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WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS

WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS Azimut-Benetti and marinas • Moscow Marina, an oasis of prestige and success, overlooks Lake Himki, 20 minutes from the city centre. It covers an area of 45,000m² (53,819yd²) and has 190 berths, includes the exclusive Royal Yacht Club and has a service area of over 10,000m² (11,960yd²) that includes commercial spaces and a good restaurant. The marina is managed by Azimut- Benetti. • Marina di Viareggio in Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy has a dock run by Lusben refit shipyards that is partly used by the Azimut- Benetti Group. It also has an area for rentals and a megayacht quay. The marina has 15,000m² (17,940yd²) of water space with 50 berths for boats of 20 to 65m (66 to 213ft), dockside pedestals and CCTV security. • Marina di Livorno in Livorno, Tuscany, Italy is planned as part of a redevelopment plan for the port and adjacent area. There will be two basins accommodating 200 berths and an area dedicated to refit and maintenance. Negotiations are still under way, however, for state grants. • Marina di Varazze, Varazze, Liguria, Italy is managed by Marina di Varazze Srl, the marina division of Azimut. It is an elegant and environmentally friendly facility with over 800 berths and 144,000m² (172,222yd²) of water space, seafront apartments, restaurants, bars and shops. Above & below: The Floriana waterfront in Valletta is seeped in architectural glory. This is an enviable position to be in when there is a shortage of berths so the dealer benefits. Malta is a good market area, a transit point for people sailing in the Mediterranean and the stage for many important nautical itineraries. Q: Your marina faces another port with 720 berths. Are you not worried about the competition? A: No. There’s a waiting list. Malta still has so many boats moored up at hard-to-reach buoys and on average the marinas have a low level of equipment and services. We aim to have high levels of quality especially when it comes to services and we are tending to attract a clientele that is largely Maltese and not very satisfied with what’s been available to date. Over the last few years, there has been a lot of building activity in Malta and many historic centres are now highly valued. Malta is in a recovery and rebuild phase that is being accelerated by the 2018 focus for Valletta as the capital of culture. We will be within this world that is rich in important history and now newly valued. Our quays are dominated by bastions that are being restored to their original splendour. Q: How is the marina positioned in comparison with others in Malta? A: In terms of luxury and prestige, we certainly can’t compete with Camper & Nicholsons at Grand Harbour Marina. They’re able to moor a large number of megayachts and they do very well. But we have great opportunities for boats up to 24m (79ft). 32 www.marinaworld.com - July/August 2017

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