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Friday, January 19, 2018

Marina Management News

Marine Travelift Promotes Johnson

Jason Johnson was promoted to North American Sales Manager for Marine Travelift, Inc. in Sturgeon Bay.  Johnson will be responsible for business development and marine sales in the Americas for the Company. Johnson was hired by Marine Travelift in 2008 as a Sales Engineer.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marina Management from the Maine Maritime Academy, and serves on the IMI (International Marina Institute) Advisory Committee.

Lucas is Director, Customer Service & Membership, Suntex Marinas

Martin Lucas Courtesy Suntex Marinas

Suntex Marinas, an owner and operator of marina properties, announced today the promotion of Martin Lucas to the role of Director of Customer Service and Memberships. In this new position, Lucas will spearhead the development and execution of customer interaction and retention initiatives. enjoyable experience for both guests and employees. He will also be responsible for marina marketing plans, organization of programs and events, and production of collateral materials. “The director of customer service and memberships is the first impression – the face of Suntex Marinas…

Electric Boat Hire Initiative in Chicago

Duffy Electric Boat: Photo credit Vantage YC

Vantage Yacht Club, offering shared yacht ownership announce additions to its Fleet Membership and Non-Member rental fleets with the delivery of four electric Duffy Boats. Arrival of the electric boats is the first such initiative in Chicago. Electric boaters will cruise the Chicago River taking in the sights and sounds of the city while promoting environmental responsibility and sustainability. These zero-emission electric boats are available to rent by-the-hour beginning April 1, 2012 from 8:00 am until midnight, seven days a week.

Boatsense Remote Vessel Monitoring

Boatsense Solutions, Inc. announced that it recently installed its wireless remote vessel monitoring system on several Moran Towing Corporation’s tugboats. Moran maintains three major lines of business: shipdocking, contract towing and marine transportation. Approaching its 150th anniversary, Moran operates in 16 ports with a fleet of tugs and barges. Separately, Boatsense announced a recent installation of its remote monitoring system on the 767 ft Str. Kaye E. Barker. Owned and operated by The Interlake Steamship Company, the Kaye E.

Curaçao to Host 2003 Convention in September

Agustin Díaz, deputy general manager of the Curaçao Ports Authority, Inc., was installed as Chairman of the Board of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) during the September 26th Annual Membership Meeting at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL. Díaz succeeded as Chairman of the Board Dick Steinke, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach. “We’re pleased to have Agustin lead the Association on behalf of AAPA’s Latin American delegation,” said Kurt J. Nagle, AAPA President. “He will be working to help connect and build stronger relationships between our 150 port members who come from more than 30 countries and speak a variety of languages. Before joining the Curaçao Ports Authority, Díaz was the commissioner of the island government in charge of ports.

Coast Guard Rescues Florida Man from Sinking Car

(Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Marlin)

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an elderly man from a vehicle that fell into a marina in Panama City, Fla. A boat crew from Coast Guard Cutter Marlin was launched to rescue the 89-year-old man behind the wheel after crew members saw his vehicle go into the St. Andrews Marina in at approximately 12:45 p.m. Saturday. The boat crew broke the car’s window, pulled the man from the vehicle and transferred him to emergency medical personnel ashore. “As soon as one of our crewmen witnessed the car enter the water…

Hill International Gets Casablanca Marina Construction Contract

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), the global leader in managing construction risk, announce that it has been awarded contracts to provide project management services for three projects in North Africa. A four-year contract has been awarded the company by Société New Marina Casablanca Groupe CDG to provide project controls services in connection with the construction of the $590 million New Casablanca Marina in Casablanca, Morocco, a project that includes high-end residential, hotel, leisure, commercial, retail and maritime facilities. Hill International, with 3,200 employees in 110 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management and construction claims and consulting services.

Leach to Head Career Services at Maine Maritime

Dr. John Barlow, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean at Maine Maritime Academy (MMA), announced the appointment of Captain Timothy N. Leach, of Castine, Maine, to the post of director of career services and cadet shipping at the Castine college. Leach, the immediate past waterfront operations manager at MMA, recently transitioned to the post, bringing with him more than 30 years of experience in maritime industry relations, vessel operations, and marina management. In his new position at Maine Maritime Academy, Leach will be responsible for the overall management of the college’s career services department which liaisons between current students and alumni, and the greater maritime industry to facilitate employment opportunities, networking, and industry relations.

Structurearine Adds Latin America Sales Manager

Thomas Verriere

To capitalize on growth opportunities in the evolving Central and South American markets, Structurmarine said it has appointed Thomas Verriere its sales manager for Latin America. The company's global turnkey services for marina projects include site analysis, engineering and installation. A native of France and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma – Law School and the EM Lyon Business School, Verriere has applied his background in business and law to various industries, specializing in developing emerging markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

USCG Assist with N.C. Marina Fire

Coast Guard crews are overseeing the containment of product and pollution to minimize environmental impact from the fire at McCotters Marina in Washington, Jan. 7. Two thousand feet of boom was deployed to encircle the marina, and absorbent pads were placed within the boom where sheen was apparent. Eastern Environmental Management, a contracted cleanup company based from Rocky Mountain, N.C., is working to collect the absorbent pads and tighten up the boom. "We are focusing on mitigating the impact to the environment," said Lt. Shannon Scaff, incident management division chief of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. Mariners must exercise caution while transiting around the boom positioned throughout Broad Creek.

Canal Pleasure Cruise Venture Runs Aground

A UK businessman refitted a canal boat to carry up to 45 passengers along the Staffs & Worcester Canal without paying heed to safety requirements. The UK registered Canal Boat Hatherton Belle is a 20 metre vessel that had been adapted to carry up 45 passengers along the Staffs & Worcester Canal from Calf Heath Marina. The owner, local businessman Andy Small who also operates a bar next to the Marina, used the canal boat to take paying parties on cruises along the canal. It was brought to the attention of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) that the Hatherton Belle had no Passenger Ship Safety Certificate or Domestic Management Certificate.

AAPA to Host Port Management Seminar

The top issues relevant to Caribbean and Latin American port professionals, including navigation dredging, seaport security, port privatization, Panama Canal expansion and port operating strategies, will be featured at the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) Executive Management Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, Feb. 12-14. The conference will be held in Miami’s Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel and Marina.

MTA of NJ Awards Scholarships

The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ) Foundation awarded three education scholarships to outstanding students pursuing careers in the marine industry. The MTA/NJ Foundation was established to help promote boating safety and education and to raise funds for a new Education Scholarship to encourage education in the marine trades field. This is the fourth year that the Association has been able to award scholarships to deserving students. A $3,000 MTA/NJ scholarship was awarded to Dylan Giombetti. Giombetti is graduating from Lacey Township High School in Lanoka Harbor and plans to pursue a degree in Business Management and follow the footsteps of his family and join their marina business, Silver Cloud Harbor Marina in Forked River.

RINA Launches Yacht Marina Certification

International certification company RINA Services has launched a new certification scheme for yacht marinas. The MaRINA Excellence scheme focuses on the quality of the marina, sustainability and risk prevention. Marinas and dedicated yacht harbors are a key part of the tourist infrastructure. RINA has always placed great importance on environmental and sustainability issues. In the field of marinas it provides services that are indispensable for reducing the environmental impact of facilities.

Pirovano Joins Bradford Marine

Bradford Marine announced that John Pirovano joined the Bradford Marine Team as Sales and Marketing Manager. John brings over 25 years experience in the yachting industry to Bradford Marine. Trained in marina operations and with extensive project management experience, Pirovano has spent recent years in sales and marketing, traveling to major trade and charter shows throughout the world.

Ohio Marinas Upgrade With Travelift

new Marine Travelift Mariner Forklift in action at Foxhaven.

Marine Travelift dealer increases local marine economy sales. Two Ohio marinas purchased new Marine Travelift Mariner Forklifts from Interstate Lift Truck, an established Marine Travelift dealer for 20 years. The sales are a positive indication that the marina economy is growing from its 2008 economic decline. Since then, vessels have continued to develop in size and weight; and Foxhaven Marina and Whiskey Island Marina remain invested in the future of the industry. Rack storage has been a primary source of revenue for Foxhaven Marina since 1973.

Exculpatory Clause in Maritime Contract

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that a clear and unequivocal exculpatory clause may exonerate a marina owner from liability to vessel owners for simple negligence. In the instant case, owners of vessels berthed at the marina signed slip agreements containing exoneration clauses. A marina employee negligently repaired a fuel pump on a vessel at the marina. The vessel caught fire and the fire spread to adjacent vessels. The vessel owners sued the marina. The court held that the language of the exoneration clause was clear and unequivocal and that such clauses in this type of maritime contract did not violate public policy. In this respect, the court sided with the Fifth and Ninth Circuits, as against the position taken by the First and Eleventh Circuits. Sander v.

Marina Projects Secures Commission with Ports of Jersey

U.K.-based marina consultancy Marina Projects Ltd. was appointed by Ports of Jersey to deliver two new developments in St. Helier Harbor. The two projects, The Redevelopment of Berths № 4 & 5 and The Refurbishment of the Fishermen’s Berths, due to commence later this year, will considerably enhance the harbor offering for both the marine leisure and commercial fishing industries. This appointment is a further step in the long standing and successful relationship between Marina Projects and Ports of Jersey.

Marina In San Francisco Upgrades Docks

Located in the heart of San Mateo County, Oyster Point Marina, offers San Francisco boaters direct access to the bay. The City owned marina recently completed replacement of piers 8 and 11. Bellingham Marine, world renowned marina builder, was contracted to perform as the general contractor. Oyster Point’s existing 20 plus year old glu-lam, timber system was replaced with Bellingham Marine’s concrete floating docks fitted with upgraded utilities and accessories. Upgrades were made to the marina to provide improved moorage for boaters in the San Francisco Bay area.

Suntex Marinas Acquires State Dock Marina

Marina Company Purchases Premier Lake Cumberland Destination in the Heart Photo State Dock Marina

Suntex Marinas, an owner and operator of marina properties, announced today the acquisition of State Dock Marina on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. Built to be a best-in-class resort accommodating visitors from every part of the nation, State Dock Marina allows guests to experience a destination known as ‘The World-Capital of House-Boating.’ State Dock has garnered a reputation for excellence over the past decade under the leadership of Bill Jasper and Suntex will continue to invest in the physical assets of the facility…

Anderson Software Unveil 'App' for Boat Marinas

Anderson Software has unveiled a new software platform that changes the process marina operators use to communicate with their customers. The company has developed a Cloud-SaaS application that enables boat owners to conveniently schedule drystack launches, marina valet and concierge services, and boat repairs using any PC, tablet or Web-enabled smartphone. "Our intuitive, real-time interface changes the way boaters communicate their service needs to the marina," states Todd Wagner, spokesperson for Anderson. The interface allows marina customers to log into a secure portal at boatcloud.com, where they reserve drystack launches from a real-time grid, much like a golfer books a tee time.

New Travelift Hoist for Gold Coast City Marina

Photo courtesy Marine Travelocity

Gold Coast City Marina in Queensland, Australia accommodates superyachts seeking refits, blasting, paintwork and maintenance and features superyacht facilities, marina berths, dry storage, boat sales and brokerage. To maintain its economic growth and development, the company decided to replace its existing eight-year-old 40-ton unit that needed an extensive overhaul with a new Marine Travelift 50 BFMII boat hoist. Gold Coast City Marina teamed with Marina Projects (NZ) Ltd., a supplier and specialized Marine Travelift dealer for over 30 years.

Insurance Advice for Marinas & Shipyards

Third party service providers can pose serious risk and liabilities for marina and shipyard owners. Without the proper due diligence these marine companies could find themselves footing large bills should a dispute occur. As a California insurance agency that specializes in ocean marine insurance for boat yards, marinas, yacht clubs, and commercial boating vessels/fleets, McDermott Costa Insurance Brokers also educates clients about best practices for reducing risk. A third party service provider is any vendor that provides services either to the marina or customers that use the marina. Third parties include repair services, vessel cleaning services, yacht brokers, surveyors, etc.

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