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WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS Marina di Valletta soft opened in June and has attracted a lot of interest from potential berth holders. Valletta marina is new focus in city regeneration Azimut-owned company Marina di Varazze Srl, Azimut-Benetti broker and charter company Esprit Yachting, and Maltese entrepreneurs Arrigo Group (hotels), Joinwell and Tal-Maghtab Construction have joined forces to form Marina Valletta Ltd and launch a luxurious new marina facility on the historically rich island of Malta. Marina di Valletta, like the best modern developments, regenerates the waterfront. Donatella Zucca reports Due to the multi-national influence of the Knights of Malta, who ruled the island from the mid 1500s for the next 250 years, Malta has many historic centres with different cultural and artistic characteristics. It is a richness that makes it one of the most fascinating islands in the Mediterranean, and renovation and reclamation work in places such as Marsamxett are accelerating in the build up to 2018 when Valletta will be the European Capital of Culture. Malta is visited by over half a million cruise ship passengers every year and by the wealthy owners of superyachts and their plentiful crews. The Maltese flag is advantageous for high-end yachts whether staying permanently or passing through on the many routes to other parts of the Mediterranean. According to Minister Konrad Mizzi, the yachting industry has enormous potential and, in recent years, the Grand Harbour Marina continues to dominate the superyacht berthing sector in Malta. Maltese Ship Registry has seen a marked increase of 14%. There are currently eight marinas offering berthing to visitors, and at least six of these are set to benefit from the ongoing renewal plans for the capital, the Valletta Peninsula and all surrounding waterfront. Laguna Marina, overlooking Grand Harbour at the heart of Valletta’s seafront, is well equipped with floating pontoons and CCTV security and offers berths for motorboats of 17m (56ft) and above with maximum 2m (6.5ft) draft. Centre stage in Cottonera is Grand Harbour Marina – an icon in the Maltese ‘marinascape’ – and in Kalkara Bay, the small, private Kalkara Marina. In Marsamxett Harbour and Valletta Sliema, visitors can find Msida and Ta’Xibiex Marina with 720 berths for vessels up to 20m (66ft) and Manoel Yacht Marina in Gzira, which can accommodate boats of up to 80m (262ft) and offers appropriate water/ energy and waste collection services. These facilities are now augmented by newly opened Marina di Valletta in Sa Maison. Nestled close to the majestic city walls between La Pietá and Floriana in a World Heritage site, the marina has been designed to make its own aesthetic contribution to the ‘Valletta City Gate’ urban regeneration; a project that includes access to the centre of Valletta, the new parliament buildings, a restoration of the opera house, a new city gate and restoration of the sixteenth century walls. When complete, Marina di Valletta will offer over 270 berths for vessels of 10 to 28m (33 to 92ft) and have additional space for superyachts up to 50m (164ft). Marina di Valletta Ltd has invested €7.45 million in the project and - July/August 2017 27

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