Bellingham locals tour the US
Australian management team tours US sites to view latest marina designs.
Managers from the Bellingham Marine’s Australian, Chinese and New Zealand divisions undertook a tour of major marina sites in the US to learn about the latest developments in marina design.
During the tour, the group visited marinas in California and Florida and met with a group of 30 senior industry leaders from around the world.
Everett Babbitt, Bellingham CEO and president, explained the rationale behind the trip.
“The future of the industry depends on nurturing international collaboration,” he said. “We want to ensure customers worldwide have access to the latest and greatest in marina design.”
It was a view shared by John Spragg who heads up the local division of Bellingham Marine.
“Collaboration has the power to spark innovation. Everyone brings unique knowledge and skills to the table,” he said. “Connecting our international teams ensures cross-pollination of the latest trends and developments.
“The group discussed at length how to best design for and respond to catastrophic weather events. From cyclones to tsunamis, we need to make sure our customers have a marina that will withstand the forces of nature.”
Sites visited during the tour included the recently completed 1,624 berth Alamitos Bay Marina in Long Beach, California, the largest municipal marina in the nation. The group also visited notable marinas in Florida, including the renowned Rybovich superyacht facility in West Palm Beach and the exclusive marina at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo.
“The superyacht industry has been growing steadily in Australia for years. Bellingham Marine is the global leader in designing marinas that cater to these luxury vessels,” said Spragg. “Having designed facilities from Italy to Abu Dhabi, our international team understands the unique requirements and desired amenities that lure in the most exclusive superyachts from around the world.”
Aside from inspecting marinas, the group also visited a local gun range and went on an Everglades airboat tour. Airboats are flat-bottomed boats propelled by an aircraft-type propeller and are synonymous with the Florida Everglades experience.