10 Sep 2013
Malta's refit stock continues to grow
Mention superyacht refit and repair and places such as Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona immediately spring to mind. But, there are other spots in Europe that have been offering refit and repair services for many years as well. One such place is Malta and it is keen to promote itself not only as a wintering location for the tax-savvy, but as a refit destination and long-term berthing alternative to traditional spots in the Med. Ahead of the forthcoming Superyacht Industry Seminar in Valetta - this year entitled 'Malta, a better destination for superyachts' - SuperyachtNews.com visited Bezzina Yacht Yards and Manoel Island Yacht Yards to understand how the Maltese refit sector is evolving and what it can offer owners.
"Originally, there were limited facilities for superyachts in Malta, and so expansion was difficult because we are restricted by space here," Victor Bezzina, director of Bezzina Yacht Yards, explaining that as marinas in Malta expand and improve their facilities, so too can the yards benefit by having more yachts to carry out routine maintenance and repairs on.
Both Bezzina and Wilson emphasised that the strength of Malta as a refit destination lies in the cost advantages. "Refit and repair in Malta is definitely cheaper in the long run," said Wilson, who explained that, although being an island meant that importing some things was slightly more expensive than on the mainland, labour was significantly cheaper and still extremely skilled. "Malta has many really good tradesmen right here on our doorstep," Bezzina echoed. "And all the major brands are well-represented."
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