In the 1950-1960’s, the airports became the CODES that we are now familiar with (Palma=PMI, Gatwick=LGW,…) and the GDS technology to provide content and connectivity for electronic distribution of airlines, increasing exponentially passenger and cargo business. The coding of Marinas is the milestone of this project and this coding will help develop communications, distribution and BUSINESS in the Marina sector. The purpose of an EXPERTS' COMMITTEE leading design and implementation of UNIMARINA is to ensure quality of content, efficiency and security of transactions according to the know-how of the Nautical Industry. Another characteristic is that it is an OPEN STANDARD, allowing those that Marinas determine work with optimal customer service, to develop their businesses.
How does a boater in Singapur plan his trip to Australia and the berth reservations? It should be as simple as how GDS’s allow any flight to be booked online from/to any place in the world. How does a Captain plan the REFIT of a 25m yacht? Unimarina will allow Project Managers and other REFIT companies to contact the client easily.
How many charters are booked each year in Croatia? Unimarina will handle this information for the whole Nautical Industry.
CMM, is the Director of ART MARINE Marinas in Dubai (UAE), the leading marina management company in the Middle East; before focusing solely on marina
development and operation he was ART MARINE’s Director of Business Development and Marine Operations, and was responsible for the group’s yacht
charter, water sports and marina development in the Middle East
He started his career in 1986 as captain on charter yachts and worked as General Manager for Sunsail International
in Turkey where he managed a large fleet of charter yachts, a boatyard, and several holiday resorts specialized in water sports. He also worked for Camper
& Nicholson Marinas as General Manager of Port Gocek (Turkey) and was also the General Manager of Port Bodrum Yalikavak (Turkey). He speaks at
conferences worldwide and is a member of GMI, TYHA and IMI; he is also one of the founders of the Marine Leisure Association of the Emirates and was the
Commodore of several Yacht Clubs.
Groenewold, CMM is Vice President, for Westrec Marinas, the largest Marina owner/operators in the United States. Responsible for all operations and business
development throughout Florida, the Caribbean, South and Central America, he has worked on a variety of marina projects, and been involved firsthand in the
design, construction, and operation of marina facilities throughout this same region.
Gary has served on the Executive Board of the International Superyacht Society (ISS) since 2004. He is an active member
of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA), and the International Marina Institute
Gary is the currently the Chairman of the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) and is on the Board of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
He is also member of the International Marinas Group (IMG) of the International Council of Marine Associations (ICOMIA).
Jean-Michel Gaigné CMM
Jean-Michel Gaigné, CMM, is a long time expert in the yachting sphere. He successfully organized the sailing event Tour de France à la Voile,
was communications manager of a worldwide nautical company, developed new marina facilities in France, and currently manages a 1000+ berth marina
in Brittany (France).
Jean-Michel is a member of ICOMIA Marinas Group (IMG), Secretary General of the Breton marina association, member of The
Yacht Harbour Association council (TYHA), member of the board of Global Marina Institute (GMI) and the French Marina Federation (FFPP). He is also acting as a
marketing and development consultant for marinas and waterside activities.
Jeffrey d’Albora has been involved in the Australian marina industry for over 40 years as both owner and operator.
Having previously been Australia’s largest marina operator with a group of marinas during the 1980’s and 1990’s, Jeff currently owns and operates Soldiers
Point Marina which is located on the north coast of NSW.
Jeff continues to be active in the marina industry and has been involved with the Marina Industries of Australia
for the past 15 years during which he was Chairman for 8 years. He also was a director of IMI and AMI in the United States for 8 years and is
currently a director of the Global Marina Institute.
Kenny Jones MBE CMM
Executive Vice President (Global Operations) for Island Global Yachting (IGY),responsible for every facet of IGY’s operations including,
financial performance, national compliance and customer service. Also heavily involved/responsible for acquisitions and 3rd party business
development and management across the Americas, Europe the Middle East and Far East. To date the following facilities are under Kenny’s
La Amada – Mexico / Cabo San Lucas – Mexico
Montauk Yacht Club and Hotel – New York USA / Newport Yact Club – New Jersey USA
The Yacht Club at Isle de Sol – St Maarten / Simpson Bay Marina – St Maarten Yacht Haven Grande – St. Thomas / American Yacht Harbor Marina – St. Thomas
Rodney Bay Marina – St. Lucia / Blue Haven – Turks and Caicos Red Frog Resort – Panama / Palmas Del Mar – Porto Rico
Santa Marta – Columbia / Cap Cana – Dominican Republic
Mick Bettesworth BSc MRICS CMM
Bettesworth BSc MRICS CMM, is Chief Commercial Officer of the MDL Marinas Group, the largest private marina operator in Europe with 22 sites.
The Company manages some 10000 berths, 2 marina villages, 4 drystacks and has 12 operational boatyards with 600+ on site tenants.
It also offers consultancy services on a world wide basis. A practicing Chartered Surveyor, Mick combines his property qualifications with 24 years of operational
He also manages MDL’s vibrant worldwide International Consultancy
business. Mick graduated from the IMI Advanced Marina Management School in 1994 and became the first European Certified Marina Manager in 1995.
He served on the Board of the AMI and IMI for 8 years and is the current Chairman of the prestigious Global Marina Institute (GMI).
He speaks at conferences worldwide and is a guest lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. A fluent French speaker, Mick lives in South Devon in
England and counts sailing and travelling amongst his hobbies.
naval officer and offshore racing and cruising yachtsman, Oscar Siches has broad experience in the boating industry. He has done intensive yacht
charter as skipper of sailing and motor yachts in the Med and the Caribbean, and designed and installed electronic systems in megayachts in
Holland, the UK and Germany.
Partner and manager of Marina Pantalan del Mediterraneo in Mallorca (Spain), he has been rewarded with the
2006 government Environmental Award, was finalist in 2009, and made his marina achieve the certification of first Carbon Neutral marina in Spain.
Oscar is consultant for projects and parties in various countries which include sometimes the design and fabrication of customized marina elements.
He is a Certified Marina Manger by the International Marina Institute and is an active member of ICOMIA representing Argentina, his country of
birth. He is also member of their Marinas Group and the Superyacht Committee, the International Marina Institute (USA) and PIANC, the World Association
of Waterborne Transport Infrastructure. He has been invited to give speeches in Marina Conferences and seminars in the USA, Spain, Australia, UK,
Italy, Singapore, Greece, Lebanon, Portugal and Holland. Oscar speaks six languages and collaborates often with articles for Marina World magazine
Y P Loke
YP Loke is Managing
Director of Singapore-based Spinnaker International, a company specialising in providing management expertise and business solutions to marina businesses in
He is a member of the ICOMIA1 Marinas Group (IMG), an international body representing the marina industry worldwide. He is Assessor for the UK-based Yacht Harbour
Association (TYHA) which administers the Gold Anchor Scheme for marina classification (the nautical equivalent of the ‘star’ classification used by the hotel
On the industry front, YP is the chairman of the Singapore Boating Industry Association (SingaporeBoating), vice-chairman
of the Superyacht Singapore Association (SSA), and honorary treasurer of the Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association (APSA).
YP graduated in Naval Architecture from the Southampton Institute, UK, and is a CMM (Certified Marina Manager). He also holds a MBA from the Cranfield School of
Management, Cranfield University, UK.
Ricardo Adolfo Galli Granada, also known as gallir, is a doctor of computer science at the University of the Balearic Islands, where he teaches
operating system design. He is a speaker for the Free Software Foundation and a free software activist. As a university project, he created a
system that allows controlling of the airship parking at the Son Sant Joan Airport in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain.
In December 2005, he programmed Menéame, a clone of the well-known Digg Web site, which serves to promote stories
published on blogs. He then released the source code of Meneame, which the source code of the open source digg clone Pligg CMS is based on. He programmed
cpudyn, a daemon that can be used to underclock portable computers to reduce their power consumption. He programmed wp-cache, a WordPress plugin for the purpose of caching pages to make one's blog "faster and more responsive". In 2001, he was nominated for a Hispalinux prize. He has published over 200 technical articles in BULMA, a Catalan Linux user Web site.