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2018 July August Marina World

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MARKET FOCUS: NORTHERN RUSSIA federal agencies so it is extremely hard to certify the land to build a marina.” Berthing costs are another factor. It costs Rub1,800 (€25) to occupy a 9m (29ft) long berth for 24 hours. For a boat of 9 to 30m (29 to 98ft), the cost is Rub3,600 (€45), confirmed Kiryll Razumov. In general, The Russian Gazette, the official publication of the Russian federal government, asserts that St Petersburg’s marinas offer services at higher prices than European marinas. The Russian Gazette reports that, on average, it costs €50 to rent a berth in St Petersburg for 24 hours; nearly twice as much as in Helsinki, Tallinn or Stockholm, where the prices range from €22 to 27. New projects Although old problems are yet to be solved, the marina industry in St Petersburg continues to develop and there are several potential projects in the pipeline. Russian gas giant Gazprom has recently started building a major yacht club in the city with a marina designed for 200 boats. The investment cost of the project is million and it is Despite the availability of berths for large boats, St Petersburg lags behind other European ‘sea capitals’ in terms of overall berth numbers. believed that the yacht club will occupy an area of around 3,600ha (8,896 acres). Gazprom plans to make its new facility operational by 2020. A similar project is pledged for Kroonstad Island, where a yacht club with a marina for 100 boats is expected to be built by a group of private investors. The details of this project remain secret as yet but it is believed that the marina should be completed by 2021. The price tag of the project is estimated at Rub1 billion ( million). There have also been reports on several other new marina projects in St Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast, including some that involve non- Russian investors. Several marinas are touted with a total of 500 berths. However, none of the projects has been officially confirmed. - July/August 2018 23

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