The Gibraltar Government’s Mid-Harbour Small Boats Marina, built by Marinetek, was officially opened on 26 April by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and Gilbert Licudi, Minister for Education and Justice.
The 700-berth facility for local boats up to 10m in length is complemented by a fixed breakwater, which acts as both a public promenade and mooring pier for superyachts and passenger vessels. The complete facility – Mid-Harbour Small Boats Marina, Public Promenade and Super Yacht Wharf – was described by Mr Picardo as “the largest, one-off marina engineering project in the EU in many decades.”
Marinetek worked to an exceptionally tight schedule to supply the marina components in a single phase. Five different production lines were put to work in Finland, Latvia and Sweden to build 140 large All-Concrete type pontoons and around 350 fingers, selected for their 50-year design life and low lifecycle costs. Great attention was paid to giving disabled boaters good access.
“We were delighted to build such a valuable contribution to Gibraltar’s berth count,” said Director George Desoisa, Marinetek MED . “Building such an ambitious project in just a single phase was an excellent test of our manufacturing and logistics capabilities and proves that Marinetek can meet a highly demanding schedule and deliver a quality product on time. The Gibraltar Government should be congratulated on its decision to power ahead with a concept that covers a range of berthing needs and gives the local community access to the waterfront.”