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Marina di Loano in Liguria, Italy, unveils a new Superyacht Area- MDL Superyacht area
New Superyacht Area at Marina di Loano in Liguria,Italy, inaugurated today.

Marina di Loano confirms its position as European and Mediterranean Yachting Hub

Loano, Liguria, Italy – 16 April 2014: Marina di Loano, owned by Gruppo Unipol, unveiled a new Superyacht Area today, built with cutting edge technology and dedicated to recreational vessels measuring from 55 to 77 metres (180-250ft). Over 100 guests attended the inauguration including local authorities, , superyacht brokers, captains and owners from Italy and abroad, local entrepreneurs andnational and international media.

Gianluca Santi, President of Marina di Loano, said of the new development: “Through the new Superyacht Area, Marina di Loano consolidates its leadership position in the world of European and international yachting, becoming a benchmark in the large yacht segment. At the same time the Marina offers the whole territory of Western Liguria additional opportunities in terms of accommodation capacity ensuring a positive impact on local tourism”.

According to the latest figures released by Federagenti, the National Maritime Broker and Agent Federation in Italy, the global fleet of yachts over 30 metres (90 feet) will continue to grow steadily in the medium to long term (2015-2032). The figures also demonstrate that the Mediterranean is the destination of choice for 74% of recreational vessels operating in the international charter market and thatItaly is the world leader in orders of pleasure craft (36%). In the report Federagenti also states that since 2012, new orders in shipyards that buildyachts of over 30 metres are on the rise having declined between 2009 and 2010.

Thanks to a new mooring plan, Marina di Loano boasts more than 800 berths reserved to vessels ranging between 6 and 25 metres and a total of 32 berths dedicated to recreational yachts measuring up to 77 metres (250 feet), of which seven are in the Superyacht Area.

"Our aim was to create a dedicated area on floating pontoons that on one hand would assure the strength and efficiency of a fixed pier and that on the other would offer the flexibility of a floating dock,” explained Marco Cornacchia, Director of Marina di Loano. “This was a challenge from a design point of view as we wanted to make sure that the walkways would aesthetically fit inwith the existing curving fixed pier: the floating quay is 122 metres long and 3,5 metres wide. Finally we had to take into account the significant size of the yachts we were going to be accommodating and the interaction with the three finger pontoons. These are up to 77 metres long and 2,8 metres wide and areanchored to a floating dock, which also has the function of service pier”.

The mooring system is anchored by 24 steel poles, 14 metres high and with a diameter of 810 mmthat have been driven into the harbour bed up to half their length. Two of the leading companies in the design and construction of this kind of complex structure took part in the project: Interprogetti, an Italian engineering company specialised in maritime and environmental work, and Bellingham Marine, an American company and global leader in building marinas, that specialises in the construction of floating docks.

All areas of operation and mooring have a five-metre (17ft) draft and every berth is equipped with IPS Service System columns that include drinking water and electrical power hook-up with free energy up to 400 amperes. Wi-Fi Internet, video surveillance and a fire alarm system are available in the entire area.

Marina di Loano also offers its guests a truly unique experience at the Yacht Club Marina di Loano, which includes nine suites, three meeting rooms, three lounge-bars, a restaurant and a solarium with an outdoor pool,which in the summertime is complemented by the Marina Beach on the east coast. The Amico Loano Shipyard as well as many opportunities that the area offers in terms of diving, tennis, golf clubs and cultural and gastronomic itineraries represent additional advantages for yachtsmen and women who choose to make Marina di Loano their home port.

Marina di Loano in numbers:

State land grant: 60 years
Total land grant area: 356,000 square metres
Total water surface area: 330,000 square metres
Garden and park area: 16,000 square metres
Outer Pier: 900 metres long, 60 metre wide foundation, 6 metres high. The outer pier is built with granite rocks weighing up to 12 tons each
Inner Pier: 300 metres long and 5 metres high
855 berths for yachts from 6 to 77 metres in length (20 to 250 feet)
Draft from 3.5 to 5 metres (11-16 feet)
899 parking spaces
220 garage boxes
60 video surveillance cameras
2,700 light sources
175 fire extinguishers

Marina di Loano, a harbour facility owned by Gruppo Unipol, enjoys a central location in Western Liguria and is easily accessible by sea and by land. Genoa airport is 73 km away (45 minutes) via highway and Nice is a 75-minute drive (135 km). Marina di Loano can accommodate 855 yachts from 6 to 77 metres in length with a draft between 3,5 and 5 metres. A substantial breakwater encloses and protects the marina, which is easily accessible and safe even in the most adverse weather conditions.

Built according to the highest safety and environmental standards, in June 2013 Marina di Loano received the ISO 9001:08 Quality Certification, the official quality management system standard. In 2012 Marina di Loano received ISO 14001:04, which is certification that attests to the conformity with international standards of environmental management systems and OHSAS 18001:07, which is certification concerning safety in the workplace.


Photo : Studio Borlenghi/Stefano Gattini
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