Antibes’ Port Vauban, the largest pleasure harbor in Europe, is now operated by Vauban 21, a network of business and industry leaders.
The partners of Vauban 21 SAS include the chamber of commerce, which leads a network of 4,500 businesses affiliated with the yachting industry between Nice and Cannes as well as manager of the Riviera Ports network; the Caisse des Depots, the national operator of French state initiatives and of territorial development on the Côte d’Azur with more than 156 billion euros of assets; and the Caisse d’Epargne, a banking institution with 1 million clients. Franck Dosne is general manager.
“Vauban 21 is a unique project in the Mediterranean,” according to a news statement announcing the management change. “Its aim is to elevate Port Vauban again to the status of Mediterranean Yachting Capital and to establish a model port with the highest level of service for the yacht owners and their guests.”
About 135 million euros are planned to be invested in the two marinas over the next 15 years. The first priority for Vauban 21 will be upgrading the services at Port Vauban, the quality of welcoming guests, the technology and the general organization of the marina, according to the statement.
The second effort will be creating a yachting campus in the area of St. Roch to offer the best training, seminars and conferences in the yachting industry.
Vauban 21 will also invest in new capitaineries at IYCA and Port Vauban. The capitainerie on the IYCA will have a bigger and stronger helipad and a crew leisure facility with fitness center, library, etc. Storage boxes for the yachts will be installed all along the quay.
The new capitainerie in Port Vauban will see a new, high-end, panoramic-view restaurant with a large terrace on the rooftop, as well as a new yacht club for yacht owners and their guests.
A 600-space underground parking lot will be added, as well as a new walkway of about 7km around the marina.
Vauban 21 has the city’s management contract to manage Port Vauban for 25 years effective Jan. 1, 2017, and Port Gallice for 15 years.
For more information, visit www.marina-port-vauban.com.