Marina di Loano in Italy opens dedicated superyacht area
by Risa Merl
Marina di Loano in Loano, Liguria, Italy, has unveiled a superyacht area dedicated to yachts measuring 55 to 77 metres LOA.
More than 100 guests from local authorities to superyacht brokers, captains and owners attended the opening of the new superyacht marina, which is owned by Gruppo Unipol. With a redesigned mooring plan, Marina di Loano now offers more than 800 berths for recreational vessels ranging from six to 25 metres with a further 32 berths accommodating yachts up to 77 metres.
'Our aim was to create a dedicated area on floating pontoons that on one hand would assure the strength and efficiency of a fixed pier and that on the other would offer the flexibility of a floating dock,' explained Director of Marina di Loano Marco Cornacchia. 'This was a challenge from a design point of view as we wanted to make sure that the walkways would aesthetically fit inwith the existing curving fixed pier: the floating quay is 122 metres long and 3.5 metres wide. Finally, we had to take into account the significant size of the yachts we were going to be accommodating and the interaction with the three finger pontoons. These are up to 77 metres long and 2.8 metres wide and areanchored to a floating dock, which also has the function of service pier.'
The new moorings were constructed by Italian engineering company Interprogetti and American company Bellingham Marine. The superyacht area berths provide for a five metre draft and each berth is equipped with IPS Service System columns including drinking water and power hookups. The marina offer free energy up to 400 amps, and Wi-Fi, video surveillance and fire alarm systems are available throughout the marina.
Marina di Loano also provides its guests with access to the Yacht Club Marina di Loano, which hosts nine suites, three meeting rooms, lounges and bars, a restaurant, and a solarium with indoor/outdoor pool, complemented by an adjacent beach – most popular in the summertime. Marina di Loano is located 73 kilometres (45 minutes) from the Genoa Airport.