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2020 November December Marina World

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PLANNING & DESIGN Blue Marina in Ashdod is one of Israel’s newest marinas. Taming Israel’s coastline Israel’s warm climate and abundance of holy sites is a mecca for tourists and, with its long coastline along the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea, it is an increasingly attractive destination for boaters. But the Israeli coast is low-lying with no natural harbours or anchorages and, until now, boaters have had the choice of only a few marinas and ports. Design company R Raviv Consulting Engineers, among others, is aiming to change that. Since the 1970s, Israel’s yachting facilities have steadily improved to cater for an expanding resident and transient boating community. There are currently eight marinas in the country offering around 3,560 berths and the Israeli Government is promoting expansions to existing facilities and the build of a further six to provide up to 7,150 berths to yachts of 11-14m (36-46ft), all with modern facilities. Hoping to attract international tourists, these marinas are flagged for Tel Aviv, Bat Yam, Nahariya, Haifa, Hadera and Netanya, at an estimated cost of US0 million each. According to the Israeli Marine Innovation Association (MIA): “Israel used to be a boating destination in the past, but declined due to shortage of berthing space. Today, marinas claim that they are at full capacity with no available spots, and the number of foreign visitors is close to zero. There are 1,500 Israelis that keep their boats in foreign waters because, among other things, of the tax on luxury boats in Israel. Most of the boats are used for local berthing.” MIA chairman, Idan Cohen, added: “In Israel, boating is an important sport and a crucial gateway to the sea. For this, there is a need for innovative thinking and digital transformation that will introduce new standards to the industry.” Marina project design in Israel presents complex challenges. Environmental issues abound: winds sweep north from Egypt’s Nile River, bringing with it 650,000m³ (850,168yd³) of sand, while shallow harbours often require extensive dredging. Much of the Israeli coastline runs along a section of the Mediterranean Sea where waves up to 7.5m (25ft) and water surges reaching 1.3m (4.2ft) are common in both shallow and deep waters. R Raviv Consulting Engineers has specialised in designing coastal projects, ports, marinas, underwater structures and dredging projects for 45 years. The company has so far designed five of Israel’s marinas, taking into account all aspects of design from breakwaters, quay walls, fixed and floating piers and its notorious sand accumulation. To assess the workability of each project proposed, the design company puts every project through a hydraulic laboratory research programme, which explores the site and location of each marina by creating a 3D version. Raviv designs strong breakwaters built from natural dolomite stones using concrete armour units such as dolos and antifer blocks. Most of the company’s designs include coastal protection in the form of detached stone breakwaters and/or underwater geotube breakwaters. Marinas under redevelopment Israel’s oldest marina, Tel Aviv Marina, is currently being redeveloped to offer 1,000 berths. Its docks were originally installed in the 1970s, with power and water infrastructure gradually added over the following years. In 2010, the marina was rebuilt and modernised, installing advanced floating docks and a new electrical system. The seawall was renovated to cope with the high Herzliya Marina is the largest marina in Israel and offers 800 berths for vessels up to 60m (197ft) in length. www.marinaworld.com – November/December 2020 37

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