BOATERS DOCKING AT MARINA ENJOY PACIFIC PARADISE
May 23, 2006
Known as the “Paris of the Pacific,” Noumea, New Caledonia, is a boater’s paradise. With bright, blue water and over 800 km of coral reef surrounding the country, the island has a wide array of cultural and natural attractions. And with a new, 250-slip marina from Bellingham Marine, maritime travelers can put in at Port du Sud and enjoy a full slate of amenities.
Tucked behind a rock breakwater, the marina features 8 to 25 meter berths and a 4 meter-wide floating wave attenuator, providing temporary moorage for boats up to 50 meters. Each slip comes equipped with 16 to 60 amps of power, 12 TV channels, Internet access and fuel. The marina also features security gates made of special glass with proximity readers at the entry of the piers and eight family bathrooms for those that live aboard.
The marina was installed adjacent to a luxury apartment building developed by Kalinowski Promotions of New Caledonia as part of the effort to improve that area of the bay. “I am very happy to have chosen Bellingham Marine to do this job,” said Christian Kalinowski, owner/developer. “The attenuator’s design is well-suited for the site.”
With a draft of .5 meters, the wave attenuator allows the deep water current in the bay to renew the water inside the marina during the tides. This continual flushing means exceptionally clean, clear water for boaters and visitors to enjoy.
Tourists come to Noumea to windsurf, sail and enjoy the city’s beaches. Because the country is still an overseas territory of France, Noumea retains a distinctive European flavor with many French restaurants, boutique shopping and spectacular views from the mountains.
Developed over 40 years ago, Bellingham’s Unifloat System consists of individual concrete floats connected with a through-rod system. This modular concept allows virtually any size or configuration and easy expansion capabilities, too. Environmentally friendly, the concrete decking is safe and non-flammable.
As the world’s leading marina design/build construction company, Bellingham Marine produces Unifloat saltwater systems, Unideck freshwater systems and Unistack dry storage systems for marinas worldwide. Contact Bellingham Marine, P.O. Box 8, Bellingham, WA 98227; www.bellingham-marine.com
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