Marinetek Finland to build 700-berth marina
After winning the Bathing Pavilion project and the first phase of Marina Bay projects in Gibraltar, Marinetek Finland has been awarded a project to build a 700 berth Small Boat Marina in Gibraltar. It will cater for 700 local boats up to 10 m and thus increase the total number of berths in Gibraltar significantly. The marina will be protected by a fixed breakwater to be built simultaneously, which will also serve as a public promenade and for berthing for mega yachts and passenger ships. The fixed structures are being built by the main contractor Gibraltar Joinery & Building Services (GJBS), for whom Marinetek is acting as a subcontractor. The end customer is the Gibraltar Government.
The project has high demands for the long life time and low life-cycle costs. Thus Marinetek’s All-Concrete pontoons were therefore chosen as they require minimum annual maintenance and have a 50 year design life. For the same reason long-life Titanium Hybrid Seaflex was chosen as the mooring system. The pontoons are equipped with Marinetek’s new FN8000 and FN600K fingers with WPC-decking and F6000C Concrete Fingers along with Rolec’s smart card electricity and water services. The marina lighting system is powered by solar panels to make it as environmentally friendly as possible. The marina has also been designed to give disabled boaters good access to boats. The project has a very tight deadline of June 2015, by which time Marinetek is to supply and install a total of 140 large size pontoon units and 350 mooring fingers among other equipment. Due to the delayed start of the project, Marinetek has had to speed up production significantly and is using its network of manufacturing facilities in three factories: Finland, Latvia and Sweden.
“We will use five different production lines in three countries and our weekly production will be 20 units. The fingers will be produced in Sweden and in Latvia with four production lines. This is a good example of how our “One Marinetek” strategy works when big and fast deliveries are needed,” says Ville Leisti, Technical Director of Marinetek Group.
This project is huge and unusual in international terms as it will be delivered in one phase. The delivery time is also very short.
“We have been designing the details since late September and the production starts within two weeks, first in Finland and Latvia and right after in Sweden. The deliveries will start in Decemberand the installation by 15th March. There is quite a lot of operations and logistics involved, but this is not the first time we are doing this. Actually we have done this more than 2000 times before in Marinetek’s history ”, comments Markku Rantanen, Senior Partner of Marinetek Finland.
“We are very happy to build this world class marina reference and add it to our previous success stories in Limassol, Cyprus and Aker Brygge, Norway. With the support of our parent company’s network we are able to handle the manufacturing and logistic challenges and serve our customers in the best way and deliver the project in on time,” says Ville Frost, Sales Manager of Marinetek Finland.
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