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SUPERYACHT FACILITIES Boutique facility for superyacht refit MB92 La Ciotat on the Côte d’Azur, France has announced a new refit facility called 300t Origins (above). The name reflects its dedication to maintaining and refitting yachts up to 300 tonnes, and the ‘origins’ of MB92, which built its initial reputation by working on vessels under 300 tonne displacement. 300t Origins offers 14 spaces on the hard (four with keel pits) for vessels of 30-50m (98-164ft) and a 50m (164ft) paint cabin. “The 30-50m segment is our historic area of expertise and requires a different approach,” explained MB92 La Ciotat president, Ben Mennem. “In order to cater for this smaller, yet just as discerning size range, we decided to create a dedicated facility that is able to provide our clients with a ‘boutique’ experience to maintain and refit their yachts. As such, I am very happy to appoint one of our longest serving team members, Philippe Escousse (right), who is a seasoned skipper and a very experienced project manager, as manager of this new facility.” Clients will have access, not only to experienced teams and top quality facilities, but also to a significant network of contractors, customer care, and crew areas including a gym. Escousse commented: “Many of us have worked on yachts or ships, some as captains, others as engineers or crew so we have a unique understanding of our clients’ needs, what they want, and just as important what they don’t want. Our goal is to make the refit process as smooth and efficient as possible for our clients and the new agile organisation of 300t Origins will enable us to do just that.” Consortium expands to further Bijela yard plan The consortium formed by Adriatic Marinas Group (which is fully owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai) and Dutch shipbuilding group Damen, has tasked a new consortium member, Dubai-based Drydocks World, to redevelop the former Bijela Shipyard in Boka Bay, Montenegro. Drydocks World, a DP World company, will transform the yard into a world class superyacht hub in a major move to drive the maritime industry forward in the region. “This exciting project will not only regenerate the shipyard at Bijela but the whole marine engineering industry, and bring back to life the long and proud maritime history of Montenegro,” said Adriatic Marinas chairman, His Excellency Mohammed I. Al Shaibani. “We are delighted that our colleagues and partners at Drydocks World will bring their substantial resources and expertise to the project. Together, we will reposition Bijela to become one of the Mediterranean’s leading superyacht repair and refit facilities. Importantly, I would like to thank our colleagues at Damen for their substantial efforts in helping bring the project to this point of acceleration.” Following completion of the Government remediation works, the transformation of the yard by the consortium will be completed over a 36-month period and will see it evolve into a superyacht repair and refit facility with plans to start some service work during this redevelopment period. In addition to the yacht service centre, there are plans to establish a skills academy at Bijela to develop future generations of Montenegrin engineers. The academy will partner with the already established Superyacht Operations Training Academy at Porto Montenegro, which has been created in partnership with Warsash Maritime Academy, UK, a world leader in maritime training. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, group chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “Drydocks World has played a key role in Dubai’s growth story, becoming a hub for the maritime industry in the Middle East. By forging a consortium of this nature between Adriatic Marinas and Drydocks World, we are bringing together the considerable combined resources and expertise to develop a world-class facility in Montengro, which will support the economy of the country.” www.marinaworld.com – January/February 2021 29

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