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Gibraltar Plans 700-Berth Marina

by Jason Gorringe,, London

30 May 2013

The Gibraltar Government has confirmed the launch of a 700-berth marina project, to cater in particular for small pleasure craft, as well as to increase capacity for super yachts.

The project envisages the creation of 400 six-meter and 300 eight-meter finger pontoon berths, with access to electrical and water points, secure entry and CCTV security. The construction will be a caisson vertical wall design wharf which will also provide 480 meters of new outer wharf berthing for large vessels and super yachts. This will be the first time in recent history that new commercial wharf facilities have been constructed in Gibraltar. There will be two lanes for traffic, a roundabout at the end of the wharf, a public promenade and parking for over 50 cars and for motorcycles.

The new marina will boost Gibraltar's appeal as a pleasure yachting destination, building on the success of the Rock's three existing facilities, Queensway Quay, Marina Bay, and Ocean Village, each with capacity for around 200 vessels, and able to accommodate vessels of up to 75 meters in length.

Commenting on the project, Government Minister Gilbert Licudi said: "This project is the work of an inter-ministerial committee which has worked with Project Manager Chris Riddell at all stages of the planning process. Construction of the marina will fulfill one of the key commitments in our manifesto. For years, local residents have lost access to the sea as a result of various developments. This project seeks to address that and will deliver not just much-needed berths for boating enthusiasts but a new wharf for Gibraltar and a public promenade so that the new facilities can be enjoyed by everyone."

The Minister with responsibility for the Port, Neil Costa, added: "As I mentioned in my Budget Speech last year, the Government is committed to provide a sufficient number of berths to accommodate the boats of small boat owners. In addition, as Minister for the Port, it greatly pleases me to announce that this project will enhance Port related activities by the provision of 480 meters of new outer wharf berthing for super yachts."

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