Sète Marina can accommodate vessels of up to 180m

As part of its strategic plan to build a strong presence in Europe, IGY Marinas has officially opened its new superyacht marina at Sète in the South of France. The purpose-built facility is able to berth the world’s largest yachts.

Commenting on the opening, IGY Marinas CEO Tom Mukamal said: “We are thrilled the Port of Sète called upon us to work on this project and together we have built one of the best purpose-built superyacht marinas to have been opened in recent years within the Mediterranean.”

The new marina features a total of 582m (1,908ft) of alongside berthing within a protected basin with the capability of welcoming vessels up to 180m (590ft). The marina also features electrical connections providing up to 2,000amps – a feature provided only at IGY Sète Marina.

Developed in close cooperation with the Sète Port Authority, IGY Sète Marina is a certified ISPS port with 24-hour security and provides ample storage and parking adjacent to the vessel with the potential to assist crew and support maintenance. The marina received its first vessel recently and is currently accepting short- and long-term reservations, as well as berth ownership opportunities with an array of perks and multiple benefits.

Sète joins Porto Cervo marina in Sardinia which IGY also manages, and the company has a strategy to significantly increase its European activities. At a presentation at the Monaco Yacht Show last year, Kenny Jones, executive vice president, operations for IGY, indicated that the business was looking at more than 30 opportunities across the Mediterranean.

Mukamal adds: “The project in Sète has been a great opportunity for IGY Marinas to showcase the range of services provided by the world’s largest international marina company. IGY managed the project from beginning to end including; design, permitting, construction, and finance and will oversee the marina operations, marketing and accounting. We are confident in our abilities and feel this partnership will expand potential prospects for future investments throughout the region.”

IGY Marinas has been in the industry for over a decade. “IGY’s longstanding relationships with some of the largest superyachts in the world is significant to expanding Sète as a yachting haven,” suggested Richard Kettle, general manager for IGY Sète Marina, “and we believe these relationships, along with the facility’s location, services and amenities, will attract captains who’ve become accustomed to the IGY standards.”

The facility will offer the services and amenities expected of an IGY marina, including gated 24-hour security, in-slip fueling, grey and blackwater pump-out, full vessel concierge, recycling, hazardous waste disposal and wireless internet. Additionally, berth owners at IGY Sète Marina will have access to alongside parking, customised storage, fibre-optic internet, and additional security measures such as the installation of additional lighting and CCTV.

The clubhouse, which will be completed winter 2019, will house the captain and crew lounge, fitness centre with showers and changing facilities, wi-fi equipped business centre, and a rooftop terrace.