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2017 Nov Dec Marina World

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SUPERYACHT FACILITIES Construction is well under way, with Blue Water Systems pontoons in place and Farmer Construction at work on the marina buildings. moorage stays. By varying the type of moorage product, CMC can vary the type of use. “By retaining slips for transient moorage, lease space can be used for things other than boat moorage, e.g. boat shows, product launches, special events etc,” Norris says. The key component of the final design is a 300ft (91m) long concrete breakwater dock. This was built by Blue Water Systems of Delta and towed to site in sections. It measures 12ft (3.6m) wide and is 7ft (2m) thick. Blue Water also built the concrete finger pontoons. All utility conduits are completely hidden and RGB low-level LED lighting runs throughout the docks. Other features include polished stainless steel cleats and other hardware; yellow cedar bull rails and rub rails; continuous nonmarking D-rubber fenders; and custommade aluminium powder coated utility and safety cabinets. Power has been installed by BC Hydro with different hook-up options; 50-amp and 100-amp hook-ups at each slip, and three-phase 480-volt power that anticipates future electric boats. With maximum flexibility in power connections, electrical services will never be an issue and yachts will not need to run noisy generators. Each slip is also equipped with a pump-out point that connects directly with the city’s sewage system. The two one-storey marina anchor buildings, offering a total of over 12,000ft² (1,115m²) of rentable space, are being built by local family business Farmer Construction. The first is a flexible space for use by marina patrons, with conference and meeting space for up to 100 guests. The second will become an exclusive restaurant, already spoken for by a local restaurateur who promises to bring another award-winning dining experience to a city renowned as a culinary destination. Underground car parking spaces are available next to the Westsong Walkway. In keeping with the sustainable approach adopted throughout the marina, special thought has been given to the materials used for the interior designs of the buildings. These include interface carpet tile with repurposed waste nylon from discarded fishing nets; live-edge furnishings made from salvaged western big leaf maple; sustainably harvested and FSC certified teak; EcoLife leather from Green Hides; and locally quarried marble and granite from Vancouver Island. Sound and creative infrastructure must be supported by good service and the best amenities and VIM has this well thought out with high quality security and technology and 24/7 concierge service and docking assistance. Amenities not already mentioned include: high-speed WiFi; dedicated crew facilities and Crew Club (gym, lounge, business centre); and 24/7 access to private office, boardroom and support services. Wide-ranging services offer: helicopter authorisation; inner harbour customs facilities and fuelling; provisioning; ship maintenance and transportation; cruise planning and itineraries; guided tours and excursions; charter planes and helicopters; and valet parking. Environment first The Pacific Northwest is a coast like no other, with majestic mountains, spectacular waterfalls, protected bays and friendly communities. From a business perspective, it’s the perfect place to construct a superyacht marina but CMC has put the environment first. The entire site has been customised and purpose-built to keep sustainability at the forefront of the marina’s development and operations. As Norris asserts, it’s a mission to “prove that you can have a luxury marina with a small environmental footprint.” “We understand that we must play an active role in conserving and restoring the habitats and waterways in which we operate and are engaged in shoreline rehabilitation and are fully honouring an established Habitat Conservation Plan for our region,” he adds. To help with its environmental goal, CMC has contracted Synergy Enterprises – a company that focuses on sustainable development and renovation planning, carbon accounting and corporate sustainability – to ensure the marina is as environmentally sound as possible. VIM has already achieved Vancouver Island Green Business 2017 certification and has pledged to certify with the Clean Marine programme to pursue the highest level of five anchors with the Georgia Strait Alliance. 48 - November/December 2017


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