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WORLD NEWS New breakwater at Seattle marina USA: Elliott Bay Marina in Seattle, Washington – the largest private marina on the west coast of the USA – has replaced its 1,000ft (305m) long breakwater. Canadian company International Marine Floatation Systems (IMFS) designed and built the new structure. Ordered to replace a concrete POD type system with a timber wave fence underwater structure, the new floating concrete breakwater will require no maintenance below the waterline. It incorporates existing 38ft (12m) finger slips on one side and accommodates superyachts of up to 300ft (90m) on the outer edge. Built by IMFS in the company’s Delta yard in British Columbia, the attenuator has seven structural sections. Each has been designed to maximise depth but also follow the ground contour condition of the site as it slopes from shoreline to deeper water. To achieve this, design depths vary from 6-10ft (2-3m). The sections are connected with IMFS rubber block connection pockets which allow for the rubber blocks and 2.5in (6.3cm) swage cable to be replaced without interrupting electrical and water cables. IMFS worked with a team from Amo Construction, who removed the old system and installed the new breakwater on 17 existing mooring piles. Concrete fingers were removed and reconnected. There was little room for error as all components had to fit back precisely. Upgrades maintain quality at Sunrise USA: Significant enhancements have been completed by Westrec Marinas at Sunrise Harbor Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The marina is located on the Intracoastal Waterway in the heart of the city’s bustling yachting community. Work undertaken comprised dredging the marina basin to a depth of 11ft (3.3m) to give access to larger boats with deeper drafts throughout the entire water space; substantially remodelling the fitness centre and Casbah Spa; upgrading the marina office; installing a new security system, which operates all doors and elevators, and controls garage access; and enhancing Wi-Fi so that it reaches the entire marina as a streamable high-speed service. “Sunrise Harbor enjoys a sterling reputation as a prestigious yachting facility,” says marina manager Brad St Coeur CMM. “Of course, earning and maintaining a good reputation require constant analysis and action to exceed expectations. The Sunrise Harbor team is pleased to announce these considerable Cottonwood Creek adds D Dock USA: A new D Dock at Cottonwood Creek Marina on Lake Louisville just north of Dallas Fort Worth has been completed by Meeco Sullivan. It is the seventh expansion in 18 years that the company has handled at this marina for the Miller family, which also owns and operates two other facilities in Texas: Anchor Bay Marina and Collin Park Marina. Cottonwood Creek’s relationship with Meeco Sullivan began in 2002 when it designed, built and installed a 152- slip galvanised steel dock system. It has subsequently installed six further docks in various sizes with super span roofing, encapsulated foam and aggregate decking, a service/fuel dock with ship’s store and a 600ft (183m) wave attenuator. The newest expansion on D Dock included adding twelve 32ft (10m) covered slips. improvements to the most critical aspects of operating a premier marina.” Care was also taken with a green approach. “As a Clean Marina designated by the State of Florida, we ensure that our work while upgrading Sunrise Harbor has met the obligations we have toward ensuring that environmental responsibility is integral to our marina operation,” he adds. 14 www.marinaworld.com - May/June 2020

WORLD NEWS Safe Harbor adds three USA: Safe Harbor Marinas boosted its portfolio with the purchase of three additional marinas via Colliers International in the first quarter of the year. It now has nearly 100 facilities. First to join the network was Sunset Bay Marina (above), a full-service marina near the city of Boston, Massachusetts. The 2 acre (0.8ha) family-owned property on Boston’s desirable South Shore includes 161 wet slips, a 250-seat restaurant and event facility, on-site service and repair and winter storage. “The Folsoms purchased the marina a little over ten years ago and rebuilt the property to bring it up to modern standards,” said Colliers International managing director Andrew Cantor. “They created a wonderful asset with significant cash flow that was very desirable to investors and marina companies as potential purchasers. At the same time, Safe Harbor is in growth mode and this acquisition helps them expand their portfolio in the region.” The second purchase covered two marinas: Mears Point and Great Oak Landing on Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland. Mears Point Marina has 540 wet slips and two restaurants and sits within a 42-acre (17ha) site, which includes permission to build 211 multifamily units and a commercial retail/office building. “Mears Point Marina represents a truly unique opportunity,” Cantor emphasised. “It’s very rare to find a property with million of in-place net operating income annually that has approvals and utilities in place to develop what would be the area’s first resort-style marina community.” Great Oak Landing (below) has nearly 74 acres (30ha), 360 wet slips, a 28-room lodge and two restaurants. The Colliers team marketed the two properties separately. Interest was expressed by a variety of prospective buyers and offers were received from 11 groups. Safe Harbor now owns seven marinas on Chesapeake Bay. Sharpening regional focus MIDDLE EAST & EUROPE: Italian company Ingemar has signed two new exclusive licence agreements to further develop business opportunities in the Middle East. Khimji Ramdas LLC (KR) will now manufacture and market Ingemar products in Oman. Ingemar will supply special components and technical assistance for production. When the factory site is prepared and a local team is finalised, the first reinforced concrete pontoons, measuring 35 x 6m (115 x 20ft) will be manufactured for a fishing fleet facility in the port of Duqum. The agreement with KR LLC closely follows a contract signed with Overseas AST of Dubai, one of the most important industrial groups in the Emirates. Reinforced concrete modules for the new Marina Bay in Dubai Harbour are already being cast. Megayachts up to 60m (197ft) long will be moored directly to the maxi floating pontoons and even bigger yachts up to 120m (390ft) will use special fingers and anchor with buoys and a mooring blocks system. Although there is significant focus for the company on increasing market presence in the Middle East, Ingemar continues, as usual, to complete projects in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Recent installations in Italy include Marina di Carrara, Porto Cala del Forte and Cala Balbiano on the island of Sardinia; floating pontoon systems have been supplied for Skala Sikia, Vougliagmeni and Marina Zea in Greece; and second and third phases have been completed for Lustica Bay Marina in Montenegro. Despite uncertainties in various markets, the Ingemar Group enjoyed a turnover of over €10 million in 2019. This represented a slight growth on 2018’s figures. An important share of investment was devoted to R&D activities, to the study and design of new floating products and to the search for materials and innovative technical solutions for their assembly, storage and handling. www.marinaworld.com - May/June 2020 15

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