Global marina operator and developer IGY Marinas has teamed up with P&O Marinas, a subsidiary of DP World, to build a new superyacht marina in Sète in the South of France. Construction is due to begin at the end of this year.

Once open, the marina will have 12 superyacht berths for vessels up to 100m (328ft) in length with a maximum draft of 7m (23ft). Other features include electrical facilities, fuel service arrangements, in-slip grey and black water pump-out, high-level security and WiFi. Marina guests will also have access to IGY Anchor Club Strategic Partners, which offers a range of services from provisioning, crew training and insurance to emergency health services, maritime travel and satellite communications.

“We have been actively pursuing numerous marina opportunities in the Mediterranean as part of our strategic plan to enhance our global network of berthing options for the superyacht market and expand our Anchor Club strategic platform,” says Tom Mukamal, CEO of IGY Marinas. “Our customers are well-educated and well-traveled, making it crucial for our brand to continue responding to the demand for more unique facilities and flexible berthing options in the world’s most-sought after destinations.”

The site of the marina will be in the heart of Sète, which is conveniently located near Montpellier, the Côte d'Azur, and the Balearic Islands. It is an official Port of Entry, fully ISPS compliant and has easy access to quality restaurants and shops. Guests will also be able to enjoy watersports and recreational activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, mountain walking and biking.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, group chairman and CEO of DP World, says: “As part of DP World’s Maritime Services Division, P&O Marinas can tap into decades of experience in our sector adding value drawn from our expertise across six continents. By partnering with IGY Marinas we will also be able to combine the skills of both companies to ensure this project features the very best services for owners and operators of superaychts, creating a lifestyle destination for yachting enthusiasts, residents and tourists.”

The agreement will see IGY providing a global network of commercial and tourist services with P&O Marinas providing technical and crew support.