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Marina Lifeby • SERVICE PEDESTALS • SANITATION PUMP-OUTS • EMERGENCY SERVICES • ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING • LIGHTING • PRE-PAYMENT SYSTEMS • SMART METERING • ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION • ACCESSORIES • INSTALLATION • TESTING & INSPECTION “ We have been very happy with the service we have received from Rolec over the years, and this time too. The installation went really well and the products are excellent. Grahame Armer Managing Director, Windermere Aquatic Limited The (Rolec) system has been so well designed, and is so slick, that it has transformed both the customer experience and operational side for us. “ Michael Prideaux Managing Director, Dean & Reddyhoff S Over 25 Years’ Experience Manufactured in the UK SMART Integration LED Amenity Lighting Internal Electric & Water Segregation CE Certified Head office contact: t: ++44 (0) 1205 724754 f: ++44 (0) 1205 724876 rolec@rolecserv.co.uk @RolecMarina www.rolecserv.com

Swift action saves football party USA: At the end of October last year over 150,000 college football fans converged on Jacksonville for the annual Florida vs. Georgia game, affectionately known as The World’s Largest Cocktail Party. Fans usually start docking their boats at Metropolitan Park Marina (Metro Park) on Friday so as to spend the weekend celebrating with in-water tailgating. But last year the Metro Park fixed docks were completely wiped out by Hurricane Irma’s storm surge. With roughly 600 people needing the docks for game day, City officials contacted Bellingham Marine and fortunately, Bellingham had an inventory of temporary timber docks waiting in a nearby plant. “The docks were built for the National Marine Manufacturers’ Association (NMMA) as part of an expansion project for the Miami International Boat Show,” explained Steve Ryder, Bellingham manager of project Harvey and Irma – counting the costs USA: Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS), the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters, estimates that more than 63,000 recreational boats were damaged or destroyed as a result of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma last year. A combined dollar damage has been estimated at 5 million (boats only). The numbers are strikingly close to 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, which remains the single largest industry loss with more than 65,000 boats damaged and more than 0 million in estimated losses. Breaking down the 2017 season storms, Hurricane Irma damaged or destroyed 50,000 vessels with approximately 0 million in recreational boat damage. About 13,500 boats were damaged or lost costing 5 million in boat damage as the result of Hurricane Harvey. “These two storms were as different as night and day,” said BoatUS marine insurance program vice president of claims Rick Wilson. “The boats that were hit the hardest by Harvey were located on a relatively small slice of Texas coast, while we saw damage to recreational vessels from Irma in every corner of Florida.” “While Hurricane Irma’s losses are development. “NMMA officials graciously agreed to allow the City of Jacksonville to rent the docks as part of their rental inventory programme.” On 24 th October, Bellingham began a two-day installation of 640ft (195m) of floating timber docks and thus provided the much-needed temporary moorage for the big game. With a bit of luck and some quick action on everyone’s part, fans were able to enjoy all the festivities to the full. significant, it could have been much worse,” added Wilson. “Irma ultimately travelled up Florida’s west coast and not the east, which was initially forecast. And while locations in the right front quadrant of the storm such as Big Pine Key and Marathon were hit hard with a Category 4 storm, Irma lost strength as it approached the mainland and swept up Florida. As the storm passed east of Tampa Bay, waters receded and came back gradually, also lessening surge damage.” CLARIFICATION In the November/December issue, we reported on a handful of marinas affected by the devastating US hurricanes. We would like to clarify that the six marinas in the IGY Marinas portfolio that sustained damage remained fully open and were taking reservations whilst repairs were made. WORLD NEWS Hurricane Recovery Forum IMBC – 31 st January – 2 nd February New Orleans, USA The International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) has added a Hurricane Recovery Forum to its 2018 conference agenda. The twohour session, scheduled for Friday 2 nd February will finalise the two-day conference. The forum will focus on hurricane recovery efforts and risk management with topics covering employee and electrical safety, insurance claims, design and engineering and (US) federal disaster loans. The session will also include lessons learned and a first-hand account of the recovery of a local marina devastated by Hurricane Katrina. “Although our agenda was complete, we knew this was a topic that had to be addressed, given the historical storms we have experienced this year,” said Association of Marina Industries (AMI) chair, Brad Gross CMM last November. “Our goal is to provide our industry with information from industry-leaders to help them successfully and safely deal with their recovery efforts.” IMBC, organised by the AMI, will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Further information at www.marinaassociation.org/imbc www.marinaworld.com - January/February 2018 11

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