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PRODUCTS & SERVICES Platinum for Sanctuary Sanctuary Cove Marina on Queensland’s Gold Coast has been awarded Platinum Gold Anchor accreditation by the Marina Industries Association (MIA). Sanctuary Cove Marina is a 303- berth marina at Sanctuary Cove, a premier lifestyle destination on the northern Gold Coast that has recently undergone a million redevelopment. The precinct offers recreational vessel berth holders premium marina facilities, access to the five-star InterContinental Resort, golf and country club memberships and a vibrant dining and shopping hub. The award was presented to Sanctuary Cove Marina general manager Steve Sammes and parent company Mulpha CEO, Greg Shaw, by MIA director John Hogan and CEO Suzanne Davies. Suzanne Davies commented: “Sanctuary Cove Marina has been a Game-changer dock system 5 Gold Anchor Marina for many years, but the recent marina expansion and the integrated services offered through the hotel, resort and country club make it a worthy Platinum recipient and we are very proud to make the award.” In explaining the detail of the programme, John Hogan said: “The Global Gold Anchor rating system is designed to provide boat owners and marina users with an easy reference system like hotel star ratings. Marinas are independently assessed against over 100 separate criteria which cover management processes, the Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island, USA has replaced a wooden dock with an SF Marina floating dock array and floating breakwater. The installation accommodates larger vessels and enhances protection from Narragansett Bay’s rough waves. Because of its northern exposure, the shipyard project included a 385ft (117m) breakwater made up of six Type 400 floating pontoons with energy-absorbing coupling. The overbuilt connectors each have a breaking load of 2 x 105 tonnes per joint, are virtually unsinkable and extremely stable, even when facing a severe nor’easter. “The SF Marina dock system has been a real game-changer for us,” said Eli Dana, Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard general manager. “It really protects the boats L to r: John Hogan, Greg Shaw, Steve Sammes and Suzanne Davies. condition and maintenance of the marina, environmental practices and the ancillary facilities and services. The assessment also involves an anonymous customer survey to further ensure it delivers on its promises.” Mulpha CEO, Greg Shaw, referred to the accolade as “a tremendous achievement for the marina team’s commitment to provide an unparalleled level of marine experience.” better than our wave fence does— both the new SF Marina array as well as our existing timber docks.” Because of the breakwater’s effectiveness, the marina has no immediate need to replace its southern basin wooden piers. The new dock system comprises eight SF Marina Type 1200 floating pontoons configured as fingers that range in width from 8.5 to 14ft (2.6 to 4.3m). Internal piles are offset to allow for dockcart passage. Utilities such as power, water, pump-out and communications are designed to support superyachts and are routed through internal ducts. A combination of stainless steel and galvanised bollards are conveniently placed to accommodate and maximise multiplesized vessels in the slips. The new array can accommodate 10 boats of 80 to 190ft (24 to 58m). – March/April 2021 57

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