IBI has learnt that a total of five companies have bid for the management of the port of Antibes.

The operators of Marina OneOcean Port Vell in Barcelona and Port Adriano in Mallorca have already submitted their bids and now IBI has learnt that three other companies are also interested in gaining the port’s concession.

Alisher Usmanov, a Russian entrepreneur, is among the three new bidders. Usmanov is the owner of the 156m (512ft) superyacht Dilbar. Also in the bid process is said to be the local Chamber of Commerce and partners, and an unnamed Tunisian group.

In addition, the Turkish Dogus Group has also been associated with the bidding. Dogus is a large Turkish business group and its marine sector activities include marinas in Turkey, Greece, Croatia and Montenegro. The firm also holds a 70% stake in MB'92, one of the largest yacht repair and refit companies in the Mediterranean, and an 11% stake in ACI, the Croatian operator of nearly 50 marinas.

The winning bid to manage the port of Antibes is expected in the coming months as the new concession is due to start on January 1.

The concession relates to the two port areas in Antibes including Port Vauban and the IYCA quay, which has 19 berths to accommodate yachts up to 165m (541ft), and the nearby marina Port Gallice.