It’s another beautiful day in Port Douglas. It was a delight to have a coffee on the boardwalk this morning, and to see the restaurants and tour boats so busy.
First, let me welcome a couple of new game boats to The Reef Marina. Reel Power is a magnificent new-build Viking 76 that will be chasing the big fish around Port Douglas over the next year for her international owner. And the 40ft Black Magic is the newest addition to the Far North Sports Fishing fleet and is available for bespoke charters – see www.farnorthsportsfishing.com.
Our marina upgrade program is continuing at pace. Dredging has now been completed (thanks for your patience) with 53,000 cubic meters of silt removed from the marina and pumped to onshore settling ponds. In technical speak, that’s 21 olympic sized swimming pools of silt.
Our team has now commenced a long overdue program of timber waler replacement, starting with Rows A & B. We will contact you directly if your vessel needs to be temporarily relocated.
NEW DIESEL FUELLING FACILITIES
Our next major project is the installation of new diesel fuel facilities.
The existing facilities date back to development of the marina in the 1980s, and because of the risks involved with aging infrastructure, our current fuel provider has notified us of its intention to cease supply.
The safety of our customers, the public and our pristine environment is paramount. Accordingly, we are pleased to be partnering with Marano Enterprises in the installation of new diesel storage and pumping infrastructure. The new facilities will comply with best practice safety and environmental standards. And for the convenience of customers, pumps will be card operated to allow faster fuelling and extended operating hours. The fuel dock will also be relocated to provide improved vessel access. Unfortunately due to safety restrictions regarding tank locations, we will no longer be selling unleaded fuel.
There will be some disruption to fueling operations during the switch-over to the new systems. During this time, Maranos will supply diesel using mobile pumping equipment and during limited hours. We will seek to minimize inconvenience and will advise customers of precise arrangements closer to the time.
Now the bad news. Faced with significantly higher government, utility and other costs, we will be standardizing our berthing fees across all customers and increasing them by 5% from 1 October 2014. This will be the first increase in over two years, and our fees will remain substantially lower than other major marinas in the region. I also urge customers to understand that for the first time in many years, a very high proportion of our income is and will continue to be reinvested into the upgrade of The Reef Marina’s facilities and infrastructure.
Customers renewing berthing arrangements prior to 1 October can do so at the current berthing rates.
On a sunnier note, congratulations to Lucas and Kate Agrums on taking over the iconic Lady Douglas tour operations.
Keep calm and boat on!