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The extension working began in spring 2011 with the reinforcement of a breakwater dyke (“digue des Tamaris”). The dredging of the new basin has been done. The new “north dike” now reaches 624m ; it was completed in March 2014.
The whole project is said to cost €50m. Local public authorities are putting forward €42m for the work on the marina’s infrastructure and the port authority will be covering the superstructure (including pontoons and equipment) for €8m.
The extension is in response to high demand for marina berths from both boat owners and local professionals (160) in nautical activities.
Expansion of La Rochelle’s marina is forecast to create between 450 / 500 extra jobs, both directly and indirectly. In the same way, about €10m will be re-injected in local economy every year.
The extra 1,200 moorings being added to the marina will bring the capacity to near 5,000 berths. When completed in August 2014, it will be one of the biggest yachting port in the world, the marina at La Rochelle has one more distinctive feature : it is currently occupied 72% by sailboats and 28% by motorboats, exactly in inverse proportion to most marinas in France.