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What not to miss at Marinas24

Day1 – Managing Lithium

The Marinas24 International Conference and Trade Exhibition is just around the corner, and with over 370 delegates already registered, it promises to be an exciting event.

This year’s conference program features one of the best speaker line-ups yet, with sessions designed to inspire industry professionals and capitalise on the strength of the industry.

The Managing Lithium session is one of the highlights of the conference and will feature a panel of industry experts including Lyndon Turner, CEO of Nautilus Marine Insurance, Mike Harvey CMM from East Coast Marina, Matt Ruwald of Allmarine Power Solutions, Murray Nystrom, Director of Australian Forensic, and Mark Halverson, Executive Manager State Fire Safety Section at Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES).

The use of Lithium-ion batteries has grown exponentially in the maritime industry but with their use has also increased the risk to marina facilities. This session will provide information on the different types of batteries, the importance of battery connections, battery chemistry, and the rules marinas should have in place. Additionally, the session will address response considerations if an incident involving lithium occurs.

Day1 – Innovation Showcase

The Innovation Showcase plays an important role in providing the industry with new solutions to existing problems. The format of this year’s Innovation Showcase at Marinas24 also allows for smaller businesses, who may not have the resources to exhibit, to have their innovations exposed to the broader marina industry.

Chaired by Phil Wardale, Secretary of NZMOA & Director of Wardale Consulting, The Innovation Showcase will be held as the last session on Day One of the Conference (Monday 27 May) at 4pm.

Up to five innovations will be given the opportunity to participate with each business delivering a punchy seven-minute presentation to the Marinas24 audience. A live poll of delegates will be taken to determine the Innovation Showcase winner for 2024.

Here are the Innovation Showcase finalists:

  • SandMap
  • The Serial Cleaners (Poralu)
  • SET Marine Electrical
  • ROVing Intelligence

Networking Events

The Marinas24 program will open with the traditional Welcome Reception on the evening of Sunday, May 26.

You can join for drinks and canapes on the forecourt of the Royal International Convention Centre, where you’ll see some impressive displays from Marinas24 key exhibitors. These exhibits will remain on the forecourt for the entire conference period.

North Harbour Happy Hour will be held from 5:05pm to 6:30pm. You’ll enjoy canapes and drinks with exhibitors, and one lucky winner will walk away with a bottle of Penfolds Grange Bin95, 2011. After the Happy Hour, head to the Bellingham Bar located at the Rydges Hotel, where special deals for delegates will be available. If you’re staying at the Rydges, charges can be applied to your room.

The Superior Soiree at HSW will be held at Howard Smith Wharves, overlooking the Brisbane River, on the evening of May 28th. This fantastic evening is set to cap off two full days of conferencing and exhibition, allowing delegates to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Over 240 delegates already registered for this event.

The dress code is: Cocktail attire – make it smart with a touch of glam! If you haven’t booked your ticket yet, don’t miss out!

The Superior Soiree Afterparty will be at Mr. Percival’s Overwater Bar at HSW, under the Story Bridge. This stylish bar is inspired by European beach clubs and offers unsurpassed views of Brisbane’s cityscape.

On Wednesday, May 29th, you’ll have the option of joining a Study Tour of Brisbane shipyards and marinas. Spots are filling fast and those wishing to attend these events are advised to register now at or contact the secretariat at

Marinas24 will take place 27 & 28 May 2024 at the Royal International Convention Centre (RICC) in Brisbane, Queensland, and will bring together around 350 marina owners, operators, and suppliers for two inspiring days of conferencing and exhibition where over 50 exhibitors will showcase their marina related products and services followed by a Study Tour on the 29th of May.

Marinas24 is not to be missed, it only happens every second year!

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