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Hazelett Marine Conservation Elastic Mooring Systems For Yachts and Docks LIFTING EQUIPMENT INTEGRAL MANUFACTURER FOR DRY MARINAS AND SHIPYARDS 135 West Lakeshore Drive, PO Box 600 Colchester, Vermont 05446-0600 EMAIL: TELEPHONE: (802) 863-6376 FAX: (802) 863-1523

MARINA UPDATE Monaco’s third marina? In December 2016, the Principality of Monaco became the owner and manager of the Cala del Forte superyacht marina site in Ventimiglia, Italy. The facility is eagerly awaited by Monaco vessel owners and the city, and is scheduled for completion in 2018/2019. Donatella Zucca reports The Société Monégasque Internationale Portuaire (SMIP) has acquired an 80 year concession for the port of Ventimiglia from a Cozzi Parodi Group company in order to respond to demands from shipowners and give shelter to yachts during the Grand Prix and Monaco Yacht Show. Located just 7nm away from the furthest side of Menton Bay in France, the future marina will be managed by the Société d’Exploitation des Ports de Monaco (SEPM) under the same terms and conditions it follows for the management of Port Hercules and Port de Fontvieille in Monaco. The marina will, however, be subject to Italian law and the taxes laid out by Ventimiglia. Gianbattista Borea d’Olmo, director general of SEPM, was keen to emphasise during a press conference in December 2016 that Cala del Forte will not be a second class port or a boat car park but a marina of true excellence. To achieve this, it will form part of an important urban redevelopment programme that will centre on “reversibility” in order to be able to adapt to industry changes as luxury yachting demands evolve. Floating docks will be selected because they can be changed relatively quickly and inexpensively if necessary; an approach that the Principality has already successfully adopted at its other ports. Work on the waterspace is under way by Ventimiglia Mare Srl and is due to conclude in the summer of 2018. Landside contractors will then move in aiming to complete by 2019. Cooperation between the City of Ventimiglia and the Principality has been fruitful, and decisive in handling the complex bureaucratic and administrative negotiations necessary for realising a project that had been subject to endless discussions over many years prior to Principality involvement. The negotiations over superyacht access nearly halted the project in 2013. “Cala del Forte is a strategically important investment for the Principality,” SEPM president Aleco Keusseoglou, told the press. “We have a tremendous need for berths and enlarging Port Hercules and Fontvieille would be virtually impossible as well as excessively expensive given the water depths of our seas.” The new marina will have over 170 The Cala del Forte site enjoys a superb geographic location and will become a focal point of an urban regeneration plan. berths for vessels of 6.5 to 60m (21 to 197ft), 400 car parking spaces, a maintenance yard and around 3,800m² (40,903ft²) of commercial space. “We have two objectives,” he explained. “To meet the demand for berths and to cooperate closely with Ventimiglia in order to create maximum revenue for the city.” Landside work includes traditional nautical and tourist services, shops, restaurants, green spaces and a beach. Town planning work starts with a rebuild of the promenade and surrounding area and continues with refurbishment of the upper part of the town and its direct connection to the port. Cala del Forte will also set new levels of environmental and community awareness as its shell shaped design will eliminate the need for a traditional but invasive breakwater and its integration with the local urban surroundings is key to all planning. “It will be a prestigious port and will have its own identity linked to Aleco Keusseoglou the city,” Borea d’Olmo asserted. “For Ports de Monaco, the space presents great development opportunities as we enjoy a significant market share of large yacht customers. Cala del Forte will help us meet our requirements.” The Monaco marinas currently turn away between 20 and 30 superyachts every day and the 150 yachts that manage to find moorings every year have to dance around between the four cantons to find space. For the city, the port project is an important first step towards a renewal that will boost employment and have other positive effects. It makes virtually everyone happy including Mayor Enrico Ioculano, who says he is excited to see the beginnings of a new path via the - March/April 2017 49

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