Published: Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Singapore’s Marina at Keppel Bay has become the first marina in Asia to be awarded the Marina Excellence Design Jack Nichol Award by The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC), beating other international marinas from Turkey, Croatia and Italy to clinch the title. The award was presented in a ceremony held at the Asia Boating Forum 2016.

Keppel Bay Earns Marina Excellence Design Award

Marina at Keppel Bay’s General Manager Trevor Fong received the award on behalf of the marina.

“Since our establishment in 2008, the team at Marina at Keppel Bay has been working hard to forge ahead to improve and upgrade our marina infrastructure,” says Fong. “At the same time, in caring for the environment, we also benchmark ourselves against the highest standards of environmental stewardship.”

“We are heartened that our efforts have garnered Marina at Keppel Bay international recognition. This award will spur us on in our journey towards achieving even higher standards in the Marina’s functionality and environmental sustainability for all our stakeholders, as well as the wider yachting community.”

PIANC is the forum for industry professionals around the world to provide expert advice on cost-effective, reliable and sustainable infrastructures to facilitate the growth of waterborne transport. PIANC continues to develop respected guidelines for the industry, as well as related activities, and is considered an authority for technical knowledge in these fields around the world.

The internationally recognised award is administered by PIANC’s Recreational Navigation Commission (RecCom) and is evaluated by a judging committee, which includes the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) members.

“Our Commission unanimously decided that Marina at Keppel Bay, which embodies excellence in design under functionality, sustainability and aesthetics points of view, to be the winner of the Marina Excellence Design Jack Nichol Award 2016,” says PIANC RecCom Chairman Dr. Eng. Elio Ciralli. “It takes appreciation for the environment and a thorough understanding of the engineering requirements to ensure that a marina is properly planned, sited, laid out, protected and built – all of which are embodied by Marina at Keppel Bay.”

Keppel Bay Given Marina Excellence Design Award

Located on the privately owned Keppel Island, Marina at Keppel Bay is the exclusive home of choice for luxury yachts and the preferred destination for international superyachts. The marina also offers a number of lifestyle services including yacht charter programmes and the Keppel Bay Sailing Academy. The Marina is part of the Keppel Bay waterfront precinct, which features several residential developments.

Setting new standards in marina construction and services, Marina at Keppel Bay’s state-of-the-art floating concrete pontoon system, designed and built by Bellingham Marine, can accommodate 168 yachts, including superyachts of up to 86-metres. The marina also features Singapore’s first individual pontoon berthing structure for superyachts and the first modern reticulated vacuum sewer pump-out system. Other notable features include an effective breakwater and floating wave attenuator for protection against impact from winds, waves and currents.

“We are proud to have partners such as Bellingham Marine who have provided Marina at Keppel Bay strong support and expertise in building and designing a world-class pontoon system," says Fong. "The quality and spacious pontoon infrastructure has contributed to the Marina becoming a much sought-after berthing facility in Singapore.”

The award ceremony will be held in Europe on May 18 during PIANC’s Annual General Assembly in Bruges, Belgium, in the presence of delegates representing more than 40 countries.