First announced in 2009 as part of a public-private partnership, the marina was to include a mix of approximately 200 berths - between 100 to 250 feet and some in excess of 300 feet - to accommodate superyachts. Support, repair and club facilities were also to be included to transform the South Basin in Dockyard into a state-of the-art marina and boatyard.
“Our role will be to facilitate and provide a reason for these vessels to come to Bermuda. We don’t anticipate conducting major refits here but small work and maintenance that needs to be done.”
Andrew Dias, WEDCo manager, told the Bermuda Sun that the project aims to rebuild Bermuda’s maritime history and provide career opportunities for locals. “The vision is to revitalise the maritime industry — it’s part of our culture and heritage,” he says. “In order to do that we need to attract overseas vessels to get back to the glory days and we need a designated area to do that. We formed the South Basin Development Ltd to create a marine industry area.”
The new marine industry estate would allegedly be equipped with the latest technology and lifting machinery to enable routine maintenance and Dias believes that this would encourage passing superyachts to visit the island. “Our role will be to facilitate and provide a reason for these vessels to come to Bermuda,” he added. “We don’t anticipate conducting major refits here but small work and maintenance that needs to be done.”