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WORLD NEWS Tourist island to host destination marina MALDIVES: Leading yacht agency Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives (APSM) is overseeing plans for a new 300-berth marina on a manmade island to the west coast of Hulhumalé. Now entering a second phase, the Hulhumalé Yacht Marina project team is reclaiming land for the marina and an associated cruise ship dock. Phase one comprised reclamation of 180ha (444.8 acres) of land for a substantial housing project. When complete, the development will feature retail shops, food and beverage outlets, a yacht club with exhibition space, dry berth facilities and a modern fully-equipped cruise ship terminal with a covered boarding bridge. It has been designed to serve the biggest cruise liners in the world. The Housing Development Corporation has reported that all necessary materials have been collected for the land reclamation and that revetment work is scheduled to be completed within the next three months. Located to the north of the mainland, New Port chain welcomes ninth marina FINLAND: New Port Imatra, an extensive but run-down 700-berth marina on Finland’s Lake Saimaa, has become the ninth marina in Marinetek’s New Port marina chain. Marinetek has joined forces with state owned company Meritaito Ltd to offer the city of Imatra a complete package to operate, renovate and finally rebuild the marina. New Port Imatra enjoys a prime location on the fourth biggest lake in Europe. “New Port Imatra has many advantages,” says Imatra City Director, Topiantti Äikäs. “It sits just in front of the best boating routes in Saimaa and is easy to reach by road or via the Saimaa Channel from the sea.” The Russian border is just 10km (6.2 miles) way and the city of St Petersburg within a two hour drive. The marina catchment thus covers local boat owners, visitors and foreign boaters and has big future potential. The new agreement, which lasts for 25 years, was signed in November 2015 and Marinetek assumed operational responsibility in February. The New Port chain is playing an increasingly important part in Marinetek activities, and plans are afoot to market the operate-rebuildregenerate concept to other cities. In this way, ageing marinas can be rebuilt in line with modern requirements, the tourist island will be linked by road bridges, and various investment opportunities are available for tourismrelated property. The proposed marina will be vitally important for the development of the Maldivian tourist industry as more than 80% of all ocean safaris operating in the Maldives anchor in the adjacent lagoon. APSM director, Mohamed Hameed, told Marina World : “The impressive Hulhumalé facility, spanning over 240ha [593 acres], reflects the growing commitment to yachting in the region and services such as winter storage implemented without cost to the tax payer. The trend in Finland, as in other countries, reveals a reluctance on the part of municipal authorities to use tax money for leisure boating. Scope for the concept is significant as there are approximately 850,000 boats in Finland, 250,000 of which are in marinas that are primarily owned by cities or boat clubs. “Marinetek works worldwide and offers services for all and, with the natural beauty of its surroundings, the marina will surely make the Maldives yachting destination all the more exceptional. Final completion is now projected for late 2017/2018.” requirements but it’s always essential to focus on the specific needs of individual markets,” says Marinetek chairman, Ilkka Seppälä. “In Finland, the boats are small, the season is short and the quality of marinas is pretty low. It took quite some time to develop a suitable business concept within this business climate. The cooperation with the city works well and the boaters understand the price increase. With this concept, the city can secure safe boating for years to come.” The first New Port marina was built in 2001 in Espoo, just 5km (3.1miles) from Helsinki’s city centre, and remains one of the most modern marinas in Scandinavia. Over the years, the business portfolio has expanded to include other marinas in key towns in Finland including Tampere, Oulu and Lappeenranta. By 2026, 700-berth New Port Imatra will be fully rebuilt with new breakwaters, pontoons, electricity and water supplies, a car park and winter storage. - March/April 2016 17

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