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Sept Oct 2015 Marina World

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WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS The huge extent of the Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City project is particularly noticeable when seen from the air. First marina opens at Sea City Kuwait property developer La’ala Al Kuwait now has its first marina at the massive 4,700ha (11,614 acre) Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City project in the south of Kuwait. The 408 berth marina has been 18 months in construction and is the first of four marinas, either under construction or at advanced planning stage, offering new berths to the Kuwait market. The marina is the largest in Kuwait and will receive craft from 10m to 40m (33ft to 131ft) in length. As Kuwait is the largest boating market in the GCC countries, the Sea City marinas will provide a much needed facility and assist in stimulating boat sales in a country where registered boat numbers exceed berth availability by a factor of ten. Sea City’s 5 star marina is totally constructed from concrete pontoons; attenuators, walkway units and all fingers, providing amazing stability and facilitating access to all berths via golf buggies. Recognising the challenges of constructing an all-concrete marina in the desert, La’ala Al Kuwait collaborated with Ingemar of Italy in the design and construction of the 225,000m² (269,000yd²) marina and its 17,000m² (20.331yd²) floating units. A combination of Ingemar design and endorsement and the construction know-how of La’ala Al Kuwait enabled the latter to develop a facility that produces up to 28 concrete pontoons per week to cover a surface area of 800m² (8,600ft²); an amazing feat for a company with no history of marina construction. Furthermore, due to the difficulty of procuring satisfactory marine piling companies, La’ala Al Kuwait converted one of its barges to receive a crane, bought the appropriate piling equipment and installed an average of eight piles per day with great precision and vertical accuracy. The level of service provided to the boat owners is of the highest level and includes: water and power to every berth, from 32 amp single phase up to 250 amp three phase; in-berth pump-out for 30% of berths; seven fuel dispensers including very high speed diesel supply; and RFID actuated security gates and pedestals. All of the electrical, water, sanitary and emergency installation has been designed and supplied by UK-based Rollins Marine. The well attended bumper opening ceremony featured traditional Kuwait dancing, children’s entertainment and an exhibition area outlining the history and construction of the project and its marinas. All was topped off with an impressive flurry of fireworks. The ceremonial knocking of the traditional Kuwaiti Bab (gate) was carried out by the Minister of State for Housing Affairs, Yasser Hassan Abul. La’ala al Kuwait claims to have been inundated by boat owners interested in acquiring berths in the marina, which is located close to favoured fishing grounds and the coral islands of the south of Kuwait. Marina systems in place for the first of four planned marinas. The marina has 408 berths. - September/October 2015 25

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