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WORLD NEWS Upgrade complete at Albert Pier CHANNEL ISLANDS: The second and final stage of the berthing facilities upgrade at Ports of Jersey’s Albert Pier in St Helier Harbour has been completed by Walcon Marine. The aim of this part of the project was to create up to 26 new berths with 24- hour access for some of Jersey’s larger vessels. This frees up space in other Final phase at Corpach UK: Caol Regeneration Company (CRC), a not-for-profit community organisation, has signed a £1 million contract with the Gael Force Group to construct the third and final phase of its £3.5 million Thomas Telford Corpach Marina (TTCM) project in Corpach, a village north of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. Gael Force will deliver a 40- berth marina with extra space for small boats, supplying floating breakwaters, pontoons and an all-ability access walkway. Construction work will be carried out at the company’s Corpach boatyard and assembled components floated across to the marina site. This final phase follows on from the earlier development of a car park, public slipway and facilities building, which were completed during the last two years. Andy McKenna, chair of TTCM, said: “There were many occasions marinas while also benefitting the local maritime community, including marine traders and sea charter operators as well as boat owners. when we thought this wonderful facility wouldn’t come to fruition. We were faced with huge funding challenges, a complete redesign of the facility buildings and, of course, COVID. But we have come through all of that with really positive plans to contribute something big to the local community and to watersports in the area.” “The focus of the TTCM board is now on making this a success, a brilliant amenity that everyone can be proud of and that provides a truly excellent service to our customers,” he added. Andy McKenna Following the replacement in 2014/15 of piers 4 and 5, Walcon returned in late 2021 to install new piers 1, 2 and 3 at the entrance to the harbour. This involved the installation of a 3m (10ft) wide back walkway, constructed using System 21 pontoons, and 13 piled fingers. Ten of these, all 25m (82ft) in length, are also System 21. The remaining three (28m/92ft, 25m/82ft and 12m/39ft in length respectively) have been built using Walcon’s all-steel, commercialgrade Docking Solutions product and fitted with grey, GRP mesh, non-slip decking. A steel bridge gives dedicated access via a security gate. Walcon worked as a sub-contractor to Geomarine, a local civil engineering company. The work to install rock sockets in the seabed and insert the steel piles was undertaken by Fugro. The Albert Pier project is an important investment by Ports of Jersey and is part of its commitment to continue to invest in critical infrastructure. The regeneration of the pier will help ensure that the harbour is able to meet the needs of the island well into the future. The new pontoons are currently being used as temporary berths during the current refurbishment of nearby St Helier Marina. This is due to be completed by the end of this month (May). www.marinaworld.com – May/June 2022 15

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