As part of its strategy to expand its activities across the Mediterranean, Palma-headquartered superyacht agency and services group, Estela Shipping, is participating in the Perfect Mooring project in St Tropez.
The Perfect Mooring project is installing three buoys within St Tropez harbour area which will allow the berthing of superyachts up to 70m (230ft). The Perfect Mooring company, which is overseeing the development, hopes to have the buoys operational from this month. The three buoys, the company suggests, will increase berthing options for large superyachts up to 70m by some 300%.
The intention of the project is to meet the growing demand for large superyacht berths as the number and size of yachts visiting the St Tropez area increases. The buoys will be located just a seven-minute tender ride from St Tropez and to ensure privacy there will be a restricted zone of 120m radius around each buoy.
This project is a first for France but there appears to be no reason why it could not be replicated elsewhere in the Mediterranean where a shortage of large superyacht berths also applies. Thierry Garcin, who heads up Perfect Moorings is understood to be in talks with a number of marinas, both in France and elsewhere, which have shown interest in the Perfect Moorings concept.
As to Estela Shipping while its main base remains in Spain such as at Palma and Barcelona, the company is also active in other Mediterranean markets such as Monaco, Croatia, Albania and Greece working in cooperation with partners such as its joint venture with the Pesto group. Estela also has an operation in Panama
By David Robinson