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February 2023/March 2023

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AMI Expo – a record-breaker
The 2023 AMI Conference & Expo, organised by the Association of Marina Industries and held 30th January-1st February in Daytona Beach, Florida was pronounced a record-breaking success that attracted nigh on 1,100 attendees.

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AUSTRALIA: Crediting marinas ready for superyachts
Within days of launching its all-new Superyacht Ready accreditation, the Marina Industries Association (MIA) had seven applications to process.

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UK: Waterfront plans for Southampton’s Town Quay
Nicolas James Group – the developer of the Harbour Hotel and apartments in Ocean Village – has set its sights on other marina-based infrastructure in the south coast city of Southampton.
The company has released early plans for regenerating and redeveloping Town Quay, an under-utilised site opposite the Red Funnel terminal. The group is looking to create a true waterfront destination with a large new marina, apartments, a hotel, conference facility and spa, and multiple dining and food outlet options.
The project is expected to cost over £200 million and could create 1,000 jobs when complete. Nicolas James Group chairman, Nicolas Roach, commented: “Having lived, studied and worked in Southampton, I have shared the frustration that our city lacks a destination waterfront. A large quality city deserves one and people need to recognise how far Southampton has come and where it can get to.”
The proposals will be funded by the sale of around 500 apartments built on reclaimed land on the far side of the marina.

BAHAMAS: Government signs HOAs for Harbour Island and Torch Cay
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon Philip Davis (left) signed a ‘robust’ Heads of Agreement (HOA) between the Bahamas Government and 4M Harbour Island in early February.

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USA: Forest Development in further Florida bids

Forest Development Acquisition LLC, a relatively new company in the US property market, is hoping to build on the success of its Nautilus 220 residential development in Lake Park, Florida with additional high-profile projects.

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SAUDI ARABIA: Construction starts on Jeddah Central

Jeddah Central Development Co has signed a contract to start construction work on the $20 billion Jeddah Central Project, previously known as New Jeddah Downtown.

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CYPRUS: Upgrade for Paphos Marina
The Cyprus Ministry of Tourism has approved a significant infrastructure change at Paphos Marina to enable it to accommodate modest size cruise ships.
The proposal, which has been under discussion for decades, is considered to be a major move for tourism in general and for Paphos specifically. Cruise vessels of up to 200m (720ft) will be able to moor up.
If further evaluations are positive, work could commence in 2024.


SEYCHELLES: EOI for Praslin marina
According to Seychelles News Agency, the Seychelles Ports Authority has launched an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Kato Nwar (Black Parrot) project on Praslin, the second largest populated island of the archipelago.
Minister for Transport, Antony Derjaques, told reporters that the project would have “more weight” if developed by a local contractor although proposals from both international and national investors will be accepted.
Three plots of land are available for the construction of a marina, passenger terminal, and commercial and entertainment facilities. “The Kato Nwar development will be modern and will be of the best standards. There will be over 50 units created for people to do business, once completed,” Derjaques told reporters. The completion of the various stages of the project will depend on how much work will need to be undertaken, and the marina could take up to 18 months.

Marina World Magazine

Highlights from Marina World January/February 2023

Regeneration planning for Des Moines marina
The City of Des Moines in Washington, USA, is working on a multi-year project to update its waterfront and marina. Steadily-paced improvements to the marina alongside a project to connect it with downtown Des Moines are planned.

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Upgrading Jesolo Marina as part of coastal plans
Along with the entire Jesolo waterfront, Porto Turistico Jesolo Marina Resort near Venice, Italy, is undergoing development and a decisive marina upgrade is scheduled.

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Building a sustainable marina
How can we combine sustainable actions to achieve the desired social, economic and environmental goals? Oscar Siches, John Hogan and Steve Sammes discuss the topic at a Marina World Tech Talk session at Mestrade 2022.

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From the Marina World archives: superyacht facilities

Land and sea: reconnecting Italian waterfronts
Angelo Zerilli: “About 650 municipalities will be able to count on an economic opportunity from a €4.9 billion fund to plan for the future and help offset the negative effects of the pandemic.”

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West Harbor design as Port of Los Angeles plans
Eric Garcetti: “The revitalisation of the LA Waterfront will not only improve the quality of life for residents but attract visitors from around the world. Through this $36 million investment, we are helping to create new jobs and businesses while cementing our status as a global destination.”

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Orams Marine expansion boosts Auckland’s boating options
Craig Park: “Orams provides a hub for recreational boaters to quickly access the Hauraki Gulf, as well as store their boats and have amenities and services within one spot. In a city defined by its proximity to the water, Orams Marine’s position ensures Aucklanders are able to maintain their connection to the sea and reputation as a city with a thriving high-quality marine industry.”

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Coming soon…
The March/April 2023 issue of Marina World magazine has specific focus on:
Planning & Design – Marinas & Yards
Floating Buildings & Structures

…and further ahead
May/June 2023:
Drystack Storage
Operator Talk: Moving Smartly
[Marina managers on the ups and downs of introducing smart technology]
Editorial deadline: 31 March
Advertising deadline: 25 April

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