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2020 November December Marina World

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PLANNING & DESIGN Floating buildings save on land space and are of elegant design. security entrance gate, a water tower and a tall marina totem to mark out the marina entrance within the landscape. The tourist component of the marina will feature a kiosk attached to a floating dock dedicated exclusively to a fleet of tourism boats. Available packages include island, scuba and sunset tours, created to take advantage of the scenic waters, beaches and small harbours. On the marina shoreline there is a small, clean beach with views across the marina where the municipality will create a palm tree shaded promenade and a cycleway. A five star casualstyle seafood restaurant will be built on the corner of the beach, offering spectacular views of the marina and the ocean. Putting the plan into action The municipality is currently working to issue a tender to licence, build and operate the complex for 25 years via a concession. It will be developed as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the City. It is expected that this creative nautical project will act as a catalyst for additional investment in the area, creating new job opportunities and promoting regional development. It will, moreover, put the municipality of Porto Belo on the map in terms of international class marinas, boost its maritime tourist industry and its destination appeal. Porto Belo’s enthusiastic mayor is truly committed to fulfilling his dream of building an exceptional and remarkable facility in the south of Brazil. Squalo Marinas has completed over 125 successful projects offering a total of over 27,000 slips in Brazil, Peru, Mexico and the USA. Its multidisciplinary team includes architects, civil, coastal and structural engineers, as well as biologists, surveyors and environmental specialists. 42 – November/December 2020

Cleaning up and reducing carbon footprint ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS & INITIATIVES Marina Port de Mallorca on the island of Mallorca in the Balearics has distinguished itself with its Carbon Footprint certificate by managing to further improve its rating in comparison with previous years. The marina has several green accreditations, including an 18-year record with Blue Flag, ISO 14001 and EMAS certification. In 2018, it became the only marina in Mallorca to earn IMCI 5-Star marina rating. In association with Marina Palma Cuarentena, Marina Port de Mallorca also undertook its annual summer clean-up day in August. With the help of divers, the marina teams scoured the waters for large objects. Motorbikes, shopping trolleys, electric scooters, traffic signs, dustbins, bicycles, wheels and all kinds of miscellaneous rubbish are often retrieved. Andreas Schweimler, in charge of managing and organising the cleaning tasks, and Oscar Fernández, who is captain of the two IPM IMG Group marinas, made a joint comment: “We like to make this small contribution to the environment. We know that it is not enough but if we all help together we can change this situation a little.” The activity often draws people to the waterside, and the visual impact of seeing large objects emerge from the bottom of the sea makes onlookers aware of what is hidden beneath the water. Hopefully, this helps to encourage them to recycle things and pay better attention to the environment. Eco vision for northern yard Environmental management, sustainability and stringent procedures are top priorities at the new northern shipyard at The Boat Works on the Gold Coast, Australia. From the start of construction, the objective was to create an eco-friendly marina and shipyard and the first step was to rehabilitate the surrounding landscape and protect the marine ecosystem across both yards. The north yard was specifically designed and built to be fully self-sufficient. Optimal use has been made of the site, using concrete slabs, for example, to create an effective gradient for collecting and channelling all water used on site for antifouling and other works. Water is drawn from rainwater storage, and extensive bio gardens contribute to a sophisticated filtration and purification process that is applied to roof and ground water. Using a treatment process developed by Australian company Fox Environmental Systems, oil and fuel are treated separately, and wastewater is decontaminated for re-use or safe discharge to the council sewers. Mangroves along the waterfront have revived the marine ecosystem and protect the riverbank from wash. Mass planting and advanced trees provide shade, shelter and divide the large space into a series of working landscapes. The environmental difference is not lost on visiting crews. For the past three months, they have been welcomed to the new superyacht yard with a basket of fresh produce including spinach, lettuce, beans and fruit from the onsite gardens. The Boat Works also plans to expand its commitment to sustainable operations by establishing a second solar array and adding more designated recycled waste zones for use by tenants and visitors. “As custodians of this waterfront land, our aim since the beginning has been to surpass standards set for the marina industry,” said owner Tony Longhurst. “We are committed to operating sustainably and with minimal impact on the environment.” – November/December 2020 43

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