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WORLD NEWS Dubai to host IWMC 2020 UAE: The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference is to be hosted by Dubai on 13th-15th October 2020. This will be the first time the event has been held in the Middle East. The bid presented to the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) was made by the entire UAE marine community through a collaborative effort and is represented by P&O Marinas, Bvlgari Marina, D-Marin Marinas, Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Exalto Emirates, JA Marina Dubai, Meraas, StratConn LLC and marina professionals Bruno Meier and John Paul Rebollini, supported by Dubai Maritime City Authority and Dubai Tourism. In winning the bid, the marine community reaffirms the UAE’s position as the most vibrant market for the marina industry in the Middle East. There are 35 marinas across the country, 15 of which are dotted along Dubai’s coastline and waterfront. Dubai is also the host city for Expo 2020, which is also due to open its doors in October 2020. Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and managing director or DP World, which operates Mina Rashid the home of P&O Marinas, welcomed the successful bid as a recognition of the growing importance of the marina and yacht industry to the UAE and Dubai. Mohammed Al Mannaei, CEO of P&O Marinas and chairman of Raseina, Dubai Maritime City Authority’s platform linking Dubai’s marinas, said: “This is a very proud moment for P&O Marinas along with all marinas in the UAE.” “By bringing the world’s recreational boat industry leaders and companies together in Dubai, this will immensely benefit the UAE’s domestic marine sector, which was valued at US.3 – 1.5 billion last year. As the highly anticipated Expo 2020 Dubai is due to start next year, this will prove to be an excellent attraction for leisure yacht enthusiasts from around the world.” MONTENEGRO: After a long drawn out process to obtain full documentation and permits from the government, Marina Portonovi is finally open for business. Marina manager Nikola Banovac (left) welcomed the marina builder, Boris Miskic of Marinetek, on a visit prior to the arrival of the first visiting yachts. Annual berthing contracts are also now available. French network buys Dutch marinas FRANCE: The private French marina network Port Adhoc Group has secured funding for the purchase of three Dutch marinas near Amsterdam and Rotterdam from the Den Daas Group. Marina Muiderzand, Jachthaven Naarden and Jachthaven Bruinisse together have a total of nearly 3,000 berths and will increase the group’s overall holding to 8,600 berths. Co-founded by Gilles Tersis and Stéphane Audoynaud, Port Adhoc has focused on creating and managing French marinas to help meet a severe shortage of berths. Since 2010, the company has been adapting its business model to embrace port asset management, modernising and developing marinas as broader leisure platforms. Development of a management software system called Vega is key to its future aim to offer clients a far-reaching boating experience. “The objective is to make this platform the digital gateway to the entire marina and the tourist ecosystem around a harbour,” Tersis explains. “It will also be connected with the various port facilities and in particular the network of ‘eco-borne’ environmentally friendly terminals, which we have developed in partnership with professionals in the sector,” he adds. The €22 million capital for the marina purchase was secured from NextStage, Mirova, Naxicap, NGE and others. Jean-David Haas, managing partner of NextStage AM, comments: “In just 15 years, Gilles and Stéphane have successfully built a leading private player in the management of marinas in France. The set of tools and know-how they have developed has no equivalent in Europe. Their resolutely innovative project, which is in line with the sharing economy, an underlying social and economic trend, will give marinas a real boost that will benefit both boaters and port cities.” An article on Port Adhoc featured in the May/June 2019 issue. - November/December 2019 9

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