View pictures of the planned changes to the ports of Antibes. Yacht crew will benefit from these spectacular changes to Port Vauban.
In recent yacht crew news, it was announced that large-scale plans have been announced to transform the two ports of Antibes, Port Vauban and Port Gallice, following their takeover by VAUBAN 21 on 1st January 2017 and 1st January 2018, respectively. The project will re-establish the town’s reputation as an international yachting capital and the Mediterranean’s most popular marina. Yachts of up to 170m will be accommodated for in the port of 1,642 berths. Yacht crew stand to benefit, as the extensive project aims to overhaul visitors’ experiences and propel Antibes’ ports into the future of the yachting industry.
The €150 Million Project
Aside from a dramatic increase of the ports’ infrastructure, the services offered in each port will be improved, as well as the layout of the berths, accessibility, and the ports’ environmental footprints. Approximately €135 million will be injected into Port Vauban – one of the largest marinas in the Mediterranean – and around €15 million will be spent on renovating Port Gallice, as part of a 2-stage renovation. While Captains, crew, Antibes crew agencies, and the larger seafaring community stand to benefit most from the refurbishment, the residents of the South of France and visiting guests will also be able to enjoy the planned improvements, which are set to begin in 2019 and have a planned completion date of 2029. The communications infrastructure will be dramatically improved in the first phase of the development, implementing a better means for Captains to reserve berths and liaise with the authorities. The ancient ramparts will be reinforced, the shipyard area will be rejuvenated, and a subterraneous car park for 600 vehicles will also be installed.
A New Yachting Campus for Crew
As Antibes is an important crew training location, plans have been incorporated to enhance the town’s training facilities and infrastructure. Yacht crew, as well as marine academics and entrepreneurs, will most eagerly anticipate the construction of a dedicated yachting campus and technology park of approximately 2,000m2 that will lie adjacent to Port Vauban. It will house space for conferences, seminars, and training course instruction. Yacht crew placements in Antibes will be advantageous due to the ports’ new facilities and their close proximity to the new training centre.
Additional Crew Leisure Facilities
When the hard work has been done, yacht crew can make the most of the planned changes to the IYCA: a crew leisure facility with a fitness centre and a library will be built, as well as storage facilities and assistance desks. A new capitainerie will also be constructed, along with a helipad for two helicopters. Port Vauban will also benefit from a new capitainerie, as well as a service area for owners, a restaurant, a yacht club, a terrace with a panoramic view of the surroundings, and a dedicated area for events. A landscape walk of 7.6km will encompass the port, offering a bucolic route for walkers to enjoy. One of the first improvements that has already been made is the installation of a new Wi-Fi system, which is great news for crew!
While the renewed ports will offer an unparalleled experience for crew and visitors, protection of the environment also ranks highly on the list of priorities for the team at VAUBAN 21, which adopts ‘an innovative environmental approach.’ Port Vauban has proudly flown a European Blue Flag to celebrate its commitment to reducing marine pollution. A dedicated employee is hired to oversee the environmental sustainability of the port going forwards. As a result, crew will notice an increase in the environmental-friendliness of facilities throughout the port, from electric vehicles to improved recycling facilities.
What does the Future Hold for Port Vauban?
“Our goal is to elevate Port Vauban to a status it once held without repute and its rightful position as the Mediterranean capital of yachting,” comments Franck Dosne, the Director of Port Vauban. “We want to build a living port that works for and with the local community.”