Island Global Yachting (IGY Marinas), the international marina operator and developer headquartered in Florida, has signed up its second marina in the Mediterranean. The new addition is the 700-berth Marina di Porto Cervo in northern Sardinia.

The marina is owned by Porto Cervo Marina (PCM) and provides berthing for yachts up to 160m (525ft). Effective February 27, 2018, IGY Marinas will support PCM in the management of the marina and boatyard operations including marketing, branding, and customer service.

Simon Bryan, previously the general manager at Rodney Bay marina in St Lucia and an IGY regional manager, will head up the operation.

In a statement IGY Marinas said that it continues with its strategic approach in growing its unique global marina destination portfolio. "We are extremely excited to be part of one of the world’s leading tourist and yachting destinations. Italy, and Sardinia in particular, is rich in yachting traditions and sits at the heart of the global superyachting business.

IGY Marinas CEO, Tom Mukamal, commented: “We are honoured to have the opportunity to partner with the owners of Porto Cervo Marina and the historic Yacht Club Costa Smerelda, as well as the local community in Sardinia, to bring value to clients, customers, and stakeholders. We are looking forward to the upcoming season and growing our business in the Mediterranean.”

With the upcoming 2018 yachting season in the Mediterranean, the operations team of IGY Marinas is working closely with executive team of PCM to implement best practices and operating procedures, which have become the trademark of all marinas within the IGY portfolio. The marina facility offers high-speed fueling, waste management, yacht services, provisioning, and world-class on-site dining and shopping.

"The IGY Mobilization Team are extremely excited to have been given the opportunity to work alongside the PCM yard and marina employees to further enhance its already world-class customer experience," said Kenny Jones, executive vice president of operations of IGY Marinas.

Porto Cervo Marina is located 130 nautical miles off the west coast of mainland Italy. Porto Cervo, founded by HH the Aga Khan, serves as a haven along the 55km coastline of Costa Smeralda and provides easy access to some of the most desired cruising grounds in the Mediterranean, including the Amalfi Coast, the Italian Rivera, and the Cote D'Azur.

The addition of PCM takes the IGY Marinas network to 19 facilities across 10 countries. Its first Mediterranean facility at Sete in France was taken on last year in a collaboration deal with P&O Marinas. The Sete facility, which will offer 12 berths between 50m-120m (164ft-394ft), will partially open this year and be fully operational in 2019.