Port re-development in Marbella delayed

Four months after the contract was won work on La Bajadilla Port in Marbella has not yet begun, because the contract has not been signed.

The project, which was due to complete in 2015 is currently on hold as three appeals have been made against Sheikh Abdullah Ben Nasser Al-Thani’s project.

The Marbella Marina International Consortium has lodged one of the appeals. The Sheikh’s proposal for the port and marina was chosen over theirs, but they believe that the decision was “unfair”.

The consortium did not ask for the project to be stopped but by bringing a case against the decision the temporary hold on the project is automatic. Regions such as Andalucia must have a tribunal to regulate relationships between public administrations and contracted companies. However, the Junta de Andalucia does not have one so in this case the Andalucian Supreme Court of Justice will rule. A judge will decide if the work can proceed.

Al Thani’s project includes a circular port with berths for 1,221 yachts and space for a cruise ship, as well as a 45,000m2 commercial and leisure area with a five-star hotel. It is thought the plan would create around 3,000 jobs.

With the project on hold and three appeals to hear it appears the contract will not be signed this year.