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January February 2020 Marina World

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SETTING THE STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE Wherever the site, whatever the size we have the bespoke marina berthing and protection solution. The photograph shows a recent project at Conwy Marina, Wales. Let us design and build your next project. Banagher, Ireland (Head Office): +353 579153963 Lossiemouth, Scotland (Sales Office): +44 1343 813233 Southampton, England (Sales Office): +44 239 4002797 Email: Website: Minus Top Led

MARINA LEASES It is normal practice for marina operators in Croatia to secure a private government concession. This means the lease fee reflects the real occupation/income of the marina. failed to offer something of interest to the government in exchange, like better harbour-city integration, training programmes for future local dockhands, school visits to teach children about yachting, or free lessons on inflatable steering or a knot workshop. If we were to make these community offers, the government could feel more receptive to listening to our ‘reality’ and trimming laws and regulations (including those ruling bids and concessions) into fair conditions for the industry. This will happen sooner or later, but more later than sooner as most of the industry is still run in the old fashioned way, backing into a corner and resisting as much and as long as possible instead of trying to find an opening. It must be said that when governments lack information and are not interested in getting it, they do not offer ideal ground for efforts to transform nonexistent collaboration into fruitful cooperation - although this makes for a better future for both sides . . . and also for the community. Fifteen years ago, when I was setting up my company at the notary, he read the deed, looked at me and my wife, and said: each of you owns 50% of the company. You have no other way ahead than to understand each other, whatever happens. I hope the marina industry and government administration arrive at the same conclusion - as soon as possible. Oscar Siches runs Marina Matters, a consultancy based in Mallorca, Spain. E: Providing independent and bespoke services to clients worldwide Masterplanning Investment appraisal Tender and project management Environmental and legislative advice 132x182_Marina World_19_Final.indd 1 07/02/2019 16:11 - January/February 2020 29

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