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COVER STORY: PORT LOUIS MARINA Left & below: Port Louis Marina offers 160 berths for vessels of all sizes in an idyllic, well-protected Caribbean setting. Business boost spurs Port Louis extension Camper & Nicholsons Marinas (C&N) is to expand its Port Louis Marina on the Caribbean island of Grenada from 160 to 250 berths. The 90-berth extension will be carried out by Marinetek, starting this quarter and completing in time for occupancy in August. Port Louis Marina, owned and operated by C&N, is a key superyacht and cruising hub in the southern Caribbean set in a natural lagoon on the leeward side of Grenada below the hurricane belt. Built in 2009/10, it is enjoying business growth and now needs the flexibility of extra mooring space, particularly for different types of vessel. “We have seen a greater interest in large catamarans visiting our marina and anticipate this trend in the Caribbean to grow even further,” notes Port Louis Marina general manager Glynn Thomas. “The new pontoon layout will enable us to accommodate more of the catamarans and give us greater flexibility for small to mid-sized boats all year round.” Working closely with Marinetek, C&N’s in-house technical team has designed the extension to add berths of 12 to 22m (39 to 72ft) on two new piers. They will boost accommodation for visitors as well as offering additional long lease berthing options and – as C&N Marinas COO Dan Hughes explains – further boost the marina’s vibrant profile. “The additional 90 berths will not only allow us to accommodate those we now turn away but will also help us support the required space for many international events that we are proud to host, including the RORC Transatlantic Race, World Arc, Oyster World Rally and more regional boat and charter shows,” he says. Marinetek has considerable experience in delivering projects to the Caribbean and built the original 2009/10 system at Port Louis Marina, which can berth vessels up to 90m (295ft) in length. Despite the sheltered nature of the site, the entire build is designed to meet Hurricane Category II criteria so as to ensure a year-round safe haven and benefits from a full list of facilities and technical service support, international connections and all the standard benefits associated with the C&N brand. Announcing the contract in the final quarter of 2018, Marinetek CEO Mika Parviainen was particularly delighted to count C&N amongst a flurry of repeat customers. “We’ve completed significant projects, won prestigious contracts and further cemented the strength of the Marinetek brand in many parts of the world but, if we reflect on the past year, I believe one of our greatest achievements lies in the level of return customers we’ve had,” he commented. “When clients like Camper & Nicholsons Marinas return and ask us to undertake additional projects, we know that they trust us to do a good job.” Loyal customers who also placed repeat orders with Marinetek in 2018 included Ports de Monaco, ACI Marinas in Croatia, the Cities of Helsinki and Espoo in Finland and Marina Olpenitz in Germany. Hughes says that selecting Marinetek for the marina extension was an easy choice. “Their professionalism, expertise and willingness to work to a tight timetable gives us continued confidence in the Marinetek team and their products,” he affirms. “We look forward to continuing to work with them on our other projects around the world.” - March/April 2019 15

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