Karpaz Gate Marina, the first-ever luxury yacht marina in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), is progressing well and due for completion, on schedule, in May 2011. The owners are celebrating their progress by offering a limited number of trial berths, free of charge, for periods of up to one year.

During the summer, significant progress has been made on the development, which will offer berths for 300 yachts, including 16 for superyachts up to 65m in length. The main and secondary breakwaters, which have been designed to ensure a sheltered harbour for yachts needing either a home port or visiting berth in the eastern Mediterranean, are now both complete.

The main breakwater extends 650m (2,132ft) west while the secondary breakwater reaches 150m (492ft) north from the coast. The breakwater design has been optimised to ensure easy, safe and comfortable manoeuvring within the marina and that the correct angles for mooring to the prevailing wind are achieved.

Additional advances have been made with the completion of the backfill of the land in the 18,000m2 dry dock, and the commencement of work on the marina buildings. Also the building work for the casino, which is to be the region’s first, is now complete up to the second floor. The placing of a contract with a pontoon supplier is also imminent.

Sea-Alliance Group (SAG) Ltd, which is the appointed marina management company, is a maritime services operation specialising in marina developments. Roy Klajman, Managing Director of SAG, said: “It is a very exciting time for the construction and management team as the development continues to progress well with the opening next year very much on schedule. It’s fantastic to see the marina evolving and the core elements in place.

He continued: “Once the marina is completed, visiting superyacht and megayacht owners will have access to the largest and best possible maintenance facilities in the eastern Mediterranean as well as a lively commercial promenade, complete with chandlery, bars and restaurants. We anticipate that this will be a big draw for visitors.”

To apply for one of the free berths, valid for periods of up to one year from May 2011, or for further information on the marina, please visit www.karpazbay.com.