A new lease for Port Vauban and Port Gallice by Vauban 21, previously under the management of the city of Antibes, was announced earlier this week. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Caisse des Depots - a developer in the Cote d’Azur - and Caisse d’Epargne, partner the project.
The improvement plans include a new yacht club, crew quarters and capitainerie. For the Vauban 21 team, the improvement plans will start with identifying key areas to ameliorate the marina. Speaking exclusively to SuperyachtNews, Petra Malloier of Vauban 21 explains the first stage of the project, “The first priority phase is to upgrade the resources and the organisation of the service from the start, with new contributions to the port and for its clients.”
As Port Vauban is home to an established concentration of superyachts, with 19 berth places over 70m+, the new management structure will ensure that owners and their existing berths will be given preference to renew their place in the marina. As Malloier explains, “The new management will start to sell the berths, and the current owners of the berths have priority to reconfirm their places.” The port will provide ‘guarantee of use’ contracts that can be purchased immediately.
In addition to the marina’s renovations, Vauban 21 plan to develop a ‘yachting campus’, which will see a venue focused on crew training, yachting technology and conference facilities. “In Antibes, there is a high concentration of crew and yachting professionals, therefore it makes sense to create a yachting campus by integrating training, research and service platforms,” says Malloier. The plans also outline a new promenade around the marina for visitors and local people to explore the marina and interact with the port.
Finally, for the incoming team, it’s important for Antibes to keep its authenticity, “It’s a little town with an international feel. It’s a really nice place to be,” concludes Malloier.
Image courtesy of Port Vauban / Vauban 21.