DP World unit to build superyacht marina in France


It will offer 12 dedicated superyacht berths for the world's largest vessels

International marina operator and developer IGY Marinas and P&O Marinas, a subsidiary of DP World, have announced a new-build superyacht marina project in Sète, France with construction to start at the end of the year.

Once open, it will offer 12 dedicated superyacht berths for the world's largest vessels of up to 328 feet (100 metres) with a maximum draft of 23 feet (seven metres). Other features include electrical facilities; fuel service arrangements; in-slip grey and black water pump-out; security; and Wi-Fi. 

Marina guests will also have access to the vessel support network - the IGY Anchor Club Strategic Partners, which offers a range of services from provisioning, crew training and full range insurance to emergency health services, maritime travel and satellite communications.

The agreement will see IGY providing a global network of commercial and tourist services with P&O Marinas providing technical and crew support. The marina will be in the heart of Sète, which is known as the 'Little Venice' of France.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: "As part of DP World's maritime services division, P&O Marinas can tap into decades of experience in our sector, adding value drawn from our expertise across six continents. By partnering with IGY Marinas, we will also be able to combine the skills of both companies to ensure this project features the very best services for owners and operators of superyachts, creating a lifestyle destination for yachting enthusiasts, residents and tourists."

Tom Mukamal, CEO of IGY Marinas, said: "We have been actively pursuing marina opportunities in the Mediterranean as part of our strategic plan to enhance our global network of berthing options for the superyacht market and expand our Anchor Club strategic platform. Our customers are well-educated and well-travelled, making it crucial for our brand to continue responding to the demand for flexible berthing options in the world's most-sought after destinations."