New facility will allow  dry-docking of up to 12 vessels, each with up to 105m LOA at any one time

New facility will allow dry-docking of up to 12 vessels, each with up to 105m LOA at any one time

Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92) has moved on to the second phase of its expansion plan with the construction of a new esplanade to accommodate a new shiplift to dock vessels of up to 4,000 displaced tonnes. The Administration Board of the Port of Barcelona has approved the project and investment of the new facility originally planned in the 2010 concessional document.

The total investment of the project is estimated to be €45 million and it expects to create between 250 and 300 direct job opportunities inside MB’92 and the companies subcontracted.

The new shiplift will occupy an approximate total surface area of 20,000sq m and it will be located at the currently known “Muelle Catalunya” and Paint Shed.

This new project will permit the dry-docking of up to 12 vessels, each with up to 105m LOA at any one time.

Greater efficiency, flexibility and productivity, together with a considerable improvement in environmental conditions were the objectives that were set in the design and realization of this project.

It will partially substitute the current 2,000t synchrolift and create an acoustically protected environment in the area close to the new Port Vell residential zones.

MB’92 selected Pearlson Shiplift Corporation (PSC) from Florida (US) for the design, the engineering and the development of the technical elements for docking and transferring vessels. PSC is a company with a recognised technical team and with over 40 years experience in elevation systems and boat transfers.

The development of the rest of the facilities is being carried out under the operational and technical direction of MB’92 alongside the Barcelona Port Authority technical team.

The project is expected to start mid- 2016 and be completed by the end of 2017.

Technical data of the 4,000t shipflit:

  • 81 metres length and 20m width platform with the capability to lift and transfer superyachts of up to 105 metres in length.
  • System designed to enable future increase in length and capacity or superyachts of up to 120 metres in length.
  • The shiplift will incorporate a single level transfer system with electrically operated transfer cradle rail mounted rotatable wheeled bogie units.
  • The superyachts will be transferred longitudinally and laterally between the shiplift and the designated shore maintenance berth.