The annual British Marine Trades Association and Boating Business Awards will take place in January 2018 and MDL Marinas is delighted to announce that it has been nominated for a prestigious award.
MDL Marinas has been shortlisted for the Boating Business Environment Award thanks to its work on the Solent Oyster Restoration Project, and will now be considered for the prize alongside the other worthy nominees at the event in London.
The Solent Oyster Restoration Project led by Blue Marine Foundation, and in collaboration with MDL Marinas as well as Land Rover BAR and the University of Portsmouth, is working to restore the native oyster to the Solent, the strait that separates the Isle of Wight from mainland England and which once supported the biggest oyster fishery in Europe.
The first cage was tested on the Land Rover BAR pontoon, a pontoon installed by MDL Marinas, in accordance with the partnership, providing the team with vital access to the Solent and to their training grounds.
The European flat oyster or native oyster is an impressive animal and provides many ecosystem services. They’re capable of filtering 200 litres of water a day, helping to keep our inshore waters clear and more productive while also supporting many species of marine flora and fauna through the habitat they provide and as a source of food. In the UK the population has halved over the last 25 years, while globally an estimated 85% of oyster beds and reef habitats have been lost.
This ambitious project has brought together a range of partners and stakeholders and aims to reintroduce five million oysters to the waterway over the next five years. So far, over twenty thousand oysters have been introduced to various sites including MDL Marinas along the Solent, with the work continuing at a rapid pace.
The Solent Oyster Restoration Project is just one of the many green initiatives that MDL Marinas are involved with, including the likes of renewable energy, oils and fuels, recycling and waste disposal.
MDL Marinas nomination – which was made by an external organisation – will see the company attend the glitzy award ceremony at the Pearson Room, Canary Wharf, Canada Square on Wednesday 10 January.
Adrien Burnand, Head of Marketing, MDL Marinas, said: “We are proud to be a part of the Solent Oyster Restoration Project and we are clearly delighted that our involvement in this hugely important project has been recognised. To be nominated by another company for such a prestigious award is a huge honour, but also testament to the outstanding work that our team and staff deliver on a daily basis. We wish all of the nominees’ good luck and trust that everyone has a great night in Canary Wharf in January.”
Next week the start of the boating year kicks off with the London Boat Show 2018. From Wednesday 10th January to Sunday 14th January London’s ExCel centre will play host to sensational power and sail boats, legendary sailors, unique, indoor water experiences and plenty of bars and restaurants to catch up with friends and soak in the atmosphere. You can even drop by and say hello to us; we’ll be on the ‘Which Marina?’ stand, number WE012.
Whether you want to see what’s new in the boating world, catch up with friends, try a new water sport experience or see your sailing idols there’s plenty for everyone in this jam-packed event. Even better news, MDL members can take advantage of discounted entry tickets! Either pop into your marina office or give them a call.
We look forward to seeing you at the show!
2017 may have been a hotly contested America’s Cup but in 2018 the bid for the 36th America’s Cup heats up!
Land Rover BAR has now announced the dates to note for 2018 so you can see all the action as it happens!
May 1 - 6th TP52 Super Series – Palmavela
May 19 - 27th TP52 Super Series - Sibenik, Croatia
June 17 - 24th TP52 Super Series - Croatia
July 6 - 7th Round the Island Race
July 14 - 21st TP52 Rolex World Championship, Casks
August 4 - 11th Lendy Cowes Week
August 18 - 25th TP52 Super Series – Portals
September 15 - 22nd TP52 Super Series - Valencia
For those weekends in between the races, you can still get your Land Rover BAR fix; in the New Year, they’ll be announcing their public open days so you can have an insider’s look at the inner workings of their base in Portsmouth. Keep an eye on the Land Rover BAR website for the dates.
Dream Yacht Charter, based at MDL's Port Hamble Marina, has grown to become the largest yacht charter company in the world, with a fleet of 987 boats across the most destinations with 47 bases.
The company started out with just six boats operating from the Seychelles seventeen years ago, and now thousands of customers are turning dreams into reality with all-inclusive sailing experiences or navigating new destinations while at the helm.
Dream Yacht Charter founder, Loic Bonnet, said: “This is such an achievement as we started out small with some pretty big ideas! We are expecting our growth to continue with additions to our fleet for next year.
“We’re proud to be known for our pioneering approach, opening up new cruising grounds, such as Cuba and New Caledonia, and making sailing accessible to non-sailors through new experiences, such as booking cabins on crewed charters.”
This year has been unprecedented for the yacht charter industry following the severity of the hurricane season in the Caribbean.
Loic added: “The reason we’ve been able to return quickly to the Caribbean is because of the size of our fleet and our worldwide network. It was great to see the first charters going out from the British Virgin Islands and St. Martin earlier last month.”
For more information, please visit www.dreamyachtcharter.co.uk.
British Offshore Sailing School are holding a One Day RYA Small Craft First Aid Course on Sunday 17th December
09:00hrs – 16:00hrs
£60 pp for Hamble Point Marina berth holders, tenants and staff (Normal price £120)
Cost includes new RYA First Aid manual, certificate, tea ,coffee and biscuits throughout the day!
MDL's Shamrock Quay is delighted to announce it has joined the YoBike dockless bike-sharing scheme that recently launched in Southampton.
Shamrock Quay will become one of the recognised bike parks for the scheme in the city, which is the UK’s first large-scale bike sharing scheme that is free of docking stations. YoBike riders can find and unlock a bike at hundreds of parking spots using a mobile app, then simply hop on and cycle around the city, for just £1 per hour, or a capped fee of £5 for 24 hours.
Mark Elliott, Dockmaster at Shamrock Quay, commented: “We're thrilled to announce that we are now a recognised bike park for YoBike. The scheme will be a fantastic benefit for members and visitors to Shamrock Quay, who can simply jump on a bike and explore the surrounding area, head into the city or visit local shops and amenities.
“The bike park is conveniently located behind our marina office and being bright yellow, the bikes are very easy to spot.”
YoBike was set up in 2016 by tech entrepreneurs, Bin Wang and Michael Qian. Following a successful launch in Bristol, the bike-sharing scheme came to Southampton in September 2017. Located at convenient sites across the city, the bikes can be found via the YoBike app; scanning the unique QR code printed on the lock of the bikes unlocks them. Once finished with, the bikes can be returned to any official bike park.
For more information, visit the YoBike website.