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The magazine for the marina industry

MIA MARINA OF THE YEAR

MIA MARINA OF THE YEAR ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove: ‘Asia’s finest’ wins international award A “gleaming pearl” on the coast of Sentosa Island in Singapore, ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove secured this year’s Marina World International Marina of the Year award, presented virtually at the 2021 Marina Industries Association (MIA) awards in May. CGI of One°15 Marina Sentosa Cove with superyacht berths relocated in front of the clubhouse. One°15 Marina Sentosa Cove is a waterfront lifestyle destination that has offered world-class marina facilities since its opening in 2007. Named after its location – one degree and fifteen minutes from the equator – its all-yearround warm, tropical weather is a draw for tourists while Singapore’s unique location in the busy Malacca Straits makes it a real gateway to Asia. Sentosa Cove – an island formed from mainly reclaimed land – is the The 270-berth marina has recently undergone a significant upgrade to further enhance its offering as a prestigious private marina and yacht club. prime leisure district in Singapore and the ideal spot for the prestigious private marina and yacht club. The 270-berth marina comes complete with all mod-cons and luxurious facilities including an infinity pool, fitness centre, members’ lounge, spa, restaurants and bars, hotel rooms with spectacular views, 24-hour security and CCTV surveillance, gated marina access, waste pump-out, Wi-Fi, shower facilities, laundry room, a membership scheme and more. The marina was developed as part of Singapore’s aim to transform Sentosa into one of the most vibrant and exciting leisure destinations in the region. Built to the Five Gold Anchors Standard, the marina has been named Best Asian Marina of the Year eight times since its opening. It is the venue for some of the world’s most popular international water events, including the Singapore Yacht Show, Super League Triathlon, SB20 Asian Grand Slam and Asia Pacific Championships. Redesign and reconfiguration Over the last year, the marina has undergone a major S million redesign project to increase the number of superyacht berths and relocate them in front of the Clubhouse. With build completed in the first quarter of the year, it now offers 32 berths for superyachts over 80ft (24m) and up to 220ft (67m), in addition to 60 dry berths. The marina also upgraded parts of its infrastructure to cater to market demands over the next ten years. It has increased its power from 2,000 amps to 3,000 amps, upgraded Wi-Fi to fibre across the marina and increased its coverage by 320%, along with 42 www.marinaworld.com – July/August 2021

MIA MARINA OF THE YEAR The Boaters’ Bar is a popular gathering point right at the water’s edge. increasing water pressure across the facility by 33%. “One°15 Marina Sentosa Cove is well on its way to becoming the number one superyacht pit stop in the region and aims to develop as a yachting hub, which supports the community and environment,” said Jonathan Sit, acting general manager. Today, the marina is one of the largest superyacht facilities in the region and the largest in Singapore. It strives to be the leader in the marina industry and constantly looks to give value-added services to its customers by introducing new services and products. Countering COVID However, like many other places around the world, work was completed during unprecedented times. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Singapore imposed restrictions on all businesses, most of which shuttered their doors for two months, except for those providing essential services. Restrictions continue to be implemented to date, with limited capacity for social and business gatherings. The first phase of One°15 Marina’s reconfiguration was completed in January 2020, but the second phase was put on hold as Singapore went into lockdown. All other Club services were affected, with reduced or zero revenue in areas such as hotel accommodation, event venue hires and food and beverage outlets. To keep costs down, the marina reduced service contracts, dismissed sub-contractors and brought jobs in-house as much as possible. But, to encourage water activities, it also reduced fuel prices, which has helped to inspire loyalty from its boaters. During this time the marina was able to provide assistance to visiting superyachts that were unable to disembark or even enter the marina, in some instances, during shutdown. One°15 Marina partnered with agents and local authorities to help yachts berth at the marina and, to support crew, the marina assisted by delivering food ordered from other food services directly to these vessels. At the request of one superyacht, the marina even leased them gym equipment while keeping compliant with all safety measures. The marina also introduced digitalised processes such as a fuel management mobile application, allowing customers to submit simple requests without face-to-face contact. This not only sped up processing time but also created safe distancing during the pandemic period. Environmental initiatives Keen to keep a low environmental footprint, the marina organises exhibitions on water conservation, coral restoration and plastic pollution. It recognised that corals play a large part in creating a healthy marine ecosystem and biodiversity, so it partnered with the Tropical Marine Science Institute of the National University of Singapore to create a man-made coral garden within the marina. This garden and six coral nurseries serve as a research site for propagation of new and rare coral breeds, as well as research and development of coral restoration techniques. Other initiatives include installing a ‘Seabin’ to clean the water, a food waste reduction project, an annual www.marinaworld.com – July/August 2021 43

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