A new superyacht repair and refit facility has been established in Bahrain through a partnership between the locally-based Suprema Marine Services and Lusben, the yacht refit arm of the Azimut-Benetti Group.

Suprema Marine Services, which was previously based in Dubai, has set up the new facility at Durrat Marina in Bahrain. This facility will be able to handle yachts up to around 50m (164ft). Staffed by seasoned professionals, the facility includes a 5,000sq m hard stand, a 110-tonne travel-lift, and 100 berths.

The Suprema Marine Services management have years of international ship building, repair and refit experience globally. Commenting on the partnership, Paolo Simoncini, a Lusben director associated with the project, said: “By combining the technical excellence from Lusben, with the strategic importance of the Suprema Marine Services position in the Gulf, the partners expect to provide a first-class beating service for yacht owners throughout the region.”

He added: “Our ability to perform a full spectrum of services gives us a unique position in the market and you benefit from the reassurance that literally everything is covered. Even with the smallest projects, Lusben will not only carry out the maintenance work, but can also handle all the complex administrative formalities, the most common being class renewals and upgrades in compliance with registry rules.”

Suprema Marine Services CEO, Antonio Amatuzzo, remarked: “It’s an exciting opportunity, primarily for yacht owners. Yacht service and refit regionally has often been disjointed and has lagged behind European quality. Now, with the ability to combine our world-class facility and class-leading engineers with the technical expertise from Lusben, yacht owners have a chance to invest in their yachts and keep them in first-class condition.

“Our partnership with Lusben is a strategic part of our group’s vision for the region. Combined with our composite shipyard facility and our recent acquisition of Durrat Marina, we expect to add significant value for boaters and yachtsmen throughout the region.”

Suprema Marine has been active in the region for a number of years as a boatbuilder. Its range of motoryachts include 12.5m (41ft), 13.4m (44ft) and 19.5m (63ft) models. These were built at a facility located at Dubai Maritime City but the company relocated to Bahrain some time ago. Suprema also had planned some years ago to build superyachts of around 35m under the Vitmar brand.

Durrat Marina is a $1.3bn waterfront development and part of the $6bn Durrat Al-Bahrain project which covers 600,000sq m and is planned to accommodate 4,000 people. The first phase of the marina provides 100 berths for craft up to 26m (85ft). When completed it is planned to have a total of 400 berths.

Lusben is an internationally-recognised yacht refit and repair business. It was established in 1956 in Viareggio and can handle yachts from 20m-140m (66ft-460ft).