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WORLD NEWS Luxury marina planned for Valletta MALTA: A 274-berth marina is to be built on derelict waterfront in Valletta. The venture, known as Marina di Valletta, is being funded by an investment of €7.45 million raised by a consortium headed up by Italian-based Azimut Benetti Group division Marina di Varazze Srl. The investors also include Esprit Yachting, the Arrigo Group (hotels), Joinwell and Tal-Maghtab Construction, all of which are respected local companies. Transport Malta has undertaken an initial environmental impact assessment and a further wave study has been completed by Arrelia. These studies have led to two substantial weather protection structures. The first, an outer breakwater designed to neutralise short waves or surface waves, will be built by Dutch company Orsta Breakwater. The second will take the form of a 200m (656ft) long revetment or rubble mound breakwater to be located along the Pieta Quay. This will absorb long period waves present within the site in inclement weather. The marina will have a luxury environment with high-end finishes throughout the concession area. Pontoons will be wider than the local average and boat owners will benefit from controlled access car parking, 24- hour berthing assistance and security, and concierge services. To be completed in phases, the marina will offer berths for vessels of 10 to 28m (33 to 92ft). Dedicated and shared berths will be available for visiting yachts of up to 24m (79ft) and, during the tourist season, the 120m (394ft) long outer breakwater will welcome superyachts up to 50m (164ft) in length. Visitors will have direct walking access to Valletta and City Gate and the company is looking at the possibility of establishing a direct transport link to the capital for marina patrons. Dock upgrade enhances flexibility USA: Lake Sonoma Resort in Geyserville, northern California, has replaced its timber docks and upgraded its utility services. “The marina was in need of new docks,” said owner Rick Herbert. “We wanted to make an investment in our facility that would add to the long term value of the property and improve our customers’ experience. The marina’s docks were a wise choice.” The 28-year-old system was replaced with Bellingham Unifloat concrete floating docks, which were surprisingly competitive in cost when compared with the more traditional lightweight dock system choice for an inland, seasonal marina. Longevity is a major bonus; Herbert estimates a lifespan of over 60 years for the system. As temperatures soar in Geyserville in the summer months, Herbert opted for a roof structure on three of the new docks. Challenges at the Lake Sonoma site included the dock anchoring system and the fluctuation in water height. “The marina needed the ability to be moved in and out with changing water levels, which can be up to 40ft [12m],” Herbert explained. “We needed some flexibility in the system’s main connection point. When you move a 361-slip marina, it has to be done in sections.” Bellingham designed a fifth-wheel connection that is used where each arm connects to the main walkway. This unique connection allows the docks to pivot slightly, which greatly reduces the loads and stresses placed on the connection point when the docks are being moved. 10 - September/October 2016

Eco-friendly private landing FRANCE: An impressive made-to-measure private landing stage has been delivered by Poralu Marine for the 157m (515ft) long megayacht ‘The Dilbar’. The imposing yacht berths on the famous Quai des Milliardaires in Port Vauban, Antibes. Poralu utilised newly launched concrete float pontoons from its Concrete Art Solution range to offer similar stability to concrete pontoons without compromising the flexibility for which Poralu products are renowned. Eleven pontoons were used in the build and each is covered with shockabsorbing fenders. These have been designed and constructed to ensure the hull of the boat, which has been coated Premium dock space in Miami-Dade USA: Marina Palms Yacht Club, a high-end full-service facility on Maule Lake in North Miami Beach, Florida, opened earlier this year. It features 112 wet slips for boats of 40 to 100ft (12 to 30.5m). The marina is serviced by highly qualified, bilingual staff including a dock master, dock hands and a concierge to arrange vessel cleaning, maintenance and provisioning. Each slip is wired with ample electricity and fibre-optic cabling for voice, data and high-speed internet service. For additional convenience, patrons have access to a well-stocked sundry store and dockside Wi-Fi. The marina also boasts a fuel station with 12,000 gallons of ValvTect high-speed diesel and 12,000 gallons of 91 octane gas (petrol). “Premium dock space is very hard to find in South Florida. There hasn’t been a new marina like this built in over 20 years,” said Jim Bronstien of US Marinas, the company managing the facility. “The marina is a gem that fills a void from which Miami-Dade has suffered for decades. We’re located at a perfect equidistance from downtown Miami and Ft Lauderdale, with easy access to Haulover Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean just 15 minutes away by boat,” he added. in special paint, is never marked. The fenders also match the specific beige colour of the hull. The berthing arrangement had to be aesthetically pleasing. Ecoteck decking with the appearance of exotic hardwood was selected to complement Poralu’s signature aluminium frames. The decking, which is manufactured from sawdust and plastic, is highly resistant to UV rays and is environmentally The marina has limited space available for daily, monthly and seasonal dockage. “We have the flexibility for someone who has a need to tie up for a short time or for someone who needs a more permanent place to keep their boat,” Bronstien confirmed. “Yacht brokers are also welcome if they need a good location for temporary storage.” WORLD NEWS friendly. Two platforms for receiving landing gangways and a guard rail were also provided. Adriatic project boost SLOVENIA, CROATIA & MONTENEGRO: Ingemar Group has supplied new king size floating pontoons for megayachts at Marina Porto Rose, Slovenia, in order to boost mooring options for high-end tourists. The company also continues with expansion work at Porto Montenegro in Montenegro, which boasts award-winning superyacht berths and two imposing floating breakwaters. There is also plenty of general activity. For example, in Croatia on the Istrian peninsula near Pola, Luka Volme Marina has once again been enlarged and at Novi Vinodolski in the Gulf of Quarnero, a new tourist harbour is at final construction stage. On the island of Krk, where Ingemar installed steel pontoons with concrete floats and timber decking a while ago, a series of new tourist harbours nears completion for the local port authorities. The eastern shores of the Mediterranean have been a good showcase for Ingemar projects over the past 20 years and the company says that, in general, established tourist harbours along the eastern Adriatic coastline are still enjoying positive growth further to the influx of yachts that fled the Italian coast in 2012. - September/October 2016 11

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