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GLOBAL REVIEW 2017 Marina d’Arechi on the Amalfi coast has boosted berths in southern Italy and is seen as a symbol of regional success. for yachts up to 75m (246ft) are expected to be built in the country in 2019, growing the network to over 4,000 berths. In the Netherlands, Holland Marinas in the Maasplassen lake district in the south east of the country expanded its berth capacity from 520 to 600, increasing the size of fairways and introducing larger berths with finger piers. Single berths were designed to accommodate vessels in specific ranges and were generously sized to comfortably take the maximum boat length in each category. When half of the dredging work had been completed, the existing pontoons were moved aside and 70 steel piles were removed. A month later, 88 new steel piles were positioned and the pontoons transferred to their new location. Nine new gangways were installed and building began on a main pier approximately 330m (1,083ft) long. Elsewhere in Europe, the Sovren House Group soft opened a megayacht marina on the island of Ibiza in the western Mediterranean. The marina, called Sovren Ibiza, offers 16 berths for superyachts between 60 and 185m (197 and 607ft) at fixed docks. The marina specifically caters for yachts up to 185m (607ft) in length. In Malta, plans for Valletta Marina were set to regenerate the waterfront. When complete, it will offer 270 berths for vessels of 10 to 28m (33 to 92ft) and have additional space for superyachts up to 50m (164ft). In Montenegro, Marina Portonovi, an essential element of the €650 million upmarket Portonovi Resort, was completed. It is set to become a key nautical destination in the Mediterranean and a seasonal hot spot for superyachts. On completion, the resort will feature nearly 300 luxury villas and apartments. The marina design provides a range of berthing options including a number of smaller berths reserved for the exclusive yearround use of residents. The remainder will be available for visiting boats and superyachts up to 70m (230ft). The outer fixed breakwater can also be used for seasonal mooring of vessels up to 200m (650ft) in length. A new high-tech marina designed to set new standards in the Baltic was built in Kakumäe, 10km (6 mi) from the centre of Estonia’s capital city Tallinn. Offering wet berths for 300 vessels and additional superyachts, the marina will have a well-equipped boatyard, heated storage for a further 250 boats and many on-site amenities. A private 4m (13ft) wide VIP pier is also built to accommodate up to 16 megayachts in the 40 to 60m (131 to 197ft) range. All vessels have access to a pump-out dock, fuel dock with four pumps and a selfservice boat washing station. The dry storage building will hold vessels up to 130 tons. In Cyprus, the ministry of energy, commerce, industry and tourism awarded a 125-year lease to PMV Holdings for the development of a marina in Paralimni in the Famagusta district. The concession includes a marina of around 300 berths, administration buildings, residential, commercial and hotel development. US redevelops and consolidates In Florida, Loggerhead Marina sold 11 of its marinas throughout Florida to Suntex Marina Investors LLC. The Kakumäe Marina, just west of Tallinn, was largely completed in 2017 and will also have impressive shoreside infrastructure. - January/February 2018 17

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