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Picton Marina upgraded by Bellingham Marine New Zealand

January 22, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Three new piers at Picton Marina, situated on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, have been recently reopened. Marlborough Sounds Marinas contracted Bellingham Marine New Zealand to construct 40 new berths on jetties 7, 8 and 9 as Stage 2 of a four stage expansion as well as upgrade of the Marina’s inner basin. Stage 2 was finished in November, 2012, following on from Stage 1 (also a Bellingham project) in 2009.


The new concrete pontoons supplied and installed by Bellingham Marine feature 2.1 meter wide walkways with full length, single piece fingers and 400mm freeboard. The new berths cater to vessels 12m to 16m in length and include provisions for utilities. Town water as well as 230 volt, single phase power is available at each berth.

Bellingham Marine also upgraded the floating fuel dock at neighboring Waikawa Marina as part of a separate project. The dock is fitted with both petrol and diesel pumps as well as sewer pump-out facilities for tenants and visiting boaters.

Rose Prendeville, Projects Manager said, “The new berths at Picton have received a fantastic response from our customers this summer; they appreciate the aesthetics of the Bellingham product as much as the functionality.”

“In terms of project delivery, Bellingham was once again excellent to work with, and we look forward to continuing our relationship through the final two stages of the Picton upgrade,” added Prendeville.

First built in the mid 1960’s with fixed timber piers, most of the berths at Picton Marina have been updated over the years with modern concrete pontoons. The marina provides berthing for boats from 8 – 35+ meters with capacity for 232 vessels.

Located at the entrance to Marlborough Sounds, the marina is in easy walking distance from the interisland ferry and is well serviced by land and sea transportation to a wide range of popular destinations in the vicinity. Also available nearby are boat repair and marine engineering facilities.

As the world’s leading marina design-build marina 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.

Marine13 Program Update

December 19, 2012

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Marine13 is expected to become the most important business-to-business event for the marine industry in Australia as well as the SE Asia/SW Pacific region in 2013. The conference will provide an expansive program of more than 50 sessions across two full days.


Marine13 will explain current trends in consumer behaviour, examine ways for marine businesses to harness the online world, deliver practical guidance on tackling development and planning problems, show how to drive business from boat show investments, provide tools to connect with non-boaters and convert them: with a theme of Boating for the Future, Marine13 is all about setting a new course for the industry, providing the resources to stay on track and sustain a successful marine industry.

An extensive panel of highly experienced, knowledgeable and well-known Australian and international speakers, from the marine industry and other leading consumer sectors, will provide information, education and inspiration. One will leave Marine13 with a vast range of new knowledge, eager to try out the tips one has picked up and push his business forward in to the future.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Everett Babbitt
President & CEO, Bellingham Marine
Bellingham Marine (BMI) is the world leader in the design, manufacture, and construction of marinas and related products and services. Everett joined Bellingham Marine as a Marketing Manager in 1984 bringing with him ten years of experience in the marine industry.

Today, Everett is responsible for all BMI’s worldwide business activities.

Everett graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology, and later received his Masters Degree of Business Administration.

Everett will be participating in the marina stream topic entitled The future is coming: will your marina measure up? He will provide a global perspective with specific reference to the Asia Pacific region.

Malcolm Page
Yachting Australian Discover Sailing Ambassador
Malcolm Page is one of the world’s elite sailors, taking his second Olympic Gold in Weymouth in August 2012 to cap a career that has seen him win at every level of sailing around the world, including five-times 470 World Champion. The flag bearer for the Australian Olympic Team at the 2012 Games closing ceremony, Malcolm is now embracing his role as YA Discover Sailing Ambassador and will join a Marine13 panel with speakers from the USA and UK to discuss how to introduce more people into sailing and boating.  Malcolm will also tell his story of winning in Weymouth to provide an inspirational start to the second day of Marine13.

Peter Corcoran
Director of Maritime Safety, Transport Safety Victoria
Peter Corcoran joined Transport Safety Victoria as the Director of Maritime Safety in September 2011. Prior to that Peter spent three years working in public transport management and six years at the former Marine Safety Victoria in a number of roles including Manager Recreational Boating and Manager Safety Systems and Risk.

Peter is a keen sea kayaker and will be talking about how new approaches to managing the growing trend for people to enjoy their boating aboard passive craft, such as kayaks, small sail boats, and kiteboards – educating while also regulating to ensure safety of all on the water.

Multiple Delegate Registration Incentive

In response to strong support from the boating, marinas and boating safety sectors for the expansive program of the Marine13 International Conference and Exhibition, the Marine13 Organising Committee is pleased to announce a multiple-delegate registration initiative.

A pricing plan has been arranged that will see organisations registering multiple delegates benefit from the attractive incentive with savings of 10%, 20% and 30% for second, third and fourth delegates from the one business or organisation.

Bruce Birtwistle – New General Manager of Bellingham Marine New Zealand

November 13, 2012

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Bellingham Marine, a marina construction company well known all over the world, is delighted to present the appointment of Bruce Birtwistle as the General Manager of Bellingham Marine New Zealand. Mr. Birtwistle rejoins the Bellingham Marine company after 3 years of working in the Middle East for Bellingham Marine’s licensee, Septech Emirates, where he worked as the Business Unit Manager of Septech’s marine division.


While at Septech, Bruce oversaw the design and construction of some of the region’s most iconic marinas including YAS Marina, Jumeirah Beach Marina and Dubai Marina Yacht Club.

Prior to joining Septech, Bruce oversaw Bellingham Marine’s New Zealand operations. Over a 7 year period Bruce grew the division by 400%. He established Bellingham Marine as the region’s leading expert on marina design and construction and played an active role in helping to shape the industry.

Everett Babbitt, President, stated, “Bruce brings a substantial set of skills, knowledge and experience to Bellingham Marine’s management team. We believe Bruce will provide Bellingham Marine New Zealand with the invaluable guidance needed to continue to build our New Zealand operations, which also oversee the South Pacific.”

“Appointing this position has been a carefully considered process,” said Phil Greenman, Executive Vice President of Bellingham Marine. “Bruce knows our products, our company and the New Zealand market better than anyone else. We are delighted to have him back and are confident in Bruce’s ability to help us overcome some of the unique challenges facing us in New Zealand.”

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’s new terminal for Flagship Cruises completed

November 07, 2012

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Bellingham Marine is delighted to report that the new terminal for Flagship Cruises situated next to Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego, California, has been successfully completed. On October 1st, Flagship’s luxury fleet of vessels docked at their new home for the first time.

Flagship Cruises

The new terminal was built to coincide with the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan (NEVP), a redevelopment and rejuvenation plan for San Diego’s downtown waterfront.

Eric Noegel, Manager of Project Development for Bellingham Marine’s SW Division said, “The new Flagship terminal is a clear example of the level of customization that can go into a project.”

Noegel added, “There were a number of factors that drove the design and execution of the Flagship facility including the site’s exposure to waves, the Port of San Diego’s NEVP redevelopment plans adjacent to the site, the needs of the large vessels docking at the terminal, and the heavy foot traffic on the docks.”

The floating terminal, shaped in a U, features oversized concrete docks with steel wide flange beam walers specially designed for a 3 foot wave environment, heavy duty ocean guard fenders to protect the boats from direct contact with the steel walers, a floating building constructed on the docks used for storage, extra-wide clear walkways to accommodate large crowds and covered gangways with LED rope lighting for user comfort.

All power, water and pumpout connection points on the docks are concealed below the surface of the deck to keep walkways and provisioning areas free and clear of obstacles and equipment.

Brad Engel, Vice President for Flagship Cruises, said “We appreciated the knowledge and expertise Bellingham Marine brought to the project.  We had a number of custom elements designed into the dock system and they were integrated perfectly. As issues arose we were able to work through them quickly and efficiently and the end result is a first class facility on San Diego bay.”

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.

Unifloat, Unideck and Unistack are registered trademarks of Bellingham Marine.

First China Marina Conference attended by Bellingham Marine’s John Spragg

October 23, 2012

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The recently concluded first dedicated marina conference in China was attended by Bellingham Marine General Manager of Australasia, John Spragg. Spragg, a well-known veteran of the marina industry, is responsible for overseeing Bellingham Marine’s operations throughout Asia, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand as well as the South Pacific.

China Marina Conference

Over 100 delegates including some of China’s leading marina developers and operators attended Spragg’s presentation on marina design and wave attenuation. “His presentation was extremely informative and addressed a number of key issues we should be cognizant of when building a new marina facility. He also gave explanations of engineering issues we all could now understand,” said one of the conference attendees following Spragg’s presentation.

Highlights from Spragg’s presentation include:
• Marina site selection and wave design criteria
• Proper wave protection and acceptable wave height within the marina basin
• Explanation of wave related definitions and data

The China Marina Conference was held at the newly completed Nansha Marina, located in the Pearl River estuary in China on October 10th and 11th. The Yacht CN 2012 boat show opened following the conclusion of the conference.

Everett Babbitt, President of Bellingham Marine, said, “We are pleased to have had the opportunity to present at China’s inaugural marina conference. It’s great to see the country’s enthusiasm for the emerging industry.”

The marina industry in China is still in its infancy but is showing promise for growth. According to Yang Xinfa, chairman of the China Boat Industry and Trade Association, there are over 2,000 leisure boats currently registered within the country. In his presentation at the conference Yang stated that he believes there’s a potential for much faster growth as there are many marina projects in the planning stage.

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.

A new member to Board of Marina Industry Association of Australia

August 21, 2012

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Kenny Kang (Seuk-Ju, Kang), Chief Executive Officer of CKIPM Marine Group Co Ltd was selected as the new member of the Board of Directors during the Marina Industries Association (MIA) Board meeting, held this month.


MIA Chairman Andrew Chapman said, “Kang brings a strong knowledge of the Asian market and in particular his home market of Korea. His company has become a leader in waterfront developments in the region and he is a passionate advocate of quality marina development.”

MIA is actively involved in supporting the growth of the marina industry in Asia via its education and Clean Marina Programs and Gold Anchor Marina Accreditation. According to an earlier press release from the association, Kang was strategically placed on the board to help MIA better understand and address the unique needs of the emerging market in Asia.

Kenny Kang said he found his first Board meeting very enlightening and he was honored to be the first MIA director from outside of Australia. “MIA is widely respected across Asia as the lead marina industries association. I look forward to assisting MIA in building relationships and cooperation with the Asian marina industries.”

CKIPM Marine Group is a licensee of Bellingham Marine. The two companies formed an alliance in October of 2011 to support the growth of Korea’s marina industry. “It’s great to see Kenny involved with MIA,” said John Spragg, General Manager of Bellingham Marine’s Australasian operations.  “His input gives another view of the world of marinas and his contribution will broaden all of our perceptions.”

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 appoints David Lamont as New Operations Manager

July 27, 2012

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

David Lamont has been recently appointed as the Bellingham Marine’s New Operations Manager of the New Zealand Division, as announced by the company’s Vice-President, Phil Greenman. In his new role, Lamont will be responsible for the operations of the East Tamaki production facility and he will also help with on-site management.


“I am happy to be back in New Zealand and working with the Bellingham Marine team here,” says Lamont. “The division is currently in the middle of several important projects and I look forward to building on the recent successes.”

David joined Bellingham Marine in 2003 as part of the company’s operational team with an objective to study, implement and improve manufacturing and construction systems to allow expansion of the company in overseas markets. In 2004, David moved from New Zealand to Spain to set up and supervise the production and installation of the company’s first European project in Barcelona.

In 2008, he moved to Costa Rica to support Bellingham Marine’s operations in Central America, and in 2010 David moved to Xiamen to assist Bellingham’s expansion into China.

“Bellingham Marine thanks Mr. Lamont for his dedication to the company and congratulates him on his reappointment as Operations Manager of New Zealand. His knowledge and experience will be a valuable asset to the New Zealand Division,” commented Mr. Greenman.

David has a Bachelor of Science from Auckland University with a focus in coastal morphology, and a diploma in Business Management. His areas of expertise include systems implementation, quality control, production, employee management, budgeting, and timeframe achievement.

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.

CKIPM and Bellingham Marine team up to give presentation at the 2012 Jeju Forum for Peace & Prosperity

July 18, 2012

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

In order to give a presentation to leading Asian policy makers as well as practitioners at the 2012 Jeju Forum for Peace & Prosperity, June 2nd saw CKIPM CEO Mr. Kenny Kang and colleague Juan Carlos partner with Everett Babbitt, CEO of Bellingham Marine and John Spragg, General Manager of Bellingham Marine Australasia. The team’s presentation was about strategies for the Jeju Marine leisure industry concentrating on the development and management of marinas.

2012 JeJu

The annual Jeju Forum is one of Asia’s major venue’s for political, cultural and academic leaders including incumbent and former heads of government to exchange opinions and discuss the vision for Northeast Asia’s future and to promote multilateral cooperation in the region.  This year’s event was held May 31st – June 2nd on Jeju Island in Korea.

On the same trip, Mr. Babbitt traveled to Hwaseong City where he was welcomed by organizers of the Korean International Boat Show. Mr. Babbitt was invited to sit on a panel of marina development experts to discuss current industry issues.

“It was an honor to be asked to speak at these two events,” said Babbitt. “Korea has ambitious plans for the development of their leisure boating industry and is positioning itself to be a major player in the market.”

According to boat show organizers, the serious promotion of leisure boating in Korea was started in 2008 by Governor Kim Moon-Soo with the introduction of the Korea International Boat Show and Marine Festival in Jeonggok Marina in Gyeonggi Province.

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 designed and built New Superyacht Marina in the City of Aransas Pass, Texas

June 26, 2012

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Part of the City’s intentions to clean up the waterfront as well as motivate growth in the area, the City of Aransas Pass, situated in Texas, close to Corpus Christi, recently finished building of a transient marina in Conn Brown Harbor.


Residents of Aransas Pass live and breathe fishing. The waters of Conn Brown Harbor are rich with fish and provide easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway. Once a natural safe harbor for local shrimp boats, when the shrimp industry died, so did the surrounding area. Businesses closed, boats were abandoned and the area became a ghost town.

For many years, the waterfront was neglected and the potential of Conn Brown Harbor sat unrealized. That has recently changed. In 2011, the City of Aransas Pass received funding through a grant program referred to as BIG (Boating Infrastructure Grant) to help finance the cost of a transient marina. The plan for the marina was to provide short term moorage for anglers and recreational boaters.

Once funding was secured, the design for the marina was finalized. Bellingham Marine was hired as the design /build contractor. The completed facility includes slips for boats up to 60’ with side-tie space for yachts up to 100’. 75% of the total cost of the project was funded through the grant; the city provided the remaining 25%.

Power and water are available on the docks. A fuel dock is also on site.  Upland from the marina is a dry storage facility with racks for 250 vessels. The docks as well as the drystack building are managed by Redfish Bay Boathouse.

According to Mike Moore, Operations Manager for Redfish Bay Boathouse, the project has been a great success story. “Everyone is elated,” remarked Moore. “They love the new marina and what it’s doing for the area.” The grand opening of the marina was marked with a Redfish tournament hosted by Cabela’s; Fox Sports SW was present. 42 boats and 84 anglers participated in the tournament.

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 announces its sixth annual calendar photo contest

June 21, 2012

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The sixth annual calendar photo contest has been presented by Bellingham Marine. Winning photos will be used for the Company’s wall calendar, which has become famous all over the world among marina professionals, boaters as well as non-boaters alike. Each year more than 3000 copies are distributed.


The company encourages marinas to get their tenants involved in the contest. “Some of the best photos we’ve received in past years have come from boaters and amateur photographers out enjoying the marina and the surrounding area,” said Roxie Comstock, Manager of Business Enhancement for Bellingham Marine. “It’s great publicity for the marina and can be a fun way to promote pride within the marina and greater community.”

Bellingham Marine will be accepting photos from now through the end of August. Photos must be received by the August 31st deadline to qualify for the contest. A poster announcing the contest and contest rules can be downloaded from Bellingham Marine’s website.

Guidelines: Submitted photos must feature one of Bellingham’s trademarked products (Unifloat®, Unideck® Unistack® or Bellingham’s new timber dock system). Photos of residential and private docks manufactured by Bellingham Marine are eligible as well. Photos must be of high resolution and high quality. If one is not the photographer of the photo being submitted, he is kindly advised to make sure photo rights can be extended to the company for use in the calendar. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age to participate.

All photo entries should be submitted online by August 31, 2012. The name of the individual submitting the photo, contact information, the name of the marina and location should be included with all entries.

Selected photos will be featured in Bellingham Marine’s 2013 calendar.  Winners will be announced in October.

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.