Plans for a Gibraltar superyacht marina take shape

Capt E S Geary has been appointed as consultant and technical advisor for the proposed Gibraltar superyacht marina
Capt E S Geary has been appointed as consultant and technical advisor for the proposed Gibraltar superyacht marina

Ocean Village, the developers behind the proposed development of the new Gibraltar superyacht marina, has confirmed it has appointed Capt E S Geary as a consultant and technical advisor for this ambitious project.

In a statement, Ocean Village said that Gibraltar is ideally located to attract and provide services to this ever increasing market. The number of large yachts under construction in Gibraltar has more than tripled over the last 10 years. Ocean Village says that if the proposed new Gibraltar superyacht marina in Marina Bay was only 60% full, it could bring £75m into the local Gibraltar economy.

So, with this in mind, Ocean Village has appointed Capt Geary, a naval engineer, who has broad and extensive experience in compliance requirements, marina design, construction and marina operations worldwide. Capt Geary comes to the role well equipped. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Furthermore he has written extensively about yachts, larger and small.

Capt Geary said that his role will be to ensure that all the superyacht facilities at Gibraltar’s Marina Bay meet, or exceed the guidelines and recommendations put forth in PIANIC 134 ‘Design and Operation Guidelines for Superyacht Facilities’. Furthermore, it is important to ensure that it is in full compliance with the stringent requirements of the Gibraltar Maritime Administration.

He added, “Gibralatar has the lowest bunkering costs in the Mediterranean.”

When asked about the scale of the Gibraltar superyacht marina project, Capt Geary spoke positively saying that he is, “confident that as a result of the detailed, careful and comprehensive planning that Ocean Village has carried out to create the state-of-the-art Gibraltar superyacht marina that it will materialise.”

He added, “There are, of course, a few individuals who may object, but I’m confident that their objections can be overcome once they become aware of the outstanding benefits, not just for superyacht owners and captains, but for the community as a whole.”

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