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Nanny Cay

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

A new development in Tortola is set to improve superyacht facilities in the British Virgin Islands. Nanny Cay's brand-new 26,304 square metre outer marina was officially opened at a ceremony at the end of last year (December 12, 2016) and can currently berth up to 10 superyachts over 30 metres. The entire development is set for completion in August this year, by which time the marina will be able to accommodate superyachts up to 46 metres.

When completed the marina will have a total of 300 slips within the dock facilities, a new restaurant, wellness centre, retail spaces, gym and social areas, as well as eight new accommodation blocks that will start to be constructed in the spring. 

At the opening, Dr the honourable D Orlando Smith, premier minister of finance, said: "We are here today to witness a new chapter in the marine industry in the Virgin Islands. As a sailing capital of the world, we are adding another incentive to our product offerings to make the Virgin Islands more competitive."

The plan for expansion has been underway for nearly a decade — the owners began the project in 2009 and it was approved in 2014. The agreed plans included the implementation of an environmental management plan where 505 corals were relocated and are being monitored independently.

It has also been announced that the new marina, while offering superb mooring for those spending their days in the British Virgin Islands on a superyacht, will create 100 new jobs and approximately 90% of the development costs has been spent with local companies.

"I commend the owners of Nanny Cay marina and boatyard for pioneering this significant project. We see Nanny Cay Marina as an added value to what's happening in this industry and I congratulate the Nanny Cay family on this expansion initiative," Smith added.

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