Ocean Village’s plans for a new superyacht marina in Gibraltar are moving forward with the appointment of Captain E.S. Geary as technical consultant. Geary’s role will be to ensure that all facilities at Gibraltar’s Marina Bay meet or excel guidelines and recommendations in PIANIC 134 Design and Operation Guidelines for Superyacht Facilities, and making sure that it is fully compliant with requirements of the Gibraltar Maritime Administration.
Sandra Lamplough of Ocean Village noted that the project will place Gibraltar firmly on the international superyacht map as a base rather than a refueling stop that will have a positive impact on the local economy, not only in terms of restocking and repair yachts, but also increased visitor numbers.
Geary indicated that Gibraltar has the lowest bunkering costs in the Mediterranean. A full-service shipyard is ten minutes from minutes from Marina Bay with trained and experienced English speaking technicians available around the clock every day of the year.
Ocean Village is still in the initial stages of securing planning permission. Once approval is granted, work will begin on specific project detail for berths, apartments and a piece office. Early planning calls for a capacity for 10 superyachts, a modern new pier office with executive crew lounges and sophisticated data networks, an enhanced promenade with pier side landscaping and enhanced secure access to pontoons and private berths. The location will also provide comprehensive chandlery services, an airport within walking distance and a wide range of upscale quayside entertainment.
Gibraltar seems to be caring a niche for itself as a potentially popular destination for superyachts with the abolition of import duty to all vessels over 18 meters and further reductions on import duty on pleasure craft, yachts and other vessels now at zero percent.
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