Liepāja's yacht harbor gets major upgrade

In Latvia's seaside city Liepāja, a project for upgrading the yacht harbor is coming to an end, Latvian Radio reported November 6.

The city will be able to start the next season with suitable floating berths and the necessary infrastructure for yacht owners. The yacht port or marina is located in the very center of Liepāja, so the city will also get visual improvements and special lighting during the night hours.

It is planned that the works will be completed at the end of November. The time of the pandemic has taught one to adapt even more to different situations, said the works manager Oskars Šolins:

“We are almost at the very end, also affected by COVID-19, because of the delays in supplies of materials, there are things that didn't come at all, and then other options had to be looked for. The project has been made more aesthetically enjoyable, there will be more comfortable station service along the quay, beautiful lighting. It should be noted that the supply of materials is unpredictable, but we are managing.”

“The most visible change is the floating berths and the new service building, but it will be possible to see a real change when it is full of yachts,” said Kārlis Kints, Liepāja marina manager.

Significant changes will also mean a suitable environment for yacht owners from around the world, both the floating berths and the yacht center, where showers, facilities and a laundry will be available.

Kints said the last season was rescued by the yacht owners from Lithuania. This year, a total of 170 yachts were operated at the harbor.

“In the end, its situation wasn't so complicated with us in the summer, the Lithuanians had nowhere to go. 78 yachts from Lithuania, so many Lithuanian yachts haven't been here over the past 14 years. Usually there were Germans in the first place, then the Finnish and the Polish, then Lithuanians in third place. I expect next season to be strongly affected by COVID-19,” Kints said.

The total cost of the Liepājas yacht harbor project amounts to almost €600 thousand. 

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