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GLOBAL REVIEW Emerging from the recession Boosting berth numbers around the globe was once again a key focus and, last year, Asia took centre stage while the USA concentrated on improvement works and Europe progressed marina plans with caution. There were definite signs that the economy was brightening. Charlotte Niemiec highlights some of the developments in 2014. South East Asia also embarked on ambitious developments. In Malaysia, plans were unveiled for the visionary Melaka Gateway project – a massive new island development in Malacca. Comprising one natural and two manmade islands spanning 609 acres (246 hectares) with 15km (9.3 miles) of premier waterfront, it features an exclusive marina that will cater to 1,000 yachts. When complete, it will be the largest single marina complex in Asia. A nearby superyacht maintenance yard is included in the development plans – a much needed facility for the region. A focus on Asia In China, Shenzhen Botongna Yacht Marina Company completed the first phase of 291 berths at Yajule Qingshui Bay Yacht Club in Qingshui Bay, Sanya. When complete, the facility will boast 780 berths and be the largest yacht club in Asia. Work was also well under way at Luhuitou Marina, the first public marina in Sanya. The addition of 129 berths here will bring the total to 201. In Shanghai, the 100-berth Huishan North Bund west basin marina officially opened for business, offering worldclass amenities. The importance of marina development in the Asia region was highlighted by the signing of numerous agreements, such as the cooperation agreement between ART Marine Marinas and New Design Architecture for the management of luxury marinas in China and Southeast Asia. In June, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Gyeonggi Province of Korea and the Singapore Boating Industry Association to cooperate on leisure boating initiatives that would be of mutual benefit, helping to consolidate the Asian leisure boating industry. Under Korea’s National Marina Development Plan, 17 new marinas providing berths for over 4,200 boats have been developed, five are under construction and a further 21 are at various planning stages. Melaka Gateway, a massive development in Malacca, Malaysia, will have a marina for 1,000 boats. Later in the year, Korean company CKIPM and Bellingham Marine signed a joint venture agreement with the Jeju Free International City Development Centre to oversee the feasibility and development of projects such as Ocean Marina. The latter involves the development of a 158,671m 2 (190 yrd²) marina area, billed as a turning point for the Korean marina industry by doubling or even tripling the number of berths on Jeju Island, a developing tourist destination. One°Marina Club in Singapore announced plans to develop an integrated marina resort in Vung Ro Bay, Vietnam. Set within a sheltered location, it aims to be an international nautical hub with private club, marina berths, hotels, dining and retail outlets, apartments, townhouses and villas. Meanwhile, in Borneo, two marinas were slated for development on the island of Labuan, off the coast of Sabah. The first involves turning the northern part of the island into a lagoon and creating a ‘marina city’ with waterpark and resort. The second initiative is to build a marina in front of the Tiara Labuan Hotel. Westhaven Marina in Auckland, New Zealand, is in the midst of an exciting development plan. - January/February 2015 19

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