By Dorie Cox
IGY Marinas has opened One Island Park – Miami Beach, a megayacht facility with dockage for yachts up to 700 feet with a depth of 40 feet. Previously operated as a commercial shipping container port, the marina is located on Terminal Island, home to the Fisher Island ferry terminal and U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami base.
Three yachts were tied side-to in mid-January, including one more than 300 feet in length and Gili Wojnowich, general manager of the facility, said one had already booked a future stay at the marina.
“We are fully operational,” Wojnowich said during a tour of the grounds. “We have no restrictions on height, draft or beam. We can take the biggest boats.”
As he pointed to a crane crew loading a part onto a yacht, he said the property is capable of handling most work a yacht might need, down to the 20-ton bollards for dockage.
“I think the beauty is the simplicity,” Wojnowich said. “We have the foundation to act like a boatyard to receive virtually any service alongside the vessel, including fuel trucks, provisioning, transportation, heavy equipment and cranes.”
Equipped with eight Easton pedestals for power and water, he said there is shore power providing various configurations of 480-volt, three-phase power up to 630 amps.
“We can monitor yachts remotely and can set the captain up to remotely monitor his boat,” Wojnowich said.
Following suit with previous commercial use, the sea wall is higher than most marinas.
“We’re conscious of the yachts’ height as we have high bulkheads,” Wojnowich said. Although there is a section with a lower concrete dock area.
The triangular-shaped marina includes a large grass lawn with a view of the Coast Guard station, Miami Beach Marina and the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Miami skyline to the west. It houses a building that was most recently used during Art Basel and is being refit to provide a crew/captain lounge, offices, restrooms and a reception area. The property also will have wi-fi, parking, security gates and security patrol. Yacht agent and concierge BWA Yachting is located on-site.
Several people in yachting said the new marina will help South Florida’s yachting industry.
“Any opportunity to bring larger yachts is a benefit overall,” said Tom Rowe, director of marketing and business development at National Marine Suppliers in Ft. Lauderdale. “We’re limited for yachts over 300 feet and now there are more options.
“At work, we were just talking about all the benefits,” he said. “The way they cleaned up the property is amazing and yachts don’t have to provide advance notice or request special permission. We’re proud to be a strategic partner of IGY.”
Rowe referenced that yachts visiting One Island Park – Miami Beach are exempt from the U.S. Coast Guard security zone regulation that is enacted when two or more cruise ships are docked at the Port of Miami. The marina is outside of the zone where vessels need permission from the Captain of the Port.
Ship’s agent Debora Radtke, owner of American Yacht Agents in Ft. Lauderdale, works with more and more yachts in Miami and welcomes the development.
“You have to have the dock space for the yachts to visit,” she said.
General Manager Wojnowich has experience with a variety of marinas and most recently served as operations manager at IGY Marinas’ corporate offices. He has served as a general manager for IGY marinas including Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina in New York, Newport Yacht Club & Marina in New Jersey, and Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas.