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James Watt Dock Marina

James Watt Dock Marina, Greenock The James Watt Dock Marina opened last month and has welcomed its first visitors and annual berthers. Located on the outskirts of Greenock the marina is ideally located for visitors and fulltime berthers being only 30 mins from Glasgow and close to both rail and air links. The sailing waters are protected and plentiful with superb views and numerous places to visit.

The Marina forms one of the first phases of the huge £180m development of Inverclyde’s historic James Watt Dock and waterfront : a twelve year project which, on completion, will include housing, commercial spaces, an hotel, artist’s studios, shops, a yacht club, new cycle ways and improved access to waterfront walkways.

GVA RGA Waterfront’s Director Martin Latimer, with his other hat on as MD of Blue Sea Marinas, has been awarded the contract operate the marina from a competition of over a dozen companies. Working with GVA RGA, Blue Sea Marinas is able to offer a full array of services with GVA RGA leading the feasibility, tourism and hospitality angles and Blue Seas bringing their experience in marina design, business forecasting and management to the team.

Martin believes this is an exciting time to be at the centre of such a large development and a great show piece for the teams skills;

"There are numerous opportunities for more waterfront development throughout the UK and Europe and the James Watt Dock project highlights the important part marinas can play in urban and waterfront regeneration. These are exciting times and we look forward to promoting further projects of this nature in other locations."

At the centre of the development is the refurbishment of the Sugar Sheds (A stunning Victorian warehouse complex, reminiscent of the Albert Dock buildings in Liverpool), the 120 year old buildings are a reminder of a time when Greenock was the sugar refining capital of the world.

The dock hosted the Tall Ships race in July; where participant were all sailing vessels crewed by young people from all over the world. Over 50 tall ships took take part. The event was a huge success with literally hundreds of thousands of people attending over the four day period which ended with Fireworks and a spectacular parade of sail.

Martin is looking forward to establishing this superb new facility which will come as a welcome addition to the Clyde sailing scene and a great boost to the regeneration of Greenock’s historic waterfront.

The marina currently has 65 berths and will expand to 140 berths and the site will benefit from a small boatyard, under cover storage and full craneage facilities. Blue Sea Marinas are currently negotiating with a number of tenants to provide facilities on site from this winter. Sunbird International Yacht Sales have already signed a joint agreement with BSML to provide new boat sales and brokerage through the marina office.

To find out more about the Marina, click through the link:  Blue Sea Marinas

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