CAPE ELEUTHERA MARINA

55 Slip Marina, 2,200 Lineal Foot Cantilever Steel Bulkhead

Client
Cape Eleuthera Resort & Marina

Location
Pointe Powell, Eleuthera, Bahamas

Engineer of Record
Coastal Systems International

Date of Completion
April 2005

Contract Bond
$4.7 million

Approximately 250 miles southeast of Miami lies Cape Eleuthera Resort and Marina, one of the newest marinas on the island of Eleuthera. Constructed by Shoreline Foundation, the Cape Eleuthera Marina features Eleuthera’s only deep water, surge-proof, full-service Blue Flag marina for vessels up to 200 feet in length.

Construction of the 55 slip facility began with the loading of a load-line barge in Miami with all of the equipment and materials necessary to build the marina. For several days truck loads of steel sheet pile, steel rebar, concrete pilings, pressure treated pine, hardware, trucks, shipping containers, and a crane, with enough parts for a complete rebuild, were loaded aboard and secured for the journey. Due to limited material availability on the island, all of the rock aggregate and cement had to be shipped in from Freeport, Grand Bahama.

With the raw materials on location, the construction process began with the demolition of the existing dilapidated concrete docks and marginal walkways that formed the perimeter of the marina. Installation of the new bulkhead required a total of 2,200 lineal feet of cantilevered steel sheet pile with a concrete cap. With the bulkhead in place, portions of the 13 acre marina basin were maintenance dredged to create water depths of up to 16 feet. A new curved perimeter wooden walkway with access to finger pier dock slips, an expansive marginal dock, and the addition of a state-of-the-art fuel dock facility completed the construction process. Because of careful planning and project management, Shoreline was able to complete the reconstruction of the marina in the amazing time of nine months.

Shortly after completion, the marina was awarded the prestigious Blue Flag certification for exceeding standards relevant to sustainable development and environmental responsibility and for appreciating the value of the marine ecosystem and how it affects the future social and economic development of the islands. Shoreline Foundation was privileged to have assisted the Cape Eleuthera Marina in receiving this distinction.

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