Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar launched the 700 berth small boat marina project.
The marina will be constructed in the mid-harbour area and will incorporate 400 six-metre and 300 eight-metre finger pontoon berths.
The marina will have electrical and water points, secure entry to the pontoons and CCTV security cameras. The construction will be a caisson vertical wall design wharf which will also provide 480 metres of new outer wharf berthing for large vessels and super yachts.
This will be the first time in recent history that new commercial wharf facilities have been constructed in Gibraltar. There will be two lanes for traffic, a roundabout at the end of the wharf, a public promenade and parking for over 50 cars and for motorcycles.
In preparing the project, the Government has commissioned a number of studies including a geotechnical survey to determine the composition and characteristics of the sea bed where the wharf will be constructed and a wave study.
In addition, an Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”) has been carried out and an Environmental Statement produced.
The result of the EIA is that, subject to a small number of recommended mitigation measures, the potential impacts of the construction and operation of the small boat marina are considered to be negligible or minor. The Environmental Statement will now be considered by the DPC.
Commenting on the project, Government Minister Gilbert Licudi QC MP said:
“This project is the work of an inter-ministerial committee who have worked with Project Manager Chris Riddell at all stages of the planning process. Construction of the marina will fulfil one of the key commitments in our manifesto.
For years, local residents have lost access to the sea as a result of various developments. This project seeks to redress that and will deliver not just much-needed berths for boating enthusiasts but a new wharf for Gibraltar and a public promenade so that the new facilities can be enjoyed by everyone.”
The Minister with responsibility for the Port, the Hon Neil Costa MP noted:
“As I mentioned in my Budget Speech last year, the Government is committed to provide a sufficient number of berths to accommodate the boats of small boat owners, in particular, the long-suffering owners on the waiting list and those whose boats are on the hard. In addition, as Minister for the Port, it greatly pleases me to announce that this project will enhance Port related activities by the provision of 480 metres of new outer wharf berthing for super yachts.”
The Minister with responsibility for the Environment, the Hon John Cortes MP said:
“Having looked at the results of the Environmental Impact Assessment I am pleased that there will be minimal negative impact, and will in fact create opportunities for colonisation by marine species. All the recommended mitigation measures will be implemented. Certainly the harbour is the best area in Gibraltar for this kind of development.”
Press Release, May 23, 2013