The Mid-Harbour Small Boats Marina was officially opened yesterday by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and Gilbert Licudi, the Minister for Education and Justice who oversaw the project.
The inauguration was attended by dignitaries and guests from across the community, including many who had worked directly on the project.
“This is the largest, one-off marina engineering project in the EU in many decades,” Mr Picardo said.
“It will provide commercial opportunities and well as recreational facilities.”
The marina’s full name – the Mid-Harbour Small Boats Marina, Public Promenade and Super Yacht Wharf – offers clear clues as to the scope of the project.
Mr Licudi said it not only provided berths for small boats and super yachts, but also access to the sea for the community.
He thanked GJBS – which led the construction team – together with the many different government agencies and departments who had been involved in the project.
But he singled out project manager Chris Riddell, who he said had overseen construction not just of the marina but of the two St Bernard’s schools and the university.
“All of these are milestone projects for our community and Chris has certainly left his mark,” he said.
Mr Picardo and Mr Licudi were joined by other ministers including Neil Costa, Paul Balban, Albert Isola and Steven Linares.
After the inauguration ceremony, teams from the Mediterranean and Calpe rowing clubs held a regatta as the guests watched from the new wharf just a few metres away.