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WORLD NEWS Midi appoints Marina Projects for Manoel Island marina MALTA: UK-based Marina Projects has been appointed marina designer for the Manoel Island project. The company has been involved in the masterplan since 2016, working initially with architects Foster & Partners on the concept design, and more recently under appointment by Midi Plc to develop the masterplan proposals and detail design. 300 projects Marina Projects reached a significant milestone in its 16 year history when it signed its 300th project in early December last year. Managing director, Mike Ward, commented: “The Marina Projects team have made a huge contribution to our clients over the years and we are established as the marina consultant of choice for many of the world’s major architects and engineering practices. Our projects have literally spanned the globe from Auckland to the Falkland Islands and from Cuba to China.” While many projects are subject to confidentiality agreements which limit publicity, Porto Montenegro is cited as a flagship for illustrating the range of services the company provides. These “extend from the earliest stages of concept design through to operational management and support,” Ward explained. The concept design included assessments of the site constraints and opportunities, and a scope of market research. Particular focus was placed on considering the superyacht market and utilising Marina Projects’ database of fleet tracking information. Simon Goodhead, senior project manager, commented: “We track a significant proportion of the world superyacht fleet and are able to provide robust and bankable data on the location, mix of vessels, frequency/duration of visits and seasonality. This data has significantly informed the masterplan proposals and marina positioning and provides a sound basis to support the client’s investment decisions.” The current phase of masterplan evolution and detailed design will cover all the marina elements and lead to the specification and procurement process. Marina Projects will work closely with Midi’s wider professional team including Foster & Partners. A key focus of the scope of work is the integration of the marina and marine related elements into the evolving landside masterplan with important considerations being the integration with the waterfront proposals and recognising the existing heritage for which Manoel Island is famed. The redevelopment will be one of the largest mixed-use developments in the Mediterranean and is expected to cost over €400 million. Marina Projects managing director, Mike Ward, said: “Although we have been working on the Manoel Island project since 2016, only now can we reveal the full extent of our involvement in this very exciting and unique project. It is for various reasons a challenging site but one with huge potential. There is a real opportunity to position Manoel Island Marina as the leading marina destination in Malta for both local boaters and superyachts. We are delighted to have been involved from the outset and it is a pleasure working alongside Midi to help deliver their vision.” Dates set for Dubai Summit UAE: The 2019 Dubai International Superyacht Summit, supported by P&O Marinas and organised by Fabulous Yachts, will be held 27th-28th February on the iconic ‘Queen Elizabeth 2’. The programme will focus on the progress made on developing the UAE as a winter destination for superyachts in the private and charter market (day one), and legal and compliance issues, safety and security for yachts, owners, guests and crew (day two). Rado Antolovic, CEO and managing director of DP World Maritime Services Division, expects the summit to enhance Dubai’s position as a superyacht destination of choice. “As part of the Maritime Services Division of DP World, P&O Marinas is expanding the city’s marine services, developing a unique proposition to further grow Dubai as a state-of-the-art maritime destination,” he says. “We are working closely with all stakeholders to provide luxury marine lifestyle services with industry expertise, to build on Dubai’s international reputation for world-class superyacht and marine services.” Full details can be found at www. - January/February 2019 13

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