The Design & Construction of Marina Martinique, S. Africa

by Angus Emslie, Partner; Liebenberg & Stander, Durban,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: World Marina '91


Marina Martinique is a coastal residential marina in the eastern Cape Province of South Africa which will ultimately accommodate 730 moorings and 1100 low rise residential units, most of which will have direct access to the sea from their front doors. The marina is unusual in that it consists of an artifically created inland system of salt water canals and lakes in which the water level is maintained at a constant 4,5m above mean sea level. These inland waterways are connected to the sea by means of the first lock ever to be built in South Africa. A small harbour protects the lock from wave attack and provides the means for boats to gain safe access to the sea. The civil engineering design and construction of the first phase of the development, which was completed in March 1991, and the lessons learned is the subject of this paper.

Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Residential construction | Developing countries | Seas and oceans | Salt water | Hydraulic design | Canals | Inland waterways | Africa | South Africa

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