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Outer Marina – FAQs


Why the need to expand?

The marina has been running at full capacity for the last four years.

Successive governments of the BVI have recognized and pursued the need for marinas capable of handling megayachts to continue to compete within the Caribbean and with islands such as Antigua and St Maarten.

The sun, sea, sand and wind together with its unique 60+ islands are the BVI’s major export over which it has total control – the same cannot be said of the financial services industry. As a country, efforts to attract additional visitors with additional amenities must be made – but with minimal environmental impact.   Nanny Cay’s expansion offers the best solution to providing an accessible megayacht marina for the BVI with the least environmental impact.

What are the economic benefits to the BVI?

The new marina, coupled with the existing inner marina, will bring considerable revenues into the BVI. There will be an additional 130 yachts buying goods and services in the BVI.

The Outer Marina and related amenities will create 100 new jobs.

Local contractors, large and small, will be used for all construction and Nanny Cay doesn’t foresee any need for additional labour from overseas.

Nanny Cay will continue to be open to the community for leisure and business.

Nanny Cay will continue to handle all its own power generation (if required), water supply and sewage treatment, putting no strain on local services.

How big is Nanny Cay now?

Currently, the marina and boatyard accommodate a total of 440 motor cruisers and sailing yachts – 180 in the marina, and 310 in storage including 70 catamarans. There is a boatyard with two boat lifts of 50 and 70 ton capacity. Nanny Cay has a 40-room hotel and two restaurants. It also has a chandlery, provisioning store, laundry facility, boutiques, dive shop, hairdressers, gym, fresh water pool and beach. Nanny Cay is also home to a number of marine related businesses and other offices.

How many people does Nanny Cay employ?

The operations at Nanny Cay account for 400 jobs directly and indirectly. Nanny Cay employs 100 staff.

Design & Safety

How big is the sea wall/peninsula

The 6.5-acre Outer Marina peninsula will be 190-240 feet wide at sea level (and 230-280 feet wide on the seabed). A 7-feet thick revetment comprised of large diameter armor rock on a 2:1 slope will form the southern, seaside, of the peninsula. This revetment will rise 6-feet above sea level. The pedestrian pathway will be set back approximately 30 feet from the water’s edge. The buildings will be a minimum of 50 feet back from the seawall edge, some more.  The basement of the residential buildings will be parking. The first floor residential unit will be 14 feet above sea.

The existing marina is very sheltered won’t the outer marina be at risk to hurricanes?

Even though the outer marina is in the Sir Francis Drake Channel, it is sheltered by the outer islands from most angles. Nevertheless we’ll be building the peninsula very conservatively to provide the protection from storms that we need.

Health & Safety

Will the construction disrupt operations at Nanny Cay

No.  The vast majority of construction will be the laying of rocks to create the outer wall, pile driving for the docks and then forming and pouring the concrete docks. Trucks will turn left at the area near the Coldwell Banker offices, avoiding most of Nanny Cay.

What measures do you have in place to protect workers and Nanny Cay visitors?

We have screened off the construction area with 6-feet high fencing to the water’s edge.  We have placed signs warning people to keep away from the area, and there only two access point to the site, both of which will be monitored.  We have also placed additional signs on the Sir Francis Drake Highway and the environs of Nanny Cay warning people to be aware of the truck traffic.

It will be mandatory for all workers on the site to wear high visibility vests.

What are the constructions hours?


What environmental protection measures are in place?

  • An Environmental Management Plan (EMP) – which outlines procedures to mitigate impacts on the environment from construction activities – is a condition of the governmental permissions and will be followed at all stages of the development. Additionally, Nanny Cay is in discussions with Conservations & Fisheries to minimize environmental impact and plans to have an Environmental Committee comprising Nanny Cay staff, key stakeholders and consultants, to oversee the implementation of the EMP.
  • Nanny Cay will be working with Conservation & Fisheries to develop a pilot project to transplant any live coral and fully track its success rate.
  • The plans preserve the reef that lines the southern shoreline by building around it.
  • The new outer seawall, created from rocks like the one at the marina entrance, will become a biomass in its own right and provide a protected nursery habitat. Multiple culverts through the seawall and a bridge will aid in the flushing of the marina and also act as a sanctuary and access for juvenile fish. Nanny Cay will undertake mangrove planting on the seawall. This approach has already met with success in other areas of Nanny Cay.
    • Net effect of the expansion should be increase in sheltered marine habitat not a decrease.
  • Sediment curtains, and other measures, will be used to protect the mangrove and other sensitive areas.
  • Nanny Cay is already operating as a boatyard and marina with all the inherent environment impacts.
  • All the infrastructure such as power generation, water supply and sewage treatment, is in place and scalable to meet the demands of the expansion.
  • There will be minimal reclamation and building on land.
  • Nanny Cay has a proven track record of environmental caution illustrated with other improvements such as beach creation and townhouse building which had very little negative environmental impact.
  • The expansion will cause minimal additional environmental damage, particularly in comparison to the economic benefit and a new greenfield development.
  • The expansion will create significant additional cash inflow to the BVI and 100 skilled jobs.

With the economies of scale that the expansion can bring, operational environmental impact can be reduced further with the introduction of better recycling and mitigation systems.

You’re planning to build the Outer Marina by dropping rocks straight into the sea, how do plan protect the surrounding sea life from all the sediment created?

We’ll use sediment barriers to protect the surrounding areas, plus we’ll sequence the construction to minimize possible sediment creation.

Will you have to dredge the seabed?

Yes in places. Most of the material we’ll need to dredge will be dead coral rock and rubble, which has been washed up on the shore over many years.

What steps will you take to minimize the impact of dredging?

The stone outer breakwater will be built first and the area to be dredged will be fully enclosed and sealed off with silt barriers prior to dredging.

What will happen to the flushing channel that runs through the construction area?

It will be blocked during the construction of the marina to avoid sediment entering the marina.  Once dredging has finished, it will be opened back up.  Ultimately, a bridge will connect the peninsula to Nanny Cay allowing a free flow of water into the marina.


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