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Yacht agent BWA Yachting has expanded its global network with the opening of a new dedicated office in Gibraltar.
BWA's new Gibraltar office follows 10 years of company operations locally through sub-agents – which it chose to do given The Rock's reputation as a destination for yacht captains.
Nikolaos Pastiokas, BWA Yachting’s chief operating officer, said, “Further to expansion in New York and Tunisia last year, this is the latest step in our business growth strategy. With its key strategic location, Gibraltar is uniquely placed when it comes to yachting traffic.
“It took us some time to identify the best partner to work with. We’ve now joined forces with Turner Shipping. This launch will, we’re sure, actively improve our services and understanding of what vessels need.”
Heading up operations at the new office is Alex Lavarello, who is a distinguished name in the local shipping industry. A range of services will be available including bunkering, technical support, freight forwarding and customs clearance, with yacht captains also able to receive tailor-made services to suit their needs.
In a release, Lavarello noted, “We’re confident we will now take the lead on changing the perception of Gibraltar from that of a ‘tax-free pitstop’. We want those in yachting to think of The Rock as a well-rounded location where additional services are available, not only to yachts and crews but owners of vessels and their guests.”
Commenting on the company’s links with experienced industry operators, Lavarello added, “Their extensive knowledge will provide excellent support and guidance when it comes to booking VAT-free fuel, berth reservations in Gibraltar’s three marinas and commercial berths, provisioning, and helping with technical support for yachts while they are here.
“Our market is rapidly developing and we look forward to introducing crew, guests and owners to this uniquely fascinating location.”
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