Formation of the Barcelona Nautical Cluster

Alex Chumillas of Tax Marine Spain tells us that the Port of Barcelona and Barcelona City Council have backed the creation of the Barcelona Nautical Cluster to improve the city's position as an international benchmark in the nautical sector. This organisation promotes cooperation, complementarity and competition between its members. The cluster seeks to achieve excellence in business, increasing the value of the services currently offered by fostering joint projects and creating economies of scale.

The three main objectives of Barcelona Nautical Cluster are to generate high value knowledge, create new jobs and adapt specialised training programs to the needs of the nautical sector. Setting up this cluster should therefore help to identify and define the training needs of the Port and the nautical sector in the medium and long term and to implement professional training and employment actions

In addition to public institutions, Barcelona Nautical Cluster also involves Marina Barcelona 92, which is the main shipyard for yacht repairs and maintenance in the Mediterranean; Marina Port Vell, which is undertaking a complete overhaul of its facilities to bring them into line with current market needs; and the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing. Initially the cluster is composed by 35 yachting firms.

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