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Harbours & Marinas – Opportunities for the Future

Harbours & Marinas – Opportunities for the Future Calum Macdougall, Varis Engineering

Reasons for Marina Development
• Demand = Opportunity
• Assuming demand is there the opportunity is to develop the current marine asset
• Survey the existing facility for condition, practicality and size
• Check draught and whether the harbour can be dredged and maintained cost effectively
• Develop marina plan

Plan – environmental issues – Commercial issues – Planning issues

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Moray Firth Marinas and Harbours
What are the benefits of a marina?
• Urban regeneration
• Tourism
• Employment
• Gains to local business

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• Many new marinas rise or fall on how they deal with environmental sensitivities both in planning and operation
• On the Moray Firth the biggest consideration for yachtsmen and operators is the Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and it is vital we all work together for the protection of all indigenous species in the area

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Insert image Portmahomack, Cromarty Harbour

Insert plan of proposed Inverness Marina – Completion Date September 2008

Insert Whiteness or Nairn image – probably the Nairn one as the Whiteness image will be used in Stewart Fulton’s presentation.

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Image of West Basin Lossiemouth, East Basin Lossiemouth, Whitehills Marina