Cala del Forte Ventimiglia
New opportunities for luxury yachts
out concerning the number of berths which in the original project were about 350, and destined for medium to small boats. Since we were interested in finding spaces for over 30 metre yachts, we removed a given number of pontoons which were substituted with areas in which to manoeuvre. And now it will be possible to berth 36 yachts between 30 and 60 metres. When will the marina be operational? We’ve got a time schedule to go by which we intend to respect. We’re accustomed to working to schedules here and we do this well, but this also linked to the listing of events we normally host like the Monaco Grand Prix, the MYS (Monaco Yacht Show), all our work is based on timing. As for Cala del Forte we’re looking at about two years for marine works which should be finished by August 2018, then there will be much to do ashore for another year approximate- ly : parking lots, shops, port offices, a promenade, gardens, restoration of the tunnel and last but not least some last minute cosmetic work. What kind of standards in terms of services offered are you envisaging for Cala del Forte? Are you thinking of copying the Monaco model, also for end users? It is absolutely essential for us to maintain the same quality, for hardware services such as electric supply for example and also quality in terms of staff. We’ll be involved in taking the know –how and experience gained in Monaco to Cala del Forte so as to make it become one of the most beautiful in Italy. In addition to berthing superyachts, there will also be a docking area for smaller boats for which today there’s no room for in Montecarlo. To give you a better idea there are Monegasque ensigns on 1350 boats of which only 650 are
berthed chez nous; all the remaining ones are moored in several other ports along the coast. That is also an attractive proposition without forgetting we still have 300 boats on our waiting list. When all is completed and ready will you be managing the new marina? No. I won’t be. The marina will have its very own general manager. Cala del Forte is in fact part of a far reaching strategy which foresaw the expansion in terms of berths for boats on one hand which is working thanks to the deal we have made with this acquisition, and on the other, the plan is to develop projects aimed at divulging our know-how concerning marinas/ports and their management which we can export around the globe, and that’s what I will be doing. Indeed, I seem to remember that back in 2010 you and René Bouchet produced a booklet about this topic as a kind of guide as to how to run marinas dedicated to host superyachts: well how have things changed since then, what are your clients needs and what’s the current criteria in running a luxury marina? Hardware services management, also in relationship to the environment basically. Today more than before this has become a priority. To give you an idea, I believe Port Hercules is the first in the world to have a 2,000 Amp outlet and as many as 5 delivering 1,000 Amps each to supply/satisfy demand efficiently. The collection of waste waters whatever they are, has also become an unavoidable top priority. We’re very focused on environmental issues and we’ve obtained Ports Propres certification, and within a year from now we will have ISO 14001 certification always because we’re very sensitive to quality in terms of environment as well. Safety too obviously ranks high on our list of priorities, specially when the enemy to beat in a port is fire. To that effect we have an excellent fire fighting plant. Will the new marina offer repair work? Something on the small side has been envisaged for boats up to about 20 metres and for little things. We’re not interested in superyacht repair work since this is normally carried out in the yards that built the yachts, or in existing nearby places. One last question, your nautical culture and your background as a yachtsman and lover of classic sailing boats is way different from the scenario and atmosphere you meet up with in a port such as this one. How do you reconcile these two so diverse aspects? Sailing to me is a real passion which has very little to do with this world, and it is something I do with great pleasure in the company of friends. I love classic yachts and still take part in a few competitions, even if modern racing events are always getting further away from my idea of what a competition should be.