Earlier this month, Neus Munté, the regional minister for the presidency of the Generalitat de Catalunya, officially opened the Mataró Marina Barcelona for business and inaugurated it into the Barcelona Nautical Cluster.
The minister’s sentiments focussed largely on how the opening of the marina will place Mataró, the capital of the Maresme region, as “a reference for the sector in Catalonia,” adding that the marina is able to “boost economic activity in the area and create new jobs”.
Xiqui Mas, president of Varador 2000, a shipyard located in the mouth of the Arenys de Mar port around 40km from Barcelona and the owning company of Mataró Marina Barcelona, supported Munté’s statment. “The economic success of the marina is the economic success of the city, the region and the country,” he said.
Marina Mataró Barcelona
In a circular released by the Barcelona Nautical Cluster at the close of 2015, the organisation outlined the positive economic impact that a burgeoning Catalonian superyacht industry could have on the Barcelonan region. It is expected that Barcelona, and its near abroad, will be adding around 160 new superyacht berths, to be completed in about a year, this includes the expansion of OneOcean Port Vell and the creation of Marina Vela.
“With only 5 per cent of the world traffic of these yacht the 300 berths are filled, which would representent a huge economic impact for the city,” explained Toni Tió, president of the Barcelona Nautical Cluster. “Only in the industrial sector, refit & repair, the cost could be more that €210 million a year, while the impact on ports would be about €70 million.”
Marina Mataró Barcelona
In addition to the larger developments on going in Barcelona, Mataró Marina Barcelona has 30 berths of its own, ranging from 20-50m, as well as other options for larger yachts. It is equipped with power, water, bunkering, waste disposal and Wi-Fi facilities, as well as the myriad other conveniences one would expect from a superyacht marina. Mataró benefits from its proximity to Barcelona (16nm/15mil), while managing to enjoy relative quiet and clear waters by comparison.
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