Following over 14 years of dedicated service to its Southwest Division, Bellingham Marine announces the retirement of Brian Bateman.
Brian started as a subcontractor for Bellingham Marine, and later was officially hired on as a full-time electrical project manager for the Southwest Division. He was instrumental in developing the electrical division on the West Coast, creating a turnkey service for electrical installation and repair.
Over the years, Brian lent his electrical expertise to a plethora of projects from Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, Alamitos Bay Marina in Long Beach, multiple marinas in Marina del Rey, Westpoint Harbor in Redwood City, and countless other marinas.
As Brian moves into retirement, Bellingham Marine’s 10-year veteran David Day is taking over as the head electrical project manager and will keep the seasoned electrical crew moving forward. Brian has been a key to the Southwest Division’s success, and we wish him all the best in his retirement!
Ventura Harbor is the heart of Southern California’s finest boating area, and within Ventura Harbor is Safe Harbor Ventura Isle Marina, the largest pleasure boat marina in Ventura Harbor. Bellingham Marine recently turned over the first phase of a project to renovate Ventura Isle Marina, including replacing a couple concrete docks from the 1970’s, and improving access.
The main marina access was reconfigured to provide an 80-foot ADA access gangway, with all existing utilities re-routed through it. The new security gates are sliding tempered glass doors at the main entrance, and swing doors at the secondary access points. A public access point for personal watercraft was also created for use of kayaks and paddleboards, an amenity for boaters and non-boaters alike.
The Port of Los Angeles is one of the busiest ports in the world, and soon the nearby LA Waterfront will become an attraction of its own for locals and visitors alike. As part of the Port of Los Angeles’ $36 million Town Square & Promenade project to revitalize the LA Waterfront, Bellingham Marine supplied one of the most prominent features linking the water to the land. Bellingham designed and manufactured a durable, state-of-the-art 600-foot floating dock and acted as a consultant on-site during installation of the dock. The project broke ground in January 2020, and Phase One was recently completed in October 2021.
Previously inaccessible to recreational boaters, this new dock will provide access to bring visitors to the waterfront. Built between the Los Angeles Maritime Museum to the North and the cruise terminal to the South, Bellingham Marine’s 15-foot wide, 600-foot long floating dock will provide ample space for visiting boaters to experience the revitalized waterfront, and access the West Harbor development, once it’s completed and opens in 2023.
Bellingham Marine is well versed in working with existing marina infrastructure to integrate new systems with old, skilled in tackling phased projects at the client’s desired pace. As a licensed general contractor, Bellingham Marine provides a turnkey solution that includes electrical, fire suppression, and pile driving, serving as a one-stop shop for the client.
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the San Diego Bay, located in the center of the Coronado Cays Neighborhood, the Kingston Village waterfront condos each come with their own boat slip boasting brilliant views and direct access to the San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Over the years, the docks have gone through several rounds of repair and replacement, and the current Coronado Cays Homeowners Association is working to update the entire system with the state-of-the-art Bellingham Marine concrete Unifloat system to last well into the future. The general plan is to replace main walkways and fingers, eliminating the most critical sections first, and for each phase, the most immediate needs are identified, and the scope of work is generated based on the budget.
The most recent phase was completed earlier this year, including replacing sections of the main walkways and fingers on Kingston West, South, and East. Although the docks are physically connected and owned by the same entity, the boundary lines split the docks between two different jurisdictions, the city of Coronado and the Port of San Diego. The South and West docks falling under the city of Coronado’s jurisdiction were covered by a CEQA exemption when rebuilding docks in like kind, which made the permitting process much easier. Falling under the Port of San Diego’s jurisdiction, the East dock permitting process was lengthier, first requiring approval from the Port of San Diego, then approval to proceed from the Army Corps of Engineers and Programmatic Certification for Regional Water Quality. Bellingham Marine is familiar with and understands these unique challenges in dealing with different jurisdictions simultaneously, which is crucial to a smooth permitting process.
One homeowner on the island of Via Lido recently decided to upgrade his private dock from a wood fixed-pier system to a newly reconfigured concrete dock system. Bellingham Marine was contracted by the owner to lead and manage the project from start to finish, utilizing a design/build approach.
Newport Harbor is one of the largest recreational harbors on the west coast and known as the Jewel of Newport Beach. The semi-artificial harbor was formed in the early 1900s after the Newport Bay estuary was dredged. Shortly after, seven man-made islands were built and what was once a harbor that supported a range of marine-related industries from boat and shipbuilding to commercial fishing is now used almost entirely for recreational purposes such as boating, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Newport Harbor is home to nearly 9,000 boats, and its shores are lined with private homes and about 900 of which have private docks. As the recreational market in Newport Harbor continues to grow, many of its homeowners are choosing to invest in upgrades. Continue Reading…