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WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS

WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS Genoa, once again “superba” By May 2021, the new Waterfront Marina was already looking established, with a good mix of boats and an increasing level of superyachts. It made a €133 million contribution to Ligurian GDP. A yacht of 36-50m (118-164ft) has an average daily economic impact of €8,805 in Genoa and, if the vessel exceeds 75m (246ft) in length, over €45,000. And there are plenty of ports of call. In addition to berthing at various associations and clubs, the city has Alberto Amico: “Waterfront Marina is the result of synergistic work between public and private sectors and is a step forward for Genoa’s path to becoming the international superyacht capital.” Thanks to successful synergy between public and private sectors, the Italian city of Genoa is becoming a major superyacht hub. This has breathed new life and purpose to its waterfront and upheld its naval, seafaring and navigation traditions. Donatella Zucca explores new developments. Before examining Genoa’s phenomenal achievement as a Mediterranean boating hub and its specific attraction for large yachts, it is important to take a look at the Italian economy which, despite the impact of COVID-19, is not suffering the levels of downturn that some predicted. The European Commission has reported a drop of 8.8% GDP for 2020 as against a predicted drop of 12.8%. In the third quarter of 2020, Italy was thus among the fastest growing economies in Europe and this trend has continued into summer 2021. The Confindustria Nautica General Assembly has also reported that the turnover in the Italian nautical industry for 2020 should equal that of 2019. The Global Order Book 2021 further reconfirms the country as having world leadership in terms of superyacht orders (since 2009) and gross tonnage. Enter Genoa. For years the city has been enriched by leisure boating operators and infrastructure, and the new focus on its core nautical strengths via the Genova for Yachting cluster will soon severely challenge competitors in La Ciotat (France) and Barcelona (Spain). Genova for Yachting has 50 associates in the national and international superyacht sector and had a turnover of €210 million in 2019. Despite being formed just four years ago, it includes over 1,800 nautical suppliers. In 2019, according to the European House-Ambrosetti, a study based on the Genova for Yachting members’ data, and the Total Equivalent Economic Impact (TEEI), superyacht boating (also called professional boating) had a €369 million impact, with 1,800 yacht visits and accommodation of 7,000 crew members. Overview of the new Darsena project, brought to life by Amico & Co. three major marinas, and the Italian Yacht Club - the oldest sailing club in the Mediterranean and the host of major international sailing competitions. With facilities like the new Waterfront Marina, catering for vessels of 8-110m (26-360ft), and Marina Genova with berths for yachts up to 130m (430ft), Genoa can accommodate any type of pleasure boat. While the European House- Ambrosetti has singled out professional boating as generating more income for the city, proportionally, than revenue from port activities, other valuable contributors include architect, Renzo Piano, the Municipality of Genoa, the 22 www.marinaworld.com – July/August 2021

WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS Marina Genova, just a couple of miles from Genoa’s World Heritage historic centre, can berth yachts up to 130m (430ft). Port System Authority of Ponente Ligure and the Liguria Region, and Amico & Co – the major protagonist of the nautical scene. Amico is one of the top three companies in the world for repair and refit of maxi and mega yachts and has 60% of the 20-year concession for the south-eastern section of the Darsena dock. It is in this location that, together with Pesto Sea Group, Amico has kicked off the Genoa Superyacht Hub project with the development of Waterfront Marina. The new marina introduces the international superyacht community to the excellence of services offered in Genoa, Liguria and northern Italy. A major feature of the project is a long offshore breakwater that will help maintain current traffic, attract more vessels, boost employment and raise security standards. Work will start in mid-January 2022 and should be complete in 2028. “The breakwater is not only for Genoa but also for the north west, our most industrialised area, which must restart and lead the country,” said regional president Giovanni Toti. Levante waterfront Notable architect Renzo Piano has been working at various stages to revitalise Genoa’s waterfront. The €350 million project, which is one of the most significant urban redevelopment works in Italy, will revamp the area between The impressive Salone Nautico pavilion at the Genoa Boat Show. Calata Gadda and Punta Vagno. In 2022/23 a 16,000m² (172,000ft²) park will be created and connected by panoramic lift to the Corso Aurelio Saffi. Mediterranean trees and scrubland and new buildings with solar panels will be included. In the Fiera areas, where the annual Genoa International Boat Show is held, the recently demolished C pavilion will be replaced with a large canal that connects to the rest of the dock. Excavation has begun. The quays beside the docks will have large covered and uncovered pedestrian walkways and acoustic barriers. One of Piano’s particular desires was to naturalise Piazzale Kennedy with the creation of an urban beach and continuation of the cycleway/pathway to Porto Antico, the urban park and navigable canal that stretches from Darsena to Calata Gadda. “Genoa is the Mediterranean’s number one shipping port,” says Mayor Marco Bucci. “We would like to have the same status for leisure craft and for everything that revolves around leisure boating and be recognised as such by Italy and the world. Genoa has around 60,000 boaters, including me, and this increases even further in the summer months even though sailing is possible all year round.” Waterfront Marina Waterfront Marina, just inaugurated by Amico & Co refit and maintenance shipyard, integrates perfectly with the Levante waterfront. It has been designed to accommodate superyachts requiring maintenance and to help establish Genoa as a home port for very large yachts. With 43,000m² (141,000ft²) of water space, the marina has two docks with a total length of over 460m (1,510m) and a 70m (230ft) long wharf for megayachts up to 110m (360ft). Services include a 4MW electrical system, Wi-Fi and wired internet, and grey and black water pump-out. Landside facilities include a service centre, lounge and meeting area, crew accommodation area with kitchens, bathrooms, laundry, yoga area, gym and technical offices. An outdoor fitness area offers three tennis, paddle and multi-sports courts. There is car park space for 101 vehicles including 13 electric cars, and a barbecue area. Amico president, Alberto Amico, sees the new marina as key to cementing Genoa’s nautical reputation. “Just a few months after construction of our shiplift, we are proud to set up another www.marinaworld.com – July/August 2021 23

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