Pendennis Barcelona refit marina takes shape
by Miranda Blazeby
Cornish shipyard Pendennis has revealed more details about its “major” multi-million pound investment in Mediterranean refit marina Vilanova Grand Marina.
Since announcing the investment in October last year, Pendennis has been working with Vilanova's team to build a new refit facility at the marina.
While the marina will continue to trade as Vilanova Grand Marina (VGM), the new technical service centre will be known as Pendennis Vilanova, which will be the Cornish yard's main base in the Mediterranean.
Work is currently underway on the centre, which will provide technical service support to existing and new clients when it opens later this year. It will comprise 12,000 square metres of hand standing and a 640 tonne travel hoist.
VGM will be focused on promoting itself as a technical marina for yachts looking for either short or long term berths.
Pendennis joint managing director Mike Carr explained: “The two brands have a shared vision of delivering a world class service to the Mediterranean fleet. Underpinning this vision is the Pendennis ethos of combining experience, knowledge and skills with great teamwork.”
Pendennis Vilanova manager Tyrone Harvey added: "We have had a strong start to our new venture in Vilanova. 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."
As well as its Falmouth headquarters, which is capable of carrying out substantial superyacht restoration, Pendennis also has a Palma-based refit office at STP shipyard, which opened in 2011.
Carr added that the investment and new refit facility “will complement our already successful international business operation in Palma, as well as our main base in Falmouth”.
Designed exclusively for superyachts, Vilanova Grand Marina currently has 48 superyacht berths for yachts ranging between 25 and 130 metres for yachts with a maximum draught of 6.5 metres.