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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Marina News

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…

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.

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.

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.

Marine Travelift Delivers Boat Hoist to Ancora Marina

Photo: Marine Travelift

Ancora Marina in Neustadt, Germany, took delivery of a new Marine Travelift 75 BFMII mobile boat hoist, Marine Travelift Inc. announced today. Ancora Marina is located on the Bay of Lübeck in Schleswig-Holstein, northeast of Hamburg and southeast of Kiel. The new 75 BFMII is the marina’s fourth mobile boat hoist from Marine Travelift, and it replaces a 1988 Marine Travelift 70 BFM and a 1992 70 BFM. According to Michael Wippern from Dr. Ing. Bender & Wippern GmbH, Marine Travelift’s local dealer…

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.

SF Marina Builds Breakwaters in Harsh Seas

Norway is known for its harsh winter storms. When Skjærhalden Båtforening needed to expand its marina, it was forced to move outside the fixed breakwater and face up to 5 ft waves. SF Marina USA's Norwegian partner SF Pontona Norge AS was willing to install a harbor at this exposed location. Providing mooring space for 130 more boats, SF Pontona employed SF Marina USA SF 400 Concrete Breakwaters, as well as SF 1030 and SF 1024 Concrete Docks. Designed to attenuate the most aggressive seas…

UK Docks Expand to Whitehaven Marina

Whitehaven Marina Ltd. welcomed UK Docks Marine Services on-site as a new service provider as the marine engineering firm expand their existing Tyneside, South Shields and Gosport, Hampshire operations. UK Docks have widened operations to the West Coast in order to service current contracts as well as develop operations within the growing wind farm industry. UK Docks will be operating from one of three bays in the purpose built, state of the art boat shed completed in 2008. In addition to the standard expected facilities…

ValvTect Completes Fuel Tank Testing at 600+ Marinas

Fuel storage tanks at Certified ValvTect Marinas are tested for water, bacteria and other contamination up to twice a year.

Unfortunately, it is all too common for gasoline and diesel storage tanks at marinas to contain excess water and other contaminants such as bacteria and debris. These contaminants can be pumped into boaters’ fuel tanks and can cause an engine to shut down or cause permanent damage. The presence of ethanol gasoline, ultra low sulfur diesel fuel and biodiesel makes this situation even worse. To combat this problem, all Certified ValvTect Marinas must have their fuel tanks tested…

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…

Oceania Cruises Celebraties at Fincantieri

Oceania Cruises celebrated two milestones on February 26 at the Fincantieri shipyard near Genoa. The building dock for its new 1,258-guest, flagship Marina began filling with water and the first steel was cut for Riviera, a sister ship. Marina is scheduled to sail her maiden voyage on January 22, 2011; plans call for Riviera to debut in April 2012. Oceania Cruises' Marina and Riviera will offer 629 accommodations that are among the largest at sea, ranging from 174 to a palatial 2,000+ sq ft. Their top suites, destined to set new industry standards, will feature furnishings from Ralph Lauren Home and designs by Dakota Jackson and Tocar New York. The sister ships will also feature a Lalique-designed grand lobby, 10 dining venues and several bars and lounges.

Mega Dock for Tug and Super Yacht Berthing

SF Marina Systems supplied a large two piece tug berth, designed for vessels up to 1,100 tons.

SF Marina Systems supplied a large two piece tug berth, designed for vessels up to 1,100 tons. The berth measures 150 x 32 ft. with a freeboard of 5 ft. The units were cast in SF Marina’s Factory in Walham Sweden, each  weighing more than 240 metric tons. The high loading of the Pier can accommodate  truck traffic, and features such as cranes, and fueling systems integrated into the design. The standard units can be shipped world wide and moored with a variety of anchoring systems with infinite lengths. The concrete structures are targeting the large tugboat and super yacht markets.

USCG Leading Marina Pollution Response

USCG photo

U.S. Coast Guard pollution responders are continuing to respond to reports of pollution in Charleston City, Bristol and Ashley River marinas Sunday. Boaters reported pools of thick, purple diesel-type product pooling in the marinas Saturday evening. A decision was made late Saturday night to federalize the response in order to use the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for cleanup, but by Sunday morning most of the product had dissipated and became unrecoverable due to heavy rainfall so the fund was not needed.

Great Lakes Shipyard to Build Floating Breakwater

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard was awarded a contract by Whiskey Island Marina to fabricate a new floating breakwater. The Shipyard will fabricate two 150’ long steel cylindrical modules that will be bolted together and anchored in the lake bottom in front of the marina. The project is to be completed by mid-November. The 10-foot diameter breakwater is used for wake attenuation to protect the boats and docks in the marina basin from heavy weather and is ballasted to the 6.5’ waterline. The Shipyard built a similar floating breakwater for Perry’s Landing Marina, Erie PAin 2010.

PDV Marina to Buy Tankers from Iran

Venezuela's state oil company will reportedly buy four oil tankers from Iran, according to an AP report. Petroleos de Venezuela SA said in a statement that its shipping subsidiary, PDV Marina, had signed a contract to buy the tankers from the Iran Marine Industrial Company. It did not disclose the price. PDV Marina president Asdrubal Chavez, who is a cousin of Venezuela president Hugo Chavez, reportedly said the deal is among various projects involving the two governments, and is also part of Venezuela's larger plan to expand PDV Marina's current fleet of 21 oil tankers. (Source: AP)

New Luxury Marine in Pompano Beach

South Florida boaters have a new place to store their investments with the opening of Aquamarina Hidden Harbour in Pompano Beach. It’s the first newly constructed conventional dry storage marina in the region in more than a decade and the first in Broward County since a three-year moratorium on new commercial marina construction was lifted in 2007. Aqua Marine Partners (AMP), a vertically integrated marina company based in Aventura, Florida, designed, developed, constructed and will manage the marine facility that cost $8m to construct.

Bellingham Marine New Zealand Celebrates 25 Years

Bellingham Marine New Zealand and its employees are celebrating 25 years of operation this year during its silver anniversary. Although much has changed since its first marina project in 1985, Bellingham Marine New Zealand has maintained the same principle throughout its 25 year history:  bring to each project a commitment to utilizing proven technology and proper construction, to adopting strict quality control measures, and to conducting all transactions with a level of professionalism that is unrivalled. A quarter of a century and nearly 9000 berths later those same commitments remain the foundation of the company’s success. “Our…

Cowes Breakwater Catalyzes Harbor Investment

Photo courtesy of CHC

The main aim of Cowes Harbor Commission’s (CHC) investment into the new Cowes Breakwater was to provide a true sheltered harbor, thereby unlocking its full potential and creating a catalyst for major inward investment and employment generation. The protection provided by the Cowes Breakwater has now enabled the planned marina element of the Cowes Outer Harbor Project (OHP) to move forward. The OHP is a long-standing strategic partnership between CHC and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

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