Smooth sailing for new pier build
Despite a set back thanks to the storms, which will translate into a 10 day delay on final completion, the build of Y Pier is progressing like clockwork.
Recently we celebrated the launching of the first pontoon, at nearby Site 18 (see photo). One the same day 12 additional pontoons were launched and connected, then towed into place to create the start of the new Y Pier walkway.
Since then, more pontoons are being delivered from Bellingham Marine’s Otahuhu production facility every few day, and over the next fortnight, the piling associated with the Y pier walkway section will be completed, and the pontoons installed.
When the Y Pier walkway is complete, the former X Pier Loading pontoons will be split into three sections. Two sections will be relocated to St Mary’s Bay, where one will be the primary dinghy storage facility for pile berth users, and the other will become a recreational pontoon accessed from Z Pier, that will be used by Sailability, Dragonboating, and other boaties. We’ll be in touch with pile berth users to let them know when this move happens, as there will be a short period of time when your dinghy will be inaccessible.
Dredging is nearly finished, and shortly the boats currently tied up alongside the VWX walkway, will relocate, and an additional saddle pontoon will be fitted alongside the existing walkway pontoon to house the fuel and sewage pipes. The saddle pontoon will form part of the walkway, making it wider and more spacious, so there is plenty of room for any extra foot traffic that comes in.
We are also dredging in the area under the existing catamaran berths, and new berthage will include some full length finger catamaran berths, and some with the sewage reticulation required for live aboard vessels.
Last week’s storm delayed the relocation of the Floating Dock, which due to prior bookings, will now be relocated in mid August.
You may have seen preliminary excavation works taking place in the carpark. These are for the installation of the fuel tank, and there will be some parking restrictions while this work is undertaken.
Find out more about Y Pier here, and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Project Manager Philip Wardale on 021 667 445.