In October 2018, British superyacht builder Pendennis announced a major investment into the 48-berth marina and associated land in Vilanova I la Geltrú, Barcelona. Now, 10 months on, Pendennis has clarified the status of the new venture and expressed how the newly formed Pendennis Vilanova technical service centre will operate alongside Vilanova Grand Marina (VGM).
On a quest to enhance its offering to the superyacht fleet in the Mediterranean, Pendennis has been working alongside the team at VGM to achieve a marina with supporting service centre and the capacity for short-term stop-overs and longer winter berths. Up until this investment, the marina had been lacking a technical centre to service superyachts.
“The two brands have a shared vision of delivering a world-class service to the Mediterranean fleet,” says Mike Carr, joint managing director at Pendennis. “Underpinning this vision is the Pendennis ethos of combining experience, knowledge and skills with great teamwork.”
With the capacity to accommodate yachts from 25 to 130m, the 48-berth marina will continue to trade as VGM, alongside Pendennis Vilanova, which will become the Cornish company’s main base in the Mediterranean.
“Through Pendennis’ investment into Vilanova we have been able to increase our maintenance and repair programme for the marina and associated buildings during this winter and spring.”
- Ruben Hernandez, General Manager, Vilanova Grand Marina
“Through Pendennis’ investment into Vilanova we have been able to increase our maintenance and repair programme for the marina and associated buildings during this winter and spring,” says Ruben Hernandez, general manager of VGM. “The marina itself has continued to be busy, benefiting from both an influx of Pendennis’ fleet arriving for pre-Med season support and independent yachts conducting routine maintenance. I am very positive about the future and what we can build here for the superyacht community in Vilanova offering not only a destination, but a full-service location.”
Work is currently underway on the first phase of the development of the technical service centre, which includes 12,000sqm of hard standing and a 640-tonne travel hoist with supporting piers. “We have had a strong start to our new venture in Vilanova,” adds Tyrone Harvey, manager of Pendennis Vilanova.
“This first season has been about conducting projects afloat for our existing client base, showcasing our new location and overseeing the development of our new technical service centre adjacent to the Marina."
- Tyrone Harvey, Manager, Pendennis Vilanova
“This first season has been about conducting projects afloat for our existing client base, showcasing our new location and overseeing the development of our new technical service centre adjacent to the Marina," continues Harvey. "Pendennis Vilanova projects will benefit from continuity of care through a combination of tradespeople from our home base in Falmouth and local sub-contractors from the region.”
The new Pendennis Vilanova facility is currently on schedule to be operational by early Autumn 2019.
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