Marcel Brekelmans, MD of soon-to-be-opened Marina Port Vell, believes the venue will sell itself, despite entering a notoriously competitive market.

Speaking exclusively to SuperyachtNews.com at the Monaco Yacht Show, Brekelmans said that the marina's success will be defined by the quality of all its constituent elements, from service to safety, appearance and technology.

He perhaps underplays Barcelona's powerful allure, which will surely stand it in good stead for securing longer term rentals. But its status as a home port, "remains the primary focus." However, "non-occupied berths will not rain idle for long!"

It has been a long road to fruition, with the marina officially opening in the first week of November and Brekelmans admits that the construction process riled a few of the marina's original clients. "But you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs", he explains, "and we have handled things as as carefully as possible, servicing them to the best of our abilities."


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As one of Europe's most desirable destinations, Marina Port Vell is likely to be an extremely popular and 'en vogue' addition to the superyacht landscape. In Brekelmans' terms, "a marina is a marina, with water, berthing and power. Where there is diversification is in the service provision and that is why we have applied the luxury hotel model to ours. We are trying to provide a new level of luxury and we are almost there; it looks extremely positive."

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