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The difficult is easy. For the impossible you need Bellingham Marine. “That’s what I love about working for Bellingham Marine.” Build a marina that can survive a tsunami in a harbor that has had 33 tsunami’s since 1937 Sounds impossilbe, but we did it. Tell us about your marina project. Derrick Ames Project Manager, Northwest Division

WORLD NEWS Swift build for ‘small boat’ marina GIBRALTAR: Marinetek Finland has been commissioned to build a 700- berth marina for small local boats of up to 10m in length. The project is to be completed in a single phase with a tight timeframe. The marina is being built at the same time as a fixed breakwater, which will not only protect the berths but also provide superyacht and passenger ship berthing and serve as a public promenade. The fixed structures are being completed by the main contractor Gibraltar Joinery & Building Services and the end customer is the Gibraltar Government. Opua expansion approved NEW ZEALAND: Three independent commissioners have granted consents for a multimillion dollar expansion of Opua Marina in the coastal marine area of the Kawakawa River. Far North Holdings Ltd (FNHL) applied for 20 consents in order to implement nearly one hectare of reclamation, extensive dredging and room for 170 new berths. As completion is due for June 2015, Marinetek has had to speed up production in order to supply 140 large pontoon units and 350 mooring fingers. “We are using five different production lines in three countries and our weekly production is 20 units. The fingers are being produced in Sweden and Latvia with four production lines,” explains Marinetek Group technical director Ville Leisti. “This is a good example of how our ‘One Marinetek’ strategy works when big, fast deliveries are needed,” he adds. In addition to swift completion, the customer demanded a long-life system with low life-cycle costs. Marinetek therefore chose to supply its All- Concrete pontoons as they require minimal maintenance and have a 50 year design life. For the same reason, long-life Titanium Hybrid Seaflex was chosen as the mooring system. Rolec pedestals with smart card electricity and water services are to be installed along with a solar powered lighting system. This is the third project Marinetek has secured recently in Gibraltar as it also won contracts to build a prestigious bathing pavilion and a first-phase commission for Marina Bay. Visitor marina plans progressing MALDIVES: Sea-Alliance Group has announced a collaboration with Maldives Yacht Support (MYS) to develop a full service marina for transient yachtsmen and charter operators. MYS is currently working with the Maldives Government to gain required approvals. MYS director Ahmed Abdulla Afeef has already won major government concession to improve the regulations for charter yachts, enabling them to visit the islands for longer periods than previously allowed. Sea-Alliance Group director, Roy Klajman, commented: “We have developed a number of marina projects in the Red Sea and eastern Mediterranean and handle full management and operation of the 5 Gold Anchor Karpaz Gate Marina in northern Cyprus. Following our strengthening relationships with MYS we are seeking to bring our expertise to the islands in a joint venture to create a high quality resort marina, which will provide facilities up to superyacht requirements.” “We are currently talking to a Dutch engineering company that will handle the build process but we are not expecting this to happen overnight and are looking for additional investors to join us in the project. With owners looking for new winter cruising waters, the beauty and tranquillity of the Maldives will be a strong attraction when we can provide the facilities they need,” he added. The Maldives currently has one small marina attached to a remote resort. The Sea-Alliance marina will be situated on the main atoll for best communications and accessibility. With the high season starting in November, the Maldives is a credible alternative to the Caribbean for superyacht owners based in the Mediterranean looking for a yearround season. - January/February 2015 11

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