At the beginning of the year, we celebrated being presented the coveted Boating Business Environment Award at the annual Marine Trade Association (MTA) & Boating Business Awards.
We scooped the award for our commitment to reducing carbon emissions across our marinas and our work protecting the environment. We were also recognised in particular for leading the sector in tackling the spread of marine non-native species to protect native aquatic life, working with the Government and key stakeholders.
Peter Nash, Editor of Boating Business, commented: “This award is always given to a business that has pulled out all the stops to deliver lasting environmental improvements in the marine industry. The judging panel was very impressed with the recent sustainability measures that MDL has introduced, spanning a number of different environmental issues, and the company’s dedication to continually pursuing ways to protect the environment.”
Our commitment to protecting and preserving our local environments in and around our marinas continues. We recently teamed up with The BLUE Marine Foundation and Land Rover BAR to design a customised pontoon, which aims to assist with the restoration of the native oyster in the Solent, once the biggest oyster fishery in Europe. The newly developed pontoon structure, which bolts directly to the side of existing walkway pontoons, was designed to accommodate cages that will be used to house brood stock oysters. The mesh size is such that the adult oysters will be contained within the cages but their spat are picked up on the tide and redistributed throughout the Solent.
Researchers from the Portsmouth Institute of Marine Science will study the oysters on the Land Rover BAR pontoon, closely monitoring the relationship between density and mortality / reproduction rates. This research will help identify optimum conditions for the oysters, which we will then replicate across pontoons in all of our marinas across the Solent.
Until the late seventies, nearly 500 boats made a living from catching oysters in the Solent, employing more than 700 men at sea. Fishing for oysters was banned in 2013 due to a drastic decline in numbers, but we hope our pontoons will be instrumental in returning the oyster numbers to a satisfactory level throughout the Solent and allow fishing to be permitted once again.
We’ll be sure to keep you posted on this!
Our marina teams have done a brilliant job this year, working together to raise funds for some amazing charities. We couldn’t do it without your help, so we’d like to say a big thank you for being so generous and helping us to make a difference!
At the beginning of the year, many of our marinas underwent a Red Nose Day makeover and we launched a social media initiative encouraging our berth holders and team to post selfies of themselves making their faces ‘funny for money’. We donated £1 for every photo received.
In May, Brixham and Torquay Marina organised a charity boat lift to raise funds for The Fisherman’s Mission, whilst June saw one of our berth holders, Gary Pearson, lead a mammoth 68 mile bike ride from Penton Hook Marina, near Chertsey-on-Thames, to Ocean Village Marina in Southampton. He was supported by five dedicated members of the MDL team and the ride raised over £9,000 for the British Heart foundation – a brilliant result.
August saw 24 berth holders from Cobb’s Quay Marina exchange the rolling waves of the sea for the rolling hills of a golf course where they organised a tournament – raising £2,000 for local children’s hospice, Julia’s House. The marina also held its annual fishing competition to raise funds for sailing charity, Heroes on the Water, which this year raised an impressive £1,500.
Each year, we raise money for our long standing charity partner, Ocean Youth Trust South (OYT South). This year, we donated over £700, as well as working with the charity to run the Sail Training Awards, offering admirable young people the chance to take part in a sailing voyage aboard OYT South’s training yacht.
Most recently in November, a 15-strong MDL team cycled 100 miles (the distance from Hamble Point Marina to Cobb’s Quay Marina and return) as part of an epic static bike challenge to raise funds for Children In Need. The team also sported lots of fancy dress and baked some delicious cakes! Despite having to replace our exercise bike part way through the day, we managed to raise over £500.
We’re sure you’ll agree it’s been a very successful fundraising year and we hope to raise even more in 2016!
We are very excited about the developments that are underway at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton. Over the past 10 years, Ocean Village has seen numerous phases of re-development; most recently, the addition of residential complexes including the recently completed Admirals Quay development.
Further developments taking shape include a luxury, superyacht inspired five-star standard hotel that will extend out into the marina and will benefit not only seafaring guests but visitors to the waterfront destination too. The city’s only five-star standard hotel, this new development will feature a spa, champagne bar and rooftop restaurant with stunning views.
With completion due in early 2017, the development will also bring a number of new brands to the city with retail openings, stylish boutiques and award-winning new restaurants. Soon to become Southampton’s first-class waterfront leisure destination, it’s an exciting time to be at Ocean Village.
Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We are delighted that construction work has begun on what promises to be an incredible new hotel. This exciting new luxury development will generate considerable benefits for the area upon its completion. Alongside our world-class marina and the new Admirals Quay development, the hotel will represent another major step towards establishing Ocean Village as Southampton’s premier waterfront destination.”
If you’d like to know more about the developments at Ocean Village Marina, please call the marina office on 023 8022 9385. We’d love to tell you more about what we have planned!
The deadline for the Marina of the Year Awards is fast approaching – and your home marina needs your support!
We are delighted to have 17 fabulous UK marinas in the running for this year’s prestigious Marina of the Year Awards, run by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) and we need your votes by Monday 30th November!
Designed to recognise excellence in facilities and customer service, the Marina of the Year Awards are open to all Gold Anchor accredited marinas both in the UK and overseas.
Love your marina? Then make your vote count! These Awards are voted for by boat owners and berth holders just like you, giving you the chance to reward your favourite marina and make sure it gets the credit it deserves.
So, you have a decision to make and we need you to act now to reward your home marina. Perhaps picturesque Brixham Marina is your winner? Or maybe you prefer Northney Marina’s tranquillity, or Port Hamble’s status as the centre of the Solent's racing and boating scene?
Voting is really quick and simple – all you need to do is visit www.marinaawards.com before 30th November 2015.
Here are our 17 UK marinas that have been nominated across two categories:
|UK Coastal Marina:||Northney Marina||Woolverstone Marina|
|Brixham Marina||Ocean Village Marina|
|Chatham Maritime Marina||Port Hamble Marina||UK Inland Marina:|
|Cobb's Quay Marina||Queen Anne’s Battery||Bray Marina|
|Hamble Point Marina||Shamrock Quay||Penton Hook Marina|
|Hythe Marina Village||Sparkes Marina||Windsor Marina|
|Mercury Yacht Harbour||Torquay Marina|
The winners will be announced during the 2016 London Boat Show at ExCeL. Don’t let your favourite marina go unnoticed, get voting for your Marina of the Year now!
Thank you for your support.
The UK’s leading marina operator, MDL Marinas, has developed a powerful video to celebrate being signed as the Official UK Marina Partner for Land Rover BAR.
The video was made using a drone that filmed aerial shots of the Land Rover BAR team training and competing at their headquarters in Portsmouth. The video features a compelling script, which celebrates the dedication and training of the Land Rover BAR team values that are shared by the team at MDL.
‘Ropes whip, sails crack. hull creaks, wind screams.
Boom swings, crew scrambles, battling, winching, sailing, foiling… flying.
Preparing, securing, steadying, lifting... flying.’
Drones were also used to film the MDL teams hard at work at Hamble Point and Port Hamble, both situated on the River Hamble. The captivating footage promotes the likeness between the crew and the marina managers by highlighting the shared desire to win and succeed using a combination of hard work and determination.
The exciting video sees the MDL group get behind the team – as they compete on home waters for the first time – and join the nation to back Land Rover BAR’s quest to bring the Cup home.
To support the Team, MDL has provided essential access to the Solent to enable team training. Land Rover BAR has also been given full use of MDL’s network of leading marina locations and facilities across the south.
On behalf of the Team, Ben Ainslie commented: “It’s great to have MDL Marinas on board as our Official UK Marina Partner. As the leading marina operator in the UK and the longest-standing British marina group it was a natural fit. We are looking forward to closely working together on this momentous challenge.”
To keep up to date with the team and the America's Cup, visit our Online Portal.
Shamrock Quay in Southampton will host its 10th successful ‘Classics on the Quay’ event on Sunday 18th October. The monthly event, which has been running since January this year, regularly attracts over 60 classic cars and supercars to Shamrock Quay.
Shamrock Quay has organised a ‘Brunch Club’ at The Waterfront bar and restaurant and The Yellow Welly cafe. The Brunch Club will run from 10.30am – 12.30pm, which includes an offer from The Yellow Welly of free tea and toast with the ‘Driver’s Breakfast’.
Mark Elliott, Dockmaster at Shamrock Quay, a classic car enthusiast himself has been pleasantly surprised by the popularity of the event, commenting: “All our events this year have been a resounding success with over 60 vehicles and over 100 visitors at most events. We are expecting around 100 vehicles for our October event. We see many berth holders bringing their own classic cars and supercars along to the Quay, our event is open to anyone who owns a classic car from before 1990 or a supercar of any age”
To keep up to date on Shamrock Quay’s ‘Classics on the Quay’ please like their Facebook page by following this link. The next event dates are 15th November 10.30am – 12.30pm and December 20th 10.30am - 12.30pm.
We are pleased to announce that Lesley Robinson (pictured) will succeed Eamonn Feeney as the new Managing Director for MDL Marinas.
The change comes as Eamonn recently announced his intention to retire after almost 5 years at the helm overseeing the continued growth and success of Europe’s leading marina group.
Eamonn said “I’ve really enjoyed my time with MDL, in what is a great industry with great people, and I’m personally pleased to be handing on a business in great shape to my successor. Whilst this is the first phase of my retirement plan I’ll be keeping up my links with the industry as I think I’ll find it hard to stay away.”
Lesley joins MDL Marinas as a proven business leader with a strong commercial, customer focused background across a broad range of fields. Lesley has operated at director level in the leisure, FMCG, media and technology sectors both internationally and in the UK and will be joining MDL from her most recent Director role at the Money Advice Service.
Lesley will join the business in early November and will be relocating to the Hamble area.
Lesley said “I’m delighted to be joining MDL and looking forward to getting started as soon as possible. I’m excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead for the business and to being part of the excellent team dedicated to serving MDL’s customers.”