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Marine industry report reveals continued growth in sector UK: A newly released British Marine report reveals that the UK’s marinas and moorings sector has enjoyed a fifth consecutive year of growth, with a combined revenue of £222 million (up 0.3% on 2015). The sector offers full-time work to nearly 3,000 employees. Berth occupancy is reported to be at its highest levels since 2013, with both inland and coastal marinas at 88% capacity. The report suggests that “innovative business thinking” is contributing to industry optimism and helping to tackle some of the challenges facing the sector and the wider marine industry. Challenges include an ageing market and the low value of sterling, which has seen inland marinas and moorings offer more residential berths, and coastal marinas invest in drystack storage and facilities for smaller boats. The Marinas and Moorings Market in the UK report, produced as a free of charge British Marine member benefit, provides a detailed picture of both the coastal and inland sectors. Oban opens new north pier pontoons UK: A £2.5 million transit berthing facility comprising 15 finger berth pontoons, three hammer heads and 12 fully served floating concrete breakwaters is now open in Oban on the west coast of Scotland. The project was managed and delivered by Gael Force Marinas and Pontoons. Work on a £1.6 million maritime visitor facility is ongoing and is scheduled to be completed later in this year. It will provide a harbourmaster’s office, toilets, showers, lockers and a changing area, as well as commercial space for rent. Gael Force production director, Stephen Offord, said: “We are delighted to have led this project as main contractor from start to finish and are immensely proud of the achievement. Through close teamwork with the Council and subcontractors we were able to overcome some challenges with ease and the fantastic outcome is there for all to see.” WORLD NEWS Councillor Aileen Morton, leader of the local Argyll and Bute Council, said: “I am so pleased to say that we are now able to welcome kayakers, yachts, cruise ships and tour operators. The finger-berth pontoons and concrete floating breakwater are now capable of providing excellent flexible short-stay capacity and make it easier for marine visitors to come to Oban.” Financed by Argyll and Bute Council, the Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, it is estimated that the pontoons will benefit the local economy to the tune of £25 million over 20 years. Premier announces infrastructure investment UK: Premier Marinas has earmarked £7.5 million for the start of a £75 million project to redevelop Noss on Dart Marina, which it acquired in 2016. The project commences with the rebuild and expansion of the marina to include 232 berths, a new boatyard, hard standing for up to 100 boats and a drystack. The plan also contains provision for new marina facilities, a new marina reception, 21 offices and workshops for marine services and a new home for South Devon College’s marine trades courses. The planning application also provides for a 50-room hotel, two restaurants, a spa and 39 residential units. The company also intends to spend £480,000 reconfiguring a third of the mooring system at Port Solent, Portsmouth, for boats up to 33m (108ft). The new berths will offer boaters wider fairways and upgraded walkways and pontoons. Premier Marinas will invest over £11 million in its marinas over the coming 12 months. The company owns and operates nine marinas along the English south coast and is part of The Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation. www.marinaworld.com - November/December 2017 9

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