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Marina refurbishment nearly complete

30 March 2012

A major part of the 4 month project, which began in November 2011, involved replacing the old marina pontoon system, which over the years had been subject to wear and tear and was beyond economic repair. In order to replace the pontoons, meant a temporary relocation of all 102 berth holder vessels plus numerous smaller craft run by yacht clubs and sea cadets. Recent weeks have also seen the installation of emergency equipment, water stands and electrical pedestals. Now that the new pontoon system is in place and following the completion of minor items and testing, these vessels will be able to return to La Collette Marina with effect from Monday 2 April 2012.

Although the berthing layout has not changed significantly it has been possible to create an additional 4 berths on one of the pontoons, especially designed for smaller vessels. In turn this has allowed better use of available water space with boat lengths matched to berth.

The works programme has gone to schedule and despite some minor delays due to bad weather has been completed on time and within its £700k allocated budget, monies for which came from Jersey Marinas trading fund. Furthermore, although initially it was felt many of the old pontoons were beyond economic repair, Jersey Marinas has been able to retain several sections for repair and reuse elsewhere in the harbour.

Initial reaction among Jersey’s marine leisure community and boat owners has been positive although further feedback is expected once berth holders have the opportunity to use and enjoy the new facilities, which, provided they are kept in good condition, are expected to last for at least 30 years. Jersey Marinas has consulted with the Marine Development Group and local boat owner associations throughout the refurbishment project.

According to Group Commercial Director for Ports of Jersey, Myra Shacklady, the benefits of the refurbished 5 Gold Anchor status marina will far outweigh the temporary inconvenience caused during the refurbishment programme and she is full of praise for the berth holders. She says, ‘I would like to thank our berth holders and boating organisations for their support throughout the project and for working closely alongside us in ensuring minimum of inconvenience was caused. I am delighted that we are now in a position to offer our customers a product and service in line with today’s industry demands and expectations’.

Mike Stevens, Chairman of the St Helier Boat Owners Association, says, ‘Having recently visited La Collette Marina I am very impressed with the work that has been carried out. The project completion is on time and it is obvious that there has been excellent consultation by all parties involved. With the improved access to the entrance gate and the disabled parking area, which will follow, I am certain berth holders will be very satisfied’.

Southampton-based manufacturers, Walcon Marine supplied and installed the pontoons although local resources were used to assist the project team with equipment and crane hire as well as transport, disposal and recycling.

Although there is still a substantial waitlist for berths at La Collette Marina, there are currently berths available at the Elizabeth Marina. Further information and tariffs are available from the Marine Leisure Centre or online at Port of Jersey.
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