New multimillion euro facility in Ventimiglia, Italy to be operated by the Ports of Monaco
The new Cala del Forte marina, located at Ventimiglia in the Ligurian region of northern Italy, is now entering its final phase of development as it prepares for full operation by the end of 2019. The new facility is the first to be operated by the Ports of Monaco outside the principality itself. The marina is located 7.9Nm, or just 15-20 minutes away, from Monaco.
The new multimillion euro, full-service facility will offer 178 berths from 6.5m-70m (21ft-230ft) and will include a shipyard facility to handle yachts up to 30m (98.5ft). As to the upland, there will 35 stores, a parking area for nearly 600 vehicles, and 15,000sq m of promenades and gardens.
The marina claims to have the longest concession in the Mediterranean, extending up to 2094. It will have 24/7 security, safety and marina staff. Electric golf carts will provide transportation and delivery services to Monaco standards.
In terms of the marine construction work, in early February, after diligent consideration, the Italian authorities gave permission to complete the construction of the marina with an optimised mooring plan called ‘Variante 3’. This layout ensures:
- that all yachts are given ample space for safe manoeuvring
- a larger drydock and work area for the shipyard
- a safer marina with regards to access, parking, storage and fire safety
- a 70m alongside berth with a 700sq m private dock
All marine works should be completed before the end of this year and berth owners may enter as soon as the Italian authorities complete conformity checks.
In respect of the landside, of the 35 shops located within the marina, 32 have already been reserved for rent. This will result in the marina having a broad selection of activities, including six restaurants, fine-wine merchants, technical services for yachts, brokers, agents, an award winning Italian gelateria, as well as luxury boutiques and a state-of-the-art gymnasium. An elevator is being constructed to connect the marina with Ventimiglia Alta old town.
The marina states: “As these tasks are varied both in location and involvement, the completion of these elements is scheduled between the end of 2019 and the first semester of 2020.”
Training of staff for Cala del Forte marina is already underway. A complimentary five-week intensive training course for future line-handlers began on March 4, 2019. This course will prepare the marina’s personnel for the upcoming opening of the marina at the end of this year. It will also include 126 hours of theoretical training followed by 80 hours of hands-on experience in the Ports of Monaco.
The 30 best candidates were selected amongst numerous applicants that were all professional candidates from the maritime sector. The final contenders will complete the marina’s bespoke training course, which is offered free of charge. At the conclusion of the course, staff will be prepared for the technical and specific needs of superyacht clientele.