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Investment in Fuerteventura M

arina Jandía at Morro Jable in the South of Fuerteventura is the latest investment for Lanzarote-

based Calero Marinas. Costing 8.5 million Euros the new harbour will have a total area of 64,180 sq m and provide 290 berths for vessels of lengths between six and 35 metres. It will also have a commercial area of 2,000 sq m housing 20 shops. The announcement of this

initiative was attended by the President of the Canarian Government, Paulino Rivero, as well as the President of Canarian Ports and the Minister of Public Works, Transport and Regional Policy,

Left to right: Domingo Berriel, Paulino Rivero, Mario Cabrera and José Calero.

Domingo Berriel. The President of the Cabildo of Fuerteventura, Mario Cabrera, was also present

Improvements at St Katherine Docks

When the acquisition of St Katharine Docks, which is adjacent to the Tower of London, was announced in the Summer of 2011, the new owners stated their commitment to invest in the marina and dockside premises. The aim was to turn the Docks into a stunning waterside environment for yacht owners, workers and residents alike. Nearly three years later, the improvements have had a significant effect on the appeal of the marina to permanent berth-holders and visitors. Key improvements include extensive dredging, the introduction of static and mobile pump-out stations and enhanced security. William Bowman, Marina

Director at St Katharine Docks, said “Early last year, we dredged the Central Marina, which has resulted in a depth of around five metres of water throughout the three docks. In addition to this removal of years of accumulated silt, we introduced static and mobile pump-out stations to encourage vessel owners to deal with their boats’ discharge responsibly”.

MARINA EURO-REPORT • JUNE 2014 The marina has also enhanced

its security with the introduction of a fibre-optic network Access Control System. Berth- holders access pontoons using personalised proximity tags rather than the traditional numerical keypads. As well as providing holders access to pontoons, the tags will also activate entry to the landside shower blocks. Tags will be programmed in the same way as hotel keys, so access to facilities will be aligned with berthing dates and fully monitored to ensure optimum security. This entry system is supported

by an extensive CCTV operation with gate-mounted cameras on individual pontoon gangways. Access to vessels can be reviewed at the Capitainerie and cross- checked against card holder records to deter misuse. William added, “We have

already had cases where use of the images has led to improved security and peace of mind for our berth-holders”. Throughout 2014, St Katharine

Docks will continue its ongoing programme of infrastructure repairs and refurbishments.

New berthing facility from Walcon

A new berthing facility has been opened at Kingsbridge in the South- West of England. Designed and built by Walcon Marine Ltd, the linear installation provides berths for 132 boats of up to 5.5 metres, as well as visitor and ferry facilities. The £300,000 mooring scheme

followed an extensive public consultation process and has been welcomed by local residents, who expect it to provide a noticeable boost to the local economy. In addition to bringing more berth-holders to the town who, it is hoped, will take advantage of local amenities to refresh themselves and replenish their boats, the facilities include a new public landing stage that is expected to encourage more visitors with larger boats to head ashore to explore the Devon town. The public ferry, River Maid, which links Kingsbridge and Salcombe in the

Summer months, will also make the pontoons its new home. Walcon built and installed the

finger berths, a 222 metre walkway and an access bridge, as well as undertaking all the piling. Here, the client, South Hams District Council, specified the use of greenheart piles, which are both aesthetically pleasing and highly resistant to marine organisms. An additional feature was the installation of drying piles just upstream of the pontoons that allow yachts of up to two metres draft to dry out alongside for inspection and anti-fouling. Despite some poor weather during

the installation phase and what was described as ‘the wrong kind of mud’, which posed some unexpected challenges, the facility opened in good time for Easter and is being well- patronised this Summer.

and referred to José Calero, President of Calero Marinas, in the following comment: “Based upon

his previous achievements, we have a guarantee that the work carried out here will be of a very high standard and will provide a quality, complementary offering to tourists”. Calero Marinas’ management

have declared their commitment to local employment and to working with local institutions so their intention is that the 12 new jobs generated by the new marina will be filled by local staff. They have also agreed partnerships with the Jandía Yacht Club for future events, as well as the Red Cross and the Fishermens’ Co-operative of Morro Jable, in order to be able to co-ordinate activities for the benefit of all parties.

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