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WORLD NEWS Broadlands

WORLD NEWS Broadlands extension ready for new season UK: A package of pontoons, delivered late last year by Walcon Marine, has played a big part in transforming Tingdene’s Broadlands Marina in Oulton Broad near Lowestoft. The pontoons and their fittings were installed by Irvins to create two new 43m (141ft) long piers, each with eight finger pontoons and a hammerhead. Registration opens for AMI Conference & Expo USA: Registration for the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) Conference & Expo (formerly IMBC) is now open. Entering its 20 th year, the conference will be held 1 st -3 rd February 2022 at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. AMI is planning a face-to-face event in 2022. Conference fees include unlimited access to educational seminars, regional round tables, workshops, food and beverages, entry into the exhibit hall and admission to all networking and social events. It also includes entry to the AMI member meeting, followed by a first-time attendee reception and the opening night exhibit hall party. The conference has five tracks: • Building your own dream team: what does the future hold? • Customer experience: lessons from the masters • Leading your organisation for This created berths for 40 boats of up to 10m (33ft). A third pier was built with a 38.5m (126ft) walkway with eight fingers, and moors eight boats of up to positive impact • Marina and boatyard management and operations • Marina design and engineering These sessions will offer training on hiring top performers and developing industry leaders, give customer service lessons from Disney and NASCAR, explore the future of drystack architecture and engineering, provide COVID updates for the industry – and more. For an additional conference fee and pre-registration, delegates can attend pre-conference workshops: a Marina 101 session, focusing on entry-level education, safety protocols 10m (33ft) and six vessels of up to 12m (39ft). Walcon also supplied an aluminium bridge with landing pontoon. The marina site presented a challenge as it is inaccessible to heavy vehicles. The system components were therefore transported by lorry to Tingdene’s Brundall Bay Marina, around 20 miles (32km) to the northwest. Once delivered, they were moved down river over the course of five weeks using motor launches. The initial stage involved some testing navigation given the many twists and turns of the River Yare and an escort was provided by local rangers to ensure that their path was unobstructed and other river users were not inconvenienced. “It all went well, despite the complexity,” said Steve Arber, operations director at Tingdene Marinas. “Walcon delivered everything on time and their service was exemplary as always. The works were completed well ahead of the start of what has so far been a very busy and successful season. With an additional 54 berths on brand new, fully-serviced floating pontoons we are able to welcome even more leisure boat owners to join our friendly community.” and best practices, marina design and engineering. The dozens of conference keynotes, breakout sessions and workshops offer a broad selection of training opportunities targeting all levels of an organisation’s team – from entrylevel to top-level management. Each day of intense learning closes with receptions and socials, providing the opportunity for continued industry networking. “In-person events are back, and we are excited to be a part of that!” says AMI chair Chris Petty. “This will be our first year in our new location and with our new name, the AMI Conference & Expo. Although the name has changed, the conference has not. It continues to be the place where marina and boatyard professionals come for personal and professional growth and networking that can build lifelong relationships; it is the annual event for our industry…[and] we are ready to get down to business.” Register at: conferenceandexpo – November/December 2021 17

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