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The port of Umag on the northwestern coast of Istria is the first port of entry into Croatia from central Europe. Marina Umag has 475 berths and can moor yachts up to 40m (131ft) in length. As Barbieri’s ACY (now renamed ACI) was negotiating the uncertain political waters of the fledgling Croatian state, it fell foul of the new regime’s policy to target successful firms and businesspeople. Barbieri was declared ‘politically unsuitable’ and removed from ACI along with the strategic Italian partner Ligresti-Grassetto. A series of ‘captains without brevets’ now succeeded one another at the ACI helm and those in power wanted to scrap the ‘ship’ and privatise, i.e. appropriate, its valuable assets, the marinas. ACI was undervalued so that it could be turned into an unprofitable, unsalvageable firm on the pretext of trying to save it. The charter fleet was sold off for next to nothing and restaurants, shops and service workshops were leased out at random. Winning through Despite the huge hurdles of dark times, ACI was rebuilt and has survived as a unique modern boating tourism organisation that incorporates a chain of 22 marinas. While the future of its ownership long term remains uncertain, the organisation has remained true to its initial aims – to provide safe, secure, well positioned boat moorings and quality amenities – and has invested in upgrading its marinas in recent years. The newest marina to join the ACI Inland and Coastal Marina Systems Ltd COVER STORY: ACI chain – Veljko Barbieri Slano Marina – was named to honour the man who worked tirelessly to create and perfect the marina chain. Barbieri died in his 84th year on 21st June 2013 – ten days before ACI’s 30th birthday. The above article is based on abstractions from Genesis, an account of ACI past to present, by author and editor Mladen Gerovac. Inland and Coastal Marina Systems specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of marinas. In-house design and manufacturing ensures that our products are always of the highest standard of quality. Our installation service also means that clients can be satisfi ed that experienced professionals are responsible for providing a fully functioning, turnkey marina. Main Offi ce: Queen Street, Banagher, Co. Offaly, Republic of Ireland Int. Telephone: +353 5791 53963 Int. Fax: +353 5791 52964 sales@inlandandcoastal.com UK Offi ce: Unit 2, 21 Coulardbank Industrial Estate, Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland, IV31 6NG Int. Telephone: +44 1 343 813 233 sales@inlandandcoastal.com www.inlandandcoastal.com walk on water... www.marinaworld.com - September/October 2016 39

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