Monaco Marine is completing work in its new repair yard in La Ciotat that is undoubtedly the largest megayacht facility in the Mediterranean. The yard is on schedule to begin operations in April 2007. The signature of the agreement between a group of private and public partners came in 2005 after two years of preparatory work led by Monaco Marine and by Semidep, a mixed economy company actively supported by the French Government, in charge of the economic conversion of the industrial area of La Ciotat, formerly dedicated to large ship building.
Construction on the site was started in 2005 with several months of ground consolidation work and it has continued in 2006 with the laying of the foundations for the 2000 ton yacht lifting dock, the 90 meter climate controlled painting shed and the large building dedicated to workshops and offices. Yacht lift and painting shed are complete and the first tests of the lift took place successfully last December. The office and workshop building has been delivered and the Monaco Marine employees have moved into the offices. The construction teams are hard at work on positioning the rail transfer system on the 33.000 square meters concrete apron.
The new Monaco Marine megayacht yard covers a total area of 35.000 square meters and it allows to haul out on the hard up to fourteen yachts of a size between 40 and 80 meters. The 2000 ton Rexroth lifting dock is positioned sideways against the quay feeding a large transfer and storage system on rails, giving maximum versatility and speed of operation. A yacht can be lifted in 30 minutes and the whole hoisting and transfer operation will take no more than three or four hours. The great advantage of the layout is that there is a central maneuvering corridor that will always remain free while the yachts are parked in parallel slots along its sides. This effectively allows complete access to any of the fourteen yacht slots at any time without disturbing the other yachts.
Each yacht station on dry land is equipped with electricity, telephone and Internet access, compressed air and both fresh and sea water, allowing the hook-up of all on board equipment, including fire protection. There is also a hook-up for discharge of grey & black waters. Moreover the whole apron is connected to a used water decanting and purification system - with a 600 cubic meter overflow capacity - that will clean all used waters before discharge at sea, making the site fully compliant with European environmental regulations regarding the treatment of used industrial waters.
The 90 meter paint shed allows painting operations for large yachts on the hard and in a clean environment equipped with a 180 000m3/hr air ventilation and heating system. At full complement the Monaco Marine yard in La Ciotat shall employ about 80 and give work to 250/300 outside subcontractors, The total investment is of 45 million euros, 20 of these covered by Monaco Marine and the rest by the public partners.
The 90m paint shed and the 2000 ton Rexroth lifting dock
The control room
The 90m paint shed seen from the inside