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New Docks at the 2016 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Bear the Name of Bellingham Marine

BMI1509_NMMADocksBellingham Marine, world renowned dock designer and marina builder, was awarded a contract by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), to provide over 116,000 square feet of timber docks for the 2016 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show at its new venue, Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin, in Miami, Florida, scheduled from February 11-15, 2016.

NMMA awarded the multimillion dollar contract to Bellingham Marine after interviewing a handful of leading dock suppliers. According to Larry Berryman, Assistant Show Manager and Director of Sales for NMMA’s Miami International Boat Show, “Bellingham Marine provided the most flexibility, best innovation in the design of the dock system, and supported our desire to ensure environmentally safe structures at the boat show’s new location. Our new Bellingham docks add to the extraordinary experience the 2016 Miami International Boat Show will deliver to attendees and exhibitors at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin.”

The Miami Boat Show docks have been custom designed to facilitate easy install, removal and storage, and to support the needs of the boat show. Lifting eye’s, universal connection pins, flip covers on utility trenches, four way float connections, and moveable pile guides for maximum flexibility in anchorage placement are just a few of the one-of-a-kind features incorporated in the new docks.

The docks are also constructed from environmentally friendly materials and designed for use in sensitive marine environments. The docks’ Army Corp-approved, fully encapsulated flotation and EPA-approved treatment of timber ensure that no unsafe materials or chemicals enter the water.

The entire dock system is comprised of four major components that can be connected in a variety of configurations to create unique layouts year to year, including gathering areas for crowds and food vendors and moorage space for over 600 boats.

The docks will be delivered to the NMMA in December and will be installed at the show’s new site, Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin, just prior to the opening of the boat show.

“Working with clients to provide a customized solution that provides them with the greatest value is what we do best; we’re thrilled to work with the NMMA and the Miami Boat Show team on this significant move of the boat show to Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin,” said Everett Babbitt, Bellingham Marine’s President.

The Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show is known as one of the world’s premier destinations to see the best in boating with an impressive cross section of vendors and suppliers from all aspects of the boating industry and an annual economic impact of $597 million.

As the world’s leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine specializes in floating dock, floating platform and floating wave attenuation systems for marinas worldwide. The company also produces dry storage systems for the upland storage of boats.

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