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The berths in the port of Monaco are amongst the most coveted ones in the world, and particularly during the Monaco Grand Prix. On the Mediterranean berth market, it is known as the only annual event which can make demand for berths reach such peaks for that special week. We are consequently contacted every year with the same questions. We have noticed how the costs and the process to obtain a berth to rent during the Monaco Grand Prix are sometimes misunderstood by some of the applicants. We would therefore like to bring a more light on the matter and explain how one can rent a berth in Port Hercule during the Monaco Grand Prix.   It’s online! It is first of all crucial to point out that all the information is online, regularly updated, and available in three languages on the SEPM’s website (“Société d’Exploitation des Ports de Monaco”). There is nothing secretive: The application process, the information to provide, the prices,...
 On December 6th 2016, after several months of surveying and negotiating, the company SMIP (Société Monégasque Internationale Portuaire), subsidiary of Monaco’s SEPM (Société d’Exploitation des Ports de Monaco), completed the acquisition of Cala del Forte S.R.L., the concession-holder of Ventimiglia’s new marina of the same name.   In order to get the information directly from the source, MooringSpot was able to meet Mr. Giovanni Battista Borea d’Olmo, the General Director of SEPM and Administrator of Cala del Forte S.R.L., in the Ports of Monaco’s new offices on Quay de l’Hirondelle in Port Hercule.   In 2010, the Cozzi Parodi Group was granted an 85 year concession for the development of Cala del Forte Marina in Ventimiglia. Unfortunately, the construction has been on hold for the past 5 years. The SEPM saw a great opportunity in this project, as the Ports of Monaco wished to export its...
  On 17th December 2016, the town council of Antibes Juan-les-Pins approved that the concession to operate both Port Vauban and Port Gallice would be granted to the ARTEMIS Group, led by the local chamber of commerce, the CCI Nice Cote d’Azur, after several months during which 7 bidders had been able to present their projects.   In figures, here is what this decision means for the town of Antibes: 18 000 000€ paid annually to the town for both marinas, which represents approximately 10% of the town’s current budget Of which: 15,800,000€/annum will be paid over 25 years for Port Vauban And 2,200,000€/annum will be paid over 15 years for Port Gallice 135,000,000€ will be invested over the next 25 years in Port Vauban 16,000,000€ will be invested over the next 15 years in Port Gallice   The ARTEMIS Group Of the 4 bidders who had applied for the concession of both marinas,...
 It is now official and confirmed ! The concession of Port La Napoule has now been extended by 5 years, meaning the concession of the marina will now end on 31st December 2029.   The Yacht Club International de Mandelieu-La-Napoule (or YCIMN), the company that has the marina’s concession, had been working for 4 years, with the support of its shareholders and berth lease-holders, on a project to modify one of the quays located to the North of the entrance, in order to create 5 moorings for sailing catamarans of 20 metres by 10 metres each (as illustrated). These berths will not be “for sale” with multi-annual leases and will be only available to rent. They will be part of the public berths in the harbour’s layout.   It must be noted that Port of La Napoule is not going to be enlarged. The works which will start on 1st October will consist in a modification of the quay, currently used by a sea-excursion vessel for tourists...
 For several years now, a stone throw away from Ibiza, Port Dénia has been growing as a homeport and a fully equipped refit facility for superyachts in the heart of the Costa Blanca (Spain). More and more yachts are now choosing Dénia for wintering, as well as a convenient spot to stay between charters. For the second time, Varadero Port Dénia’s team will be exhibiting at the Monaco Yacht Show, looking forward to meeting more Captains and helping them plan the months ahead. Though it is already late in the season, we are told there is still space in the marina and its shipyard to welcome a few more superyachts this winter.   Given the growing number of refit facilities for superyachts in Europe, we were keen to find out the reasons behind the success of Port Dénia. We asked Albert Morell, the marina and shipyard’s general manager for his views on the matter: “For superyachts and megayachts looking for a...
In July 2016, the Azimut-Benetti Group and Alfa Shipyards signed an agreement to give a new life to Varazze’s prestigious shipyard, which had seen the birth of Baglietto. The Italian yachting giant, who also is the owner of Marina di Varazze and its concession holder, will form a partnership with Alfa Servizi Nautici to turn the facility into a yachting centre specialised in refit and maintenance works for yachts up to 50 metres in length. The goal is to attract the growing demand for yacht refitting from the nearby South of France, from Tuscany as well as from the Tyrrhenian Sea, which will be a great asset for Varazze, its yachting community and its economy as a whole. The two partners have plans to invest significantly into the ex-Baglietto shipyard, starting with the purchase of a brand new 400 ton travelift which has already been delivered.   “In Varazze, we have created a gem recognised throughout the Mediterranean for its excellence and quality of service....

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