Monaco One: The 45-knot catamaran shuttle from Port Hercules

6 March 2021

A new high-speed shuttle between Monaco and Ventimiglia has been officially christened in Port Hercules.

The 12 metre power catamaran, named Monaco One, will whisk guests between the Monégasque port and the new state-of-the-art Cala del Forte marina in Ventimiglia in just 15 minutes. When the route opens later in 2021, it will be the first rapid sea link between the two towns. 

In keeping with tradition, Monaco One was christened with a sacrificial champagne bottle to formally baptise the vessel, followed by a blessing from the Archbishop of Monaco. The ceremony was attended by members of the royal family including His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, along with his niece, Ms Camille Gottlieb, Her Royal Highness the Princess of Hanover, and Her Serene Highness Princess Stéphanie.

The new shuttle service promises to cement Cala del Forte’s position as a vital and much-needed addition to the Riviera’s limited berthing options, enabling owners, guests and crew to quickly travel between Monaco and their yacht at the marina in Ventimiglia. 

Aleco Keusseoglou, president of the Société d’Exploitation des Ports de Monaco, spoke at the event and stressed the importance of the direct connection between the two towns, reinforcing the "strong bond" Monaco shares with Ventimiglia and Liguria’s Ponente coast.

Created by La Rochelle-based A2V (Advanced Aerodynamic Vessel), Monaco One can accommodate up to 12 passengers and is ultra-efficient thanks to its unique aerodynamic design which halves typical fuel consumption, even when cruising at speeds of over 40 knots. The shuttle is just one of two of its kind, with its sistership, Evian One, currently being run on Lake Geneva. Power comes from two 350 Hp Yanmar engines and is capable of causing up to 250 miles on a full tank. 

Cala del Forte opened for business in November 2020 and was conceived as an alternative superyacht destination along the French Riviera, with Monte Carlo on one side and Sanremo to the other. The marina will be able to comfortably accommodate up to 178 yachts including berthing options for superyacht over 70 metres, relieving the pressure on the busy Port Hercules and Port of Fontvieille in neighbouring Monaco.

The A2V shuttle, superyacht berthing options, and Ventimiglia’s own attractions position the marina as much more than a stop-and-go hub. Shoreside Cala del Forte will feature a safe underground parking lot for 577 cars as well as a selection of 35 high-end shops, and with its fascinating and ancient old town, beautiful beaches, and open-air seaside markets, Ventimiglia is a gem of the Ligurian coastline. This new high-speed shuttle service means that owners and guests can soak in the charms of Ventimiglia as well as the glitz and glamour of Monaco.

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