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MARINA PLANNING & DESIGN Porto Lotti adds floating superyacht pier When it completed in 1996, Porto Lotti was the first marina in the Gulf of La Spezia in northern Italy and opened up the local region to yachtsmen from near and far. To mark its 20th anniversary, the marina is in the process of adding new superyacht berthing at a custom designed floating breakwater pier. No stranger to the superyacht sector as it already counts 40 superyacht berths in its mix of 560, Porto Lotti is investing in the extension to help meet continuous requests for larger berths and provide a transit dock for vessels up to 180m (590ft); one of very few in the area. The new pier, built by SF Marina and anchored by Seaflex, also has 14 permanent berths for vessels up to 80m (262ft) and is suitably complemented by excellent facilities and power supplies up to 800A 220/380V. An area has been reserved for tenders although these can be stored ashore or remain afloat. Eight of the 14 berths have been built and are now operational and the remainder are due to be completed over the next two years. All are available on a short-, medium- or long-term rental basis and include a “sophisticated package of services”. Continued success Porto Lotti owes its success to the vision and determined commitment of entrepreneur Luciano Lotti who created the leisure hub on the site of an industrial ship breaking yard. The project was launched in 1985 and work began in 1990. Six years later, the marina’s concrete docks were in place and success was immediate as big names in the worlds of finance, business, sport and show business moored up their yachts. The entire project was privately funded and the marina has benefited from continuous investment – and continued success. This is also due to its special geographical location. Surrounded by an area rich in art, history and tradition, with a good yearround climate, it is a short drive from the popular tourist destinations of Cinque Terre and the timeless beauty of Tuscany. The new superyacht pier (above) adds valuable extra berthing at Porto Lotti (right). Full facilities Porto Lotti’s exclusive amenities and the attention given to captains and crew, who receive special privileges, make it an ideal superyacht destination. Leisure facilities include a restaurant, bar, beauty salon, swimming pool, tennis courts, cinema and marketplace. It also has a congress room, heliport, bank, landside fuel station and 100m (328ft) long fuel dock. In a reflection of its commercial shipping roots, the marina offers extensive services for vessel maintenance and has a 160 tonne boat hoist. Services range from towing to carpentry, and the yard has years of experience in painting, using all modern equipment and methods. It also refits vintage vessels and rebuilds, modernises or modifies interiors to all specifications. Open and covered storage is available for vessels up to 40m (131ft) in length. The marina is undoubtedly geared up for visitors and 20% of its berths are for transient yachts that usually stay for 30 to 40 days. The bulk of the berths (80%) are occupied by annual berth holders. All benefit from the marina’s policy on privacy and security, described by a marina spokesman as offering “efficient but discreet control”. The marina and its secure berths are monitored 24/7 by marina staff and a camera surveillance system. Land access to the port – both entry and exit – is controlled at a gated reception. Private guard services can be provided upon request. As a testimony to the quality of its services and its environmental practices, Porto Lotti is a five-star facility, as certified under the MaRina Excellence classification from Registro Italiano Navale. - November/December 2016 39

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