup boosts pedestal contracts

Power for bigger berths in Dubrovnik

Opening the APS Seychelles agency

Building post pandemic momentum

Jesolo Marina plays major part in coastal plans

Reimagining Noss on Dart

Regeneration planning for Des Moines

Suntex buys Green Cove

New docks at Blue Haven

First NEOM island announced

Plan ahead for Marinas24

Novalja opens second phase

Melbourne City completes large berth upgrade

Inaugural PIANC America

Calypso Cove project agreed

Funding boost for Ocean Reef

MarineMax buys marina build specialist

Pod design to regenerate seagrass

First electric boat supercharger in Portugal

20 years for ICMS

Community docks for St Johns River

D-Marin invests in Sense4Boat

Autonomous gardening – anywhere under the sun

Australian marina sets new benchmark in waterfront living

Electric and traditional – hoist designs for all

Cat trailer range expanded

Ontario operator buys multi use trailer

Green o'clock at Metstrade

40 years of yard deliveries

One of the world's first electric marine hoists is installed in Spain

Twenty years of talented teamwork

Kemah Boardwalk: Gateway to Galveston Bay

Marinas and takeovers: Enough room for boating?

True spice in the Spice Island

Top US boat dealer launches first in state drystack

Captains and crew vote Coral Sea Marina 'best in world'

First superyacht repair and refit centre in UAE

Abu Dhabi: a new winter oasis

Gibraltar superyacht berths near completion

Superyachts welcome at Palm Beach marina

The big boat picture in southern Italy

Seclusion and luxury in the Bahamas

Jersey marina invests in rebuild

New superyacht haven in Greek isles

Resort opens in favoured tourist spot

Hurricane Ian devastates Fort Myers marinas

NZMOA 2022 Awards

Big Challenges, Big Decisions

Suntex expands into California market

Ocean Reef breakwaters complete

Almarin buys Aister

Historic club installs movable rowing pontoon

Partnership boosts green awareness

Fast charge expansion to US and Sweden

Customised forklift for Saxon Wharf

New decking prompts rethink

Silver and gold for D Marin

Third gen business buys third MT

MARINAS22: inspiring – and successful

Adelaide Pointe: a new development model

Repairs bring new energy to Dinner Key Marina

Buying and managing a first Italian marina

South Island gem for boating community

Construction starts at Dana Point Harbor

Second contract for 2024 Olympics

First phase completes at Windermere

Golden centrepiece at Beach Marine

Interest builds for megayacht marina

Common nautical rules sought

MarineMax to buy IGY Marinas

Bristol town upgrades harbour

Med market hit by lack of uniform fee policy

The good, the fair and the dangerous

The future of government marina leases and concessions

Boosting berths in Roskilde

Vacuum sewage system for new Spanish marina

Canadian club buys stacker crane

European boost for electric charging

Phase one portal release

Sign up surge for marina platform

Maximising occupancy: the smart way

Mia and Mateo and the smart marina

Delivering a digital future for marina management

One system for your whole business

Revolutionising time at the fuel dock

Kempinski to manage one of a kind hotel

A shared vision for the future on water

Building the first sustainable floating city

Flexible marina investment for maximum returns

New life for neglected peninsula

APCC wins Jubail contract

Resource consent for Te Rahui Herenga Waka

Spit plan contract

Berth boost at BYC

More cats welcome in Kemah

Planning for Enviro Officer course

Marina mooted in the east

Revised costing for St George's

JDC progresses mega project

Health of Industry report

MYP becomes MYTR at IBEX

Free flow club design links land to sea

Ambitious plans for a 21st century network

Azimut Benetti marinas

New all tide marina to enhance leisure mooring

Balancing land use, economics and destination appeal

When the seas rise

Sponsored feature: Semi automation boosts drystack

Phase two pier in place

Superyacht marina opts for vacuum sewerage

Storm proven attenuator protects Sunset Bay

Custom forklift for Cape Cod yard

Added value software features for ever changing industry

Developing a new green standard for Italian marinas

New yachting brand officially launched in Monaco

Coral Sea Marina Resort marks Clean Up Australia Day

Closing the loop on waste

Sustainable solutions support yard services

Composite piling for eco sense and long life

Future proofing St Michaels Marina

Trio to develop resort on Al Marjan Island

Semi automation boosts drystack profits

Final phase at Corpach

Upgrade complete at Albert Pier

Marinas to compete in Smart and Sustainable Rendezvous 2022

Abu Dhabi breaks ground on new marinas

Resort plans in Wallonia

Pelican Waters breaks ground on Queensland marina

New Cyprus Marina

Positive signs for Metstrade 2022

LA Waterfront. Setting the stage for new development

New yard in Australia

Marina group marks 35 years