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The Rebirth of Varazze’s Shipyard

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. With this new partnership we intend to finish the job and create a service hub” stated Paolo Vitelli, Azimut-Benetti’s CEO. His group has already invested massively in Varazze, such as with the redevelopment of the marina, which has now become a luxurious and buzzing harbour. Despite this success, it was a pity that the legendary Baglietto shipyard had to close shortly after the marina’s reopening. For 5 years, the facility had been left unused. Until now, Marina di Varazze was only able to welcome yachts up to 40 metres, but with this shipyard and the basin next to it, it will be possible for much larger yachts to stop or stay in Varazze from now on. There is already a full range of amenities that has been developed onsite to welcome yacht crew in comfortable working conditions. A shipyard with the capacity to welcome all sizes of vessels and superyachts was the only key service the marina was not able to provide locally. Now it can.
Varazze has a very ancient heritage in ship building which goes as far back as the Middle Ages. The Ex-Baglietto shipyard is one of the oldest standing monuments of the town’s yachting tradition. It was there, in the late 19th century, that Pietro Baglietto began building dinghies (instead of fishing boats) and gradually built larger sailing boats. One of the shipyard’s first claims to fame was the delivery, in 1888, of Pope Leon XIIIth’s yacht. It was only in 1906 that Baglietto built its first motor-boats (22.6 m long) and ever since then, this brand had been at the forefront of Italian yachting innovation, expanding in various regions but keeping its base in Varazze, until it had to close it 5 years ago.
To find out more about the development of the shipyard, refitting and maintenance services and additional services available, please contact Liliana Molin Pradel (+39 019 935321).
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The ex-Baglietto shipyard in Marina di Varazze in winter 2016. 
MooringSpot, August 2016.
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