Marina business ready to ride out the storm

DENNIS Toy wasn't worried yesterday afternoon as he and 12 crew members secured seven vessels at the Gladstone marina.

The managing director of Fodico Marine Group has been in the business for 45 years, and although he wasn't taking any chances, he said cyclones were a part of life in central Queensland.

"You just have to prepare for the worst and hope for the best," Mr Toy said.

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"We've just been going through the normal process to prepare for extreme weather and we're expecting a bit of extra wind," Mr Toy said.

At 4pm when Mr Toy was securing his assets, including a small tug boat, he said conditions were still reasonable with light winds and minimal rain

But even as the arms of Cyclone Marcia began descending on the Gladstone port, Mr Toy was far from panic mode.

"We're comfortable with our situation," he said.

"We're well prepared and during cyclone season, you have to expect this sort of thing.

"It might be the first for the season and hopefully, it might be the last."

Larger ships were advised to move out into the open ocean away from the coast line.

But Mr Toy said his fleet was better off being taken to safer births where they were properly secured with good condition lines, correctly set.

"About a dozen of our crew members have been working most of yesterday and today on our preparations," Mr Toy said.

"We've got good preparation procedures and good equipment."



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