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2022 July August Marina World

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MARINA GROUPS & NETWORKS Ambitious plans for a 21 st century network Marina 21, a new group in Croatia, aims to build a network of modern, firstclass marinas in the Mediterranean region. With three marinas in Novigrad, Trogir and Pula, the network currently boasts a combined 859 wet berths and 206 dry berths, with ambitious plans for more along the Adriatic coast. Charlotte Niemiec reports Last year, Czech investment group EMMA Capital signed acquisition contracts for three Croatian marinas located on the Adriatic coast. It named the newly emerging group Marina 21, as a nod to both the year and its aim to build a modern network of marinas “fit for the 21st century”. Each marina offers berths in attractive yachting and tourist destinations, complemented by excellent customer service. Group director, Paulina Ilić, explains what attributes the group looks for in a marina when considering adding it to the network: “In general, we are looking at marinas in Croatia and Greece, ideally with more than 200 berths, good accessibility, sufficient service area and dry dock. It’s hard to find a marina that fits this criteria, but we are in the due diligence stage with some of them.” Pavel Horak, partner in EMMA Capital, explains the history behind the group: “It is linked to the passion for sailing of one the partners in the investment group. This partner understands nautical tourism and wants to do it sustainably, taking into consideration the protection of the sea, the coast and the entire ecosystem.” Boat service focus Chief among the network’s vision over the next ten years is to build a group of marinas offering reliable, excellent boat maintenance and repair services to a high standard of quality. “We are proud of the quality of maintenance and repair services at our marinas,” Ilić says. “We’re here not only for our clients with annual berths, but also for external clients. This is a key focus for us and an area in which we’d like to improve further. We’re not just a ‘parking place’ Left & below: Marina Nautica in Novigrad is a shell-shaped first-class marina offering 365 wet berths and 50 dry berths. Full yacht service and maintenance facilities are on site. for boats – we provide complex services. As every boat owner knows, regular maintenance is the best and cheapest way to prevent any future difficulties.” In recent years, the dry dock at Trogir Marina achieved a unique position in the field of yacht service and repair – now the group is expanding its know-how to its other marinas. In addition to boat services, Marina 21 hopes to offer charter services that allow boaters to charter a vessel from one marina to another, as long as the member has a berth agreement at one marina. “Because Marina 21 is a new group, we’re just at the beginning of our journey,” explains Ilić. “We’ve not yet gone in the direction of creating an app for boaters to use across the network, but depending on how quickly we expand, we might go this way.” Ilić’s extensive experience in the sector makes her perfectly placed to direct the group. “Since 2006, I’ve been actively involved in nautical tourism. In my many years of work, I’ve followed the design, construction and management of four marinas. In 2021, EMMA Capital appeared as a new stakeholder in nautical tourism in Croatia and bought Marina Nautica in Novigrad, launching the transaction process for Marina Trogir at the same time. “During this transaction process and our frequent communications, we recognised our compatibility, www.marinaworld.com – July/August 2022 25

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