The new and improved pontoon in Grand Case coming soon

By the end of September, the port will receive the work.

Work on the Grand Case pontoon began two months ago. They have not pointed out any delays, which suggests that the port will be able to receive it by the end of September.

The project involves the complete renovation of the structure. Built back in the 1990s, the pontoon had never been repaired and was therefore in very bad condition. Recreational boaters and the Métimer Association had been talking about its restoration for several months.

"The whole concrete part was broken and a new deck in swell proof and windproof aluminum was installed," explained Albéric Ellis, the Director of the Galisbay commercial port. "Now, the gangway that links the deck to the land [beach/sidewalk] is being installed," he said.

The pontoon will be accessible to the dinghies of the recreational boats which are moored in the bay; the glass bottom boat can still embark and disembark its customers there. However, the port management intends to implement a regulation in order to clarify the use of the pontoon for commercial purposes.

The cost for this project was 260,000 euros which was fully paid for by the port.

Finally, the port manager said he received a request from the district council number two. "Its members also want the old pontoon to be renovated. For budgetary reasons, this was not possible until now. So we’ll see if we can do it next year," he said.

The overall contract was awarded to Wyso and the project management to Artelia. Two sub-contractors were also selected, Catras and Dry Tech.


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Estelle Gasnet