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2017 May June Marina World

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WORLD NEWS Merger pays dividends USA: Since Sullivan Flotation Systems and Atlantic Meeco merged almost two years ago, the new Meeco Sullivan business has revamped management and sales teams, streamlined production processes, and invested in new equipment and highly skilled employees. National sales manager, Ralph Morley, says “our shared vision and purpose, coupled with the major investments we’ve made in our production facilities, are really paying off.” Growth plans have included adding significant line workers and longer shifts at the Warwick facility and extending capability in McAlester, Oklahoma, by adding eight new welding machines and a new plasma cutter; doubling the capacity of its frame line; and adding an additional assembly line and an additional accessories line. The current production schedule comprises six day weeks with four 12 hour shifts and two eight hour shifts. 2016 was an excellent year for the company as it won over 200 new contracts, including the largest marina contract ever awarded by the New York State Park System for a 13-dock, 1,063- slip floating system at Lake Erie Marina. James Watt appoints new operator UK: The James Watt Dock LLP, a partnership between Peel Holdings and Riverside Inverclyde, has handed over the operation of James Watt Dock Marina (above) to Marina Projects. Marina Projects has been granted a long lease and has committed to invest in the expansion of marina facilities including 40 berths planned for later in 2017. The existing operational staff will remain as their experience and knowledge of the marina customers is crucial to the success of the marina. Geoff Phillips, executive chairman of Marina Projects Ltd, said: “I am delighted that Marina Projects has been selected as the operator for James Watt Dock Marina. The Marina Projects team has a great deal of experience in the marina sector including the operation in Whitehaven Marina in Cumbria. We look forward to working with the existing staff in developing James Watt Dock Marina.” Gladstone earns four Gold Anchors AUSTRALIA: Gladstone Marina in Queensland was awarded 4 Gold Anchors under the Global Gold Anchor accreditation scheme at a presentation attended by Marina Industries Association (MIA) and Gladstone Port Corporation (GPC) representatives. Gladstone Marina has 320 berths and mooring boat spaces, and modern facilities to suit local and visiting boaters. MIA director, John Spragg CMP, presented the Global Gold Anchor certificate and flag to GPC’s CEO Peter O’Sullivan. “The marina and its surrounds are a great asset for the Gladstone community,” Spragg said. “The Gold Anchor assessor highlighted the very positive comments made by berth holders relating to the marina and its staff. The setting of the marina in a safe harbour and within extensive parklands is a credit to GPC.” Peter O’Sullivan commented: “GPC is committed to continually improving the facilities and services at Gladstone Marina to meet the needs of its users and our community.” “In 2014 we received a 3.5 Gold Anchor rating, which made us the first marina in Queensland to receive such accreditation,” he added. “Since then, it has been a focus and commitment of our Gladstone Marina staff and Parks and Gardens teams to increase this rating, which we have now achieved.” John Spragg (fourth from left) presents the certificate to Peter O’Sullivan. www.marinaworld.com - May/June 2017 9

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