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New superyacht facilities for growing demand

Published on May 17, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

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The new 700 – berth small boats marina adjacent to Coaling Island is now officially open with hundreds of small boats already taken up their pontoon positions. The two-year project through to completion represents an investment of over £24m.

The external arm of the marina is constructed as a vertical wall wharf and will be able to provide a much-needed additional 480 metres of new wharf berthing for large vessels and super yachts looking for berthing facilities in Gibraltar in ever increasing numbers. This will be the first time in recent history that new commercial wharf facilities have been constructed in Gibraltar.

Commodore Bob Sanguinetti, the Captain of the Port, said he was looking forward to extended stays by super yachts and the use by their crews of services, shops and restaurants in addition to the usual re-fuelling requirements.

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With around 300 such vessels visiting the Rock every year, the Government says it is eager to see this market grow. Commodore Sanguinetti said: “The new marina, from the Port’s perspective, represents an exciting and significant addition to the facilities that we have in offer in Gibraltar for the boating community both locally and for the super yachts. These are exciting times for the Port.”

In addition to the small boats berth and new superyacht facilities
The marina and wharf also incorporates numerous safety features like a security fence, CCTV cameras, first aid kits, life rings and safety ladders. There are two lanes for traffic, which is an extension of the main highway, a roundabout at the end of the wharf, a public promenade and parking for over 50 cars and for motorcycles.

This new superyacht facility complements those that already exist in Queensway Quay and Ocean Village marinas, the latter of which is planning to construct a number of additional superyacht berths and short-stay and rental apartments on adjacent Marina Bay.

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The Marina Bay plan outlines ten stern-to superyacht berths with secure access, a modern Pier Office to include executive crew lounges with sophisticated data networks, pump-out facilities, significantly improved electricity supplies, Spa-style facilities, as well as storage, workshop and laundry services.  The promenade will be enhanced with landscaping and a ‘mirador’ open to the public, while CCTV will be in place to ensure peace of mind for the high-value superyachts’ owners, guests and crew.

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