Port Macquarie Marina in Australia’s New South Wales, has announced that works on its facility upgrade project have been completed and the facility is ready to welcome visiting yachts at its revamped facilities.
Port Macquarie Marina is located on the mid-north coast of New South Wales in calm waters on the estuary of the Hastings River. The marina serves as a stopover for transient vessels and can accommodate boats up to 25m.
Bellingham Marine was contracted in May 2016 to retrofit Port Macquarie Marina’s existing C- arm with modern pontoons, services and technologies as well as build a new 14-berths arm, labelled D-arm.
After permitting delays leave less than 60 days from start to finish, Bellingham Marine said it met the timeline and Macquarie opens new dock in time for the holiday season.
The D-arm was subject to a permitting process while C-arm was not. The replacement of the marina’s docks on C-arm was considered repair and maintenance. While works were underway on C-arm, the owners worked diligently to obtain the proper approvals for the new construction.
The consent was not forthcoming and C-arm works were soon completed. Expecting approval within nine weeks, Bellingham Marine had cast the pontoons for D-arm to allow a smooth transition of work from C-arm to D-arm. However, the material could not be delivered to site until the approvals were given.
Unable to confirm delivery dates for D-arm and storage at capacity at Bellingham Marine’s plant in Brisbane, Australia, Bellingham utilized the pontoons for another client.
The approvals for D-arm eventually came through in late October. Bellingham quickly resumed work and was able to re-cast all pontoons and install just before Christmas.
Construction work was complete in six short weeks. Port Macquarie Marina was able to operate during the Australian summer season and the additional 14 berths provided a considerable increase in revenue for the marina.
Bellingham Marine specializes in floating dock, floating platform and floating wave attenuation systems for marinas worldwide. The company also produces dry storage systems for the upland storage of boats.