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Sept Oct 2015 Marina World

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WORLD NEWS Opua focuses

WORLD NEWS Opua focuses on big boat amenities Cres completes and Slano begins CROATIA: ACI Marina Cres, located in the centre of the large but sparsely inhabited island of Cres in the northern Adriatic, has been refurbished by Croatia-based Marinetek NCP. The contract was awarded by Adriatic Croatia International Club (ACI), operator of the largest chain of marinas in the Mediterranean. Marinetek spent nearly two years preparing documentation for the project, which involved dismantling seven deteriorated piers, related anchoring systems, access bridges, power stations, the water supply and hydrants. New pontoons and associated equipment were installed, together with a reconstructed breakwater pier and an additional ninth pier. Careful timing was essential as the investor wanted piers replaced one at a time to ensure that service remained uninterrupted. ACI looked for quality products with good life cycle costs that would blend well with the natural landscape of the island. The concrete pontoons were thus teamed up with exotic hardwood decking and high end accessories such as stainless steel cleats. Despite the renovation, the basic layout of 30 years was little changed as the marina had always benefited from wide piers with a generous basin. The external fixed pier was, however, renovated by Marinetek to provide five additional outside berths for yachts up to 50m (164ft) in length. The marina now offers 476 new berths for a variety of vessel sizes, and Marinetek NCP managing director Boris Miškic is delighted with the result. “Over the past ten years, we have completed 72 projects and ACI Cres stands out as one of our top references,” he said. “We are truly proud to have played a part in transforming this beautiful marina and the customer has endorsed our achievement by awarding us a contract to build a brand new marina in Slano. This will be the 22nd jewel in the ACI crown.” NEW ZEALAND: Work is due to start on the second stage of the Bay of Islands Marina in Opua. Local company Total Marine Services has been awarded the contract, which is expected to complete in around 18 months. Marina owner Far North Holdings has reduced the number of new berths being built from 170 to 149 in order to accommodate an increase in the number of large catamarans making the ocean crossing to New Zealand. “We have deliberately designed our new facilities to cater for these larger boats,” said Far North Holdings CEO Andy Nock. “Larger berths are not widely available in marinas around New Zealand so we’re aiming to catch as much of this growing market as possible.” “Our objective is to be flexible. Having catamaran berths allows us to use them either for this purpose or to split them and use them for two monohull boats each. We will also now be able to offer whatever length of stay a boat owner wants, be it a day or a year,” he explained. In addition to the new berths and marine-based infrastructure, the expanded new-look marina will feature a boardwalk frontage and a landscaped recreational area. Dockyards pontoon ready for Cup racing BERMUDA: SF Marina Systems USA has installed the first dock system in Dockyards for the Oracle team’s support boats and racing catamarans at the America’s Cup base. As Dockyards is one of Bermuda’s commercial ports and is subject to constant commercial activity, parts of the dock system had to be designed for removal from time to time to permit large ships to berth. To accommodate this, the system has been designed with large single-cast 82ft (25m) fingers moored by Seaflex. Detachable pile guides enable the assembled sections to move in one piece. www.marinaworld.com - September/October 2015 13

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