Work on Margate Marina’s substantial redevelopment continues. Recognising the benefits of cleaner waterways, the latest improvement is a new pump-out facility for recreational vessels with holding tanks. It is now operational and open to the public. It’s the first outside the Derwent area and, thanks to partial funding from Marine and Safety Tasmania, it’s a free service for all recreational vessels.
Located at the Marina’s fuel dock, it’s a “self-serve” operation but boat owners must ring the Marina Office on their approach to the marina (access is currently restricted to shallow draft vessels until dredging is completed in a few months time).
The pump-out is a great asset for the increasing number of vessels with holding tanks and a valuable service for boat owners keen to protect the D’Entrecasteaux Channel environment.
Other recent improvements to the Marina include extra CCTV cameras (24/7), an expanded trailer boat storage area with an extra 20 bays, a new fully equipped laundry for the growing number of liveaboards and a new asphalt entrance driveway leading to the foreshore carpark.
Situated on the gateway to the famous cruising mecca of the D’Entrecasteaux channel, the redevelopment of Margate Marina will continue over the next few years. This substantial project represents one of Tasmania’s biggest recreational boating investments. From the first 50 berths completed in November 2018, the current berth count is 130 (10m to 40m) and will eventually expand to 300. Existing facilities include a floating fuel dock, fully equipped slipyard, CCTV and an office open 7 days a week. The slipyard area will increase significantly and a large marine trades building has been approved for the slipyard.
Watch this space!