Colombia builds world-class marina on Atlantic coast

By Murielle González Oisel
Tue Aug 2 2011, 14:20 PM

Marina Puerto Velero, worth US$19.6m, is based in the coastal city of Barranquilla and is set to have capacity for 540 boats on water and 500 on land

Marinas de Colombia SA, a Colombian and Spanish partnership, is investing US$19.7m to build Puerto Velero, a new marine complex in the city of Barranquilla. Once built, Marina Puerto Velero will be Colombia’s first major marine facility on its Atlantic coast.

The first stage of construction, an initial 130 moorings, started last Thursday. Split into three stages, the next two stages of construction include the building of a sailing school, heliport and a boutique hotel with 38 rooms, plus 33 on-water cabins and 38 on-land cabins. Leisure facilities such as a spa and a gym are also part of the project.

The construction now underway represents 34 per cent of the total investment. Second and third stages, representing 26 per cent and 40 per cent of the investment respectively, will follow.

Contein Buendia is a holding company responsible for the construction of the marine facilities, whilst Spanish engineering firm Ingenierías Técnicas Portuarias SLL, ITP, will build the on-land infrastructure.

Maria Isabel Mejia, Marinas de Colombia’s manager, says the company signed a guaranteed trust agreement with Alianza Fiduciaria in order to ensure investments flow accordingly.

Marinas de Colombia has its headquarters in Barcelona, Spain, and has 30 years of experience building marinas worldwide. Maria Isabel Mejia says: “We have many years of experience in the market and that makes us the best to build Puerto Velero as a world-class marine facility for Colombia.”