Contract awarded for Marina Bay rebuild
Markku Rantanen (seated left) of Marinetek signs the contract with William Bowman (seated right) to rebuild Marina Bay in Ocean Village.
GIBRALTAR: Marinetek, Finland, has won the competitive tender to rebuild Marina Bay in Ocean Village. The contract was signed at Metstrade, Amsterdam in November last year.
Formerly a separate 252-berth marina, Marina Bay was purchased by Ocean Village owner and chairman, Greg Butcher, in 2006 and has been undergoing a major refurbishment programme. “The living heart of the marina is already built so we want a world class marina facility and superyacht marina that encourages visiting guests to stay – and not just call in for cheap fuel,” explained marina director William Bowman.
Marinetek will replace the marina’s existing Mediterranean mooring system, originally installed in the late 1980s, with a complete floating pontoon arrangement. This will take the need for larger berths into account with an expansion and configuration that accommodates 270 vessels. A significant number of 15m (49ft) and 18m (59ft) berths are in the mix and up to 12 superyacht berths. Marina Projects of the UK has been retained to devise the configuration of the superyacht mooring.
Pontoon installation is due to take place in April/May and completion is scheduled for December. The superyacht berths, part of an expansion being spearheaded by Marina Club, are to be complemented by 144 high-end waterfront rental apartments with rooftop spas. All are linked by walkways to create an integrated community.
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