by Dom Wiseman

French marina constructor, Poralu Marine, has been chosen to design and build the new Gateway Marina at Burnett Heads in Queensland.

The project involves the construction of a 273-berth marina, to be located at the mouth of the Burnett River, 20 kilometres from the town of Bundaberg. The first berths are due to be opened this year.

The first release of 56 berths are to be designed to accommodate single and multi-hull vessels up to 27 metres as well as two additional commercial berths able to accommodate vessels up to 32 metres.

Developers, BH Developments QLD Pty Ltd, invited applications for the first round of berths, looking for a company with a strong commitment towards eco-friendly solutions. Poralu Marine are renowned for their commitment to eco solutions and recently completed the extension to the Prince of Wales Bay Marina in Hobart, Tasmania. Poralu Marine was a prime candidate for the project due to this commitment.

The company, founded in 1982, is a French based company. With over 150 employees, across 25 different countries, Poralu Marine has offices in Hong Kong and Melbourne. The company is very proud of their commitment to eco-friendly solutions.

“Poralu Marine is deeply involved in the development and manufacturing of eco-innovative solutions for port facilities,” said the company in a statement.

“For the Bundaberg project, the developer indicated the employment of sustainable materials. BH Developments required the use of green technologies for power and water, and the respect of natural habitat for local species. This is where the experience of Poralu Marine made the difference.

“Poralu Marine has always strived to provide the most innovative solutions to limit the impact of marina developments on the environment. In the past, the company developed eco-friendly mooring and anchoring technologies and made strong investments in innovations, dedicated to helping protect coastal and inland marine areas.”