Freedom Maritime chandlery will be operated in partnership with Compositeworks in Porto Montenegro, the luxury marina village in Tivat, Montenegro.
Compositeworks is a leading French superyacht repair and maintenance operator from La Ciotat, France. Freedom Maritime chandlery will offer a full range of products and services available in Porto Montenegro from July 2010.
Private yachts and charter yachts of all sizes will find an extensive range of cleaning, safety, interior and engineering products from the world’s best producers, including 3M, AERE, MIELE, Bulgari, Caterpillar, MCA, Lloyds, Ocean Safety and others.
The new chandlery will be based in Porto Montenegro’s first residential and retail complex called Teuta, and will offer the same variety, quality of products and level of service featured at other Freedom Maritime locations around the world.
Pete Williams of Freedom Maritime commented “We are excited to partner with Porto Montenegro to open our chandlery store and enter one of the fastest growing yacht destinations. With Porto Montenegro’s world class facilities and its proximity to some of the best cruising grounds in the Mediterranean, Montenegro is to become the next centre for the yachting world”. “Our experienced team has an extensive network of the world’s best suppliers, as well as a distribution fleet of vans and worldwide shipments departing from our stores on a daily basis. All of these will combine to provide Porto Montenegro’s clients with first-class service for all of their yachting needs”.
Ben Mennem, the co-founder of Compositeworks commented “We are thrilled to work with Freedom Maritime, the leading chandlery operator in the super yacht industry. Freedom Maritime chandlery and Compositeworks full range superyacht refit facility of the highest quality in the Bay of Kotor represents an important component to the creation of Porto Montenegro as the comprehensive home port in the Adriatic”
“This partnership is a major step forward in bringing the superyacht industry to Porto Montenegro. Freedom Maritime’s exceptional reputation for reliability, quality and rapid supply of all equipment will ensure vessels of all sizes will never be without access to equipment for their yachts while in Montenegro”, says Oliver Corlette, Managing Director for Porto Montenegro. “Our vision is to become the premier home port in the Mediterranean for yachts of all sizes. The recent addition of Freedom Maritime chandlery, along with Porto Montenegro’s spectacular cruising grounds, port of entry, range of berths up to 150m in length, duty and tax-free fuel bunkering, provisioning services, sport and leisure facilities, favourable tax environment, Compositeworks refit and maintenance facilities, residential and retail units and an international airport nearby will ensure we meet this objective”.
Porto Montenegro’s marina is open and already enjoying high occupancy and visits from yachts of all sizes. With 85 berths, Phase 1 of Porto Montenegro’s Marina opened in June 2009 at full occupancy – and with a substantial waiting list. Capacity to be increased each year until the projected total of 600 berths is reached; 130 of those berths will be reserved for yachts 30m or longer.
The Marina services in 2010 include on-site customs and immigration, duty and tax-free fuel, single and 3-phase electricity, wireless internet, 24-hour security, laundry facilities and services, refuse and grey and black water disposal, full shopping including provisioning, deli and supermarkets and a Crew Club with tennis and squash courts, a fitness centre, bowling alley and internet cafe.
Long-term berths from 12 to 100 meters are now available for residential property owners. Short-term, seasonal and annual berths are available for non-residents.
There’s a reason Montenegro is often referred to as the “new Riviera” – its unspoiled beauty. Home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the ancient walled city of Kotor and Durmitor National Park – Montenegro is cherished by lovers of history and nature alike.
The country’s dramatic coastline, dotted with secluded beaches and hidden coves, is an idyllic place to drop anchor.
The Bay of Kotor, in which Porto Montenegro is found, is the Adriatic’s largest, most beautiful and best sheltered natural harbour.
Often referred to as Europe’s southernmost fjord, security is high: the surrounding mountains and the calm, easy to navigate water of the Bay offer yachts an exceptional degree of protection.
Offering countless itineraries for boats of all sizes, Porto Montenegro is the ideal starting or end point to an Adriatic cruise.
There is the famous Montenegrin coastline to explore, of course. Then, just a few nautical miles north, at the border with Croatia, begins the longest stretch of the rugged Dalmatian coast, boasting the historic walled city of Dubrovnik and more than a thousand islands along the shoreline.
Thanks to Montenegro’s new, simplified Law on Yachts, private and charter boats can now take advantage of a user-friendly vignette system that allows multiple entries and frequent changes to the passenger and crew manifest.