Marinetek – 25 years strong


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Rebuilding Marina Bay, a landmark marina in Gibraltar, and extending berthing options at Phuket Yacht Haven, one of Southeast Asia’s most modern marinas, are just two highlight projects that helped to kick off a strong start to Marinetek’s 25th year.

 

We are also delighted to announce a new contract to supply all-concrete pontoons and a 100m long breakwater for 200-berth DB marina in Taalintehdas, one of the most important boating hubs in Finland. Finland is also uppermost in our minds this month as we prepare to welcome you to stand 3M11 at the Helsinki International Boat Show (7-16 February). We look forward to meeting you – and to sharing our insight on the benefits of strong marinas and pontoons.

 

Marinetek to rebuild Marina Bay Gibraltar

Marinetek is to return to Gibraltar to complete another ground breaking marina development having been selected to rebuild Marina Bay in the heart of the Ocean Village community. The contract, signed at METSTRADE on Wednesday 20 November and won via competitive tender, calls for Marinetek to replace the marina’s existing Mediterranean mooring system, originally installed in the 1980s, with a complete floating pontoon arrangement.

Formerly a separate 252-berth marina, Marina Bay was purchased by Ocean Village owner and Chairman Greg Butcher in 2006 and has been undergoing a major refurbishment programme. “The living heart of the marina is already built so we want a world class marina facility and superyacht marina that encourages visiting guests to stay – and not just call in for cheap fuel,” explains Marina Director William Bowman.

Quality has been the watch word throughout the entire project to date: five star bathrooms; highly equipped laundry facilities; fibre broadband; and in-berth pump-out when other marinas in Gibraltar resort to mobile trucks. The new floating system will not only endorse the overall quality of the marina but take the need for larger berths into account with an expansion and reconfiguration that accommodates 270 vessels. A significant number of 15m and 18m berths are in the mix and up to 12 superyacht berths. UK-based Marina Projects has been retained to devise the configuration of the superyacht mooring. Pontoon installation is due to take place in April/May 2020 and completion is scheduled for December. Around 60% of the berths in Marina Bay are on annual leases and boats will be relocated around the site as work progresses.

 

 

Marina Bay - the heart of Ocean Village - will be revitalised with a completely new floating marina system, superyacht berths and luxury waterfront apartments.

 

 

The superyacht berths, part of an expansion being spearheaded by Marina Club, are to be complemented by 144 high-end waterfront rental apartments with rooftop spas. All apartment blocks are linked by walkways to create an integrated community.
Marinetek director Markku Rantanen was delighted to sign on the deal. “It’s a privilege to work on Ocean Village & Marina Bay, a top quality facility that sits at the crossroads of Europe and Africa. We look forward to further boosting its destination appeal,” he says.
Marinetek’s most recent project in Gibraltar was in 2015 when it completed the 700-berth Mid-Harbour Small Boat Marina for the Government of Gibraltar in just one single phase.

 

 

Marinetek extends boating facilities in Thailand

Boasting some of the most modern marinas in Southeast Asia, Thailand – and its pivotal yachting centre of Phuket – is preparing well for an increased number of yachting visitors. Marinetek continues to be at the forefront of expansion projects.

Further to delivering a super yacht extension in 2015 that gave Phuket Yacht Haven (PYH) its first berths for vessels up to 100m in length, Marinetek has now secured the contract to build an additional 12-berth docking facility for yachts of 60m+. The company is supplying 23 of its 4.8m long x 3.3m wide Super Yacht pontoons, which will be anchored by the Seaflex mooring system. “These are the same pontoon types we delivered for the initial extension,” explains Marinetek’s Kristian Räme. “Now well proven, as the marina has been running at full occupancy during the high season, the client had no hesitation in ordering the same again.”

Significant emphasis at the current Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous on helping industry and government attract superyachts to the region, and the increased number of large vessels already heading to Thailand, has endorsed PYH’s aim to position itself as the leading port of call for this sector. In recent years, the owners have invested in a club house building, thriving waterfront restaurant, and an array of auxiliary buildings and amenities to complement its 320 berths. PYH has also recently hosted the first Thailand Charter Week and has concentrated on amassing high level accreditations such as ISO 14001 and 9001, and MIA Clean Sea Level 4.

Marinetek has also reached out to other areas in the country and is soon to deliver a watersports centre platform in Bangkok and complete the second phase at Port Takola Marina & Yard in Krabi. Port Takola Marina & Yard, a family-owned marina and waterfront community, currently has year-round sheltered mooring for 70 vessels and a well-equipped boatyard. As Krabi is a prime international tourist destination, it is popular with visiting yachts and Marketing Manager Matthew Nagara confirms that phase one operations have constituted a positive start for a marina that will ultimately have around 260 berths.

Port Takola

 

Marinetek has also reached out to other areas in the country and is soon to deliver a watersports centre platform in Bangkok and complete the second phase at Port Takola Marina & Yard in Krabi. Port Takola Marina & Yard, a family-owned marina and waterfront community, currently has year-round sheltered mooring for 70 vessels and a well-equipped boatyard. As Krabi is a prime international tourist destination, it is popular with visiting yachts and Marketing Manager Matthew Nagara confirms that phase one operations have constituted a positive start for a marina that will ultimately have around 260 berths.

 

 

A lot can happen in quarter of a century. Marinetek co-founders and directors Ilkka Seppälä and Markku Rantanen reflect upon 25 years and, in tandem with president and CEO Mika Parviainen, look to the future. Carol Fulford listens in. Read More

 

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