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 port management know-how and were eager to increase its ability to welcome yachts.
This marina project has unique advantages:
- By its position: The marina is very well sheltered in all weather conditions
- By its location: The unique road-access, via tunnel, makes the marina particularly secure
- By its design: The location and shape of the outer walls provide excellent shelter for the boats and allow water to circulate efficiently throughout the marina.
- And of course, by its proximity to Monaco (8 nautical miles) which should facilitate synergies with Port Hercule and the Port of Fontvieille.
A new marina for summer 2018
SMIP is making every effort to ensure that all berths and quays in Cala del Forte will be fully operational by the 2018 season. Commercial buildings, shops, and underground parking facilities shall be completed by summer 2019. Though the previous developer had carried out 40% of the works, the construction companies contracted by Monaco are taking on a substantial challenge: The works which had been put on hold for years are now resuming in February 2017, with no further delays. (Access the marina’s page).
In the world of yachting, misinformation can spread fast and can at times be blatantly inaccurate. This is sometimes referred to as “Jungle Drums”. In the months preceding the acquisition of Cala del Forte by SMIP, one of the most widespread rumours on both sides of the French-Italian border was that “Monaco wished to acquire the port of Ventimiglia in order to dump rocks and fill material from Monaco’s upcoming land-reclamation project of the Portier.”
This is certainly not the case:
- With the short timeframe to complete the marina construction of Cala del Forte, using the site to build the Portier Cove (which is due in 2025) is out of the question;
- How could the Italian authorities and the town of Ventimiglia have accepted to put Cala del Forte at the disposal of the Principality for that purpose, only to further delay the completion of the marina?;
- The fill material for the Portier Cove are indeed going to be shipped to Monaco by sea, but not via Ventimiglia;
- Finally, SEPM and SMIP are not involved in the construction of the land reclamation project.
A Marina with an identity of its own
On the docks as well as in the press, Cala del Forte has been presented as a future “antechamber” of the ports of Monaco or as a peripheral marina.
This will not be the case. Mr. Borea d’Olmo clearly explained to us that the new marina of Ventimiglia have its unique strong identity. It will be built and managed so it may shine in the world of yachting, as a homeport and as a destination.
Cala del Forte shall be connected with the old town of Ventimiglia, either via public elevator or via funicular. The SMIP is currently reviewing various means to facilitate pedestrian access between the marina and the historic center just above. A variety of services will be available on site, including a shipyard, shops, as well as gardens and parking. Therefore most of the services required by yacht and their owners shall be available in Ventimiglia.
Old (left) and new layout (right) of Marina Cala del Forte.
New Berths available for purchase
The owner of the concession, Cala del Forte Srl, will sell long term Rights to Use individual berths.
Long-term berth lease contracts will be available to be purchased in the new marina for vessels up to 60 meters in length and for a duration that should not exceed 40 years.The SMIP does not wish to “Sell” all of the berths in the marina
, and prefers to provide a limited amount of “resident” berths in order to achieve a balance between permanent and visiting yachts. This will ensure a harmonic collaboration between Cala del Forte and the ports of Monaco by responding to the ever-increasing demands for berths by both resident and visiting yachts
. The managing company, strong of its experience in operating the ports of the Principality, and aware of the challenges faced by the “amodiation” system, wishes to ensure the long-term stability of Cala del Forte. In many other marinas where a majority of berths have been sold to private individuals, obstacles to effectively manage the port have been faced by some concessionary companies. For example, some marinas have very few berths available for visiting yachts or boats in transit as most of their berths are occupied by a resident fleet.
The SMIP does not wish to reproduce this error, and has limited the number of berths for “sale” to long-term leaseholders
How to acquire a berth in Cala del Forte
With construction recommencing under the patronage of Monaco, and the announcement in September 2016 that berths would be available for “sale” if Monaco purchased Cala del Forte, many companies and websites have falsely advertised that they are authorised to sell berths in Ventimiglia. This has created customer confusion regarding how to acquire a berth in Cala del Forte.
It has been confirmed to us by the directors of the SEPM, that Supertoys Monaco
is the sole company authorized to promote sales in Cala del Forte.
Mooringspot wishes to remind its readers that under Monegasque and French law, an agent acting without a mandate as well as an agent overstepping his mandate is committing a legal offence that is both civil and penal in nature.
Therefore, for any further information regarding the purchase of long-term leases in Ventimiglia, you are invited to contact Mr Jordan Waugh of Supertoys Monaco at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by telephone on +377 97 77 48 00
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MooringSpot, February 2017.