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MARINAWORLD@20 Cyclone Evan in December 2012 largely destroyed the marina’s floating infrastructure although no vessels were damaged. Spurred to rebuild, manager Nigel Skeggs commissioned Jetty C, a 16-slip dock that has transformed Fiji from a subsidiary part of New Zealand or Australia’s cruising grounds into a destination in its own right. With ample power, fuel and other key facilities, Denarau has grown to become the largest superyacht marina in the South Pacific. Megayacht facilities were paramount • in the 2014 plan to redevelop Pier 66 Marina on the Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Benefiting from the deep water of adjacent Port Everglades, the marina added a range of slips for 80 to 90 vessels with capacity up to 300ft (91m). Concrete fixed docks are used to moor the largest vessels and wide, high freeboard Marinetek floating concrete docks were installed at two piers for vessels of 50-90ft (15- 27m). When it completed in 1996, • Porto Lotti was the first marina in the Gulf of La Spezia in northern Italy and opened up the local region to yachtsmen from near and far. It marked its 20th anniversary in 2016 by adding a custom designed floating breakwater superyacht pier. Already offering 40 superyacht berths in its mix of 560, the key driver was to create a transit dock for vessels up to 180m (590ft). The Since 2011, Monaco’s Port Hercules has incorporated berths for an increasing number of superyachts. pier, built by SF Marina and anchored by Seaflex, also has 14 permanent berths for vessels up to 80m (262ft). Porto Mirabello in Liguria, Italy took • just two years to build and opened in 2010 with over 1,100 berths and a 60-year state concession. Vessels of 12-140m (39-460ft) moor up at floating pontoons and Ingemar fixed wharves. Located in a popular tourist spot, it enjoys good transient custom but longer term customers have always been a priority. “Our vocation is to be a home port and to work with crews and owners all year round.” Alessandro Menozzi, president Porto Mirabello. Marina World tracked the bumpy • development of Victoria International Marina in Victoria, British Columbia Final marina layout for Victoria International Marina, the first purposebuilt marina for luxury vessels in Canada. Image: Greg Marshall from concept through to its various design modifications (2008 – 2018). After a journey through a change of developers, community opposition and revised business plans, the original 54-slip marina was eventually built as a 28-slip facility in 2017 for vessels of 65-175ft (20- 53m). Blue Water Systems built the breakwater and pontoons to create the first purpose-built marina for large luxury vessels in Canada. Sovren Ibiza made a bid for • a top place on the Balearics superyacht circuit ahead of the 2017 season. Offering 16 berths for yachts of 60-185m (197-607ft) at fixed docks, the marina is a year-round facility that utilises space previously occupied by Port Ibiza Town Marina. “Right now [November 2017], supply doesn’t meet demand for berths over 60m (197ft) and we are about to change that dynamic.” Stephen White, founder and CEO Sovren House Group. After buying the Rybovitch yard in • West Palm Beach, Florida in 2004, Wayne Huizenga Jnr set up the world’s first integrated superyacht centre. It now has 57 slips for seriously large vessels at heavy-duty floating docks installed by Bellingham Marine and is on many superyacht ‘itineraries’. “It was uncharted territory when we pioneered the superyacht marina and refit concept. We had to listen to the 28 - July/August 2020

MARINAWORLD@20 customer and adapt quickly, and we still do [November 2017]. We learned that the key is to take stress off the captain by removing risks and uncertainties.” Francois Van Well, vice president business development Rybovitch. Monaco’s Port Hercules is beyond • a doubt one of the world’s magnets for the rich and famous. It was fully renovated in 2011 to accommodate large vessels with a Marinetek floating concrete pontoon system installed to replace old fixed pontoons. In 2018 Ports de Monaco commissioned Marinetek to built a U Pontoon extension with 13 berths for a mix of vessels from 18-50m (59-164ft). In 2019 Sanctuary Cove Marina • in Queensland embarked on a 66- berth extension in order to expand its capacity to host large vessels. Some covered berths are included in the design; a first in the Australian marina industry. Superior Jetties built the new infrastructure for owner/operator Mulpha. The superyacht extension followed a stage one expansion project to increase berths from 237 to 303. Update to 2020: Stage one of the expansion – Piers G and H – opened in May 2020. Stage two (66-berth extension) completed in June 2020 with covered berths expected to be ready by March 2021. Stage one of The Boat Works’ • north precinct on the Australian Gold Coast was unveiled in May 2019 as the largest superyacht marina and shipyard Following a series of upgrades, Marina Ibiza now accommodates 500 vessels in a range of 8-110m (26-361ft) and has a new upmarket retail area. in the southern hemisphere. A new 77- berth marina built by Superior Jetties, a 35m (115ft) side shoot for superyachts up to 45m (148ft) and an additional 20 berths for 35m (115ft) yachts are in the mix. The hugely ambitious project also includes extensive specialist repair and refit facilities. The new superyacht yard opened in February this year. “Our vision is to attract more highyielding superyachts to the Gold Coast and ‘grow the pie’ for everybody at every level of the marine industry, tourism, hospitality and the broader community.” Tony Longhurst, owner and CEO The Boat Works. Update to 2020: Phase three – purposebuilt workshops and retail facilities – starts in August 2020. See p.38. Sanctuary Cove Marina, Queensland, Australia has a newly completed 66-berth superyacht extension. IGY Sète Marina is an • alongside purpose-built superyacht facility in the town of Sète in the south of France, just beyond the waters of the Côte d’Azur. It offers a total of 582m (1,908ft) of alongside berthing, full support services and security. “We need to change the mentality of the yachting community that suggests ‘the world ends at La Ciotat’ and there is nothing west of this. We are aiming to stretch the Côte d’Azur westwards…attracting superyachts out of their normal ‘cruising grounds’ and making Sète…a better known destination.” Richard Kettle, general manager IGY Sète Marina. Benoa Marina, the first ‘international’ standard marina in Indonesia opened on the island of Bali in January 2020. Three 90m (295ft) vessels can moor up in alongside positions. The facility was built by Pelindo Property Investments (PPI Marina), a subsidiary of government harbour company Pelindo. All comments in the above article were given to Marina World at the time of original print. Contributors do not necessarily have the same jobs or job titles in 2020. - July/August 2020 29

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