When the America’s Cup fleet arrives in Bermuda in early 2017 a new destination resort and marina will be open to visitors eager to follow the action. Set in a cove within the Morgan’s Point peninsula, the resort’s Caroline Bay Marina will offer a range of mooring options and also cater for around 21 megayachts at Marinetek pontoons.
Built on the site of a former US naval base, which was subject to an extensive government funded clean-up operation that started in April 2013, the Morgan’s Point resort and its community of luxury homes is described by designers SB Architects as a ‘contemporary interpretation of British Colonial architecture.’ The marina has been designed by waterfront specialist Edgewater Resources.
The project, to be completed in phases, is landscaped around low to mid-rise waterfront homes and a 79-room Ritz-Carlton hotel, which will operate the marina as well as a spa and luxury restaurants.
“Caroline Bay Marina will provide state of the art, full-service mooring during the America’s Cup event and beyond,” confirms Ron Schults PE, CEO of Edgewater Resources. “Marinetek 5300BRK breakwaters were selected for the project to mitigate southeasterly waves and provide a safe and comfortable mooring achievement within the marina. We are honoured to be involved with such a world class facility.”
“Our turn-key project includes Marinetek 5300BRK wave attenuating pontoons safeguarding an aluminium-framed interior pontoon arrangement, anchored by steel pipe piles and featuring concrete floats and ipe hardwood decking. Standard slips are available for vessels of 40-80ft; 950ft of side-tie dockage is offered for megayachts up to 250ft; and a Med Mooring arrangement covering an area of 1,120ft has been incorporated for vessels of varying sizes. All mooring has been designed to meet appropriate hurricane loading regulations,” defines Richard Murray PE, Managing Director of Marinetek North America Inc.
Craig Christensen, President and CEO of the developer Morgan’s Point Ltd, described the project as a huge milestone. “We are very grateful to the Ministry of Public Works for their tireless efforts in completing this job so that we can begin to construct a world-class resort that is sure to enhance our tourism offerings and put Bermuda back on the map as a luxury destination,” he said.
Marinetek Group Chairman and CEO, Ilkka Seppälä, commented: “It is always a privilege to build marinas that will play a part in prestigious race events and Marinetek rises to the challenge of the tight time frames that are often in place for such events. Our multilocal supply chain is a great asset for meeting demanding project milestones anywhere in the world.”
“In 2011 Marinetek built the Volvo Ocean Race Marina in Abu Dhabi and in 2014 we completed Sochi Grand Marina in Sochi, Russia, as an integral part of the preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. In the USA, Marinetek North America built the City of San Francisco’s West Harbor breakwater, which was a pivotal site for the 2013 America’s Cup, and we are therefore delighted to make another significant contribution to the infrastructure for the 2017 race,” he added.
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