Mega yacht own­ers choose Greece for con­struc­tion and main­te­nance

Kathimerini English - - Focus - BY ILIAS BELLOS

Few peo­ple have seen or even know about the lux­ury yachts have been choos­ing the zones of Perama, Elef­sina or Halkida for re­pairs, main­te­nance or even con­struc­tion in re­cent years. These are mega yachts that rank high on the list of the world’s big­gest and most lux­u­ri­ous recre­ational ves­sels.

At least four such yachts have been at Perama and Elef­sina in the last few weeks, such as the 133-me­ter Al Mirqab and the 139-me­ter Al Salamah, which re­spec­tively rank 14th and 11th on the global list. The world’s 16th big­gest yacht, Maryah was en­tirely built at Elef­sina Ship­yard in 2014.

Be­sides the Elef­sina fa­cil­i­ties, there are sev­eral other Greek ship­yards be­ing cho­sen by mega yacht own­ers for con­struc­tion or re­pair and main­te­nance work: The Halkida Ship­yards, the Hel­lenic Ship­yards of Perama, the Spanopou­los Ship­yard and the Psar­ros Ship­yard (both at Perama), the Pri­vatSea Marine Ser­vices at Elef­sina etc, ap­pear to have ob­tained a sig­nif­i­cant share of the Mediter­ranean mar­ket. They at­tract busi­ness of high added value and in turn em­ploy a series of smaller con­trac­tors, ex­perts tell Kathimerini.

Em­blem­atic yachts such as those men­tioned above, as well as Topaz and Tu­rama – which are sixth and 22nd re­spec­tively on the global chart of Boat In­ter­na­tional – plus hun- dreds more smaller yachts, in­clud­ing most Greek ones, main­tain thou­sands of jobs in this Greek in­dus­try.

Greek mari­nas are an­other fac­tor boost­ing lo­cal ship­yards: Given that the Greek seas con­sti­tute one of the world’s top destinations for yacht­ing, and con­sid­er­ing their prox­im­ity to the coun­tries of the Per­sian Gulf, to Rus­sia and to other Euro­pean coun­tries, choos­ing Greek mari­nas as the home of those mega yachts for the best part of the year is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar.

This is also the rea­son for grow­ing in­ter­est in the pri­va­ti­za­tion of the Alimos ma­rina, in south­ern Athens, and for the en­try of pri­vate in­vestors in the nearby Flisvos ma­rina a few years ago.

At least four mega yachts have been at Perama and Elef­sina in the last few weeks, such as the 133-me­ter Al Mirqab (pic­tured) and the 139-me­ter Al Salamah, which re­spec­tively rank 14th and 11th on the global list.

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