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WORLD NEWS Amalfi coast marina adds 400 berths ITALY: Marina d’Arechi, the 560-berth marina in Salerno on the Amalfi coast, has significantly increased its mooring capacity further to completion of a final phase extension. Milan-based engineering group, Ingemar, finalised the project at the end of December adding 400 berths for vessels of 20 to 36m (65.6 to 118ft). The completed layout now includes four 3m(9.8ft)-wide floating pontoons in lengths of 96 to 108m (315 to 354ft). Ingemar used all-concrete unsinkable modules of 12 x 3m (39 x 9.8ft) to create the pontoons, which are anchored to the seabed using fixed pilings with special sliding devices. In order to integrate the new elements with the existing infrastructure and surrounding environment, wood plastic composite decking was used for all walkways. All modules were designed and built to precise specifications to satisfy a design with demanding installation and mooring requirements. Ingemar Group president, Lorenzo Isalberti, was particularly happy with the project. “After many pressing obligations overseas, we were especially happy to celebrate the start of 2016 by finishing an important project which further develops our national coastline,” he said. “Yet again our bespoke floating solutions complete and distinguish a prestigious marina and this augurs well for the growth of yachting in our country.” Marina d’Arechi president, Agostino Gallozzi, was equally positive, commenting: “We are ready to take on 2016 having completed all the moorings of our amazing project – just under 1,000 berths with all the finest characteristics to attract a wide variety of clients with vessels from 10 to 100m [33 to 328ft].” Attracting bigger boats to Oban UK: Dunstaffnage Marina near Oban, Scotland, has contracted Gael Force Engineering to undertake a significant expansion of its pontoon system. Standard yacht berthing pontoons are being provided along with 200m (656ft) of heavy-duty concrete pontoons. The aim is not only to accommodate a greater number of boats but also offer berths for vessels of 24m (80ft) and above. “Apart from providing berthing, the extra facility will, by its innovative design, add strength to the existing marina structure,” explained Gale Force production director Stephen Offord. “It will also provide some much needed additional wave protection from the north.” Marina manager, Ranulph McLauchlan, described Dunstaffnage as a wonderful location for sailors. He said it has been growing in popularity for many years and is now recognised by superyachts as a destination. “Many see us as a convenient northern marina, which is ideally suited as a setting off point for exploring the Western Isles,” he said. Waiheke plans rejected NEW ZEALAND: An Environment Court judgement has ruled against the proposed development of a 112-berth marina in Matiatia Bay on the western side of Auckland’s Waiheke Island. Opposition to the plan, proposed by developer Waiheke Marinas who wanted to build the marina alongside a much used existing ferry terminal, met with ongoing local opposition. This included the formation of Direction Matiatia, a community group that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars for expert opinions and in legal fees. Judge Laurie Newhook ruled that the development would fail to protect the natural character of the area. www.marinaworld.com - March/April 2016 19