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MARINA PLANNING & DESIGN master plan elements intended to activate the first phase of development, especially The Lagoon Walk, a 1km (0.6mi) long promenade which is a signature feature of the development. This is the second marina in Ras Al Khaimah dedicated to recreational navigation, as all other small craft facilities are primarily for fishing boats. Due to limited track record, permitting risk was a concern at the beginning of the marina project. However, the process went smoothly and all approvals were obtained in time. The marina construction contract was awarded to Majestic Jetties & Marinas as a design/build after a private tender process. Providing full performance specifications and detailed plans, along with the tender documents, is a proven practice to obtain fair competitive pricing while clearly establishing the expected quality of the end product. This results in a ‘closely managed design/build’ process. In some parts of the world, establishing the right roles for the marine contractors, dock supplier and utility suppliers can make a major difference in the process and may affect the outcome. Experience shows that achieving the expected quality in all project details is a challenging goal, one that needs to be pursued every day until the construction is completed. The dock suppliers know best about the detailed design and opportunities of their products, while the engineer and owner’s technical representative play a key role in protecting the owner’s interests and facilitating the contractor’s work flow. Throughout the world, across cultures and legal jurisdictions, this practice is proven to deliver projects efficiently and to a high standard. One area of focus for Lagoon Marina was the owner’s interest in the aesthetic quality of elastic anchoring in order to avoid the piles that are a typical sight in most marinas. Elastic mooring solutions are increasingly popular but can present specific technical and operational challenges which are important for the engineer to review and assess prior to implementation. Key challenges may relate to inadvertent restrictions to draft of vessels and higher range of movement in docks compared to Custom design Built around your needs traditional piling. The review of design calculations and shop drawings by the owner’s engineer is a valuable stage in a well-managed design/build marina contract. Contractors and dock suppliers often identify efficient solutions, but sometimes they can also inadvertently reduce the performance of the end product. The designs or product alternatives are evaluated in terms of compliance with specifications, but also in the context of the physical conditions and expected performance. A Hazelett elastic mooring system was deemed to be an effective way to meet the owner’s requirements for aesthetics and to be suitable for use in the given environmental site conditions. The Lagoon Marina, which opened in early 2016 and is under ART Marine management, is the first within the Mina al Arab master plan. Future facilities within the project and elsewhere in the Northern Emirates will allow the growth of recreational navigation and nautical tourism in the region. David Canfield ME, PE is a director of ATM and is based in Dubai. He can be reached on Quality design Quality product Make the Wise decision slipways, Wise Boat Hoists can travel throughout the boat yard or marina. They can even load trailers and trucks. At Wise we utilise only the best materials in the construction of all hoist components. Particular emphasis is made on increasing durability and reducing maintenance costs. Wise Handling Limited Tel: +44 (0)1535 272 033 46 - January/February 2018

METSTRADE 2017 - PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS Seabin installed at a marina (far left) and in the hands of codeveloper Pete Ceglinski. Seabin wins a 2017 DAME design award The first commercial version of the V5 Seabin – an innovative marina-based collector of floating rubbish – was displayed by Poralu Marine in the Marina & Yard Pavilion at Metstrade 2017. The product not only attracted a continuous stream of visitors but secured a much coveted DAME design award in the Marina Equipment category. Seemingly simple but nonetheless innovative and forward thinking, Seabin was developed by two Australian surfers Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton. Their awareness of the importance of clean oceans and increasing concerns about marine pollution set them into inventor mode; although not just to create a product but also to launch a philosophy. Seabin, not surprisingly, is a bin that sits in the sea. It is fixed to a floating pontoon, submerged, and connected to a low power electric pump which creates a continuous current to attract floating waste to the collector. The waste is recovered in a bag, which is emptied and replaced by maintenance personnel as required. Each bag has a maximum sensible lifting load of 20kg (44lb). A fine catch As can be seen in any Seabin video – and the launch video in 2015 that attracted crowd funds for the first year of development has been viewed more than 200 million times – the product is a magnet for all kinds of floating debris. What is less obvious is that, in the midst of the daily rubbish, Seabin captures micro plastics; tiny 2mm fragments of pollutants that are likely to escape most other systems. Designed for sheltered waters in marinas, clubs and ports, the product should be strategically positioned in specific debris problem areas where wind and currents will push the flow of rubbish towards the bin. It should be checked twice a day. A percentage of oil can also be captured with simple oil absorption technology if the catch bag is customised for this purpose. As the technology develops, the amount of oil each Seabin can capture will increase. Around the world Recognising that a global problem needs global players, Ceglinski and Turton reached out around the world for pilot partners. As a result, Seabin has been on trials at Port Adriano (Mallorca); Porto Montenegro (Montenegro); La Grande Motte (France); California marinas under the Safe Harbor Marinas umbrella (with a roll-out planned to all 64 Safe Harbor facilities across the USA); with Butterfield support (Bermuda); and in association with Wärtsilä (Finland). It has also been installed in the Netherlands, Canada, the UK and Cayman islands and, since the launch of the pre-sales campaign in January 2017, enquiries have been received from over 80 marinas in 34 countries. Seabin Pty Ltd is an Australian company; its research and development subsidiary The Seabin Project is based in Mallorca, Spain; and, further to initial meetings at Metstrade three years ago, French company Poralu Marine has been awarded the worldwide exclusivity agreement to manufacture, sell and distribute the product. Think and act Now, let’s consider the philosophy. As the inventors and co-founders freely admit, Seabins are not the solution. Only education can work long term to eliminate marine pollution. On this basis, the company has developed an open source education programme based on interaction with or without Seabin technology and has established a solid marine litter research programme in collaboration with top scientific institutions and leading experts worldwide. Seabin itself also plays a part in education by helping researchers gauge the amount and type of rubbish in specific areas. Plastic from plastics A product that improves the environment must, in turn, be environmentally friendly. Water pump consumption costs around US per day and, as technology develops, this should reduce. It can also be run by solar, wind, wave or turbine depending on the location. The material used to construct the bin is also ecologically sound. “In our company, we use plastic articles to trap plastic,” says Ceglinski. “The Seabins are 100% recyclable and we are currently studying the quantity of recycled materials that can be incorporated into Seabin production.” The aim, he says, is to try to use the plastics Seabin recovers as material for Seabin production. According to, a single bin costs €3,300 plus VAT and bulk order discounts are offered. A fixed dock version of the product should be released this year. - January/February 2018 47

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