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Port Tarraco meets demand for megayacht berths in the Mediterranean

21 September 2011: Port Tarraco, one of the Mediterranean's deep water marinas, has restructured its berths to enable it to accommodate a greater number of large superyachts, megayachts and gigayachts. Port Tarraco's new design provides a total of 64 berths for yachts between 30 and 160 metres LOA.

Port Tarraco was recently purchased by Qatar real estate investment company QATARI DIAR, through its subsidiary Qatari Diar Marina Tarragona (QDMT). The purchase was made from vendor International Marina Tarragona S.L., a Spanish marina operator. QDMT is a joint venture between QATARI DIAR and Marina Barcelona 92 (MB'92), a Barcelona-based operator of marinas, with 95% representation by QATARI DIAR and 5% by MB'92.
Port Tarraco is now operated by MB'92.

With a shortage of available megayacht berths across the Mediterranean region, and an expected increase in demand due to the growing numbers of larger yachts being ordered, Port Tarraco's restructure of its berthing accommodation, combined with its unrivalled deep-water basin, makes it the perfect docking destination for owners and crew of yachts from 30 to 80 metres LOA.

Marc Colls, General Manager of Port Tarraco says: "The superyacht industry has shown a significant recovery over the last 12 months. The number of superyachts delivered and afloat has increased, there are many new projects under construction, and the average length of new yachts is rising significantly. The superyacht service sector needs to prepare for this - that means being able to accommodate larger yachts of various sizes at any one time and providing the necessary facilities.

"The Mediterranean has the highest concentration of marinas in the world, but they don't all have the capacity to accommodate larger yachts. Our new layout and support systems at Port Tarraco have been specifically structured to meet these requirements and the marina can now provide secure berthing for a variety of superyachts sizes, up to 160 metres - that's almost any yacht in the world. Our deep-water basin is an additional benefit and clearly differentiates us from other marinas in the Mediterranean. Our aim is to position Port Tarraco as one of 'the superyacht destinations' in the Mediterranean."

Under its new ownership, Port Tarraco will benefit from a fresh injection of luxury marina management, from the combined efforts of MB'92, who has a five per cent ownership stake in the megayacht marina, and Mourjan Marinas IGY, who has been commissioned to market the world-class marina internationally.

MB'92 will implement and oversee the commitment to setting new standards in customer service and world-class facilities at Port Tarraco. Its marina services will be tailor-made to fit the specific needs of yacht captains and crew, encompassing the latest technology and high security levels expected by visiting VIP vessels, in combination with MB'92's signature concierge service, which will ensure each yacht and crew receives a warm welcome and any personal assistance they might need throughout their stay.

Additionally, from the nearby MB'92 shipyard facilities and ship repair-services, Port Tarraco is able to offer a full range of superyacht repair, refit and maintenance services, which can be carried out in the marina or at the shipyard (just 46 nautical miles from Port Tarraco).

Port Tarraco is a hidden gem in the Mediterranean, located on the doorstep of the beautiful and historic city of Tarragona, on Spain's 'Golden Coast'. From a chance to explore the rich local Catalonian culture, to the area's many beaches, mountains for hiking or skiing, and the nearby cities of Barcelona and Madrid, the area is an attractive year-round destination for superyacht owners, captains and crew.

ENDS


Notes to Editors:

Port Tarraco Marina:
- 64 berths for boats between 30 and 160 metres LOA
- 9 metres draught
- Total surface water basin of 150,000 m2
- 140 metres length waiting dock
- Up to 1250 amp power outlets
- Black and grey water discharge directly from each berth
- Fresh water
- Internet and satellite TV
- CCTV and 24 hour surveillance
- Dedicated concierge service
- Ship chandler
- Retail and office space
- Restaurants, bars and pubs
- Fitness club
- Banks with 24hr ATMs
- Storage rooms within the marina
- Waste collection and MARPOL certificate
- Assistance in berthing on arrival and departure

http://www.porttarraco.com


Marina Barcelona 92 (MB'92):
Marina Barcelona 92 (MB'92) is a company fully dedicated to the yacht industry and provides service-refit, repair and maintenance works to more than 70 superyachts per year with overall lengths from 35 up to 180 metres.
With 19 years of experience, MB'92 can undertake any superyacht refit operation from start to finish guaranteeing the highest level of quality (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISPS).

The company's facilities cover a surface area of 76,000m2 and comprise a 210m dry dock, a 2000t Syncrolift® (with a second 4000t Syncrolift® operable in 2013), a 125m paint shed, and a 150t Travelift making it one of the largest super yacht refit facilities in the world.


Mourjan Marinas IGY:
Mourjan Marinas IGY is an international marina developer, operator and investor based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Operating under a new name after an alliance between Island Global Yachting (IGY) and G-Marin; Mourjan Marinas IGY continues to drive the growth of marina development throughout the Middle East. The
company offers the full range of technical, development, operations, marketing and administrative expertise required to design, construct and manage world-class marina facilities internationally.


IGY:
From the islands of the Caribbean to the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf and other beautiful yachting destinations around the world, IGY is redefining the very idea of luxury marina experiences. Founded in 2005, IGY focuses on acquiring, controlling and/or servicing luxury-yacht marinas and the surrounding upland real estate properties. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, IGY also has offices in New York, NY and St. Thomas, USV. In Dubai, IGY is represented through an alliance with Mourjan Marinas IGY which provides marina development and management services throughout the Middle East.


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