The first major development in two decades in Auckland’s Westhaven Marina has kicked off with an additional pier construction underway. The Y Pier development will see another 66 berths added to the eastern part of the marina. The publicly-owned facility is valued for its proximity to the CBD, as well as a concentration of world-class marine suppliers and specialist service providers.
The project is being spearheaded by US-headquartered company Bellingham Marine, the Otahuhu branch of which is an NZ Marine Industry member, and aims to meet the growing need to be able to berth larger vessels and multihulls. A fuel jetty will also be added, with improved dinghy storage and new access to the pile moorings located in the north of the marina. Berths will cater to yachts from 14 to 20-metres LOA, and general manager of marinas for Waterfront Auckland, Tom Warren, says that, having had no significant increase
in capacity since 1994, construction of Y Pier is essential for Westhaven’s continued development.
“Projects like the Y Pier development and others in our master planning document – the Westhaven Plan – will bring significant improvements to the marina’s level of amenity and user experience. Future- proofing it for generations to come,” says Warren.
The new pontoon features two new Zealand firsts; a composite connection system to bind together the different parts of the pier itself and underwater lighting as the new pier becomes the eastern bookend for the marina facing the city; a visual continuation of the City of Sails.
- 1710 square metres of concrete pontoons will be manufactured in Bellingham Marine’s Otahuhu plant for the project.
- Fibre-reinforced polymer through rods, with glass-filled nylon nuts will be used in the project, offering a longer life span and reduced maintenance over time.
- The result of a design brief from Waterfront Auckland that required consideration for sustainable product choice; the project will see the introduction of a copper-infused whaler system that removes reliance on heavy metals contained in more traditional treatment.