Douglas Prothero, CEO, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. Photo credit: The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection

Interview: Douglas Prothero, CEO, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

As privately owned, luxury yachts near the size of the average cruise ship, behold a new option, which is anything but commonplace: The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. At 624 feet and 11 decks, her exterior profile resembles a sleek superyacht design, not a cruise ship on the horizon. Launched in October 2018 at Hijos de J. Barreras Shipyard in Vigo, Spain, the flagship of the new brand is now in outfitting and interior finishing. The project was co-managed by The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Marriott and Tillberg Design of Sweden.

Bijela shipyard in Boka Bay, Montenegro. Photo: Damen Shipyards

Shipyard Bijela: Concession to Consortium of Damen and Adriatic Marinas

Damen Shipyards Group, Adriatic Marinas and the Montenegrin Government have signed a contract for redevelopment of Bijela shipyard. The consortium will transform site into superyacht repair and refit facility.According to a press release from the Dutch shipyard group, the consortium of superyacht marina development and operating group Adriatic Marinas and the global ship and superyacht builder Damen, have been working with the Government of Montenegro.Since 2012 the parties have been developing plans to bring about the redevelopment of the former Bijela shipyard in Boka Bay…

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RC44 Coming to Porto Montenegro

The Porto Montenegro Yacht Club has announced the RC44 Championship Tour which will kick-off the 2019 season in Montenegro, from April 10-14. This prestigious tour of one design boats began in 2007 and brings together sailing and business, allowing amateur helmsmen to compete with some of the world’s top sailors in some of the world’s most beautiful locations. The RC44 boats are a light weight construction, made entirely of carbon with a powerful sail plan to make exceptional downwind and upwind performances…

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Warsash Superyacht Academy Partners with Porto Montenegro

Solent University’s Warsash Superyacht Academy (WSA) is opening a brand new training facility with Porto Montenegro, in one of the world’s most spectacular cruising grounds.Porto Montenegro is home to the world’s largest superyacht berth at 250 meters, and the marina’s 450 additional berths all offer an unrivaled range of services and amenities. The fusion of world-class training at a world-class destination will make Warsash Superyacht Academy Porto Montenegro a truly incredible…

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New Courses for Superyacht Crew Training

Porto Montenegro has partnered with Warsash Superyacht Academy, the superyacht division of  Warsash Maritime Academy, based in Southampton, England [part of Solent University].Warsash Superyacht Academy will launch a series of courses in Montenegro this autumn and subject to demand, and will eventually offer its full maritime training portfolio with internationally recognized qualifications for superyacht crew.This exciting new training facility will be named Warsash Superyacht…

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New Winter Berthing Offers for Porto Montenegro

Luxury superyacht destination Porto Montenegro has announced 7 months winter berthing for the price of 5.With the 2018 summer season in full swing, Porto Montenegro prepares its earlybird winter berthing special with additional discounts and privileges throughout the village for berth holders. All winter bookings made before the end of July 2018 can enjoy 7 months’ berthing for the price of 5, with an additional 15 percent discount applicable on selected berths.Also new this winter is the premium berthing option, offering berth holders a prime spot in the heart of the marina.

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Pop-up Superyacht Show to Showcase the Booming Adriatic

As we enter the final weeks before the 3rd edition of the Porto Montenegro MYBA Pop-Up Superyacht Show registrations continue to flow in with 2017 now set to better the impressive attendance figures of previous years. The 450-berth marina village will again provide a unique platform for owners, agents and captains to showcase their superyachts and itineraries while brokers take full advantage of the many B2B networking opportunities. , located in the Boka Bay, a UNESCO protected heritage site.

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BWA Yachting Renews Pact with International SeaKeepers

BWA Yachting, a  provider of marine agency services to superyacht owners and their crews, has renewed its partnership with The International SeaKeepers Society. The aim of the partnership is to increase participation from yachts in assisting with ocean research, conservation and education. The partnership enters its second year with an emphasis on the DISCOVERY Yachts Program, which utilizes private vessels for marine research, educational outreach, and to deploy oceanographic instruments.

Kings Point Marina (Photo: Marinetek)

Marinetek Builds Megayacht Marina for America’s Cup Site

When the America’s Cup fleet arrives in Bermuda in January 2017 a new destination resort and marina with a range of mooring options will be open to visitors eager to follow the action. Marinetek, an internationally acclaimed marina design and build company headquartered in Finland, is putting its expertise to work on a marina system that includes berths for 21 visiting megayachts at the resort’s King’s Point Marina. King’s Point will be the hub of a new luxury residential community designed by SB Architects as a ‘contemporary interpretation of British Colonial architecture’.

Terranova 85 (Photos: Dahm International)

Terranova, Dahm Settling a New Dealership

Europe-wide exclusive sales representation for new build explorer motor yachts. Dahm international, member of the DEUTSCHE YACHTEN, Superyachts Germany working group, and Terranova Italian Yachts have announced their newly agreed Europe-wide exclusive sales representation for new build explorer motor yachts from 68‘ to 115‘. Both companies are recognized for their commitment and passion for super yachts and yachting. In April 2015, Terranova was taken over by new owners and re-named Terranova Italian Yachts, a 100 percent Italian company continuing its path and further improvements.

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70m Super Yacht Galactica Super Nova Hits Water

Heesen Yachts announced the launch of the largest yacht in its fleet to date, the 70m  Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) superyacht Project Kometa. The owners have christened their new yacht Galactica Super Nova. Galactica Super Nova is a 70.07m motor yacht, custom built in 2016 by Heesen Yachts. The yacht's interior has been designed by Sinot Yacht Design and has exterior styling by Espen Oeino. It is not only the biggest yacht built by Heesen Yachts to date, but she is also one of the top 200 largest yachts in the world and one of the fastest yachts for her size.

Padhraic O'Connor (Credit: Marine Projects)

Marina Projects Adds O’Connor as Project Manager

Marina Projects Ltd. announced the addition of a new Project Manager, Padhraic O’Connor, to the Hampshire based team. O’Connor is a qualified Port & Coastal Engineer with previous experience in port planning, design and physical modelling. The continued growth of Marina Projects’ Project Management team results from an increase in enquiry levels service demands offered by the company. Mike Ward, Marina Projects’ Director commented, “We are delighted to welcome O’Connor to the team.

Marinevac Adds New Operator in Florida

Marinevac, specialists in the cleaning of vacuum toilet systems on board private and commercial vessels of all sizes ranging from yachts to cruise ships and naval vessels, announce new links with GC Marine Inc. and Pines Marine Consulting LLC, both established businesses in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Marinevac has been operating in the Mediterranean for several years from their base in Palma, Mallorca. As part of the company’s expansion plans, Marinevac USA LLC will now be offering the Marinevac unique method of removing scale build up from marine waste systems.

SevenCs Offers New ENC Tools

SevenCs GmbH released the new generation of the ENC Tools, which are available in a customizable solution and consist of seven individual modules. This approach allows clients to use individual software modules for data validation and optimization either within an existing chart production environment, or to use the entire software suite as a complete production environment. In addition, it is easy to use and cost efficient which was the main argument for the IHMS (Montenegro) to choose SevenCs. Bjoern Roehlich, Sales Director of SevenCs, has a clear focus: “Our goal is to increase ENC coverage in a safe and efficient way in all areas of the world.