LMC - Constantly Evolving

The previous 12 months have been incredibly eventful for us at LMC with many changes and upgrades to our facility. We’re proud of the work we’ve done to better serve our yachting community, and are excited for all of the continued upgrades that 2018 will bring.

In 2017 we made the following upgrades to better serve our customers:

  • New Lifts – The new river is now home to two new bright green boat lifts. In August, we introduced the yachting community to Brutus and The Beast. The brightly colored duo were assembled by the yard over the summer. Brutus, the smaller of the pair, has 220 tons of lifting capacity and can service boats up to 120′ LOA with 30′ beams. The larger lift, aptly named The Beast, has 485 tons of lifting capacity for boats up to 185′ LOA and 34.5′ beam. The shocking green paint scheme and graphics has made the pair uniquely recognizable.
  • Opening of Riverbend at LMCRiverbend at LMC is the newest addition to the LMC property and is now Fort Lauderdale’s newest and cleanest boat yard for vessels up to 80′ LOA. The newly renovated facility opened in October 2017 and features fresh concrete, new floating docks, and power upgrades. It features a 75 ton lift, and is perfect for use by the local boating community, or for the tenders to the larger vessels in the yard.
  • Reconfiguration of West Yard – We have reconfigured and re-powered the entire west working yard at LMC, and we now have an additional 17 spaces on the hard for vessels up to 120′ LOA.
  • Opening of the US’s first Marine Foreign Trade Zone – The FTZ at Lauderdale Marine Center offers great benefit to brokers and builders alike. For brokers, the designation allows foreign flagged vessels to be shown and demonstrated to US Citizens year round without the need for a boat show bond. For builders, foreign built vessels can be imported into the FTZ without the need to pay the standard 1.5% import tax, and they can be shown for sale to US Citizens year round.
  • Welcomed World Class New Tenants to LMC – Welcome to the following tenants who now call LMC home:

But why stop there? We have some exciting projects upcoming in 2018

  • Crew Gym – Construction is already well underway for our new Crew Gym. The gym will be accessible to all crew members, and features a wide array of equipment for use. We expect to have this project completed by February.
  • Dredging – We’ll begin dredging our marina in January, and when this project is completed by fall of 2018, we will have 12′ of depth throughout our entire facility.
  • West Dock Reconfiguration – While we’re at it with dredging, we will be reconfiguring our west dockage area. The area will transform into a marina for vessels from 80′ – 200′ LOA. The reconfiguration will include the installation of brand new floating docks and power upgrades throughout the marina.

2018 is sure to be another great year at LMC . Give us a visit – we look forward to seeing all of our “regulars” and meeting new friends in 2018.


What Vessel Owners and Operators Need to Know

Marine Industries Association of South Florida

“Cruising Cuba – U.S. Compliance and Regulation”

On Tuesday, March 29, Lauderdale Marine Center and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) hosted yacht captains and marine industry guests for a panel discussion entitled “Cruising Cuba – U.S. Compliance and Regulation.”

The engaging conversation was followed by an audience Q&A session with panelists CDR Bradley Clare, USCG Prevention Department Head, Sector Miami; Michael Moore, senior partner Moore & Co. – E3 Cuba Experience; and representatives from Stonegate Bank, the first U.S. bank with a correspondent relationship with Cuba’s central bank.

Below is a recap of the discussion, outlining steps that need to be taken before traveling to Cuba:

Government Offices

Vessel operators and owners traveling to Cuba must contact these U.S. government agencies for permitting and licenses:

  1. S Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control
  2. S. Coast Guard/ Homeland Security
  3. S. Customs & Border Control
  4. S. Department of Commerce

Regulations and Exemptions

In order to determine if an exemption applies, the U.S, Department of Homeland Security offers this questionnaire for foreign-flagged yachts.

For questions regarding newly implemented regulations, contact the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). OFAC regulations include recordkeeping and reporting requirements for authorized travelers.

Verify the status of licenses issued by OFAC under Cuban Asset Control Regulations prior to Sep. 21, 2015.

More information can be found here: U.S. Department of the Treasury Frequently Asked Questions.

On September 28, 2015, the Department of Treasury and the Department of Commerce announced additional revisions to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and Export Administration Regulations, further easing regulations on commerce and travel between the U.S. and Cuba. These revisions can be found here and here.

The Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control’s travel restrictions to Cuba remain in effect and regulations regarding “Unauthorized Entry into Cuban Territorial Waters” still apply.

Security and Reporting

The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002  mandated that the U.S. Coast Guard evaluate the effectiveness of anti-terrorism measures in foreign ports and provides for the imposition of conditions of entry on vessels arriving to the United States from countries that do not maintain effective anti-terrorism measures.

The Coast Guard has determined that the Republic of Cuba now maintains effective anti-terrorism measures in its ports. Cuba has been removed from the list of countries affected by this advisory. Vessel owners and operators may or may not be examined upon arrival in U.S. waters. At a minimum, vessels planning transits to Cuban territorial waters should be familiar with the following two requirements:

  1. Under Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 107, vessels less that 100m (328’) must obtain a permit from the Coast Guard for each voyage that includes entering Cuban territorial waters.
  2. Under Title 33 CFR part 160, Advanced Notice of Arrival (ANOA) requirements apply to foreign and U.S. vessels less than 300 G.T. in commercial service arriving from a foreign port.

Owners/operators are ultimately responsible for maintaining vessel security and ensuring that no unauthorized persons or goods are brought into the United States. Vessel owners and operators carrying passengers must also be familiar with applicable Coast Guard regulations regarding licensing, examination and certification requirements.

Security Requirement for Recreational Vessels:

  • At a minimum, owner/operators of each vessel that enters a Cuban port must conduct a full search of the vessel before departure back into U.S. waters.

Reporting Requirements for Recreational Vessels:

  • Owner/operators arriving from Cuba should notify the Coast Guard of the vessel’s arrival 24 hours prior to entry by email (preferred), phone 305-535-4472, or by marine band VHF.
  • Report all security actions taken to the local U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port responsible for the port of arrival PRIOR to the vessel’s arrival in U.S. waters.

Security/Reporting Requirements for Commercial Vessels:

  • If you own or operate a passenger vessel that is required to comply with the MTSA or International Ship and Port Facility Code and are required to obtain a permit from the Coast Guard under 33 CFR Part 107, you must follow the security measures outlined in Coast Guard Port Security Advisory 3-15. The advisory can be found here.


March 2017 Press Release

Lauderdale Marine Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Nechay as Manager to our new Bottom Coating Division.  Nechay has over 27 years of experience in the Marine Industry, most recently as Business Development Manager at American Custom Yachts.

In his new role, Nechay will have full responsibility for the operations of the division including pricing, customer service and quality control.  Mr. Nechay will leverage his relationships with Pettit, Interlux, SeaHawk and others to ensure the best possible product for the best value.

“Since the launch of our bottom paint offering in 2016, we have experienced significant demand and we are ready to take this division to the next level.  We are confident that with Greg’s knowledge and focus on the customer experience, we will build a world class antifouling department in a short period of time” says Doug West, President.

The addition of Mr. Nechay further quantifies LMC’s commitment to the growth of the company.  Other recent appointments include George Whitehouse as Director of Business Development, Amie Nappi as Contractor Relations Manager and Staci Love and Marketing Manager.


America’s First Marine Foreign Trade Zone Opens at Lauderdale Marine Center

Secure U.S. Customs and Border Protection area offers numerous benefits for yachting business

 

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (June 9, 2017) Lauderdale Marine Center is pleased to announce the opening of the Americas’ first marine Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) at its facilities in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Designation was received on June 7. Lauderdale Marine Center has slips available in the FTZ immediately with plans to expand as demand for space rises.

“Gaining designation as a marine Foreign Trade Zone makes sense for LMC as a world class facility catering to foreign vessels and crew. It will allow us to establish mutually beneficial business relationships with builders, brokers, and yacht management,” said Doug West, president of LMC. “We are excited to finally have established our designation, as this has been a culmination of efforts from the MIASF, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration, industry experts and our internal team.”

The marine Foreign Trade Zone at Lauderdale Marine Center offers numerous benefits to the South Florida yachting industry.

Foreign-made new-builds can be brought into the FTZ without the need to pay the typical 1.5- percent import duty. These new builds can also be shown to prospective buyers from the FTZ.  Brokers benefit from the FTZ by now having a place to locally and legally show foreign-flagged vessels to U.S. buyers.  All boats in the FTZ can be shown for sale and demonstrated including sea trials.  Selling or showing foreign-flagged vessels to U.S. residents while in U.S. waters is not allowed outside of an FTZ due to regulations under the current cursing license policy.

Vessels can come and go as needed from the FTZ to accommodate owner trips or charters.

Additionally, new builds that have been brought into the U.S. within the past three years can use the FTZ to file for a refund on previously paid duties.

Major refit projects can also benefit from the FTZ. All parts imported can defer duties while the yacht is in the Zone.  Once the project is complete, the vessel may depart the U.S. without being required to pay duties or taxes.

The marine FTZ at Lauderdale Marine Center is expected to encourage business within the South Florida yachting industry with more brokers and builders keeping their inventory in the area.

About Lauderdale Marine Center

Located in Fort Lauderdale on the New River, visible from I-95 and close to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, LMC is a 65-acre facility consisting of a boatyard, marina and marine service center providing a complete offering of marine-related repair and services.  Featuring 10,000 linear feet of dockage, it accommodates boats up to 200 feet with 22 covered sheds and 130 wet slips. The facility also has three marine travel lifts with haul-out capacity up to 300 tons with plans to increase to 500 tons by Fall 2017.  LMC’s business model includes leasing work space and commercial office space to approximately 60 on-site contractors providing various marine-related services such as fiberglass repair, electrical, painting, engine service, hydraulics, navigation and electronics, carpentry, mechanical, metal fabrication and welding.

For more information on Lauderdale Marine Center, please visit LauderdaleMarineCenter.com. Like LMC on Facebook at /lauderdalemarinecenter, follow LMC on Twitter @lmcboatyard and on Instagram @lauderdalemarinecenter and subscribe to the LMC YouTube channel, YouTube.com/lauderdalemarinecenterfl.