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GLOBAL REVIEW 2015 Vessels up to 300 feet (91.4m) moored up at Pier 66 Marina on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Further south, in Costa Rica, plans were developed for the first branded residential resort and marina. The first phase of the project, The Sanctuary at Osa Peninsula, will cost around US million to build and is designed to be one of the most environmentally sensitive full-service marinas in Central America. The marina will have meeting facilities, private storage and a boat launching area complete with 20 ton yacht crane. In the Caribbean, the Prime Minister of St Kitts & Nevis stressed the importance of marinas to the development of the country at a ceremony welcoming the first boat to Christophe Harbour Marina. An exclusive residential resort community covering more than 2,500 acres, phase one of construction began in late 2014 and includes 24 slips ranging from 150ft (45.72m) to 220ft (67m), with the capacity to berth vessels up to 300ft (91.4m) at the outer docks. Proposals to improve the Isle Grande Dry Dock in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico resulted in a project to develop a superyacht marina complex while, in the Virgin Islands, a major permit application was approved for St John Marina in Coral Bay. The project includes plans to build a 145-slip marina with a mix of slip sizes up to superyacht capacity. A related upland development could follow in a second phase. The huge extent of the Sabah Al Ahmad Sea City marina project in Kuwait is particularly striking when seen from the air. The first large marina basin was completed last year. Just a year after the successful reconstruction of Blue Haven Marina in the Turks & Caicos Islands, initial discussions began to build additional berths for vessels up to 220ft (67m). And, not to be outdone by the north, Colombia is helping to bring South America into the international marina scene. Plans for up to 22 new marinas are proposed, including 1,000 berths in the capital of Cartagena. One new project is Marina de San Andres, which will comprise 151 berths for boats from 25ft (7.62m) to 164ft (50m). The Marina of Providencia aims to have 50 berths up to 160ft (48.66m) and the Marina of Riohache will have 180 berths. Spotlight on the UK Developments in the UK dominated much of the news in Europe. Camper & Nicholsons Marinas was selected to lead a project to build the 400 berth Victoria Marina in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, as part of a significant waterfront regeneration project (see World News). Specialist consultancy Marina Projects led the extension of Windermere Quays Marina at Bowness, which now offers berthing for up to 180 boats, and also led the £2.6 million Prince Philip Yacht Haven project on the River Hamble in the south of the country. In London, plans were announced to redevelop Albert Island, a slab of land owned by the Greater London Authority in the Royal Docks. The improvement works focused on visitor berths and holding pontoons. Swanwick Marina, a Premier Marinas facility on the south coast, opened a new drystack and boatyard in a £5.8 million project. The drystack stores 80 boats up to 11m (36ft) in length. A new drystack was also opened at Premier’s facility in Falmouth, Cornwall, catering for up to 48 boats. Later in the year, Premier – owned by BlackRock UK Property Fund – was sold to the Wellcome Trust for an undisclosed sum. Aberystwyth Marina, on the west coast of Wales, was also sold - to the Cardiff Marine Group. The new owner is preparing to make a number of phased investments to upgrade facilities. Planned works include dredging the marina basin and devising a new pontoon configuration. MDL Marina Consultancy was also at work on plans mooted for Edinburgh Marina, a new 400 berth - January/February 2016 23 MW2016JanFeb.indd 23 05/01/2016 09:34:06

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