According to local reports, Russia is set to develop its yacht infrastructure on the Black Sea Coast, with a planned marina in Gelendzhik, and authorities earmarking further sites in Crimea.

Draft amendments made to Russia’s federal special-purpose programme, ‘Transport System Development (2010-2020)’ are to undergo public discussions. Reports suggest that the sequestration of sub-programme ‘Marine Transport’ will see additional resources allocated for the construction of yacht marina and entertainment infrastructure in Gelendzhik.

With plans to be completed by 2017, the new marina has already been designed and the environmental study of the project is in progress. The construction is said to start in early 2015 and to last for about two years.


Plans for the marina in Gelendzhik. Credit: PortNews.ru

The project is estimated at RUB 9.4 billion, including RUB 4.4 billion of investments and RUB 5 billion of federal money supposed for allocation between 2013 and 2018. It is being implemented through a private-public partnership, with the participants listed as FSUE Rosmorport, Commercial Seaport of Gelendzhik CJSC and RN-Tuapsenefteprodukt LLC.

In the same report, sources close to the project suggest that the priority put on Gelendzhik marina could be explained by plans to use it for the servicing of high-ranking officials.

The Russian authorities have also shown intent to develop further marinas along the Crimean peninsula, with the deputy transport minister of Russia, Victor Olersky, stating it is reasonable to develop infrastructure in the resorts Feodosia and Yalta.

If all goes ahead, this will significantly increase the amount of marinas located on the Russia-controlled Black Sea, as currently there are only two such facilities in Russia – the Sochi Grand and Imeretinsky marinas.

These reports follow the recent news that a draft law on 72-hour visa-free stay of foreigners arriving by leisure craft has been approved by the State Duma of the Russian Federation in its first reading, demonstrating Russia’s intent to grow the yachting industry in the region.