New 228-berth marina in Egypt due for completion mid-July
New turnkey facility part of Mediterranean coastal resort development
A new 228-berth marina project in Egypt is due to be completed in the next week or so by Walcon Marine Australia as part of a new Mediterranean coastal resort development at Marassi, 140km west of Alexandria.
Walcon Marine Australia (WMA), which is owned by an Asian entrepreneur, serves as the local licensee for the UK Walcon Marine marina infrastructure brand.
The Marassi resort project involves equipping a new man-made inner harbour currently being completed with a range of berthing options. These will combine finger pontoons mounted on piers with walkways running alongside the harbour walls for larger vessels. The 23 separate docks will accommodate up to 228 leisure craft of up to 45m (148ft), all in fully serviced berths.
The project is in partnership with EDECS (El Dawlia for Engineering & Contracting) of Egypt for the UAE’s Emaar Properties Group. Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, Walcon has supplied the marina infrastructure to EDECS along with detailed guidance on the installation process. To date, all of the marina components for Docks D, K, L and U have been delivered, installed and are now operational, and the remainder are currently being fabricated in Australia and will be shipped shortly.
The marina is being built using heavy-duty and extra heavy-duty versions of Walcon’s System 2000 aluminum walkway and finger pontoons. These are fitted with durable walnut WPC decking and continuous fender protection. The five- and 10-tonne cleats fitted to the pontoons are all Marassi branded.
The marina is held in place by 186 steel piles, each protected from the sun and salt by HDPE sleeves and conical caps. Access to the docks is via 25 gangways, also decked in the walnut-effect, eco-friendly WPC material. Additional features include the latest in services distribution systems and fire-fighting equipment to ensure a safe marina in full compliance with the latest global standards.
Walcon has also installed a fully operational services dock for the provision of fuel and water and the removal of onboard liquid waste.
“Walcon is delighted to have designed and supplied the marina infrastructure for this high-quality, luxury resort development,” says Walcon Marine Ltd managing director, James Walters.
“Our experience in building berthing facilities for premium clients in the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and other tropical and sub-tropical locations around the world, including Australia itself, means that our product range includes fully-recyclable pontoons that are designed and engineered to give many years of reliable service,” he adds.
Just last week Egypt’s Minister of Tourism & Antiquities, Khaled El-Anani, held a preparatory meeting to redouble efforts aimed at revitalising yacht tourism in the country. It is hoped that the Marassi coastal development, which includes five beaches, 23 residential village estates, over 3,000 hotel rooms, an 18-hole golf course and the state-of-the-art marina facility, will play a key role in meeting this ambition.