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James Island Yacht Club opens new facilities

April 24, 2012

Wampler Drive in Charleston Harbor, situated on James Island, South Carolina, USA saw a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, March 10th to celebrate the grand opening of the James Island Yacht Club´s new dock. The Club’s Commodore, Mike Spivey, along with a large number of the club’s members, as well as professionals who helped with the project attended the ceremony. The new dock replaces the club’s previous launching facilities situated at the same site.

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The club’s existing fixed pier and small launch float were replaced with a new fixed pier and 400’ of concrete floating docks from Bellingham Marine. “The [new] dock was constructed with great care and sacrifice by a dedicated group of yacht club members who served unselfishly to ensure its success,” remarked Spivey.

Situated at the end of the new fixed pier is a 240’ Unifloat dock for short term moorage and running parallel to the pier is a 160’ Unifloat launch dock.  Two new gangways provide pedestrian access to the floating docks from the pier and a hoist helps move boats in and out of the water.

“The new facilities have had a positive impact on the club as well as the community,” said David B. Hazeltine, lead architect on the project for Cusick Hazeltine Architects, LLC.  “Without Bellingham Marine’s involvement, the project would not have been supported by the club.  The company’s extra efforts and dedication to the process of working through the design and pricing made all the difference and made it a pleasure to work through the details.”

James Island Yacht Club was established over 100 years ago to promote sailing among its members and the community. The club has an active membership base and is best known for their sailing programs, community events and most notably for the Special Olympics Regatta.

As the world’s leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine produces Unifloat® concrete floating dock systems as well as timber and metal frame systems. The company also produces Unistack® dry stack systems for marinas worldwide.

Bellingham Marine completes the renovation of Bellport’s Lido Yacht Anchorage & Drystack

April 11, 2012

Perfectly situated in the largest recreational boat harbor on the west coast of the USA, Bellport’s Lido Yacht Anchorage & Drystack recently completed a renovation, which comprised the removal as well as replacement of a portion of the marina’s docks.

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The renovation was scheduled to coincide with a large dredge project in Rhine Channel. In July of 2011, the docks were removed to facilitate the removal of over 90,000 cubic yards of dirt laced with mercury, pesticides and other toxic chemicals.  The dredge project removed the Rhine Channel off the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of toxic hot spots and restored safe passage through the waterway for commercial and recreational vessels.

With the completion of the dredge project in November, Bellingham Marine began work installing the marina’s new docks. The docks for the project were supplied by Bellingham Marine’s Timber Division. New locker boxes, power centers, and fire hose cabinets were also installed. During the renovation, electrical components, potable water lines, and fire suppression infrastructure were also upgraded.

The new docks feature a specially engineering southern yellow pine deck enhanced with a moisture inhibiter to extend the dock’s service life. BellPort Group who manages the facility is extremely happy with the quality of the new docks. Bruce Inlow, Lido Yacht Anchorage Marina Manager said, “The quality of Bellingham’s timber dock surpasses anything we’ve seen in the timber dock market. It’s an extremely stable and durable design that’s beautifully finished with quality trim work. Our tenants have been very pleased with their new berths.”

The marina received final approval from the fire department on April 3rd.

A popular destination for all boating activities including sailing, fishing, rowing, kayaking and paddleboarding, Newport Harbor is a semi artificial harbor that was formed by dredging an estuary during the early 1900’s. Once a thriving port for maritime industries such as boatbuilding, shipbuilding, and commercial fishing, today, the harbor is used mostly for recreation.

As the world’s leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine produces Unifloat® concrete floating dock systems as well as timber and metal frame systems. The company also produces Unistack® dry stack systems for marinas worldwide.

License agreement between Bellingham Marine and C.M. Ferrer

April 05, 2012

Bellingham Marine (BMI) and C.M. Ferrer S.A. announced that they have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement for the countries of Spain, France, Portugal as well as Italy. The agreement offers C.M. Ferrer a license to create and sell BMI’s patented marina systems comprising its famous Unifloat® concrete floating dock system and its Unideck® aluminum pontoon system.

Belligham Marine and C.M. Ferrer


The agreement reflects Bellingham’s commitment to grow its international operations. “We’re thrilled to unite Bellingham Marine‘s unparalleled experience in the marina construction industry with C.M. Ferrer’s expertise in the local market,” said Everett Babbitt, president of Bellingham Marine. “In partnership with C.M. Ferrer, BMI will be better positioned to serve clients in Spain, France, Portugal and Italy.”

C.M. Ferrer is part of a family group of businesses that have a manufacturing cluster in Spain’s Girona province. The company has a 55 year history in precision engineering and fabrication of metal structures.

For the past several years C.M. Ferrer has supported Bellingham’s European manufacturing operations by supplying the company’s metalwork for its Unifloat® system. C.M. Ferrer’s group also owns Bellingham Marine’s existing facilities in Girona. C.M. Ferrer will retain the casting facilities and office space for its new marina division. The company also has an additional 30,0000m² of yard space and adjacent buildings on site.  The extra space will be utilized as needed to expedite production to meet tight schedules.

Bellingham’s General Manger of its European operations, Chris Lamont, and the division’s lead staff members have been retained by C.M. Ferrer. “After operating in the European market for nine years, we made a strategic decision to move to a licensing agreement,” remarked Babbitt. “By consolidating our plant and staff with C.M. Ferrer’s extensive range of metalworking machinery and experience we can now truly offer any works asked in a marina project from bespoke gates and metalwork to office buildings and other amenities.”

“The Bellingham Marine brand and its range of products are among the most recognizable in the world, and this agreement gives us an opportunity to leverage that brand recognition to enter into the European marina industry,” said Josep Casellas, President of C.M. Ferrer. “This marks a significant expansion for C.M. Ferrer and demonstrates our ability to offer a broad range of products and construction services.”

As the world’s leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine produces Unifloat® concrete floating dock systems as well as timber and metal frame systems. The company also produces Unistack® dry stack systems for marinas worldwide.

Bellingham Marine moves its corporate office

March 28, 2012

The well known marina builder, Bellingham Marine, has relocated its corporate office. Since December 27, 2011, Bellingham Marine’s new office can be found only a few miles from its previous location, where it had been for over 80 years.

New Bellingham Marine Corporate Office

New Bellingham Marine Corporate Office

For Bellingham Marine, the new office space means upgraded communications and IT systems, new amenities for employees and room for growth.  The company purchased the new office building in December of 2010 and leased back the office space until the company was ready to move.  “Owning our own building gives us staying power in these uncertain economic times and creates a hedge against any future inflation,” said Paul Chapman, CFO for Bellingham Marine.

Bellingham now owns seven of its ten BMI-US plant and office locations. Chapman added, “There are significant financial advantages to being our own landlord that we enjoy at all of those locations.”

The new street address for Bellingham Marine’s corporate office is 1323 Lincoln Street, Bellingham, WA 98229.  The mailing address of PO Box 8, Bellingham, WA 98227 remains the same along with all phone numbers and fax numbers.

“We were fortunate to find a nice building close to our old office and in a central location.  We wanted to limit the impact that relocation could have on our clients and our employees.  I don’t think we could have a better location for our team,” said Everett Babbitt, Bellingham Marine’s President and CEO.  “Having the financial strength to make this purchase in the current real estate market, and remain debt free, allowed us to receive great value and create another sound investment for our owners.”

As the world’s leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine produces Unifloat® concrete floating dock systems as well as timber and metal frame systems.  The company also produces Unistack® dry stack systems for marinas worldwide.

Cap Sante Boat Haven Marina in Anacortes renovated by Bellingham Marine

February 22, 2012

Cap Sante Boat Haven located near the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Anacortes, WA recently completed a renovation, which included replacement of the marina’s “E” and “F” Docks.  The new docks were manufactured by Bellingham Marine and installed by Culbertson Marine who completed work on the project in late January.

Cap Sante Boat Haven marina in Anacortes renovated by Bellingham Marine

Cap Sante Boat Haven marina in Anacortes renovated by Bellingham Marine

The upgraded design and amenities selected by the Port of Anacortes for “E” and “F” mimic work done by the marina in 2007 on “C” and “D” docks.   “We are slowly working to upgrade the entire facility to provide boaters with the highest standard of accommodations found anywhere else in the region” commented Dale Fowler, Harbormaster for Cap Sante Boat Haven.  The marina has replaced approximately 40% of its 850 slips.

Over 33,000 square feet of docks were replaced by the Port in their most recent work at Cap Sante – 132 new berths plus two side-ties accommodate vessels and superyachts from 40 feet to 113 feet LOA. The new docks feature Bellingham’s Unibolt® system with rounded finger ends, composite trim and polymer rub boards.  The design also includes an innovative cleat design, which allows the position of the cleats to be easily moved.  Jesse Ellenz, Bellingham Marine General Manager said, “Fixed cleat locations have long been a challenge with the bolt system but in the Company’s latest round of R&D the challenge was overcome and we were able to provide the Port with a more flexible dock system.”

Cap Sante Boat Haven is a publicly owned and operated facility managed by the Port of Anacortes.  The Port’s mission includes being a ‘steward of the public resources… and protecting quality of life as an appropriate balance among economic, social and environmental elements.’  According to a statement made by the Port, the redevelopment of Cap Sante Boat Haven offers a model for creating a waterfront attraction that generates jobs, helps businesses and improves the shoreline environment.

As the world’s leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine produces Unifloat® concrete floating dock systems as well as timber and metal frame systems.  The company also produces Unistack® dry stack systems for marinas worldwide.

Bellingham Marine Says Goodbye to Longtime Colleague, John Colonel

January 23, 2012

John D. Colonel, who worked for many years in the marina industry, passed away January 10th, in his home in York, Pennsylvania. He was 62. Born in 1949, John retired from the U.S. Navy as a Master Chief Petty Officer after 23 years of service, and in 1993, started to work for the Southeast Division of Bellingham Marine, world-known marina builder.

Bellingham Marine Longtime Colleague John Colonel

John Colonel - Bellingham Marine Longtime Colleague

With Bellingham’s purchase of Concrete Flotation Systems in 1998, John was appointed to the position of Operations Manager for the company’s Northeast Division, and in 2001, was promoted to General Manager.

John was extremely dedicated to the marina industry and to providing exceptional service and expertise to his customers. “John was the type of man that led by example,” said Everett Babbitt, President of Bellingham Marine. “He was a true gentleman and a consummate professional. He was well respected by colleagues and customers alike – John will be greatly missed.”

Anyone that had the pleasure of knowing John knew he was a man of virtue.  He was warm, loving, and hardworking. There was no question that John had high expectations for himself and worked hard to be the best he could be in his professional as well as his personal life.

John’s work and contributions to the marina industry will always be remembered by those that worked with him. John participated in the design and construction of well over 300 marinas during his time at Bellingham Marine. His works can be found up and down the Eastern Seaboard and in numerous U.S Coast Guard and Navy facilities. A few of John’s most notable projects include E.R. Strait Marina, Norfolk Yacht Club, Port Covington, Bachelor’s Point, Philadelphia Marine Center and most recently Glen Cove Ferry Terminal.

Services for John were held on January 12th and 13th in York, PA and the on the 16th in Jacksonville, FL, where he was laid to rest.

Bellingham Marine and CK Marine form alliance to serve Korean Marina Market.

December 21, 2011

Bellingham Marine, a leading marina builder, and the leading Korean marina company, CK Marine recently announced that they have formed an agreement that will combine Bellingham Marine’s Korean operations (BMK) with CK Marine’s marina division.  The alliance is a strategic move by two of the market’s strongest players to take a commanding lead in the Korean market.

Bellingham Marine and CK Marine form alliance to serve Korean Marina Market.

Bellingham Marine and CK Marine form alliance to serve Korean Marina Market.

Bellingham Marine formed BMK a year ago to extend the company’s expertise to the growing Korean marina industry and establish a local presence.

“After being in the market for a year, it’s clear that to be most effective we need to partner with a local company,” said Everett Babbitt, President of Bellingham Marine.  “The arrangement we’ve formed with CK better positions us to serve the Korean marina industry by maximizing our synergies.”

Babbitt added, “The partnership was carefully crafted to ensure maximum control over product quality as well as ensure the financial health of the new entity.”

Under the arrangement Bellingham Marine will provide all technical expertise to CK for manufacturing the company’s products including its flagship Unifloat concrete dock system.  Bellingham will also provide engineering and design support through its worldwide network of engineers and consultants.

The joint venture will utilize CK marine’s existing plant and office space in Seoul, Korea.

Bellingham Marine’s presence in Asia has grown significantly over the past several years.  The company’s operations include a licensee agreement in Japan and now Korea as well as offices in Malaysia, Singapore and China.

Tsunami damaged Santa Cruz Harbor rebuilt by Bellingham Marine

November 08, 2011

After Bellingham Marine´s rebuild, Santa Cruz harbor can celebrate. It hosted a grand reopening celebration on August 26th. Port officials, government partners and numerous tenants of the marina took part in this celebration.

Rebuilt Santa Cruz Harbor

Rebuilt Santa Cruz Harbor

When the tsunami that was triggered by Japan’s massive earthquake in March slammed into the west coast of the United States, Santa Cruz Harbor was particularly hard hit. Large waves pounded the marina leaving a mess of destruction. It was reported that at least 20 yachts were sunk and more than 100 were damaged. Damage to the harbor itself was estimated at more than $22 million.

Over a third of the marina’s docks were destroyed resulting in a number of displaced boaters and lost revenue for the Port. Eager to clean up the mess and get the marina back in working order, Santa Cruz quickly issued an RFP for the replacement of “U” dock, which sustained the greatest amount of damage.

By the first week in May, the Port District had awarded a contract for the replacement of “U” dock. Bellingham Marine was selected for the job.

A key requirement of the RFP was turnaround time. As the successful bidder, Bellingham Marine proved to the Port that they could turn the completed project around in just three months’ time. The average turnaround time for a project of this size is typically 6 months.

Set on meeting the Port District’s schedule, Bellingham Marine came up with a number of innovative strategies to shorten the typical turnaround time on the project including pre-installing some of the dock’s utility components prior to installation of the dock system in the water.

The project’s scope of work included the complete replacement of U dock totaling more than 6,300 square feet of walkway and fingers. Existing piling and gangways were reused but all utilities; including power, water and fire, as well as the floating docks were replaced from the top of the gangway down.

Designed by Ashton Engineering, the new docks at Santa Cruz feature an HDPE plastic lumber system supported by floats similar to a traditional timber dock system. Given the level of damage sustained by the marina, the Santa Cruz Port District engineers called for a two foot wave design for the new dock system.

The new berths at Santa Cruz’s “U” dock are extra strong. The dock includes 53 double berth slips for yachts 30 feet in length with full utilities. “We couldn’t be happier with the look and feel of our new dock system,” said Lisa Ekers, Port Director for the Santa Cruz Harbor “Bellingham Marine said they could deliver, and they did. Our tenants are thrilled.”

Installation of the new docks was started the last week of July and completed August 16th.

Bellingham Marine chosen for private marina upgrade

November 02, 2011

Bellingham Marine was hired by the private marina Harbour House as the design/build contractor. This unique condominium arrangement marina, includes 50 slips for yachts up to 40 feet LOA and is situated within the rich tropical grounds of the prestigious Ocean Reef Club on Key Largo Island in the Florida Keys. It offers its owners access to all the yacht amenities, including convenient yacht moorage.

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Ocean Reef Club on Key Largo Island


The condo’s original marina was supplied by Bellingham Marine in the 70′s and had gone through a number of hurricanes. Although it had fared well through the storms, after 40 years of use members wanted to update it to include some modern conveniences.

The option for the association was to either take on an extensive renovation or do a complete replacement. They voted in favor of a replacement. “One of the major reasons we decided to go the direction we did, was that we wanted to do a comprehensive upgrade of the entire facility,” remarked Tom Rementeria, LCAM & Sr. Manager for CSI Management Services, Inc.

The single biggest upgrade was the design criteria for the new docks. “We wanted a high load capacity to withstand hurricane force loads and high freeboard to accommodate easy loading and off-loading,” said Tom.

Additional upgrades at Harbour House include larger power and access to other utilities on the docks.

Following a growing trend among high end marinas, Harbour House also decided to include underwater lighting. “The lights add to the beauty of the facility at night and are becoming an economical option for marina’s looking to add something extra to their facility,” said Steve Ryder, Manager of Project Development for Bellingham Marine.

The Ocean Reef Club’s Key Largo location is an all-inclusive club located on two thousand acres, bordered on three sides by water. With extensive real estate options, 54 holes of golf, a salon and spa, more than a dozen restaurants, a 175-slip marina, a private airport, and so much more, Ocean Reef Club is in league of its own.

As the world’s leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine produces UnifloatR concrete floating dock systems as well as timber and metal frame systems. The company also produces UnistackR dry stack systems for marinas worldwide.

Bellingham Marine installs new docks at the new San Pedro Marina

October 12, 2011

The construction of a new, state-of-the-art marina has been a much anticipated event for yacht enthusiasts in the greater Los Angeles area.  Cabrillo Way Marina, located in the hub of LA’s waterfront community was in the planning stages for many years before finally moving forward with construction.  In 2009, General Contractor, Dutra, awarded Bellingham Marine a contract to rebuild the marina.

Bellingham Marine installs new docks at the new San Pedro Marina

Bellingham Marine installs new docks at the new San Pedro Marina

The new marina features a 39 acre deep water basin with 41 acres of planned landside amenities.  Extensive excavation and dredge work allowed engineers to more than double the size of the original basin and greatly expand the marina’s number of berths from 520 to 700.

“The team’s ability to think outside the box and approach the rebuild from a unique angle, afforded the Port of LA the ability to increase its number of berths,” said Jill Shimamoto, Project Construction Manager for the Port.

The existing marina at the site was long past its useful life and was becoming a safety hazard.  Exposed electrical wiring, overhead utility lines and rotting timbers were some of most obvious concerns.  Outdated slip sizes, constructed for narrow beam boats had also left a number of the marina’s berths vacant.

Today, Cabrillo Way offers a much different picture.  The old wooden docks have been replaced with beautiful concrete floating docks complete with the latest amenities and accessories.  One of the innovative features of the new marina is the placement of sewer pumpout hydrants below the deck of the pontoon.  The hydrants are accessed by a hatch in the deck.  This design avoids having any equipment protrude above the walkway.  Another notable feature of the marina is the use of single slip berths and dedicated power pedestals.  This means each boat has a finger pier on either side as well as its own power center.

The docks at the new marina were designed for the ultimate in user convenience and comfort.  “We selected the Unifloat concrete floating dock system for its solid feel and proven performance,” remarked Chris Grossi, Design Project Manager for the Port of LA. “We wanted a dock system that would last a long time and provide our tenants with the best experience.”

Slips completed in the first phase of construction are open and have been filled with pre-existing slip holders.  The second, and final, phase of marina construction has also been completed.  The Port anticipates that those slips will be opened up to the public during the first quarter of 2012.

As the world’s leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine produces UnifloatR concrete floating dock systems as well as timber and metal frame systems.  The company also produces UnistackR dry stack systems for marinas worldwide.