An additional 56 marina berths will be available on the Hobart waterfront in time for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, bringing to 84 the total number of marina berths.
The new berths will cater for yachts up to 17 metres LOA and are due to be completed by mid December.
Hobart Ports has announced that construction of the second stage of the Kings Pier Marina, with the additional berths, has been approved by the Board of the Hobart Ports Corporation (HPC) and has received planning approval from the Hobart City Council.
HPC Harbour Master Mike Boss-Walker said the $1 millionnew project followed the construction in 1998 of the existing pier, which extends 135 metres from Franklin Wharf, and the 130-metre breakwater across its head.
“Work on the second stage, being undertaken by Bellingham Marine, should be completed by mid-December in time for the arrival of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race fleet,” he said.
“The new berthing arrangements, which will suit vessels up to 17 metres long, will be available to customers from 1 February 2004.”
Captain Boss-Walker said Hobart Ports expected strong interest from local and interstate boat owners for this second stage of the development. The Kings Pier Marina will provide interstate-based boat owners with an affordable berthing option for their vessel in a prestige location,” he said.
“Interstate owners would be able to get off a plane and straight on to their boat to enjoy a weekend of sailing in Tasmania.
Captain Boss-Walker said the marina also materially helped to provide safe boating access and berthing arrangements for major events including the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
“It will also add to the general ambience and interest in the area for tourists and the Hobart community,” he said.
“Boat owners interested in tendering for a berth at Kings Pier Marina will receive a kit containing second stage plans, an artist’s impression of the completed development, a tender application document and lease agreement,” he said.
Tender forms will be available on line at www.hpc.com.au.