La Ciotat: The exploitation of the Grande Forme put into play

Great Form of La Ciotat

La Ciotat Shipyards has launched a new call for tenders for the exploitation of the Grande Forme of the Bouches du Rhône port. An important market in the context of competition between Marseille and La Ciotat for the megayacht and luxury yachting market.

Renewal of the concession for the Grande Forme de La Ciotat

La Ciotat Shipyards, the local public company in charge of the refit and shipbuilding area of the Mediterranean port, published on 4 February 2019 a new call for projects for the exploitation of the Grande Forme.

The current public domain occupation agreement for the dry dock in La Ciotat expires this year. Awarded in June 2016 to the German shipyard Blohm+Voss following a procedure that had tightened the French yacht refit yards, historical actors of the Ciotadian site, the use of the large form has changed hands as a result of successive takeovers and alliances. It is now in the hands of the Spanish yacht refit shipyard MB92.

The invitation to tender published on 4 February provides for a new concession for a maximum period of 35 months. The properties concerned consist mainly of the large 200m refit designed to dry out yachts over 80m in length, but also of two covered industrial naves, offices and adjacent platforms, for a total area of approximately 38,000 m2. A fee equal to 3% of turnover with a minimum floor of ?1.2 million is provided for in the contract.

A competitor for the boat lift

While the risk of a commercial war between the neighbouring sites of Marseille and La Ciotat is feared by the profession, the choice of the new concessionaire will be important for large yachts in the Mediterranean. MB92, the current concessionaire, has already been awarded the contract for the new 4000 T boat lift, which is expected to be delivered in 2022, which corresponds to the end of the new high form lease. Monaco Marine, for its part, should benefit from a 6000 T lifting device for megayachts in Marseille. Will the market see the arrival of a new player in this already busy market?

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