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December 2022/January 2023

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ALBANIA: New superyacht marina could be biggest in the Med
Abu Dhabi-based property developer Eagle Hills plans to launch a superyacht marina in the ancient city of Dürres in Albania. Dürres Yachts & Marina is set to redefine luxury lifestyle, as well as strike a new pose as potentially the biggest superyacht marina in the Mediterranean. (Image: Eagle Hills)

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USA: Suntex buys panhandle icon
Suntex Marina Investors has made a noteworthy first acquisition in the Florida panhandle with the purchase of Legendary Marina in Destin.
Legendary Marina, located in one of Florida’s most popular tourist destinations, is among the largest dry storage facilities in the USA with over 180,000ft² (16,720m²) of space to accommodate 780 vessels.

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USA: Join us at AMI Expo
Come and meet members of the Marina World team on booth 118 at the 2023 AMI Conference & Expo (formerly IMBC) 30th January – 1st February at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The conference tracks this year include: building your dream team; leading your team to excellence; marina and boatyard management and operations; and marina design and engineering. The sessions will offer training on hiring top performers and developing industry leaders, the changing trends in boat ownership, property valuations and financial benchmarks, to name just a few. The event begins with pre-conference workshops and a marina design and engineering course. Motivational speaker and book author Marilyn Sherman will deliver the opening keynote address: Front Row Leadership: How Top Performers Never Settle for Balcony Seats. “We are excited to deliver another great event in Daytona Beach in 2023,” said Association of Marina Industries (AMI) chair John Swick. “We had a great experience in Daytona Beach last year and we are looking forward to being back there in January.” As well as full conference passes, one-day passes and exhibit hall passes are available. AMI members receive a discount. Pre-conference events and the marina and boatyard field trip are offered for additional fees. Further information and registration,

BAHAMAS: Grand opening marks completion of Hurricane Hole
Hurricane Hole Superyacht Marina on Paradise Island held a grand opening event on 25th November to mark the completion of its redesign and renovation. Local dignitaries and hundreds of other guests attended.

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USA: Hurricane damage prompts new drystack design
The devastation to boats and marinas in Fort Myers, Florida caused by Hurricane Ian in September 2022, has prompted Christopher Shelli to rethink boat storage.

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USA: All on site at Compass Landing
Work is now underway on the long-awaited Compass Landing by Margaritaville Resort on the Indian River Lagoon in Melbourne, Florida.
The resort is being developed by Mirpuri Real Estate Holdings on a 4.6 acre (1.8 ha) site, which was home to a previous marina and restaurant. The new resort will feature a deluxe hotel, restaurants and a 221-slip marina. Opening is scheduled for late 2024 or early 2025.


AUSTRALIA: Phase three completes at Port Coogee
The third stage of a $5.84 million four-stage plan to expand Port Coogee Marina, owned and managed by the City of Cockburn, WA, has been completed. Work took place at the south and western side of Maraboo Island.
The project included construction of 69 berths for boats of 8 to 25m (26 to 82ft), spread across three new Bellingham Marine concrete floating pontoons; a 90m (295ft) long timber boardwalk and concrete loading berth area; two gatehouses for the new floating jetties; and reconfiguration of car parking. The new waterfront boardwalk has public access and adds to the existing waterside boardwalk and walkways in Port Coogee.
The third stage followed the addition of 158 berths in 2012 (stages one and two). Stage four will be progressively built to provide approximately 250 berths to the south of the existing pontoons.

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Highlights from Marina World November/December 2022

Building Porto Habacoa in the Bahamas
Ra’anan Ben-Zur: “The market desperately needs our marina and could use five more marinas like ours, but there is simply no space to build them. Environmental regulations make it very hard.”

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Hagadone Marine opens Quick Launch Dry Stack
Craig Brosenne: “Quick Launch will give people additional and improved access to not only the lake, but also to the businesses of North Idaho. We believe this will bring millions of additional dollars to Coeur d’Alene’s community.”

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Preparing new superyacht berths in Gibraltar
William Bowman: “The building of top-class marina and superyacht facilities at Marina Bay and Ocean Village has been a huge team effort and one that I am immensely proud to have been associated with.”

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From the Marina World archives: superyacht facilities

the first Med network for large berths
Barbara Bonetti: “The network is intended to be an instrument of promotion and opportunity. Members maintain their autonomy and there is no interference in berth prices or any share of income.”

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Exploring megayacht tourism in Anguilla
Greg Weykamp: “While it is important to build very high quality facilities to attract and support megayachts, what really separates Anguilla from other destinations in the minds of megayacht owners is the quality of the Anguilla experience.”

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A boat that glitters is not gold
Oscar Siches: “Superyachts are associated with luxury and money, and often dreamed about and described as the perfect marina guest. This statement can be a double-edged sword.”

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Coming soon…
The January/February 2023 issue of Marina World magazine has specific focus on:
Waterfront Developments
Dockside Utilities
Global Review 2022: for a round-up of the year’s highlights and lowlights

…and further ahead
March/April 2023:
Planning & Design – Marinas & Yards
Floating Buildings & Structures
Editorial deadline: 09 February
Advertising deadline: 28 February

To discuss editorial opportunities for these issues, contact:
Carol Fulford –
For details on print and digital advertising options, contact:
Julia Hallam (Europe, Middle East & Asia Pacific) –
Philippe Critot (The Americas) –

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