Antibe’s Port Vauban the largest yacht harbour in Europe and a significant player in superyacht berthing operations is under to undergo radical reform now that new management is in place.
During 2016 the Cote d’Azure city of Antibes launched a DSP (public delegation contract) to find a trustee for the management of both Port Vauban and Port Gallice. In early 2017 it was announced that a consortium known as Vauban 21 has been entrusted with the management of Port Vauban and Port Gallice for the next 25 and 15 years respectively.
With a projected investment of 135 Million Euros planned over the next 15 years, their stated aim is to restore Port Vauban back again to its former status of Mediterranean Yachting Capital.
The project goes far beyond the renovation of the marina. An efficient eco system around the marina will be created, by working with the yachting professionals who can deliver the best quality service for the users of the Marinas.
The first priority will be upgrading the services, the quality of welcoming guests, the technology and the general organisation of the Marina.
The second stage will be creating a Yachting Campus in the area of St Roch, in order to offer the best training, seminars and conferences in the Yachting Industry.
It will also include investment in new Capitaineries on the IYCA superyacht dock and inside Port Vauban.
The Capitainerie on the IYCA will have a bigger and stronger helipad and a crew leisure facility with fitness centre and a crew library, Storage boxes for the yachts will be installed all along the quay.
The new Capitainerie in Port Vauban will see a new, restaurant with a large terrace on the roof top of the building, as well as a new Yacht Club for the yacht owners and their guests.
A 600 places underground parking shall cover up a big part of the cars parked in the marina. At the same time a new walkway of about 7 km all around the marina will be created.