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2018 July August Marina World

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SPONSORED FEATURE SPONSORED FEATURE: Poralu Marine Putting the planet first Vision, innovation, and environmental awareness and accountability, are ingrained in the Poralu Marine philosophy. Now well into its third decade of delivering turnkey marinas, the company continues to focus on developing unique and stylish solutions that protect and preserve ecosystems while offering yacht harbours long-lasting, good-looking products. Building a brand Say Poralu, think aluminium. The use of metal has been at the core of the Poralu Group since it was established back in 1968, and when Poralu Marine was set up 16 years later it launched into Region: Americas Project: Puerto Escondido, Mexico production of a ground breaking marina industry first; an aluminium pontoon system that has become a world leader. The company has built over 50,000 berths around the world and now completes an average of 250 marina Designed and built in complete harmony with its spectacular natural surroundings, Puerto Escondido in the Gulf of California is a high-end facility that integrates private pontoons and a marina to provide over 100 berths for boats up to 60m (197ft) in length. All design and manufacture was undertaken in Poralu’s production site in Quebec, and the project was conducted in partnership with Inland and Coastal Marina Systems (ICMS) as the first joint venture for the two companies in the Americas. In an impressive recycling move, Poralu was able to re-use pontoons it had installed on the site for the Mexican government agency FONATUR 15 years ago. They had fully resisted wear, tear and hurricanes and the modular sections fitted into the new units like a set of building blocks. The original anchor piles were replaced with an environmentally friendly Seaflex anchoring system. The marina owners also selected premium pontoons with Ecoteck wood composite decking for residential pontoons, and Nautic pontoons with Ecostyle polypropylene decking where additional pontoons were needed in the marina. Port Camargue, a 5,000+ berth facility in France, has been a Poralu customer for 20 years. projects per year, manufacturing around 40,000m (131,234ft) of pontoons. Based in Port, eastern France, where it has its European production facilities, Poralu Marine was swift to gain market share on home ground and then to look for export opportunities. In 2000 it set up Poralu Marine Australia and in 2002 Poralu Marine Canada. It now has a well established production unit in Quebec that serves the American region. The company further supports offices in Germany, the UK, China (Hong Kong), the UAE, Spain and Italy, has a network of agents in all main markets, and is currently building a third manufacturing facility in Iran with a view to better serving the Middle East region. Over the years, Poralu has completed over 8,000 marina projects. Highlights include Port Camargue, France, an expansive 5,000+ berth facility that has worked with Poralu for 20 years; Royal Perth Yacht Club, Australia; Haleh, Iran; Montreal Marina, Canada; Brooklyn Marina, USA; and Shimei Bay, Hainan, China. Expanding portfolios In order to stay at the forefront of sharp thinking and maintain control of design and manufacturing processes, Poralu Marine has launched or acquired a series of specialist companies: Rotax, for rotary mouldings – especially for floats; Nautiscaphe, for environmentally sound anchoring systems; All Nautica, for online sales of nautical products Photo: Dominique de Mouy 30 - July/August 2018

SPONSORED FEATURE and accessories; Poralu Bridge, for pedestrian solutions; and, most recently, EDDS Design (an industrial design specialist), for helping to shape products now and in the future – stylish cleats, floating platforms etc. And, fitting together, like the sections of a Poralu modular pontoon system, also means fitting in with the environment. Caring for nature Poralu Marine focused on protecting the environment from day one; it has been a journey, not an epiphany. Its trademark pontoon system has a 100% recyclable aluminium frame that has low environmental impact. Decking options include the popular polypropylene tile product, Ecostyle, that lets light through to protect marine flora and fauna, hardwood from sustainable sources, and Ecoteck wood composite. Poralu has designed the Ellipse, a patented screw anchoring system that prevents underwater chains dragging across the seabed; it manufactures and distributes the Seabin automated rubbish bin that catches floating rubbish, oil, fuel and detergents; and it supports start-ups with eco-friendly projects for ocean conservation, investing €150,000 this year in its production site to aid mentoring, resources and technology. The Poralu Marine message is clear. We have a duty to manage Region: Europe & Middle East Project: St Katharine Docks, London, UK St Katharine Docks (SKD) marina in central London is the capital city’s most prestigious yachting facility. Occupying waterspace used in the 1800s for vessels plying commercial products to and from its surrounding, and now restored and repurposed, warehouses, the marina was completely refurbished in 2017. Inland and Coastal Marina Systems (ICMS) led the project on behalf of operator Camper & Nicholsons Marinas and Poralu Marine spent nine months working at the site as its pontoons were installed in a dozen successive phases so as to cause minimum disturbance to boat occupants and residents. In addition to providing an innovative design of curved floating pontoons, Poralu was responsible for installing a variety of environmental protection measures including timber duck nesting boxes, and fish spawning brushes under our natural resources, contribute to the battle of climate change, and preserve biodiversity. Poralu extends the same caretaker approach to its 120-strong workforce; their welfare and job satisfaction are paramount. And the pontoons. Poralu’s environmental division CEI installed a network of 32 waste water suction points to serve both houseboats and yachts. SKD was the first port to adopt such a system, with a view to achieving zero discharge into marina waters. it views all from a global perspective, with 80% of its €26 million 2016/17 turnover coming from export. It’s a tidy philosophy: people, planet, profit. To find out more about Poralu Marine go to Region: Asia Pacific Project: Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya, Thailand Award-winning Ocean Marina Yacht Club was the first marina to be built in the Gulf of Thailand and has been developed and redeveloped over the years to become one of the best full-service facilities in the country. Poralu Marine has been involved since 2012 in the refurbishment and extension of the berthing infrastructure. With 430 berths built to international quality standards, Ocean Marina Yacht Club is the biggest marina in South East Asia. In addition to replacing pontoons and adding extra piers, Poralu has installed a customised fuel pontoon system, designed to capture any spills or leaks. As part of the design, the fuel station was moved from a fixed concrete jetty to a floating pontoon and a fuel management system was incorporated. Poralu is currently upgrading the facility with the replacement and extension of eight different piers to accommodate small to medium size vessel and superyachts up to 65m (215 ft). The practicality of the Poralu aluminium pontoon system has enabled installers to re-use some pontoon sections supplied in previous phases as part of redesigned berthing arrangements. This replacement and extension phase should be finalised by September 2018. SPONSORED FEATURE: Poralu Marine - July/August 2018 31

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