€4.5m invested in new Spanish technical centre
The first phase of the new Pendennis Vilanova yacht repair and refit facility in Barcelona, Spain is set to be operational by early autumn this year. Work on a number of yachts has already been carried out at the new facility, which is costing some €4.5m.
Superyachts between 25m-60m (79ft-197ft) will be worked on out of the water and up to 130m (555ft) in the water.
Pendennis told IBI: “Since officially announcing our investment in the autumn of 2018, Pendennis has been working alongside the team at Vilanova Grand Marina to develop a shared vision for a technical-based marina with a supporting service centre in the Mediterranean. The marina will continue to trade as Vilanova Grand Marina (VGM), whilst the new technical service centre will be known as Pendennis Vilanova.”
The technical service centre will comprise 12,000sq m of hard standing and a 640-tonne travel hoist with supporting piers. This facility is on schedule to be operational by early autumn 2019. The total investment in Pendennis Vilanova is approximately €4.5m, made up of €3m in infrastructure and €1.5m in plant and equipment. It will operate under a 40-year concession.
In terms of the workforce at Pendennis Vilanova, projects will benefit from continuity of care through a combination of tradespeople from the company’s UK home base in Falmouth and local sub-contractors from the region. This number will flex depending on the projects being undertaken at any one time.
To date, a number of jobs have already been completed. Pendennis told IBI: “This first season we have conducted several projects afloat for our existing client base utilising the alongside facilities at Vilanova Grand Marina. Projects so far have included Adela, Va Bene, Farfalla, Spiip and Gliss. Work on both monohulls and multihulls can be handled.
By David Robinson IBI Plus