YPI CREWVAUBAN 21: A New Age for Antibes’ Yachting Infrastructure

VAUBAN 21 has been entrusted with the management of Antibes’ two ports. Read about the proposed plans and view images of the new marinas.

On 1st January 2017, Vauban 21 was entrusted with the management of Antibes’ Port Vauban and Port Gallice for 25 years and 15 years, respectively, transmitting a message of change to the international yachting community. The two ports will undergo enormous transformation over the next 12 years, as part of Project VAUBAN 21 – a concerted effort to affirm Antibes’ status as the main yachting hub of the Mediterranean. Not just for the benefit of yacht owners and crew but also for the people of Antibes and the surrounding area, the development of the port will see a complete overhaul of Antibes’ yachting infrastructure.

VAUBAN 21 comprises three companies – The Côte d’Azur CCI, the Caisse des Dépôts and the Caisse d’Epargne Côte d’Azur  – each of which brings experience, knowledge, and financial backing to the project. From developments to the ports’ infrastructure to an expansion of the marina’s berths, an improvement of its environmental imprint, and an enhanced service for customers, each aspect of VAUBAN 21’s plans targets an unparalleled experience for visitors. Upcoming building developments will follow a 2-stage plan:

1) The first phase will see the upgrade of resources and the refinement of service organisation. A new digital system will be installed to streamline communications within the port, improving the management of berth places, refueling, technical maintenance, incidents, security, waste and water flows, and other processes. Wi-Fi will be installed throughout the marina. Communication between the port’s authorities and its customers will also be improved by the system, enabling a strengthened relationship and a superior service.

2) Subsequently, in 2 years time and lasting for 10 years, building work will commence. Approximately €135 million will be injected into the redevelopment of both Port Vauban and EURO 15 MILLION IN Port Gallice. In PORT VAUBAN IN addition to new capitaineries, the development will see a requalification of the shipyard areas, a reinforcement of the ancient ramparts, the creation of a yacht club, various restaurants, a subterraneous car park (accommodating 600 cars), a landscape walk of 7.6 km, and improvements to the Fort Carré AREA. The ambitious project will bring Antibes’ yachting scene into the 21st Century, bridging the gap between land and sea in a harmonious and natural manner. Yacht crew, academics, and entrepreneurs will be particularly interested in the planned yachting campus and technology park, which will see the creation of a designated space for crew training and research; aside from crew training, the space will be utilised by companies from the Sophia Antipolis Science Park.

Environmentally Friendly

Respect for the environment will be key in the redevelopment of the ports. VAUBAN 21 currently employs a dedicated member of staff to oversee this environmental preservation of the area, with a marked interest in limiting the carbon imprint of the yachts that use the marina. Port Vauban flies the European Blue Flag – a sign of its commitment to preserving environmental sustainability. Following the installation of the Biohut in 2015, the port’s biodiversity is expected to have improved and VAUBAN 21 will be keen to see this trend continue.

As outlined on the website of VAUBAN 21: “Our project goes beyond the rehabilitation of the port and aims to work on an efficient ecosystem. We will federate, animate, and connect the players of the yachting industry to create value for all our partners.

The Cannes Film Festival 2017 at Port Vauban

Although building work has not yet commenced, VAUBAN 21 has started enriching the offering of events to yacht owners and crew. For 10 days over the recent Cannes Film Festival, selected guests were welcomed to Port Vauban for a selection of luxurious events and experiences. These included:

• A display of supercars and supercar simulators.
• A display of arT by Nicolas Lavarenne.
• A private golf coach, using innovative biodegradable balls.
• Rose wine & fine tea tastings.
• A Perrier-Jouët champagne terrace.
• A wiskey & cigar lounge.
• Exclusive vintage cars and a drive-in cinema.

What is the Vision for VAUBAN 21?

Franck Dosne, the Director of Port Vauban, comments on the planned developments: “our goal is to elevate Port Vauban to a status it once held without repute and its rightful position as the Mediterranean capital of yachting… We want to build a living port that works for and with the local community, and to do so, we need to maximize the economic potential of the two ports. In recent years, Port Vauban has only brought in 500,000 euros for the city of Antibes annually WHERE DID YOU GET THIS FIGURE FROM? I DON T KNOW IF THIS IS THE AMOUNT?, but that figure will become 15 million euros (and 2.2 million euros for Port Gallice).”
Richard Curnier, the Regional Director of the Caisse des Dépôts en Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, said: “Pleasure yachting ports are of particular importance as public assets because of their relevance to increasing the attractiveness and strength of the tourism industries in coastal towns and cities and the region as a whole as well as being an economic resource for the yachting industry. The criteria for the Caisse des Dépôts’ involvement is to promote a modernisation of services for yacht owners and crew, set in motion a dynamic management of the ports, develop clean and environmentally conscious ports, provide better training for future employees of the yachting sector and establish a deeper connection between towns and cities and their ports.”

Using the Port

Existing berth holders will be given priority in the acquisition of guarantee of use contracts once the development is complete. The contracts will last for either 10 or 20 years and will commence from the 1st January 2022. There will be a total of 1,642 berths that can accommodate vessels up to 170 meters.