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DOCKSIDE SERVICES needed to accommodate the equipment required to connect a ship of this size to a MegaMaster unit,” Alsop notes. The sheer weight of the MegaMaster had to be taken into consideration and additional below deck flotation had to be installed. Securing equipment was necessary to hold the ship-to- MegaMaster cables and water pipes safely in place. “Some of the cables now running from the ship to the MegaMaster were so heavy, three men were needed just to lift the end of the cable off the ground and each MegaMaster had to be lifted, lowered and positioned by crane, which was a new experience for us.” Within six months of completing the design and installation of the five 1,000amp units, Rolec was asked to design one twice the size; 2,000amp, three-phase – the equivalent of supplying 100 households. A world first The 2,000amp unit – big enough to house ten men – was ordered for the Emir of Qatar for the 124m long, 8,000 tonne superyacht ‘Katara’. “We’re totally confident that this 2,000amp MegaMaster is the world’s largest marina-based ship to shore unit and have already had enquiries for several more of these from customers in different parts of the world. We’ve even had an enquiry for a 2,500amp, threephase unit,” Alsop reveals. Quayside or end tie? MegaMaster has proved to be an extremely popular choice for megayacht services. But, as marinas moor up more and more superyachts, are they likely to opt for shore-based systems for large yachts and thus put the future for such huge dockside units in jeopardy? Alsop believes that space is a deciding factor and that units such as MegaMaster are here to stay. “The marina operator wants the superyacht and its spending power in the marina, and the superyacht personnel want to be in the marina. But a quayside moored superyacht could, in effect, take up to 15 berths whereas if it is moored on the extremities of the pontoons, it does not take up the marina’s small boat space and is still socially connected to the marina,” he notes. “It may well be that new marinas may have pressure applied to them to try to get superyachts quayside moored The 2,000amp MegaMaster built for the Emir of Qatar’s 124m long superyacht ‘Katara’ is believed to be the world’s first marina-based ship to shore unit. but I think finances and economics will, at the end of the day, overrule this idea and we will still see superyachts located at the ends of piers.” Additionally, whilst the infrastructure for delivering power and water at the quayside would be cheaper, depth of water might be a problem and lead to costly initial and ongoing dredging. Alsop also notes further disadvantages. “Pontoon berths usually only require additional piling or anchoring in order to accommodate a superyacht whereas quayside mooring will require a safe quay wall, a gangway and additional security around the berths as quayside mooring is often open to the public.” Contact Rolec Services in the UK on email: 32 - July/August 2015

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