Walcon Marine Australia is supplying a turnkey marina installation for one of Egypt’s premier resort developments; Marassi, located 140 km west of Alexandria on its Mediterranean coast. The project involves equipping a new man-made inner harbour currently being completed with a range of berthing options. These combine finger pontoons mounted on piers with walkways running alongside the harbour walls for larger vessels. In all, the 23 separate docks (see plan overleaf) will accommodate up to 228 leisure craft up to 45 metres in length, all in fully serviced berths.
The project is being done in partnership with EDECS (El Dawlia for Engineering & Contracting) of Egypt for the EMAAR Properties Group.
The marina is being built using heavy duty and extra heavy duty versions of Walcon’s System 2000 aluminium walkway and finger pontoons. These are fitted with highly durable walnut WPC decking and continuous fender protection. To add a touch of exclusivity, the five and ten-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, specially-designed gangways, also decked in the walnut-effect, long lasting and environmentally 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 on-board liquid waste.
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 & 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 expected to be fully operational by the end of July.
“Walcon is delighted to have designed and supplied the marina infrastructure for this high-quality, luxury resort development,” commented 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 in such challenging conditions. We have no doubt that they will do the marina proud, in a location that is the heart of this exceptional coastal destination.”
The Marassi coastal development includes five stunning beaches, 23 residential village estates, over 3000 quality hotel rooms, an international standard 18-hole golf layout and of course, a state-of-the-art-marina facility.