Local authorities are looking to overhaul the marine facilities on Heligoland Island

With plans to overhaul the marine infrastructure of Germany’s Heligoland island in the North Sea, local authorities are planning to build a new marina with more berthing capacity than the existing marina which currently accommodates around 120 boats.

The investment is part of a larger plan to overhaul the marine facilities of the German island, which is estimated to be worth around €64m (US$71.1m), according to the Hamburger Abendblatt.

One of the designs under consideration by the authorities will see a new marina with 160 berths, accompanied by new facilities for seafarers and tourists. The value of this project was not disclosed.

Lars Johannson, director of the Heligoland Tourism Service, said the island is becoming increasingly popular with tourists. Last year, Heligoland was visited by around 392,000 people, and this year the island’s authorities are hoping to accommodate at least 400,000 tourists.

Heligoland has a population of close to 1,300, according to the state-run Statistics Office for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.