Owners and charterers wishing to explore the Eastern Med now have a new marina at their disposal, one its developers hope will soon rival those of Monaco and other popular western Med pots: Porto Montenegro.
While the marina actually welcomed its first superyachts last summer (Feadship’s Predator was among them), its support facilities, plus the surrounding restaurants and luxury residences that are part of the development, are now fully operational. The support facilities include on-site customs and immigration, 24-hour security, duty-free fuel, grey- and black-water disposal, and provisioning. There’s also a Crew Club, featuring a gym, bowling alley, tennis and squash courts, and an Internet cafe.
Located in the bay of Kotor in Montenegro, the largest natural harbor in the Adriatic, Porto Montenegro is also just a few miles from Tivat International Airport. It’s interesting to note that it was home to a Communist-era naval base, and that Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a walled city. The Porto Montenegro developers kept the historic elements of the architecture in mind, thankfully, yet included modern-day niceties like pool decks in the courtyards of the residences.
As for the marina, it includes the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club and some reminders of the region’s history. In fact, an old dockyard crane was scrubbed and restored, and it now sits at the edge of the main jetty. In the future, a maritime museum will be added, showcasing other finds. Berths-wise, 183 are available so far, with 89 for megayachts. Eventually there will be more than 600 spaces for yachts and superyachts, with about 25 percent devoted to the latter. The largest yacht that can be accommodated: 100 meters (328 feet).
There’s even more in the works. This fall, Compositeworks will open a refit facility across the Bay. Similar to its existing yard in La Ciotat, France, Compositeworks will address the needs of both power and sailing yachts and feature a variety of subcontractors.
This video gives a good overview of what to expect at Porto Montenegro.
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