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New boatyard and drystack open at Swanwick UK: Swanwick Marina, a Premier Marinas facility on the south coast of England, has opened a new boatyard and drystack. The £5.8 million project has attracted new tenants to 16 individual offices and workshops in a complex that has been architecturally designed to blend well with heritage buildings on site. The drystack has been built to store 80 boats up to 11m in length and is served by a Hoist Liftruck Neptune forklift. There is a new hoist bay and, in a move unique to UK coastal marinas, a self-service fuel pontoon with highspeed diesel pump. The fuel dock also houses sanitary pump-out facilities. Located on the eastern bank of the River Hamble, Swanwick Marina offers over 300 berths and has 24-hour access to the Solent. Premier Marinas chief executive, Pete Bradshaw, believes the investment will have far reaching effects. “Swanwick will provide an unrivalled boatyard on the River Hamble and, in turn, the expansion of the marina will encourage growth across the whole site, attracting further businesses and generating more employment in the area,” he says. WORLD NEWS Edinburgh Marina plans in progress UK: Further to its appointment by Granton Central Developments, MDL Marina Consultancy is developing plans for Edinburgh Marina; a new 400 berth marina, residential, retail and spa hotel project that will be the focal point of an area regeneration scheme. The site is located just two and a half miles from Edinburgh city centre. The MDL Consultancy team has carried out a market appraisal to consider both existing and future demand across all market sectors. It has also studied the main competitors and a number of design options. A recommended layout has been put forward. Alex Beere, head of technical services at MDL Consultancy, commented: “This is a very exciting project for us and we are pleased to have been selected as marina consultant to Granton Central Developments Ltd. This is one of the first new marinas to be built next to a capital city in many years and we are looking forward to seeing Edinburgh’s new marina unfold and to providing ongoing support.” The appointment fell in a busy year for the team who worked on a diverse range of projects for a variety of clients in the UK and abroad during 2014. Services included project management, marine licensing, expert advice, market studies, feasibility studies, master planning and marina design work. Venue change for WMC 2016 NETHERLANDS: The next ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (WMC) will be held in November 2016 in Amsterdam at the RAI Exhibition Centre immediately following METS. The decision to change the venue from Rio de Janeiro was made further to concerns expressed by the host association ACOBAR that organising the event would prove difficult due to the new economic situation in Brazil. WMC 2016 will be jointly hosted by Amsterdam RAI and the Dutch marine association HISWA. It will be the second time that a WMC event has been held in The Netherlands capital. The first was at a similar time of the year and was a success. The ICOMIA Marinas Group will hold the first detailed planning session for WMC 2016 at its meeting in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, in May. - March/April 2015 9

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