GMM to run Nawi Island Marina
FIJI: Gulf Marina Management (GMM) has been awarded the contract to run the new Nawi Island Marina and Shipyard in Savusavu. Bellingham Marine is due to begin construction of the marina this month (January).
GMM chairman, Andrew Chapman CMM, said he is very excited to be involved with the facility and has reviewed the design in line with current data on the types of vessels visiting Fiji, customer expectations, time spent in the region and cruising requirements.
The new marina will accommodate 130 vessels and have 19 berths for superyachts up to 85m (279ft) in length. The facility has been engineered to cyclone levels that will enable vessels to stay in the water year-round.
Fiji is expecting a significant increase in the number of superyachts visiting over the next few years because of the America’s Cup regatta in Auckland and onshore facilities at Nawi Island will be of high standard so as to support the visiting yacht owners, captains and crew. Significant investment has also been made in fuelling infrastructure and plans are in hand to develop a resort with health spa to complement the yacht club and restaurant facilities that are being constructed at the same time as the marina.
The shipyard, which has a wide body 75 ton Marine Travelift suitable for handling catamarans, will be constructed on a separate site nearby.
Chapman says he expects to have facilities available to accommodate yachts from May this year.
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