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MARINAWORLD@20 Six superyacht berths in the Wynyard Quarter, Auckland kick started Silo Marina, now New Zealand’s premier superyacht facility. “Despite the [2007/08] financial crisis, there is still a real demand in the market for specialised facilities for this type of boat in the Mediterranean. In fact, we have exceeded our expectations in our first year of sales and have managed to sell more moorings than we originally estimated.” Xiqui Mas, management company Varador 2000. Update to 2020: Vilanova Grand can moor vessels up to 130m/430ft. In May 2009 Port Adriano Marina • Calvià in Mallorca launched a project to add 82 berths for vessels of 20- 60m (66-197ft). Pre-sale of berths was excellent and attention to detail was paramount. “Owners put a lot of effort into the design of their boats but, traditionally, marinas haven’t put similar effort into design. We believe the marina should be a continuation of the boat’s atmosphere and for this reason we have chosen Philippe Starck to design the port.” Isabel Teruel, marina manager. Update to 2020: Port Adriano has a total of 488 berths including 87 superyacht moorings. The marina can accept vessels up to 80m/262ft. The first megayacht was • ceremonially escorted into Marina Papagayo in December 2009. The nautical centrepiece of a high end luxury resort in the northeastern province of Guancaste, Costa Rica, the marina opened with 180 slips and a plan for 350 in total. Management company Brandy Marine was involved in the project at the initial planning and design phase in 2003. Update to 2020: Marina Papagayo has 180 full-service berths up to 250ft/76m. Exclusive residential properties continue to be completed in phases. Designed for owners of 20m+ • (66ft+) vessels, Porto Mirabello in the Gulf of La Spezia, Italy took the concept of a floating marina to its extreme. The entire complex is built on a 50,000m² (538,200ft²) artificial island secured to the seabed using 2,100 piles. Everything at the marina is supersized but smaller boats are also welcome – at innovative prefabricated modular pontoons specially designed by Ingemar. Update to 2020: Porto Mirabello can host yachts up to 140m/460ft. Berths are available for purchase on 15, 30 and 50 year contracts. Located in Fort • Lauderdale’s renowned ‘marina mile’, Westport Marina is fairly unique. Built by Bellingham Marine for Westport Yachts as a command centre and floating service and showroom, it has 26 slips to The Mandalina Marina & Yacht Club became the first megayacht marina in Croatia when it opened in 2012. Photo: D-Marin Marinas Group accommodate vessels up to 164ft (50m) in length. The facility is styled to reflect the customer service offering. “We think our job is 10% building the product and 90% providing service and customer support. Our focus is on delivering a superior customer experience.” Phil Purcell, vice president shipyards Westport Marine. Villas with private berths and a focus • on accommodating yachts up to 100m (330ft) in length were integral to the multi-phase design of Eden Island in the Seychelles. From 2008 to 2010, Superior Jetties installed its Capri system to provide many private moorings. Update to 2020: Moorings are available up to 115m/377ft. There is over 1,000m/3,300ft of piled pontoon berths, of which 180m/590ft is available for superyachts - stern-to and alongside options. In its third and final development • phase (2011) Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore, responded to an upward trend in superyacht numbers by adding two superyacht piers. The marina, which is located on privatelyowned Keppel Island, was the first in Singapore to be fully designed and built by Bellingham Marine and was claimed to offer the republic’s first individual berthing system for superyachts. Update to 2020: Keppel Bay offers 168 berths and can host vessels up to 590ft/180m. 24 - July/August 2020

MARINAWORLD@20 Mandalina Marina & Yacht Club, • the superyacht extension of 350-berth Mandalina Marina, became the first megayacht marina in Croatia when it opened in 2012. The 79-berth yacht basin features Marinetek concrete floating pontoons for all piers and breakwaters. Update to 2020: Now D-Marin Mandalina, 440 berths are offered for 10-70m/33-230ft. The marina is catamaran friendly. Marina di Cala del Sole in Licata, • Sicily opened in 2012 with an unusually generous 99-year state concession. Phased according to demand for berths, the marina set out to take advantage of its central Mediterranean location as a stop-over for transient maxi yachts. Around a third of the ultimate berths (envisaged in 2011 to be 1,500) were designated for 25-80m (82-262ft) vessels. Update to 2020: Marina di Cala del Sole has 394 berths up to 70m/230ft set within a residential village with shops, entertainment and green spaces. Although Yacht Club Costa Smeralda • in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands always intended to welcome visiting vessels of all sizes for short and long term mooring, its deep-water side-tie berthing for vessels up to 100m (330ft) made it a swift hit with superyacht owners and captains. Its secluded, unspoilt setting gave it enormous cachet but tested its builders, Bellingham Marine. In 2016, Porto Lotti in the Gulf of La Spezia in northern Italy further boosted its megayacht berths with a custom-designed floating breakwater superyacht pier. “[The adjacent shore] was 30 feet above the water with no beach. We had no place to store materials, no power, no fresh water and nothing to secure to. We installed the marina entirely from the sea, working on watercraft. The job site had some of the most unusual working conditions our division has ever encountered,” Steve Ryder, manager project development Bellingham Marine. Update to 2020: Due to extensive damage caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017, the marina is currently closed. Following an • ambitious three year remodelling project, Redevelopment of Pier 66 Marina on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida enabled it to moor vessels as long as 300ft (91m). Marina Ibiza opened in 2011 as the first and only harbour in the Spanish Balearic islands to provide convenient, secure berths for very large yachts. In total, the revamp delivered around 400 floating berths, over 50% of which were for vessels above 20m (66ft) and some able to accommodate vessels of 100m (330ft). A three-storey drystack was also added for over 100 smaller boats. Marina owners IPM Group further modified the marina in time for the 2019 season adding an upmarket retail space. By this time, the marina was able to offer berths for 500 vessels in a range of 8-110m (26-361ft). Opened in November 2010, Albany • Marina in New Providence, Bahamas, was described as offering one of Porto Mirabello in Liguria, Italy opened with over 1,100 berths after a two-year build time. Mooring was designed to take vessels as large as 140m (460ft). - July/August 2020 25

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