Ca­la del Forte Ven­ti­mi­glia

New op­por­tu­ni­ties for lu­xu­ry yachts

Superyacht - - Marinas -

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.

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