Motorboat & Yachting: The three-year redevelopment of St Helier Harbour is now complete, after Marina Projects carried out £3m worth of upgrades.
Boatowners visiting Jersey will find upgraded facilities at St Helier Harbour, following the completion of a £3m upgrade programme. Marina Projects has announced that the three-year upgrade was recently completed, including extensive dredging, which has increased the minimum depth to 9.6 metres at low tide and 12 metres at high tide.
What’s more, the old span-link bridge within St Helier Marina has been replaced with a new 52 metre long pedestrian bridge. Additional 24 metre long steel piles have been installed by sub-contractor Fugro Seacore, with rock-socketing to hold them in place. And further improvements have been made to both the visitor berths and the holding pontoons.
Feasibility studies on St Helier Marina were carried out in 2012, but the work only began in September 2014 after planning permission was granted. The completion of the project also frees up space in the South West corner of St Helier Harbour for future construction works.
St Helier is one of the busiest ports in the UK with more than 20,000 visitors per year, including extensive use by the RNLI. It also hosts the annual Jersey Boat Show, which takes place over the first weekend in May.
Motorboat & Yachting: Gibraltar’s Ocean Village marina will be adding ten new superyacht berths as part of a major expansion project.
The owners of Ocean Village marina are hoping to attract superyacht owners to Gibraltar for more than just cheap fuel, after a major expansion project was approved.
The marina will be adding ten new stern-to superyacht berths, 102 waterside apartments, a new Pier Office, and a landscaped promenade area.
Plans were submitted to Gibraltar’s Development and Planning Commission back in December 2015, but were only approved earlier this month.
Developers will now carry out further research and provide traffic and environmental reports before the development can move into the design and construction phases. No timeframe or budget has yet been agreed for the overall project.
Neil Crawford, director of Ocean Village, said: “Our marina sees superyachts on a regular basis, but usually just for short periods of time or for fuel stops.
“Of course we’re delighted at the news,” he continued. “This is a vote of confidence in the future of Gibraltar’s economy and complements the Government of Gibraltar’s measures to attract superyachts to the Rock.”
Ocean Village and Marina Bay are the two main marinas in Gibraltar and between them they include 300 berths measuring up to 80 metres.
Pratical Boat Owner: Planning permission has been granted for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, the world’s first tidal lagoon power plant.
Mark Shorrock, chief executive of Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc, said: ‘Wales led the way providing the fuel for the industrial revolution. We are now entering the era of the climate change revolution – de-carbonising our world in time to avoid two degrees of global warming – Wales can now lead this next revolution.
‘In the run up to the Paris talks on a global climate change deal, a deal to steer global emissions from 50bn tonnes CO2e down to 40bn tonnes CO2e by 2030 and 20bn tonnes by 2050, the UK and especially Wales has opened a new door to help answer the greatest challenge of our age.
‘With the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon becoming a reality, locking in 120 year life, zero carbon energy infrastructure, we have the potential to help transform our industrial economy and the UK’s energy mix.’
Mr Shorrock added: ‘We see it as a game-changer, a scalable blueprint, paving the way for a fleet of lagoons that can work in harmony with nature to help secure the nation’s electricity for generations to come.
‘The tidal lagoons that follow – at Cardiff, at Newport, elsewhere in the UK and overseas – must each make their own compelling social, environmental and economic case to proceed. But they have a pilot project to guide them and a blossoming technical and industrial network to support them.
‘We’ll create an opportunity for the local community and ordinary people across the country to part-own the lagoon, should they wish to do so, later in the year.
‘It seems a very long time ago that we first set out our vision to the people of Swansea Bay: the international class sporting facilities and events; the opportunities for employment and leisure; the visitor facilities and tourism potential; the incubation of new ventures in mariculture and conservation; the blank canvass for art and learning, for culture and interaction; the Sunday stroll along the lagoon wall.
‘We now have some further permissions to secure and must successfully conclude CFD negotiations on our way to financial close, but the vision is now closer to reality than ever before and our delivery team is readying itself to start on site and start delivering for Swansea Bay next spring.’
Yachting & Boating World: The Royal Southern Yacht Club was honoured on Thursday by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
The Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble was honoured on Thursday by the presence of its patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, for the commissioning ceremony of the newly completed Prince Philip Yacht Haven.
Three years ago, His Royal Highness graciously lent his name to the project that transformed the club’s waterfront and returned yesterday to view the completed development for the first time.
Accompanied by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mrs. Lindsay Fox, Prince Philip was welcomed to the Royal Southern Yacht Club by its commodore, Mr. Christopher Mansfield, before meeting flag officers and members of both the Royal Southern and its neighbour, the Royal Air Force Yacht Club, a partner in the waterfront project.
Later, His Royal Highness met the chairman of the group responsible for the Haven development, past commodore Mr. Mark Inkster, and its members, together with representatives of the Hampshire-based contractors who had worked on the project, before unveiling a commemorative plaque and taking lunch with members.
The 8-month building project has included the construction of a new quay wall, a capital dredge to give full tidal access, a new slipway and re-positioning pontoons to create enhanced berthing facilities for members and visitors.
The Haven includes a much needed disabled persons access, an ecologically sound ‘living wall’ for invertebrates and, overall, the development will provide added flood protection to the village of Hamble.
Commodore Mansfield commented: “The Prince Philip Yacht Haven would never have been completed without the unstinting generosity and tolerance of Members, who deserve our unreserved thanks.
“Nor would it have been delivered without the foresight and impetus of members from both clubs who made up the Haven Group, or the contractors selected to bring it to fruition. It is truly a world class facility which will transform the sailing opportunities for both clubs.”
The Royal Southern Yacht Club has enjoyed Royal patronage since its formation in 1837. A Member for 67 years, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh was gracious enough to accept an invitation to become admiral of the club in 1952 and became its patron in 2002.
Motorboat & Yachting: Isle of Wight marina Cowes Yacht Haven has been added to the TransEurope network, following the completion of a major dredging project.
Cowes Yacht Haven has been named as the latest member of the TransEurope Marinas network, the first Isle of Wight marina to join this group.
The TransEurope association means that bertholders at Cowes Yacht Haven can get half-price moorings at 29 other UK marinas and 40 overseas marinas across seven European countries.
In return, bertholders at all other TransEurope marinas are now entitled to a half-price mooring at Cowes.
Jon Pridham, managing director of Cowes Yacht Haven, said: “We are very positive that this will benefit the Island and its tourism greatly and offers a great opportunity for our berth-holders to explore other marinas around the continent.”
The news comes shortly after Cowes Yacht Haven completed a major dredging project, ensuring a minimum water depth of 3.5 metres, even during low spring tides.
The 260-berth marina has also recently spent £300,000 on a new mobile crane, which can lift vessels weighing up to 15 tonnes.
Motorboat & Yachting: Leslie Jones has been named as the lead architect for a £120m project to redevelop the Port of Dover by 2017.
The ongoing project to redevelop the Port of Dover took a huge step forward this week, when Leslie Jones Architecture was named as the lead design firm.
The £120m project with Bride Hall Real Estate Partners could include a new marina, as well as shopping and leisure facilities and retirement housing.
Leslie Jones has previously worked on the Southside shopping centre in Wandsworth, Sheffield’s Moor Market and the London Designer Outlet in Wembley.
James Cons, managing director at Leslie Jones Architecture, said: “We understand how to capture successful elements of mixed-use schemes across the UK, and adapt, then transfer them to the benefit of other developments.
“We are excited that this waterfront location will be brought back to life and become a destination that local people and visitors call home.”
Dover Harbour Board was given Government permission to redevelop the Kentish port in 2012 and secured £120m of funding in September 2014.
At the time George Jenkins, chairman of Dover Harbour Board, said the investment would “create long-term prosperity for Dover and for the nation”.
It is hoped that the new development will create more than 600 jobs in the area by 2017. Each year the Port of Dover handles an estimated £100billion worth of goods.
Pratical Boat Owner: Hundreds sign up to ditch single use items and highlight issue of plastic in our seas.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK’s leading marine charity, is challenging people to ditch pre-packed sandwiches, ready meals and plastic bottled drinks for the whole of June.
Almost 600 members of the public have already signed up to take part in the MCS Plastic Challenge, which aims to highlight how reliant we have become on plastic – as reflected in the amount already known to be turning parts of our oceans into a ‘plastic soup’.
The Plastic Challenge began when MCS staff and volunteers were asked to try and give up single use plastic goods for Lent 2013 after volunteer Emily Smith from Lambeth challenged herself to pack up plastic for 40 days and 40 nights.
The charity will offer help to 2015 Plastic Challengers via its website and social media feed which also has a tip swap area and the opportunity to get help when the going gets tough!
Since the charity began monitoring beach litter levels around the UK more than 20 years ago, the amount of plastic bits and pieces has increased by 180%, causing an increasing threat to marine life.
Plastic bags, bottles and tiny plastic pieces are regularly found in the stomachs of turtles and other sea creatures, and in some cases have caused their death from starvation or choking.
MCS senior pollution policy officer, Dr Sue Kinsey said: ‘We want to change people’s attitudes towards single use plastics, and to encourage people to value plastic as a resource – not just buying stuff without any thought of the environmental impact.
‘People taking on the Plastic Challenge are often shocked to find out just how much single use plastic is used every day. Have a go at the Plastic Challenge, even if you can only manage a single day, and you’ll never look at your shopping in the same way again!’
MCS says that because plastic plays such a large part in all of our lives, from brushing our teeth and showering, to cooking and buying plastic-packed products, even simply buying lunch is a minefield – boiled eggs in individual plastic containers, apple slices in plastic bags, pasties on a polystyrene tray wrapped in plastic, plus prepacked sandwiches and bottled drinks.
Dr Kinsey added: ‘Our clamour for convenience is a sin for our seas.
‘It’s durable and lightweight, but it’s these properties that allow it to remain in the marine environment for hundreds if not thousands of years. Plastics are among the most persistent synthetic materials in existence and are now a significant and extensive marine pollutant.’
You can take part in the Plastic Challenge at www.mcsuk.org/plasticchallenge
Motorboat & Yachting: The new East Cowes marina will be developed by a consortium of Camper & Nicholsons and Westcourt Real Estate.
A new marina is to be built in East Cowes as part of the regeneration of the Isle of Wight port town, it has been announced. The project, which is expected to create 250 jobs in the area, will be led by a consortium of Camper & Nicholsons and Westcourt Real Estate. The extra marina space has been made possible by the construction of the Cowes breakwater, the local harbour commission added.
Captain Stuart McIntosh, harbourmaster at Cowes, said: “The delivery of the Cowes Breakwater has required long-term vision and commitment from the commission and we are delighted to see that as a result, the new marina and waterfront development in East Cowes will soon become a reality.”
No specific timeframe has been set for the Victoria Marina project, but the Cowes breakwater construction will not be completed until the summer of 2015.
Paul Flatt, senior development manager at the Homes and Communities Agency, spoke highly of Camper & Nicholsons, which already runs an international network of 12 marinas: “The proposals for a new marina are bold and ambitious and we need a development partner who shares this vision and has a track record of success.
“Camper & Nicholsons’ name has a strong historic connection to the Solent area,” he added. “This is an exciting opportunity to apply their extensive international experience in marina development and operation in the UK, on one of the remaining key pieces of the regeneration of East Cowes.”
The new East Cowes marina announcement comes just a few weeks after the Solent Gateways exhibition, a £15m regeneration plan from Homes and Communities Agency, Isle of Wight Council, Red Funnel, and Southampton City Council.
Motorboat & Yachting: Widespread use of Green Diesel by leisure boaters in Ireland has led to a European Court of Justice summons. The Irish government is being taken to court by the European Commission (EC) over the use of Green Diesel by leisure boat owners.
Green Diesel is a form of marked fuel, similar to Red Diesel in the UK, which benefits from a reduced tax rate. It is meant to be used by working fishing boats only, but as many leisure boaters in Ireland use Green Diesel as they rely on the fishing community’s refuelling points.
In theory, leisure boat owners are meant to file a tax return at the end of the year and pay the difference to the government. However, the EC has said that the low number of tax returns filed show that this is not happening in many cases.
In a statement, the EC warned of the consequences: “Private leisure boats cannot only use fuel intended for fishing vessels but also risk heavy penalties if they travel to another Member State and the boat is inspected by the local authorities.”
The European body warned the Irish government to close this loophole in a memo published in April, but a lack of response has led to legal action.
Harry Hermon, chief executive of the Irish Sailing Association, said that setting up separate fuelling points for leisure boaters is not a feasible option:
“It will be an enormous and costly task to create a network of ‘white’ diesel suppliers exclusively for leisure craft. The cost involved and the return would not be viable for suppliers.”
He added that any ban on Green Diesel would result in boat owners using their cars to carry jerry cans of fuel from petrol stations to their marina, a practice which is both dangerous and illegal.
In response to the possibility of prosecution overseas, Mr Hermon added: “The Irish Sailing Association has received no reports from any boats travelling abroad having difficulties as a result of the green diesel in their tanks.”
This news follows a similar development in the UK, which saw the EC challenge the British government over Red Diesel earlier this year.
Yachting & Boating World: Japanese company Shimizu Corp claim technology to build sustainable housing on the seabed will be ready by 2030.
Japanese developers have unveiled innovative plans to build a sustainable underwater city. Shimizu Corp are claiming the technology required to build housing on the seabed will be ready by 2030.
“The ocean has an infinite amount of possibilities,” the firm said, as they reveal a blueprint for underwater living. This is a real goal, not a pipe dream,” Shimizu spokesman Hideo Imamura told the Guardian.
The sustainable Ocean Spiral, expected to cost three trillion yen (£16bn), will house 5,000 people, and draw energy from the seabed. Shimizu Corp has developed the project as a sustainable solution to rising sea levels.
The structure will be formed of three sections; a floating bubble of 500 metres in diameter called the Ocean Spiral’s Blue Garden, at the surface of the sea will house business, homes and hotels. The Infra Spiral – 15km spiral will connect this sphere to the ‘earth factory,’ where energy will be taken from the seabed in order to power the structure.
The factory will turn carbon dioxide into methane by extracting microorganisms, while generators will use differences in seawater temperature will produce power. Hydraulic pressure systems will also produce and pump fresh water into the housing pod.
The project is being developed and backed by experts from Tokyo University, government ministries and energy firms. Project manager Masaki Takeuchi told the Asahi Shimbun newspaper: “It would be great if research institutions and governments become interested in our project. However, not everyone is blown away by the plans; assistant professor in the urban studies department at Tokyo University, Christian Dimmer said: “techno-utopias” such as Ocean Spiral were a response to crises.
“It’s good that many creative minds are picking their brains as to how to deal with climate change, rising sea levels and the creation of resilient societies – but I hope we don’t forget to think about more open and democratic urban futures in which citizens can take an active role in their creation, rather than being mere passengers in a corporation’s sealed vision of utopia,” Dimmer said.
Shizimu Corp are not new to developing extravagant projects, others among their portfolio include floating botanical cities, a crystal palace-esque air pyramid, and a space hotel.
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