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With only a handful of successful management firms in the country, the company’s visibility and reputation in the industry is everything. “Some have failed; some have succeeded,” said Bill Anderson, president of Westrec, a management firm founded in 1987, which owns and opearates 31 marinas across the country. The company operates some third-party contracts; Westrec has operated the 10 Chicago harbors for nearly 20 years.
Living Shorelines: A Hard Look at the Softer Future of Marina Design
In response to Hurricane Sandy in 2012, there has been considerable discussion about the resiliency of the Northeast coast of the U.S., and the potential to provide coastal storm surge protection using more natural structures and processes. Much of this energy and investigation has been focused around the concept of the living shoreline.
Marine Forklift Trends Embrace Technology and Safety to Meet Size Demands
Today’s world is full of new technology, and consumers expect more and more from their products and equipment. Marine forklifts are no different, and manufacturers are responding with new and better offerings. The forklifts available today have responded to the current trends in the industry, reflected in their design and development. We contacted some experts in the marine forklift industry, and the following are some of their observations on current trends.
HydroHoist Marine Group introduces HP Extreme, its newest product line of PWC docking platforms. While docking, the PWC is fully roller-supported, five-inch x two-inch rollers, and the roller width and placement is easily adjustable to accommodate different crafts. The platform is made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) marine foam – for increased strength and leak elimination. The new port has flat, anti-skid walking surfaces and an exclusive “air-pillow” bow stop. HydroHoist worked with Italian company Persico Group, to engineer the mold designs. The mold was then shipped to RotoMoldUSA – a division of HydroHoist Marine Group – for final assembly and where production began in May. Additional product enhancements include stainless steel roller axels for increased strength and compatibility with fresh, brackish, and saltwater.
Pine River Group introduces Pier Advantage Dock products, designed for waterfront applications. The company said the products are a natural, environmentally product for marina construction. Pier Advantage Wood Dock Planking is made from top quality #1 Southern Yellow Pine. The company said it selects each board for quality and appearance, so Pier Advantage wood dock boards are straight and have less wane. This product is engineered with eased edges and stress relief grooves. Stocking lengths for the boards are 8-, 12-, 16-, and 20-foot and treated to .40 ACQ.
ELASTEC introduced the Omni Cat, as a multi-purpose marina maintenance catamaran. The versatile aluminum work boat offers a variety of waterway maintenance and marina service applications. The company said its interchangable "pods" are easily exchanged to facilitate various marine tasks, such as washing down docks, seawalls and hulls; collecting floating trash and debris; cutting invasive aquatic weeds; buoy and mooring maintenance; responding to oil spills and transporting cargo. When the “pods” are not needed on the water, they can be put on the “pod cart” for land-based operations. Designed for sheltered waterways and marinas, the Omni Cat is simple to operate, easy to maintain and has the potential to provide additional revenue streams for marina operators.