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March April 2020 Marina World

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GLOBAL REVIEW Highlights and developments around the world in 2019 Europe & Russia • France: Island Global Yachting (IGY) welcomed the first vessel to its new yachting destination in Sète, the south of France. A port of entry, the marina’s new infrastructure offers 582m (1,908ft) of alongside superyacht berthing in a deep protected basin and can accommodate vessels up to 180m (590ft). The marina has berthside parking, fuel at berth, container storage alongside each vessel, 125/250 amp power pedestals and up to 2,000 amp hard-wired shore power supply in two separate locations. • Greece: the Municipality of Pilea- Hortiatis initiated a significant €45 million development project in announcing plans for Pilea Marina. The design includes berthing facilities for nine boat categories, ranging from small vessels of 8m (26ft) to megayachts up to 75m (246ft). A total of 440 berths will make it one of the largest marinas in southeast Europe. Set within a project area of 39 acres (16 ha), it will boast boat repair and maintenance centres, a yacht club with terrace, parking for 270 vehicles, sports facilities, green spaces, and walking and cycling routes. • Russia: a controversial new stateof-the-art marina earmarked for construction in Balaklava Bay in Sevastopol could be the biggest and most expensive in the country built to date. With an estimated investment of Rub7.2 billion (US0 million), the new marina will cover 13,270m² (43,537ft²) and have 600 berths for yachts up to 75m (246ft). Currently, there are very few marinas able to accept yachts of this size in the country. • UK: Edinburgh Marina Holdings appointed McLaughlin & Harvey as the main contractor responsible for constructing the first phase of the planned £175 million, 373-berth Edinburgh Marina. • Spain: Tenders were invited for the renovation of the port of Carboneras in Almeriá. The project, for a 260-berth marina and associated infrastructure, is subject to a 40 year lease. • UK: Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour on the south coast of England secured a £400,000 investment for a major overhaul of its pontoon system. Walcon Marine was contracted to add an extra 60 berths as part of a planning and design concept devised by Marina Projects. • Croatia: Marina Rovinj was completely refurbished to offer 196 berths for vessels of an average length of 17m (56ft). Berthing for yachts up to 35m (115ft) is also available and even larger visiting vessels can be accommodated. Marinetek completed the pontoon infrastructure. • France: The private French marina network Port Adhoc Group secured €22 million in funding to purchase three Dutch marinas near Amsterdam and Rotterdam from the Den Daas Group. Marina Muiderzand, Jachthaven Naarden and Jachthaven Bruinisse together have a total of nearly 3,000 berths and increased the group’s overall holding to 8,600 berths. • Cyprus: Kition Ocean Holdings submitted a proposal to develop Cyprus’s Larnaca port and marina. The proposal includes extending the existing marina to accommodate boats up to 150m (492ft) in length. The project, with its ambitious portrelated upgrades, could prove to be the biggest single investment made to date in the country and was the latest proposal in a line of stalled privatisation plans. See update in World News. • Greece: Aktor Concessions SA was set to invest €57.5 million in modernising the 1,000 berth Alimos Marina in Greece, upgrading all marina infrastructure with a view to making it a top tourist port destination. Another concession was granted to build a 73-berth marina in Ormos Alindon on the East Aegean island of Leros. • Gibraltar: Marinetek Finland announced plans to rebuild Marina Bay in Ocean Village, Gibraltar. Formerly a separate 252-berth Marina Rovinj was completely refurbished to become a new flagship facility for the ACI Marinas network in Croatia. - March/April 2020 17

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