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WORLD NEWS Danang welcomes superyachts VIETNAM: The first international standard superyacht facility in Vietnam opened in Danang City in June. Several yachts, the largest of which is in excess of 120m (394ft), are already booked in for the summer months. Danang International Marina is at first-phase development and will be completed over the next three years to accommodate yachts of unlimited size stern-to and alongside at floating pontoons. It is planned as a major superyacht base for Southeast Asia due to its central location, halfway between Hong Kong and Singapore, Boosting slips at The Harborage across from the Philippines and Indonesia, and close to Micronesia. Facilities include full yacht agency services (including visa-on-arrival), full provisioning (western and eastern), full security, guest and crew services and bunkering. Yacht repair and maintenance services are offered in cooperation with a local shipyard that, according to marina director Allan Goodman, offers the first ‘superyacht standard’ service in the region. USA: Safe Harbor Marinas, the largest owner/operator of marinas in the USA, contracted Marinetek North America to design and build a section of bigger docks at The Harborage Marina, St Petersburg, Florida. The impressive extension, which includes four side-tie moorings (seven slips) for yachts up to 200ft (61m) and ten slips for vessels up to 60ft (18m), opens up great possibilities for the marina. “The beautiful deep waters of Tampa Bay have attracted boaters for years, but the lack of facilities able to handle megayachts has made it a non-destination for these vessels,” explains Harborage Marina general manager Brian Sweeney. “We get requests almost daily for large slips with adequate power and facilities and now we are able to accommodate these people.” Marinetek’s floating concrete dock system was selected for its good design and low lifecycle costs. The outer floating dock is a 13ft (4m) wide Marinetek BRS series wave attenuating dock and serves to protect the leeward pontoons from incoming wave energy The marina will be complemented by a yacht club, scheduled to host Vietnam’s first international sailing regatta in June 2017. Danang City, in central Vietnam, is close to various historic attractions, two championship golf courses, theme parks and numerous other entertainment options. Danang International Airport connects directly to the USA, Asia and Europe and can accommodate private aircraft. from Tampa Bay. Marinetek Superyacht pontoons, measuring 10ft (3m) wide and with a 24-inch (61cm) freeboard, are used for the remaining docks and are anchored using 18-inch (46cm) square concrete piles. The wave attenuator is secured using 24-inch (61cm) square piles. Connecting two types of dock required extra thought. Aluminium transition plates were used to connect old and new docks as they differ in design and freeboard and are not physically joined together. “This allows the two dock systems to react independently to storm conditions without affecting each other,” explains Marinetek project development manager, Bob Berry. Safe Harbor Marinas is delighted with the expansion. It brings the slip count at The Harborage Marina to 355, making it one of the largest marinas on the west coast of Florida. With good upland amenities including a captains’ lounge and swimming pool, and easy walking access to central St Petersburg and its recently revitalised waterfront, Brian Sweeney is correct in his assertion that the megayacht expansion comes at the perfect time. “The demand for larger slips with adequate utilities has never been higher,” he says. “Half of the new slips were leased before construction began and now we are almost sold out. Everyone loves the new docks.” - July/August 2016 13

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