The year ended on a high note, as we opened the new outer marina after 17 months of construction. At a ceremony held at the entrance to the new outer marina on December 12, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, declared the marina officially open.
In July last year, construction started on a new outer marina at Nanny Cay. Here’s the progress date: The revetment is 90% complete, while dredging and construction of the 6.5-acre peninsula - which is a combination of dredged material and land we have literally moved from one side to the other - is 75% complete. Sheet piling to form the inner wall of the marina has started, and construction of the main access bridge is underway.
With the use of a truck crane, backhoe, a generator wrangler, and some engineers (see the pictures below), we have just doubled our backup power with the installation of a second 750 KVA generator. With current loads, this addition gives us one redundant generator enabling us to use them on an alternating basis.
The building that will house the new Budget Marine BVI chandlery and marine store is well on its way to completion. Construction started in March and is due to finish at the end of July, with the store opening at the end of August.
Part of phase one of the outer marina development was the dredging of the flushing channel at the western end of marina. The only feasible way to do it and preserve the channel and the mangroves was to use divers and pumps. Commercial Dive Services was tasked with the 12-day project and a diesel-powered hydraulic dredge pump with 350 feet of discharge line were brought to bear.
Peg Legs, the bridge and the the pool and beach bar nearing completion:
Great progress on the pool and Beach Bar area, new wooden bridge and PegLeg Landing. Watch the slideshow for more: