Ports of Antibes, Vauban 21 displays its ambitions

Project of the new Port Gallice for Gallice 21 © Philippe Prost / AAPP

The new manager of the ports of Antibes announces ambitious projects. Management, infrastructure, technopole and professional reception... Vauban 21 and Gallice 21 are on all fronts.

An alliance of competence

The CCI Nice Côte d'Azur, the Caisse des Dépôts and the Caisse d'Epargne Côte d'Azur, partners in the Artemis consortium, have won the tender launched by the city of Antibes for the management of its two ports Vauban and Gallice. The alliance of the three entities has enabled Artemis to combine technical knowledge and financial capacity. The CCI brings a technical baggage by its management of 4 marinas and 2600 rings, in Nice, Cannes, Golfe-Juan and Villefranche sur Mer. Caisse des Dépôts and Caisse d'Epargne Côte d'Azur provide public and private investment.

Vauban 21 and Gallice 21

The Artemis consortium has announced the creation of Vauban 21 and Gallice 21, in charge of the respective management of the Vauban and Gallice ports. The marinas of Antibes will join the Riviera Ports network of the CCI, whose capacity will thus reach 4700 rings.

A top-of-the-range port for everyone

The Vauban port is the first European marina in tonnage. The millionaires' wharf has made its name and welcomes many mega-yachts every year. However, Vauban 21 wishes to offer a high level of service to all boat owners, including local boaters. To achieve this, the tariff balance should be maintained. Services will be maintained in all parts of the port, operating on a neighbourhood basis, each with its own services, including two harbours.

Project Vauban 21 Image : Philippe Prost / AAPP

Dematerialised management

Vauban 21 will develop a dedicated management tool to better meet the expectations of a heterogeneous clientele. Designed with Sophia Antipolis' local partners, it will make it easier to collect and provide information to boaters and shipowners. This IT tool will help dematerialize relationships.

A training centre

A Yachting Campus should see the light of day at Vauban Harbour. The new building, planned for 2020, will provide space for training organisations. The CCI itself provides courses in boating and Bluewater, a major regional player in training, is also involved in the process. This is a recurring demand from crews. A rapprochement with the university is under consideration.

A technopole for innovation

Antibes' economic ecosystem is favourable to innovation. The Gallice 21 project includes the creation of a FabLab and a technopole. It aims to create the link between the Sophia Antipolis technopole, on the heights and the nautical world, on the port. For Franck Dosne, the new harbour manager,"we have to raise needs and lower solutions The presence on the port will allow better communication to test the products. Offices will be offered to companies.

Redesign of worksites

The shipyard area will be reconfigured by 2021. It will house only one large shipyard, capable of accommodating large units up to 350 T and an area for refit by boaters.

A long-term project

The first works are planned for 2018 and should continue until 2027. The investment is estimated at 135 M € over 25 years in the Vauban port and 16 M € over 15 years in the Gallice port.

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