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THE CENTRAL PLATFORM FOR THE GLOBAL MARINA & YARD INDUSTRY MEET THE WORLD IN AMSTERDAM The Marina & Yard Pavilion (MYP) features the world’s largest concentration of equipment suppliers and serves as a meeting place for marina owners, operators, developers and suppliers from around the world. In 2017 the MYP will feature the Marina Symposium organised together with the HISWA Holland Association, offering the perfect platform to learn about and discuss the latest developments worldwide. Taking place as part of the world’s largest marine equipment trade show Exhibitors Marina &Yard Pavilion 2016: 64 Number of visits METSTRADE Show 2016: 23,700 The Marina & Yard Pavilion is an event of METSTRADE, the world’s leading platform for professionals in the marine equipment industry. ORGANISED BY POWERED BY OFFICIAL MAGAZINE SYP OFFICIAL MAGAZINE MYP OFFICIAL MAGAZINE

WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS Temporary pontoons for America’s Cup 35 When America’s Cup 35 (AC35) kicked off on 26 th May this year, the sailing world was watching. Sarah Devlin talks with Structurmarine and the America’s Cup Bermuda CEO to learn about the intricate story behind the berths specifically built out for this year’s event. Following the defending champion’s unprecedented decision to host the America’s Cup outside a US venue after a US victory, and after competing against bids from cities such as San Diego, Chicago and Newport, Rhode Island, the Bermuda Government was quite serious in its preparation for AC35. To start, the government formed America’s Cup Bermuda (ACBDA) to deliver all of the commitments for the AC35. Among other obligations, ACBDA agreed to provide 4,000 linear feet (1,219m) of floating docks. “The historic Royal Naval Dockyard has seen extensive renovations to derelict buildings, bringing wonderful old structures with historic significance back to life for contemporary future use,” Mike Winfield, ACBDA CEO, says. “We’ve seen an economic boost in a wide range of businesses including marine services, tourism related, transportation and catering services during the last two years.” A section of pontoons in place (above) as part of the preparation for the America’s Cup event (right) As part of its preparation for an event that attracted nearly a quarter of a million spectators when it was held in San Francisco in 2013, ACBDA commissioned crews to construct an entire peninsula and island with 140,000yd³ (107,038m³) of dredged material and 160,000yd³ (122,329m³) of imported crushed granite to complement the territory’s existing 21 square mile (54km²) archipelago. This dredged material is part of nine acres (3.6ha) of reclaimed land known as Cross Island in the South Basin, the location of the America’s Cup Village, just north of Great Sound, where the races took place this June. In Winfield’s words, “The land that the America’s Cup Village sits on did not exist some two years ago.” The government in Bermuda - an area of 181 islands with just over 60,000 residents - worked with ACBDA and construction managers BCM McAlpine to review various proposals for the berthing systems needed around the site for both tenders and superyachts. The organisation was expecting 2,000 boats to surround the racecourse on opening day. Enter Canada-based Structurmarine. As the official supplier of pontoon systems for the AC35, Structurmarine was contracted to design, supply and install 13 different berthing stations to accommodate a mix of service boats, private boats and passenger ferries. Three additional projects were also completed for private marinas. “Structurmarine submitted the most competitive and comprehensive proposal,” Winfield continues. “We had faith in the product that was offered.” The final plans and structure showed different types of vessels moored to the floating pontoon systems, from 25ft (7.5m) RIBs up to 400ft (122m) superyachts. www.marinaworld.com - July/August 2017 21

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