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GLOBAL REVIEW An eye on the Middle East Bahrain is set to compete with the best with the opening of Durrat Marina within the US billion Durrat Al Bahrain resort complex. The marina stretches across three manmade islands in the crystal clear waters of the Gulf. In Kuwait, the incredible ten-stage Sabah Al-Ahmad Sea City project unveiled last year will occupy 64km 2 (24.7 square miles) of desert land overlooking the Persian Gulf, with two marinas planned comprising over 1,300 berths. Over 6km (3.7 miles) of Ingemar floating pontoons and fingers, anchored by over 300 pilings, will moor 400 yachts up to 40m (131ft) in length. In Qatar, ‘Lusail City’ – a brand new city to be constructed on 72.5km² (28 square miles) on the desert coast along the Persian Gulf – Mourjan Marinas announced it would expand its marina from 49 berths to 142 in response to increasingly high demand for more berths in the country. Finally, Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina in Dubai made history by earning a Marina Industries Association (MIA) 5 Gold Anchor award and accreditation under the MIA International Clean Marina Programme. It is the only UAEbased marina to have secured these accolades. Developments down under For Australia and New Zealand, 2014 proved a busy year. A A2 million development programme for Shute Harbour on the Whitsunday coast of Queensland, Australia, was given the green light. The resort will include 395 marina berths and associated marina facilities, alongside a hotel, retirement complex, managed resort, café, restaurant, retail outlets and cyclone shelter. Also in the Whitsundays, Abell Point completed a multi-million dollar transformation, upgrading both its North and South breakwaters and installing two new 60m (197ft) superyacht berths, new fuel wharfs, a streamlined multilane arrival and departure plaza, along with new boardwalks and restaurants. The marina at Durrat Al Bahrain was built by Poralu Marine in curved floating stages within a magnificent lagoon. Image: Atkins In New Zealand, Tairua Marina – on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island – became the newest marina in the country. Total Floating Systems won the design/build contract for a 95-berth marina for boats of 8.4m (27.5ft) to 25m (82ft) in length. An opportunity for development was also recognised by Northland Port Corporation in its purchase of 230-berth Marsden Cove Marina and adjoining commercial complex on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Northland saw the potential to make Whangarei Harbour and the marina a destination of choice for longdistance yachts arriving and departing from the country. The company’s vision includes a vessel haul-out facility, drystack, marine chandlery and a wide range of servicing facilities. Another major focus in New Zealand over the past year was Waterfront Auckland’s enormous redevelopment plans for Westhaven Marina, the largest marina in the southern hemisphere. The Westhaven plan includes improved accessibility and enhanced facilities, with proposals to build an uninterrupted coastal pathway and numerous pontoon and pier upgrades. Improvement works in the USA and Canada For the USA, last year’s focus was on reimagining and improving existing marinas, with Florida in the spotlight. One innovative marina project, Miami Mega Yacht Marina, is poised to attract superyachts following upgrades to its facility, which include covered slips for 16 megayachts of up to 656ft (200m) in length. Each will have covered parking for four vehicles, indoor storage, Abell Point Marina in the Australian Whitsundays underwent a multi-million dollar transformation last year. www.marinaworld.com - January/February 2015 21

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