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MARINAWORLD@20 St Katharine Docks in central London, England completed a marina rebuild in 2017 to accommodate larger vessels and further enhance its vibrant mixed-use waterfront attractions. South Wales, Australia was subject to an AU.4 million expansion in the following year. A boutique marina where customer service and facilities remain paramount, the marina grew from 55 to 90 berths, ranging from 8-30m (29-98ft) in length. Client car parking near the dock, morning newspaper and coffee delivery, afternoon cocktails and free-of-charge pump-out were amongst many things that made Soldiers Point stand out as a marina owned and operated by progressive thinkers. Update to 2020: Soldiers Point offers 100 berths of 7-45m (23-148ft), swing moorings and complimentary day visitor berths. Newly refurbished East Cowes • Marina on the Isle of Wight, UK was officially opened on 27 th June 2005 by Dame Ellen MacArthur. Le Port de Plaisance de Port Camargue in France underwent a ten-year modernisation plan, starting in 2006. Owners Dean & Reddyhoff Marinas transformed the run-down site with new Walcon pontoons and Rolec dockside pedestals, a pub and an extensive housing development. An extra pier was added along with a commercial building, and The Octagon opened – a mixed use landmark with waterfront apartments and marina office, reception, laundry and bathroom facilities. Update to 2020: Dean & Reddyhoff Marinas and Quay Marinas merged in 2019. The new company was renamed in April 2020 as Boatfolk Marinas. Less of a marina than a small • French town within a town, Le Port de Plaisance de Port Camargue is Europe’s biggest yacht harbour. It is municipally owned and autonomously operated by Port Camargue Harbour Authority and was subject to a ten year extensive modernisation plan, which kick-started in November 2006 when a first phase of Poralu floating pontoons was installed. Plans were also put in place at the time for further phases stretching through to 2012. The marina is separated into two distinct areas: a public marina with 2,550 berths; and a residential marina development, located on two peninsulas within the port, with 2,250 private berths. Port Camargue is responsible for the management of all 4,800 berths. With huge focus today on • environmental sustainability, new green marinas are more the norm than the exception. But in 2005 Mary Lou LoPreste’s determination to rebuild Sun Harbor Marina in San Diego, California, USA to demanding Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) specifications was visionary and demanding. LoPreste focused on natural products, soft undulating design, energy efficient heating and products made from recycled materials. The marina’s Unifloat concrete docks have wave patterns, embedded stones and shell imprints. After breaking ground in March • 2004, the 96-slip marina at Chub Cay in the Bahamas closed for about a year for major renovations and expansion before welcoming boaters back in summer 2006. As part of the renovation, the entire marina and access channel were dredged and over 100 Unifloat concrete floating slips were installed by Bellingham Marine to suit yachts of 40-200ft (12-61m) in length. 32 - July/August 2020

MARINAWORLD@20 The marina is the heart and soul of the private and exclusive Chub Cay resort, which features a range of upmarket homes while remaining surrounded by a nature reserve for mangroves and wildlife. Phase two, mooted in 2007, was expected to offer a further 100 berths and additional waterfront property. Update to 2020: Chub Cay has 110 slips. A US million expansion • and renovation of Corpus Christi Marina in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA which completed in 2007, not only rejuvenated the marina but shifted the city’s focus to a newly awakened waterfront. Originally built in the 1930s, in 2007/08 it was the largest municipal marina in the state with 700 slips and the deepest draft basin. Four of its eight docks were replaced by Oklahoma-based Atlantic-Meeco (now Meeco-Sullivan). The new docks offer 160 slips for boats of 50-150ft (15-46m). Update to 2020: Corpus Christi Marina has over 560 wet slips for leisure and commercial vessels and remains the only major city centre marina on the Texas coast. In 2009, the Royal Perth Yacht Club • (RPYC) in Perth, Western Australia (WA), opened a newly refurbished and extended marina in Crawley on the Swan River. This is one of two marina sites it owns and operates. RPYC, which was founded in 1841, is home to the largest active fleet of sail and motor boats in WA, offering a total of 490 berths. The Crawley site, which has social and function facilities, is hugely popular and like all clubs in Perth in 2009 has a long waiting list for berths. In the revamp, around 160 old timber slips were replaced with a 230-slip Poralu aluminium floating pontoon system with extra wide jetties. The outer perimeter of the marina, built using heavy-duty SF Marina floating wave attenuators, not only protects the basin but is also used for mooring vessels up to 30m (98ft). At the time, the RPYC development was one of the largest refurbishment projects ever undertaken in WA. Update to 2020: Crawley Marina has 372 berths at floating and fixed docks for boats up to 28m/92ft. Empire Marinas bought Bobbin • Head Marina near Sydney, NSW, Australia from boatbuilder and charter fleet entrepreneur Lars Halvorsen in June 2006. At this point – always ahead of the game – Halvorsen was Port Louis Marina on the Caribbean island of Grenada expanded its berths to accommodate additional visitors in 2018/19. anticipating a 140-berth floating marina although he sold a tired quayside and about 190 swing moorings. Empire Marinas directors modified and enhanced the plan, opened up access to the water and commissioned Bellingham Marine Australia to built 199 berths. Ten swing moorings were also retained. Although restricted in terms of size by national park limits, it is one of the largest privately owned marinas in the state. Forty-year-old trawler piles and • a hotchpotch of glass fibre floats Blue Haven Marina in the Turks and Caicos Islands was refurbished in 2014/15 after years of neglect and hurricane damage. - July/August 2020 33

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