Ocean Village Marina, Gibraltar

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Ocean Village Marina
Ocean Village berths with rock behind.jpg
Ocean Village Marina with Rock on right, runway and Marina Bay on far left
Location
Country Gibraltar
Location Bay of Gibraltar
Coordinates 36°08′52″N 5°21′17″W / 36.1478°N 5.3548°W / 36.1478; -5.3548Coordinates: 36°08′52″N 5°21′17″W / 36.1478°N 5.3548°W / 36.1478; -5.3548
Details
Owned by Ocean Village Investments Ltd
Type of harbor Artificial
Website
Ocean Village Marina

The Ocean Village Marina is one of three marinas in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. Formerly Sheppard's Marina, it is located in the Bay of Gibraltar, between the North Mole of Gibraltar Harbour and the runway of Gibraltar International Airport. Both Ocean Village Marina and the adjacent Marina Bay have been incorporated into the Ocean Village Project, a luxury resort.

Ocean Village Marina and the adjacent Marina Bay together have 330 berths, with a draft (or draught) of 4.5 metres (15 ft). The marina can accommodate vessels up to 90 metres (300 ft) to 100 metres (330 ft) in length. There are three residential towers with blue glass balconies overlooking the marina: Grand Ocean Plaza, Imperial Plaza, and Majestic Plaza. On 4 June 2012, Ocean Village Marina hosted 161 vessels which formed the Gibraltar Diamond Jubilee Flotilla, celebrating sixty years of the Queen's reign.

Location[edit]

Ocean Village Marina, Gibraltar is located in Gibraltar
Ocean Village Marina
Ocean Village Marina
Map of Gibraltar showing the location of Ocean Village Marina between the North Mole and runway

Gibraltar has three marinas: Marina Bay, Ocean Village Marina, and Queensway Quay Marina.[1] Ocean Village Marina is located on Gibraltar's Westside, outside the northern end of Gibraltar Harbour, in the Bay of Gibraltar, next to the airport runway.[2] It is adjacent to Marina Bay which is just to its north.[3] The marina forms part of the Ocean Village Project or Ocean Village Marina Complex, often referred to as just Ocean Village.[4] Ocean Village Marina is the former Sheppard's Marina or Sheppard's Yard.[5] Both Marina Bay and Ocean Village Marina have been incorporated into Ocean Village, between the North Mole and the airport runway.[4][6] The strategic location of the marina offers protection from moisture-laden Levanter winds.[7]

History[edit]

Ocean Village Marina, Gibraltar

Ocean Village Marina was formerly Sheppard's Marina, owned by H. Sheppard & Co.[8] By 2004, the marina had been sold to Ocean Village Investments Ltd and demolition had commenced.[9] The marina retained its original name, at least informally, for several years after the sale. The sale of Sheppard's Marina was not without controversy, as some residents of the marina were eventually evicted from their berths by the new owners.[10] After Ocean Village Investments acquired the adjacent Marina Bay in 2006, both marinas were incorporated into Ocean Village, a resort with residential, retail, and leisure facilities.[11]

On 4 June 2012, the Ocean Village Marina hosted 161 vessels which formed the Gibraltar Diamond Jubilee Flotilla, celebrating sixty years of the Queen's reign.[12] The flotilla took place one day after a similar event in London up the Thames. The festivities started officially with greetings from Gregory Butcher, founder of Ocean Village,[13] and Ros Astengo, event organiser of Ocean Village. The Gibraltar Port Authority addressed those assembled on the topic of safety, and made recommendations regarding precautions which ranged from sunscreen to the distance between vessels. The flotilla departed from the marina at midday, sailing from the western side of the runway, passing Europa Point, and returning after reaching the eastern side of the runway. Boats up to 70 metres (230 ft) participated in the flotilla. Small boats led the flotilla, followed by power boats over 9 metres (30 ft), and, finally, sailing vessels. The General Elliot, a Gibraltar Port Authority vessel, was at the head of the flotilla, and was supported by other official vessels.[12][14]

Facilities[edit]

Residential development on the marina

Ocean Village Marina and the adjacent Marina Bay together have 330 berths, with a draft of 4.5 metres (15 ft).[7] The marina can accommodate vessels up to 90 metres (300 ft) to 100 metres (330 ft) in length.[15] The marina now offers premier berths, the majority of which are between 18 metres (59 ft) and 25 metres (82 ft), although the largest can accommodate vessels up to 80 metres (260 ft) in length.[7] The Yacht Reporting Berth for Gibraltar closed in 2005 and customs clearance of vessels is now performed by the individual marinas.[16][17] Each berth at Ocean Village Marina offers utilities which include metered water and electricity, as well as access to satellite television, telephone, fax, and Wi-Fi. Other amenities include laundry and concierge services. Gasoline and diesel are available at the quayside.[18]

In addition to the marina, the Ocean Village resort features three residential towers, with blue glass balconies, that also have commercial space: Grand Ocean Plaza, Imperial Plaza, and Majestic Plaza. Construction of a new World Trade Center in Ocean Village was scheduled to begin in 2012.[5] The development has a variety of restaurants, bars, and retail outlets, as well as executive office space. Leisure Island, on reclaimed land, has a business centre and casino, among other facilities.[7]

Sheppard's of Gibraltar, the former owner of the marina which was established in 1961, still has a presence there. The business provides support services for yacht owners from both their chandlery and shipyard departments. Their chandlery shop on the ground floor of Marina Court at Ocean Village has a variety of products for yacht equipment and maintenance. Their shipyard on Coaling Island near Queensway Quay Marina performs repair services such as engine rebuilds, rigging, welding, and painting. Sheppard's attends to yachts at all three of Gibraltar's marinas, and also has a 40 ton lift when haul-outs are needed. Their haul-out work includes hull cleaning, replacement of anodes or transducers, and slurry blasting, among other services.[19][20] Haul-outs are performed at both Coaling Island and the North Mole.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marinas in Gibraltar". Gibraltar Tourist Board. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Marina Bay, Gibraltar". World Marine Guide. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Port of Gibraltar - Port Map". Gibraltar Port Authority. 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Ocean Village Marina, Gibraltar". Cruising & Marina Guide. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Ocean Village Gibraltar". Marina Bay. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "An Outline of the Port Infrastructure". Port of Gibraltar Handbook 2010-11. Land & Marine Publications Ltd, on behalf of the Gibraltar Port Authority. 2010. p. 13. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Ocean Village Marina Brochure". Ocean Village. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Cornell, Jimmy (1993). Around the World Rally (illustrated ed.). Sheridan House, Inc. p. 14. ISBN 9780924486470. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Toby Hodges (1 June 2004). "Development of Sheppard's Marina, Gibraltar". Yachting Monthly. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Treading on Tradition". Vox. 27 October 2006. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Port of Gibraltar Handbook. Land & Marine Publications Ltd. 2007. p. 38. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Be a part of history in the Gibraltar Diamond Jubilee Flotilla". Home and Lifestyle Magazine. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Ocean Village Reaches New Heights". Gibraltar Chronicle. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Diamond Jubilee Flotilla". Ocean Village. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Ocean Village Marina Gibraltar, Gibraltar". World Marine Guide. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Yachting - Marinas". Gibraltar Port Authority. 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Yachting - Clearance Formalities". Gibraltar Port Authority. 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Top Quality Marina and Waterfront Facilities". Port of Gibraltar Handbook 2010-11. Land & Marine Publications Ltd, on behalf of the Gibraltar Port Authority. 2010. pp. 47–49. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Sheppard's of Gibraltar - Yacht Chandlery and Repairs". Sheppard's of Gibraltar. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  20. ^ "Sheppard's of Gibraltar - Map". Sheppard's of Gibraltar. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Haul-out". Sheppard's of Gibraltar. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 

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