Westrec Dry Storage Leadership

June 5, 2014

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations – ICOMIA – is the international trade association and has represented the global marine industry since 1966.

Recently, the 2014 World Marinas Conference kicked off in Istanbul, Turkey – a meeting of the global organization aimed at bringing together the marine industry to recognize and review achievements in new marina management and development.  Westrec Marinas’ Director of Latin America and Certified Marina Planner Roberto Souza was on hand to present Westrec’s innovative strategy and development in the area of dry storage, a marina concept that has seen much success at Westrec properties in Florida.


Excerpts from the Press Release:


June 3, 2014

ICOMIA World Marinas Conference kicks-off to global applause in Istanbul

The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (WMC) opened its doors on Monday June 2 in Istanbul to start an event with a truly international character.  Some 225 guests arrived from every continent, covering 27 countries. With over 50 speakers from all over the world and an impressive program of seminars on the global marina industry and emerging markets, ICOMIA WMC is the leading light in ensuring the successful future development of marina facilities around the globe.

Organised by the ICOMIA Marinas Group in partnership with METS organiser Amsterdam RAI< the three-day event kicked off with a warm Turkish welcome by Alpaslan Sirkecioglu from conference host DENTUR and Cemalettin Sevil, General Director of the Turkish Maritime and Inland Waters Directorate.  They highlighted the promising marina environment in Turkey, which currently has some 15,000 berths with plans to double the offering…



Westrec’s Ronaldo Souza presents at the 2014 ICOMIA WMC in Istanbul, Turkey

…Another area on the up is dry storage marinas; there are currently 80,000 on-land berths in the world and that number is growing exponentially.  In this respect, the new dry storage technology presented by Ronaldo Souza from Westrec Marinas (Brazil) during the ‘Dry Storage Marinas – Trending in the 21st Century’ session was particularly relevant.

“The dry storage market is increasing and so are the sizes of boats being stored in this way,” explained Souza.  “Whereas the average size of boat being kept on land used to be 25-feet, we are now seeing 60-feet yachts in dry storage.  This shift is being facilitated by innovative ways to move and handle heavy boats such as gantry cranes.  These new techniques are being used across North and South America.”

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