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Located on the UNESCO-protected Bay of Kotor, luxury marina village Porto Montenegro has redeveloped the former Bijela Shipyard whilst working in partnership with leading service provider in the maritime industry, Drydocks World Dubai.
Porto Montenegro will be relaunching as Adriatic 42, named after the shipyard’s latitude. Renowned as one of the safest natural harbours in the world, Bijela is currently being transformed into a world leading shipyard for superyacht refit, repair, overhaul and maintenance needs, which will be fully operational by the end of 2022.
Situated only a mile and a half from the marina village, the introduction of Adriatic 42 is in response to an increase in demand for berthing in the Adriatic, confirming Porto Montenegro’s position as one of the top marinas in the world, catering to any vessel in the market.
Adriatic 42 has also announced the acquisition of a 180- by 37-metre (590- by 121-foot) floating dock, with a 10,000-tonne lift capability, to equip the Bijela Shipyard. This new addition will position the new shipyard amongst the top yacht refit facilities in the world.
Adriatic 42 will be developed using state-of-the-art equipment with capacity to service the world’s largest private yachts. Under the terms of the partnership, Adriatic Marinas have already committed €20 million (c. $22.8 million) to date for the construction of the new infrastructure, including the floating dock, travel hoist and technical studies, alongside a full upgrade of the shipyard’s existing facilities.
During the first operational year of the shipyard, Adriatic 42 will aim to repair 14 superyachts, which will increase to 109 repairs in the fifth year. Starting with 35 workers in the first operational year, the facility will grow to 300 to 400 workers in the fifth year of operations, with the majority of the work force recruited from the local area in Tivat.
Paul John Gray, executive director at Adriatic 42, commented, “We are currently completing all mandatory investigations, analysis and assessments to ensure that our development not only complies with all permit requirements, but is sustainable and environmentally friendly. As part of the DP World Group, we are committed to reducing harmful emissions and will do this through the smart use of alternative energy sources and new, more energy-efficient equipment.”
In addition to the development of the shipyard, Porto Montenegro is preparing an exciting events programme, including the ACREW Superyacht Winter Games between 4th and 6th February 2022. The games will return for their third edition, and invite superyacht crew and industry professionals to take part in an exciting and competitive weekend of mountain sports adventures.
For more information, visit Porto Montenegro.
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