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Speaker line-up for ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2014

January 30, 2014

Amsterdam RAI, organiser of the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference, has unveiled the speaker line-up for this major event in Istanbul. From 2 to 4 June, more than 40 world-class experts will present their views and inspire the delegates.


Speakers include Gary Groenewold (Westrec Marinas), Matthew Bate (Dogus Marinas Group) and Julian Goldie (The Yacht Harbour Association). The conference will be an exceptional learning experience for professionals in the marina and nautical tourism fields. A global audience of specialists will come together in the unique environment of Istanbul to exchange knowledge and learn from each other’s best practice.

Istanbul as the connecting link between east and west
“The ICOMIA Marinas Group has held events across Europe, the US, Australia and Asia,” comments chairman Roberto Perocchio. “Now, for the first time, the renowned ICOMIA World Marinas Conference is going to be held in the eastern Mediterranean. As the connecting link between east and west, Istanbul has a rare advantage in the global marinas industry. The conference promises to be the best to date since our first edition in 1993.”

Marinas into the future
The theme for the eighth edition of this renowned conference will be ‘Marinas into the future’. In addition to the exciting and wide-ranging line-up of speakers, the event will be a must-attend platform for marina processionals who value the latest marina product developments and innovations. And the Istanbul location will offer an ideal opportunity for people to network with their fellow marina professionals.

Learn about and discuss marina management and operational practices

Another reason why the ICOMIA WMC 2014 is sure to be a success is the organisational experience of Amsterdam RAI and the expertise of the host, Turkish marine industry association DENTUR. The main topics will be the state of the global marina industry, and the emerging markets of the Eastern Med, Black Sea, Middle East, Asia and South America. Breakout sessions will provide delegates with the opportunity to learn about and discuss marina management and operational practices, revenue maximisation concepts and the benefits of marina classification.

The scenic city of Istanbul
Delegates are being encouraged to enjoy visiting the scenic city of Istanbul, with a Bosphorus Wining & Dining Cruise being included in the conference fee of 680 euros (510 for ICOMIA members) if booked before the end of February. There will also be inspiring marina tours and an entertaining partner & family programme. With the conference being held in the five-star Swissôtel Bosphorus, the ICOMIA WMC 2014 is sure to live long in the memory.

2-4 June – Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul

The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference will be held from 2 to 4 June in Swissotel The Bosphorus in Istanbul. A significant discount advantage rate has been realized for all WMC delegates in this five star luxurious hotel which overlooks the Bosphorus river. Booking can be made easily via the delegate registration form online.

Antibes Yacht Show announces appointment of new Show Manager

January 30, 2014

The Antibes Yacht Show is delighted to announce that Mr Renaud Jourdon has been appointed as Show Manager for the 2014 edition of the event.

Antibes Yacht Show - 2014

Mr Jourdon has assumed his position on 15 January 2014. He will be based in Cannes and Antibes, in the heart of the Côte d’Azur, in close proximity to the nautical industry professionals he knows so well.

“I am very happy to resume the management of the show, which I know very well, having managed it already in 2008 for its second edition. I am eager to take up the challenge and to join the Antibes Yacht Show team, with whom I’ve enjoyed a great relationship over the years”, said Renaud.

Renaud Jourdon - New Show Manager

Renaud Jourdon - New Show Manager

Before creating his own communications and events agency and becoming the correspondent of international and national magazines, Renaud was Show Manager of the Cannes Yacht Show for two years and the Editor in Chief of the Yachts and Yachts International Magazines.

“We have known Renaud for years as a person who is well-respected by industry professionals. Our objective is to work with him to continue developing the Show as the main event in the yachting calendar for brokerage. His knowledge of the international market and his experience will be very useful to help the Antibes Yacht Show realize its full potential,” commented the Show’s team.

Formal Commitment of Marina Port Vell to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

January 28, 2014

Nestled in the popular Spain yacht charter destination – Barcelona, Marina Port Vell (MPV) is set to become one of the world’s most elite superyacht destinations.  With phased marina completions throughout 2014, the pre-eminent home port in the Mediterranean is also proud to announce that is has formally signed the “Acords Voluntaris” initiative, developed by the Climàtic Canvi Catalan Office of the Generalitat de Catalunya. The initiative is designed to reduce greenhouse gases through measuring and taking inventory of emissions, implementing measures to reduce CO2 discharge and to continually monitor the effectiveness of the program.


“Marina Port Vell is deeply committed to environmental protection,” says Norma Trease, Director of Salamanca Group’s Marine Division. “Throughout the past three years, we have paid particular attention to the implementation and certification of our environmental management system, ensuring that it meets ISO 14001 and EMAS regulations. Committing to a local mandate for additional natural resource protection is an additional indication of our looking to be as green as possible,” she continues.

The Climàtic Canvi’s initiative requires accountability beyond what legal or regulatory statutes require. Within its advanced environmental technologies, Marina Port Vell will also monitor fossil fuel and electricity consumption.

Marina Port Vell is among the first 100 Catalan companies participating in the volunteer program.

Feadship launch 46m motor yacht COMO

January 25, 2014

Feadship is proud to announce the  launch of the new 46.22-metre semi-displacement motor yacht COMO (hull 688), built for the highly experienced yachtsman Neville Crichton. Having previously constructed a large number of competitive sailing yachts in his native New Zealand and more recently owned a motoryacht from a leading New Zealand yard, Mr Crichton decided the time had come to commission a completely custom superyacht of the highest possible quality. The Feadship superyacht COMO represents a triumph in every respect and was extensively influenced by her Owner’s ideas in regard to design aesthetics and the lavish use of glass.

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

“Having built many yachts in New Zealand, my choice of Feadship came after a careful and extensive examination of its expertise and facilities,” comments Neville Crichton, who was made Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 for his services to yachting and business. “Once the decision to work with Feadship for the first time was made, I followed the construction process closely at all stages. I am pleased to be able to report that Feadship has exceeded my expectations (in particular the quality and finish of their workmanship) in all areas and working with them both professionally and personally has been an enjoyable experience, with a remarkable and unique superyacht as the end result.”

Feadship-Superyacht COMO

Feadship Superyacht COMO

Featuring a modern bow and whaleback sheer, luxury yacht Como’s exterior design by Dubois Naval Architects reflects the owner’s very specific ideas. The yacht has unprecedentedly large windows in the hull and there is a great deal of glass in the superstructure: the latter is placed on top of the metal rather than being set into it, creating a continuous glass surface. These glazed side panels give spectacular uninterrupted views from the owner’s stateroom.

Feadship Motor Yacht COMO

Feadship Motor Yacht COMO

Being a car importer and racing car driver, Mr Crichton’s love of sporty designs manifests itself in features such as the tumblehome in the superstructure and the angle in the wall of the superstructure, generating a streamlined cockpit look reminiscent of a racing car.

Feadship Luxury yacht COMO

Feadship Luxury yacht COMO

Como superyacht comprises two and a half decks – an exception for Feadship in recent times when most projects have had four or five. The wheelhouse is slightly recessed into the main deck structure, re-emphasising the streamline of the design while creating a gigantic outside deck. This is a wonderful party area is also completely covered and surrounded by glass, which can be lowered to facilitate a nice breeze or raised to create a giant terrace protected from the elements.

Meanwhile, the back end of the wheelhouse slopes down from the front into a control station for outdoor helming. And the interior design from the boards of Redman Whiteley Dixon is finished to an exceptionally high level with lots of dark timbers and a wide range of fascinating fine details.

Feadship motor yacht COMO

Feadship motor yacht COMO

“We are delighted to make our mark once again in this size range,” commented Feadship director Henk de Vries at the launch of motoryacht Como. “Feadship is not only about very large superyachts: we also pride ourselves on creating exceptionally well-honed objects on a more human scale. And, like all our yachts, everything has been totally customised to the client’s individual requirements. We have used the very latest technologies and developments to push the window – and the windows – on what is surely the most sophisticated forty-six metre superyacht in the world today.”

Feadship - Como Superyacht

Feadship - Como Superyacht

Technical specifications

Type: Twin screw motor yacht, aluminium hull and superstructure

Length overall: 46.22m 151’6”

Beam overall: 9.00m 29’6”

Draught (loaded): 2.20m 17’3”

Fuel capacity: 51,000 litres 13,473 US Gallons

Fresh water capacity: 16,000 litres 4,227 US Gallons


Naval Architect: Dubois Naval Architects

Exterior styling: Dubois Naval Architects

Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon


Main engines: 2x Caterpillar C32 / 1417 kW @ 2300 rpm

Generators: 2x Caterpillar 6.6 – 2x 90.125 kW – 1500 rpm

Stabilizers: Quantum zero-speed stabilizers


Guests: Four guests in two double guest staterooms and four guests in two twin guest staterooms

Crew: Eight crew – four crew in two crew cabins; two in captain’s cabin, two in engineer’s cabin. Storage rooms, laundry, galley and crew mess on lower deck

Luxury Yacht MARHABA available for Venice Carnival Yacht Charter

January 24, 2014

Luxury yacht MARHABA is currently open to bookings for the upcoming 2014 Venice Carnival yacht charter, from 15th February to 4th March. The renowned carnival in this unique and historically rich Italian yacht charter destination is perhaps the most important carnival held in the Mediterranean each year. There is absolutely no better way to experience this fabulous and colourful event than on board a luxury yacht, such as the elegant charter yacht MARHABA.

Motor yacht MARHABA - Main

Motor yacht MARHABA - Main

Venice Carnival 2013 - Image credit to Venice Carnival

Venice Carnival 2013 - Image credit to Venice Carnival

Ocea Shipbuilding completed the building of motor yacht MARHABA in 2007 to a design by Joubert – Nivelt. The 33 metres superyacht Marhaba is able to accommodate a total of 9 charter guests in 4 elegant staterooms,  including 1 Double and 3 Twin Bed Cabins + 1 Pullman bed and 4 crew members, allowing them to cruise the Western Mediterranean.

Motor yacht MARHABA - Main Salon

Motor yacht MARHABA - Main Salon

Timeless classic lines of her interiors and supreme exterior spaces accommodating a number of sunbeds over the 3 decks are other excellent attributes of charter yacht Marhaba. On the upper deck guest can find immense spaces and a table seating 12, great for parties and al fresco moon light dinners.

Motor yacht MARHABA - Top Deck Dining

Motor yacht MARHABA - Top Deck Dining

The very elegant “fast commuter” yacht Marhaba has been taking her guest on fascinating cruises around the popular Cote d’Azur or a romantic weekend in Portofino and other well known Italy yacht charter destinations and Southern France charter vacations.

Motor yacht MARHABA - Master Cabin

Motor yacht MARHABA - Master Cabin

Shipyard Work & Naval Architecture for Luxury Yacht MARHABA

Joubert-Nivelt was the naval architecture company involved in the professional superyacht composition of MARHABA, providing great expertise for this project. Her interior was tastefully designed by the Owner with the construction of the yacht taking place in France by Ocea Shipbuilding.

Motor yacht MARHABA - Owners Cabin

Motor yacht MARHABA - Owners Cabin

Following her formal launch and sea trials in Les Sables D’olonne she was handed over to the owner. With a maximum beam of 6.8 metres or 22.3 ft, a 1.9m (6.23ft) draught (maximum depth) she is reasonably shallow. Aluminium was used in the building of the hull as well as the superstructure.

Motor yacht MARHABA -  Twin Cabin 2

Motor yacht MARHABA - Twin Cabin 2

Main Engines, speed/range

Marhaba boasts two C18 B RATING engines by Caterpillar, coupled with twin screw propellers. The main engines of the yacht create 450 horse power.  Consumption of 55 litres/hour at 12 knots which is her cruise speed and top speed of 15 knots. Marhaba has a total fuel tank of 22.400 litres and great fresh water capacity of 3.800 litres for long Mediterranean cruises.

Motor yacht MARHABA -  From above

Motor yacht MARHABA - From above

Marhaba Yacht is available for the Venice Carnival yacht charter as well as Western Mediterranean yacht holidays, in such destinations as Southern France, Italy, Corsica, Sicily, Capri, Sardinia, the Amalfi Coast, Cote d’Azure, Antibes, Nice, St Tropez and other beautiful destinations along the West Med coastline. For more information please, contact our team at CharterWorld here.

C&N Marinas to launch ‘The 1782 Club’ next month

January 22, 2014

Camper & Nicholsons Marinas is expected to extend its existing network of luxury yacht marinas with the creation of ‘The 1782 Club’. Set to be launched next month, this new initiative will see an exclusive group of independently owned and operated marinas collaborate with the world’s oldest and most prominent yachting brand, to form a strategic chain of high-end facilities throughout popular and emerging yachting regions worldwide.


1782 Club member marinas will benefit from Camper & Nicholsons’ global marketing reach and brand equity, through participation in a communications programme that targets all segments of the yachting market. The initiative will serve to increase awareness of member marinas, deliver incremental new berthing business, and provide preferred access to Camper & Nicholsons’ tailored services, strategic partnerships, and networking activities.

Kurt Fraser, Sales & Marketing Director for C&N Marinas, said,
“The 1782 Club is to become the first branded, worldwide marina club, offering our discerning clientele a much wider selection of berthing options and privileges, with each 1782 Club member marina sharing the same high quality of facilities and service standards, along with Camper & Nicholsons’ existing marinas.”

Porto Montenegro, the Mediterranean’s luxury yacht homeport and marina village, has signed on as the programme’s founding member, with additional members to be announced early in 2014. Oliver Corlette, Managing Director of Porto Montenegro, added, “As a leading luxury marina in the Adriatic, Porto Montenegro is happy to become the first member of the 1782 Club, Camper & Nicholsons Marinas’ pioneering platform that supports independent marinas with occupancy growth, berth and real estate sales.”

While Camper & Nicholsons’ initial priority is on selective growth of marina membership in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, prospective marina members in the Middle East, Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia and the Americas have already expressed serious interest in joining the network. The 1782 Club will soon expand to include a worldwide loyalty and privileges programme for yacht owners, captains and crew. The advantages of this are anticipated to exceed the benefits of any regional scheme available on the market today.

Fraser went on to say, “On one hand, creation of the 1782 Club is about a desire to partner with proudly independent marinas, each of which is passionate about promoting their respective destinations, facilities, lifestyle amenities and exacting service standards. On the other, it is about helping our discerning yachting clientele seek out exceptional new experiences, in remarkable destinations, coupled with a seamless, high standard of service.”

Camper & Nicholsons’ existing marinas will actively participate in cross promotional activities alongside 1782 Club members to enable yachts to cruise between them, with a consistently high level of service. This will include the newly developed Limassol Marina in Cyprus, Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi, Porto San Rocco in Italy, as well as C&N owned facilites – Grand Harbour Marina in Malta, Cesme Marina in Turkey, and Port Louis Marina in Grenada.

New dealer for Fairline Boats in Israel

January 21, 2014

The well known British luxury yacht maker, Fairline Boats, is delighted to announce the appointment of a new authorised dealer in Herzliya, Israel., trading as Fairline Israel, will be based in its offices in Herzliya Marina on the Eastern Mediterranean coast. The announcement is part of the brand’s continuous commitment to expanding its worldwide dealer network in 2014.


Ideally located, Herzliya Marina is a short cruising distance from the beautiful bays of Turkey and the picturesque Greek islands and is close to some of Israel’s most popular destinations such as Tel Aviv. Established in 1994 by Yehuda Maoz, originally specialised in operating worldwide business jet flights from Israel. A passionate sailor, as well as an experienced jet pilot, Yehuda expanded the business into the marine industry in 2007.

Yehuda Maoz, Dealer Principal of Fairline Israel, comments:
“The Israeli coastline has recently seen the development of five new marinas, making Fairline Israel perfectly placed to meet and encourage demand for luxury motor yachts in the area. Israel has a thriving community of boat owners, who take advantage of the perfect boating conditions that we enjoy all year round. We are delighted to be representing such a prestigious brand and are already looking forward to our first retail delivery in the spring, a Targa 62. We are certain our customers will be impressed with the timeless elegance of the Fairline range.”

Stuart McCullough, Commercial Director at Fairline Boats, commented:
“We are delighted to welcome as our new dealer for Israel. Not only is the dealership situated in a beautiful location, it represents an important development in Fairline’s expansion in the Middle East – a region within which we are committed to growing our presence. At Fairline we put a great deal of emphasis on ensuring our dealers are of the highest calibre, with a vast understanding of the industry, and capable of providing a world-class service for customers.”

Porto Montenegro receives Wild Beauty Award 2013 for Best Tourism Investment Project

January 20, 2014

Porto Montenegro has proudly announced that it has been honoured with the Wild Beauty Award 2013 for Best Tourism Investment Project. The award ceremony was organized by the National Tourism Organization, supported by the President of Montenegro, Filip Vujanovic. Twenty-three awards from various categories were presented in recognition of exceptional contributions to the tourist industry.

Porto Montenegro awarded Best Tourism Investment Project

Porto Montenegro awarded Best Tourism Investment Project

On acceptance of this prestigious award, Savo Djurovic, legal director of Adriatic Marinas, explained that although recession has been prominent over the past year, Porto Montenegro has continued to support the country’s position as an elite tourist and yachting destination. Furthermore, an additional 70 million has been invested in the project, enabling a 2014 completion date for the Regent Hotel and marina extension. A  total of 180 million euros has been behind the project, with more than 700 members of staff involved.

The award was conceptualized in 2005 by the Council for Tourism in Montenegro —  afirmation of Montenegrin tourism, recognising the high standards achieved in promotion and competition, creating and recognizing tourism value, and the ability to create and sustain distinctive tourism products within Montenegro.

The ceremony was held at the Hotel Splendid Conference & Spa Resort in Becici, with guests from political, cultural, economic, tourism and public life in Montenegro.

Video presenting Sunrise Yachts Shipyard

December 31, 2013

The respected Turkish builder, Sunrise Yachts, is born of a strong and simple vision: offering luxury yachts from the world-renowned yacht designers, constructed with technical excellence at the fair price level expected by today’s yachtsmen. Below is a video presenting this prominent superyacht manufacturer, published by Sunrise Yachts.

The yachting industry knows it now: building superyachts in Turkey simply makes sense. By combining world-class design, engineering and management talent with Turkey’s skilled and competitive workforce, Sunrise established itself as one of the leading yacht builders in the Mediterranean, offering its clients style, quality and value.

Sunrise Yachts has created an 11,000 m2 facility in South Turkey. The shipyard has two halls up to 65 meters in length and 1,200 tons displacement. Along each side of the yacht-building facility, space is available for long-term sub-contractors with the latest equipment and logistics capabilities, along with air-conditioned storage, ventilation and extraction plants.

The shipyard is organized as an “assembler,” based loosely on the car industry’s model, with a small, yet powerful project management team charged with running all the in-house long-term sub-contractors.

Works on extension of Porto Montenegro Marina begin

December 30, 2013

Works have officially started on Porto Montenergo‘s eagerly awaited superyacht marina extension. This will increase the berth capacity from the current mix of 250 to 430 by next summer.

Porto Montenegro in the lovely Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter location - Montenegro

Porto Montenegro in the lovely Eastern Mediterranean yacht charter location - Montenegro

Contracted to complete this 25 million euro extension is Montenegrin company Yu Briv, who are following the designs of Marina Projects from the UK, leading experts in the field of superyacht marina design.

To satisfy increasing demand an additional 170 berths will be built, ranging from 12-75m. The works will include the expansion of current Jetties 2 and 3 plus a new jetty parallel to Jetty 4.

Meanwhile, the current fuel pump will be replaced by a new cutting-edge fuel station, located at the northern part of the new Jetty 5 which offers tax and duty free fuel at up to 45% cheaper than retail prices elsewhere in Europe.

After the success of the summer season where the marina operated at an average capacity of 102%, the marina expansion comes at no better time for the port. The summer season was the busiest yet, with a wait list of yachts to get into the marina.

The new berth mix will appeal to all ends of the market, but especially for super and mega-yachts which will soon be supported by a state-of-the-art maintenance & refit facility, explains Tony Browne, Marina Director of Adriatic Marinas.

The completion of these works will be another significant step for Porto Montenegro, firmly placing it as the leading marina for mega yachts in the Mediterranean. In turn, expansion of the marina will induce growth across the whole site, attracting further businesses to and generating more employment in the area, adds Tony Scholes, Construction Director of Adriatic Marinas.