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Bellingham Marine’s new terminal for Flagship Cruises completed

November 07, 2012

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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“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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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.

Grand Reopening of Bayland Marina on April 5th

May 03, 2012

Destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008, Bayland Marina, situated outside of Houston, Texas in the Upper Galveston Bay, cut a ribbon to mark its official grand reopening on April 5th. The city Mayor, his staff as well as other prestigious local civic leaders attended the event together with tenants of the marina and some of the contractors who collaborated on the project.

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The celebration was kicked off with speeches giving special thanks to the individuals and companies involved in the rebuild process.  One of the highlights of the celebration was a flag raising ceremony conducted by the Sea Scouts and their talented Bugle Corps.

“People in Baytown, TX had waited three and a half long years for this day,” said Parks and Recreation Director, Scott Johnson. Bayland is the only marina in the area, so when the marina was destroyed, local boaters had to move their boats to locations outside Baytown. “There were a lot of happy faces at the grand opening,” remarked Andrew Gibb, Manager of Project Development for Bellingham Marine. “The feedback from the City has been wonderful and the boaters are elated to be back home.”

The new marina features floating concrete docks from Bellingham Marine designed to withstand an 18’ storm surge. High 20” freeboard, storm surge protection, upgraded power and full utilities services at the slip are just a few of the features of Bayland’s new facility.

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.

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.