Douglas Yacht Services in Martinique has reported that major changes are happening on the island in relation to pleasure yachts.
Chief among them was the 12 million euros the government approved in July 2012 to upgrade the existing dry dock facility in the bay of Le Marin to allow for the creation of a travel lift facility for yachts up to 45m and 440 tons.
Work was expected to begin in the first quarter of 2014 and be complete by the end of 2015.
After a fam-tour visit by M/Y Blue Moon in January 2011, decision-makers in Martinique became committed to expanding services and amenities for yachts, according to Douglas Rapier of Douglas Yacht Services and president of the Martinique Yachting Association.
Douglas Yacht Services and Martinique Dry Dock (operated by SIGBR) have a 180m float-in/float-out dry dock facility, including a repair wharf of 140m with warehouse facilities.
The group has begun to study the development of a megayacht facility to handle 30 yachts up to 120m.