The UK south coast port of Portland, venue for the 2012 sailing events, is reviewing its options for berthing visiting superyachts. Despite a new marina having been constructed for the event that will be able to berth yachts up to 70m (230ft) or above, security needs will mean the marina being totally locked down during the Olympics, making access to and from yachts difficult.
In response to this, Portland is looking at other parts of the port area where large yachts might be moored and Weymouth and Poole port authorities are also looking at this opportunity. Portland harbour encloses a large area and a site close to the marina has been identified that offers deep water for mooring large yachts.
At Weymouth, some berthing might be made available within the port area while at Poole a new marina is planned for the summer of 2010 that will offer 50 berths plus four for superyachts. This new facility will be developed by Poole Quay Boathaven.
As for other UK marinas and businesses, pontoon supplier Walcon reports a good year “finishing 2009 in a confident mood”. It has been working in the UK on marinas at Portland, Plymouth (Mayflower marina), Darthaven at Dartmouth and Baston Creek at Salcombe. Overseas Port Louis in Grenada is a high-profile project and again Walcon will provide temporary berthing for the Dubai Boat Show.
“2009 saw a change in emphasis with an increase in demand for new pontoons and piles from smaller operators,” commented Clive Kemp, Walcon’s commercial director, reflecting “a move by some boat owners to look for cheaper, no frills berthing. However, 2010 has begun with a number of significant projects at the discussion stage which gives us confidence for the year ahead.”
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