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Marina World FROM THE EDITOR HEAD OFFICE MAILING ADDRESS & SUBSCRIPTION ENQUIRIES Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, UK Editor Carol Fulford T: +44 (0) 1945 881018 E: Deputy Editor Charlotte Niemiec T: +44 (0) 1945 881018 E: Advertisement/Commercial Director Julia Hallam T: +44 (0) 1621855 890 E: Administration Manager Corinna Francis T: +44 (0) 1621855 890 E: Finance Manager Magdalena Charman T: +44 (0) 1403 733678 E: Advertisement Production Nick Hing T: +44 (0) 1323 490384 E: NORTH AMERICAN OFFICE Sales Director Americas Philippe Critot PO Box 29759, Los Angeles, CA 90029-0759, USA T: +1 323 660 5459 F: +1 323 660 6030 E: FRENCH OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Catherine Métais T: +33 6 60 17 75 81 E: ITALIAN OFFICE Advertisement Representative Ediconsult Internazionale srl piazza Fontane Marose 3, 16123 Genoa, Italy T: +39 010 583 684 F: +39 010 566 578 E: ASIA PACIFIC OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Suzanna Kovacevic T: +61 438 22 46 09 E: Marina World (ISSN 1471-5856) is published bi-monthly by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, United Kingdom. The 2020 US annual subscription price is 0. Airfreight and mailing in the USA by agent named WN Shipping USA, 156-15 146 th Avenue, 2 nd Floor, Jamaica, NY 11434, USA. Periodicals postage paid in Jamaica NY 11434. US Postmaster: Please send address changes to MARINA WORLD, WN Shipping USA, 156-15, 146 th Avenue, 2 nd Floor, Jamaica, NY 11434, USA. Subscription records are maintained at Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, United Kingdom. Air Business Ltd is acting as our mailing agent. Marina World is available on subscription at the following cost: 1 year (6 issues) – £80.00 Sterling (0) 2 years (12 issues) – £140.00 Sterling (0) No part of this publication may be reproduced without the prior permission of Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, the copyright owners. Upon application, permission may be freely granted to copy abstracts of articles on condition that a full reference to the source is given. Printed in the UK by Stephens & George Awaiting the new normal We are nearing the end of an extremely turbulent year; a year that has presented us with more questions than answers; a year that has been punctuated by grief and loss; and, perhaps, a year with a more than usual share of civil unrest and political upheaval. But, glancing back at 2020, it’s interesting to ponder on what we’ve achieved. We opened marinas as and when permitted and implemented appropriate safety measures; we honed our contingency planning skills and sought alternative approaches to proven practice; and we ensured that industry networking paused only momentarily. ‘Virtual’ became our new best friend. Although the majority of live events were cancelled or postponed, ICOMIA went ‘virtual’ to deliver a series of successful webinars in lieu of the annual World Marinas Conference; small scale events took place around the world – face-to-face and online; IBEX created a virtual conference and exhibition; and Metstrade plans a one-day online ‘Connect’ event in early December. Although AMI Conference & Expo (formerly IMBC) will not be held until early February 2021, to cover all bases it will include a virtual component – to attract a wider audience and also give regular annual visitors options if they have travel issues. As well as staying connected, professionals have ensured that marina projects continued to progress around the world after most experienced at least some COVID-related downtime. There is no shortage of planning applications, refurbishment projects and fresh ideas to boost nautical tourism as the industry experiences an upturn in enthusiasm for boating. New products continue to be launched, marina accreditations continue to be renewed, and awards presented for excellence and responsible management. While not ‘business as usual’, we have been buffeted but far from beaten. The best potential news, so far, however to draw a close to 2020 comes from Pfizer – the first company to stake a claim for a proven COVID vaccine. Although no catch-all quick fix is in the offing, it’s a flash of hope that, at the very least, might end the year on a positive note and make for a more optimistic start to 2021. We may not return to the ‘old normal’, but we would all like to see the ‘new normal’ kick in. © 2020 Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd Views expressed by individual contributors in this issue are not necessarily those of Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. Equally, the inclusion of advertisements in this magazine does not constitute endorsement of the companies, products and services concerned by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. Carol Fulford Editor – November/December 2020 5

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