Marina Vela Barcelona plans £27m robotic boat lift

A £27m project to revamp Barcelona’s Marina Vela will include a robotic dry stack boat lift that can handle vessels measuring up to 30ft

The future of berthing could be coming to Barcelona in this shape of a robotic boat lift, which is due to be installed at Marina Vela.

At first glance, this marina project appears like any other, with on-water moorings for vessels measuring up to 164ft (50m).

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However, the futuristic element is largely hidden, with a robotic boat lift able to store up to 222 vessels in an underground dry dock.

As the video below shows, this system could take your boat from the water, into its storage bay and back again.

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It is estimated that the entire process will take less than ten minutes; meaning owners could launch their boat at relatively short notice.

The facility would be accessible 24 hours a day, 265 days a year, and will take vessels measuring up to 30ft in length and weighing up to four tonnes.

Marina Vela would be Europe’s first robotic boat lift, after a similar concept was built in Miami.

And although an exact timeframe has not been revealed for this £27m project, the developers  claim that it will take only 18 months to go from breaking ground to completion.

Financial backing for Marina Vela comes from concrete contractor Auxiliar Ibérica, hotel chain Formentera Mar and boat maintenance firm Barcelona Nautic Center.


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