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WORLD NEWS 25 years for Premier UK: Premier Marinas, the UK’s largest coastal marina owner, celebrated its 25 th anniversary last September. Starting out with a portfolio of just Chichester and Port Solent marinas, it subsequently acquired Falmouth, Brighton, Southsea, Gosport, Swanwick and Sovereign Harbour marinas as well as the specialist boatyard Endeavour Quay in Gosport. The group’s acquisition by The Wellcome Trust in May 2015 enabled it to develop a long term business strategy whilst facilitating the acquisition of Noss on Dart Marina in 2016 and the Waterfront at Sovereign Harbour in 2018. It has ambitious plans for redeveloping a number of its sites and remains keen to add to its portfolio. Walcon Marine is currently undertaking the second phase of pontoon replacement at Swanwick Marina. This rare ability to take a longer term view of its portfolio and invest strategically extends across the Premier group; ensuring sites evolve and are fit for the future in an ongoing cycle of evaluation and regeneration. Examples of this strategy in action include the development of boatyards at Chichester and Swanwick and the latter’s new pontoon replacement programme. “We are incredibly proud to have reached our 25 th year,” said CEO Pete Bradshaw. “Premier’s success is built on a culture that inspires loyalty and we are lucky to have many long standing staff, customers, tenants and suppliers. The Premier team is undoubtedly key to our success. On average, our employees have seven years of service and we have 29 members of staff who have been with us for more than ten years. Premier would not be the business it is without them; they are what helps make Premier such a fantastic company.” GMM to run Nawi Island Marina FIJI: Gulf Marina Management (GMM) has been awarded the contract to run the new Nawi Island Marina and Shipyard in Savusavu. Bellingham Marine is due to begin construction of the marina this month (January). GMM chairman, Andrew Chapman CMM, said he is very excited to be involved with the facility and has reviewed the design in line with current data on the types of vessels visiting Fiji, customer expectations, time spent in the region and cruising requirements. The new marina will accommodate 130 vessels and have 19 berths for superyachts up to 85m (279ft) in length. The facility has been engineered to cyclone levels that will enable vessels to stay in the water year-round. Fiji is expecting a significant increase in the number of superyachts visiting over the next few years because of the America’s Cup regatta in Auckland and onshore facilities at Nawi Island will be of high standard so as to support the visiting yacht owners, captains and crew. Significant investment has also been made in fuelling infrastructure and plans are in hand to develop a resort with health spa to complement the yacht club and restaurant facilities that are being constructed at the same time as the marina. The shipyard, which has a wide body 75 ton Marine Travelift suitable for handling catamarans, will be constructed on a separate site nearby. Chapman says he expects to have facilities available to accommodate yachts from May this year. www.marinaworld.com - January/February 2020 9
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