Five star praise for a five star project


Marinetek completes Marina Portonovi

Around 275 homes, One&Only’s highest category hotel, a yacht club created by famed designer Andrew Winch and a 238-berth Marinetek marina are among first-class ingredients that combine to create the unrivalled menu for Portonovi Resort Village. Marinetek delivered this superbly crafted Mediterranean marina by meeting complex schedules and, according to the client, exceeding high expectations in terms of quality products and intelligent design input.

Set amidst a landscape of scenic mountains and clean blue waters yet less than an hour’s drive from international airports in Dubrovnik and Tivat, Montenegro’s new luxury tourist destination has risen up from disused reclaimed land over the past two years to become a new icon for picturesque Boka Bay. The new Marina Portonovi – designed by UK-based Marina Projects and built by Marinetek in just one year from contract to completion – also makes it one of the largest nautical destinations in the Mediterranean and a seasonal hot-spot for superyachts.

Marinetek supplied a broad range of technical solutions for a range of vessel sizes and custom-built and installed a 180m long floating breakwater. The marina is in use throughout the year for vessels owned by resort residents and for visiting yachts and superyachts, and has been designed for vessels of 7 to 70m. Yachts up to 120m in length can moor up on the outer fixed breakwater.

Various types of standard Marinetek pontoon elements have been used to build the marina system, including Super Yacht pontoons up to 45 tons and of 4m width and All-Concrete Heavy Duty pontoons that are 2.5m wide. All elements are connected using semi-flexible couplings with rubber shock absorbers and steel bolts, for long life and minimal maintenance. The mooring pontoons are attached to the quayside using wall guides.

An additional pontoon, adjacent to the fuel dock, features a built-in water purification system. This is designed with channels to collect any waste water, grease and oil. The separator processes the waste material, purifies any water for release into the sea, and stores oil and grease in a separate reservoir for removal.

The closed part of the marina basin is surrounded by solid breakwaters on concrete piles in order to preserve the natural flow of seawater throughout the marina. The entrance, which faces east towards Tivat, has additional protection via the floating breakwater, which was constructed using 5m-wide Marinetek type M5300BRK modules.

All concrete elements for the project were manufactured at Marinetek NCP’s production plants in Šibenik, loaded onto barges using Marinetek’s own cranes and transported to the construction site. In addition to supplying 67 pontoon elements, essential fixtures and the Seaflex system required for anchoring all piers, Marinetek also delivered eleven access bridges, 20 km (11 tons) of rope and nearly 40 pallets of additional equipment.

Marinetek’s input was significant – and much valued. “It has been a pleasure working with Marinetek’s team during all phases of the Porto Novi floating pontoon works,” said Peter Traynor, Senior Project Manager for Rare Developments Ltd, Porto Novi. “The level of application by their team from the tender stage to the installation has been of the highest quality. They continually provided a proactive and flexible approach and offered clever refinements to the design/layout as work progressed. The quality of the pontoons is a testament to Marinetek themselves and how they work with their clients.”

Boris Miškic, Director of Marinetek NCP, is deservedly delighted. “The construction of Marina Portonovi has been one of the most important Mediterranean projects that Marinetek has had over the past ten years and we were very excited about the size of the project and the requirements that our client had set for us,” he commented. “We are extremely pleased and proud that by completing all the tasks within the envisaged deadlines, Marinetek once again has proved that it can undertake even the most demanding projects, and has definitively confirmed itself as the leading turn-key marina provider in the Mediterranean.”

Building Marina Portonovi was a triumph of scheduling and technical expertise that has resulted in a magnificent facility. As an integral element of a relaxed yet elegant resort where the ultra-modern manages to reflect the traditional architecture of its immediate surroundings, when it opens next year the marina is set to be an overnight success and take pole position in Marinetek’s portfolio of impressive Mediterranean and global references.

For more information, please contact:
Boris Miškic, Marinetek NCP,