Looking at Bellingham Marine’s many different projects across the globe, gives unique insight into the worldwide trends in marina design. The company’s clients are diverse and offer a great cross section of the industry – from commercial fishing facilities in Alaska’s remote reaches to the sophisticated super yacht facilities that dot the Caribbean.
A trend that continues to grow in direct correlation with increasing boat size is the general design and layout of the marina. Bigger boats require longer and wider berths, larger fairways and deeper basins. Many also want higher freeboard and wider walkways. Larger boats require more power and often more services. This trend is nothing new for the marina industry and continues to be the driving force behind many marina renovations.
In addition to the increase in average boat size, is the increase in mix of boats. More and more marinas are being asked to cater to a broader range of boaters, which encompasses everyone from kayakers to mega yacht owners. With growth in vessel diversity comes the need to offer a greater variety of moorage and water access options. Where once standard 16” to 20” freeboard was appropriate for all boats in the marina, marinas are now looking to incorporate into their facility low freeboard areas for kayakers, rowing clubs and junior sailing programs, “standard” freeboard for mid-sized boats, and extra high freeboard docks for larger vessels.
Another trend that’s on the rise is customization. Many marinas are looking to set themselves apart and create a unique experience for their tenants. Modern marina designs reflect playful use of architectural design and color that lead to a sophisticated and polished look.
Bellingham Marine, leading marina builder, and 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 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.
As the world’s leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine produces Unifloat® concrete floating dock systems, Unideck® metal frame floating dock systems and Unistack® dry stack systems for marinas worldwide.
Unifloat, Unideck and Unistack are registered trademarks of Bellingham Marine.
At the end of each year it’s nice to look back and reminisce about all that took place that year. Time goes by like a blur and after a couple months it’s often hard to recall all that was actually accomplished over the years’ time.
Below are the projects that topped Bellingham Marine’s Best of 2011 list.
We’ve all head the phrase reduce, reuse, recycle. Reduce our level of consumption, reuse a product for another purpose rather than just throwing it away, and once a product can no longer be used recycle it.
When I was young my mom would save every glass jar that came into our house — relish jars, mayo jars, peanut butter jars, pickle jars you name it. If it was glass, once the contents has been devoured she’d carefully remove the label, wash the jar and place it in the cupboard where it awaited its next life. If it was a “good” jar it would become one of our drinking glasses, if it was a big mouthed jar it was used for canning (those must have been the bad jars). If it didn’t fit into one of those categories she inevitably found a use for it somewhere around the house – cotton ball holder, money jar, and my favorite – caterpillar home.
You may have heard someone boast about the hundred different uses for duct tape. My mom had a hundred different uses for glass jars. She was creative in her thinking and was never bound to the confines of the jar’s origination.
I recently received some photos from a gentleman in New Zealand. The pictures were of a public park in New Zealand’s Wynyard precinct. What stood out to me was the park’s creative landscaping. Carefully integrated throughout the park were old Unifloat® concrete dock modules that had been cleaned up and strategically placed. Some were used to provide seating areas around the basketball court and other general gathering spaces; while others were functioning as retaining walls. They did not look out of place but rather purposeful and intriguing in their use and placement.