The Global Marina Institute (GMI) has appointed Mr. Bruce Birtwistle as its Chairman for the next two years. A seasoned marine industry professional of nearly three decades, Bruce Birtwistle is the General Manager Australia, Bellingham Marine, well known as the world’s leading marina design and build construction company. Bruce is a director of the Marina Industries Association (MIA) and a huge supporter of industry education. Bruce also holds an MBA from Massey University in Auckland and has completed the GMI management courses.
The GMI is a partnership between British Marine and Marina Industries Association (MIA) which delivers consistent global marina management training to increase professional marina management standards.
Bellingham Marine New Zealand were contracted in the late part of 2020 to extend the north face of the Waikawa Marina in the stunning Marlborough sounds, providing 251 brand new berths. With 227 piles to be installed with the addition of manufacturing and installation of 401 pontoons, this was an exciting time for our team and a challenging time ahead.
DANA POINT, CA – August 4, 2022, Bellingham Marine, the world’s leading dock builder, pulls the first pile from the existing C Dock in the West Cove, signaling the long-awaited start of construction on the new marina in Dana Point Harbor. Over the next five years, the marina will be rebuilt in fifteen phases plus an additional two phases in the outer basin.
The aspiration to revitalize Dana Point Harbor has been in the works for over two decades. However, it has been through Supervisor Lisa Barrett’s vision and commitment to a Private Public Partnership that has made the revitalization a reality over her eight-year term. “Our beloved harbor has served our community well for over fifty years. As we embark on the harbor revitalization, I am excited for all the improvements that are coming that will enhance the experience for all the citizens of greater Orange County as well as for visitors to our harbor from near and far,” stated Supervisor Bartlett.
Bellingham Marine Announces Australasia Transition Plan.
Newport Beach, CA, USA – 17 March 2021 – After 25 years of exemplary service, John Spragg, Bellingham Marine President of Australasia and the Middle East, has announced his retirement effective July 1, 2021. Following his retirement, he will continue to serve as a Director of the company. Bruce Birtwistle has been chosen as John’s successor. Bruce has worked directly for John over the last decade as the General Manager of New Zealand.
Ayia Nappa, Cyprus – 7 August 2020 – The long-held vision of Cypriot Gerry Caramondani, in partnership with Naguib Sawiris, a prominent investor from Egypt, has become a reality with the opening of a 600 slip marina, drystack and the arrival of the first boats in February 2020. Ayia Nappa Marina is approximately 45-minutes east of Larnaca International Airport and 70 minutes from Limassol. The marina is located near the Mediterranean resort town Ayia Nappa, a world-famous holiday destination known for its beaches on the southeast coast of Cyprus.
The marina, built by Bellingham Marine, features full-service finger berthing that provides greater access and ease of mooring for boats up to 30m as well as full-service berthing options for boats up to 65m. “This iconic marina will become the standard that other marinas in the Mediterranean aspire to meet,” says John Spragg, Bellingham Marine’s President of Australasia and the Middle East, “Once boaters use the finger mooring system, they will demand it elsewhere.”