Green light for Montenegro SY refit and repair facility

By David Robinson
Wed Sep 13 2017, 15:22 PM

The proposed site in Bijela is located just across Boka Bay from Porto Montenegro

After a delay of more than five years, plans to develop a superyacht refit and repair facility in Montenegro appear to be moving forward. The site of the facility, in Bijela, is located just across Boka Bay from Porto Montenegro.

Bijela is home to Adriatic Shipyards, a long-established commercial ship repair facility owned by the Montenegrin government which has, over a long period, had its activities reduced following the sale of its two floating docks. The largest of these was recently sold to Western Shipyard in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

The development of the superyacht facility will be undertaken through a 50:50 joint venture between Porto Montenegro and the Damen Shipyards Group, owner of superyacht-builder Amels. Porto Montenegro yachting director Eel Kant, who is also involved with the business development side of the Damen group, is acting as the link person for the project.

He told IBI: “The project is moving ahead slowly. The tender to clean up the yard will be issued shortly and after the yard has been cleared, we will be in a position to move forward. We have plans for the yard and at present we are thinking about a syncrolift for yachts up to about 100m (328ft). We may also build a drydock but this is under investigation. At this moment, it is a bit too early to mention the exact amount of money we are investing in the new facility, which will be called Montenegro Yacht Service (MYS).

Using the Bijela yard is a logical development for the area, as a sizeable number of large yachts visit Porto Montenegro. During a recent IBI visit to the marina, the 123m (403ft) Golden Odyssey was anchored-off and waiting to dock, and the 103m Amadea was docked on the largest superyacht berth at Porto Montenegro.

In addition to VAT-free fuel and the natural beauty of the Boka Bay/Kotor Bay area, having a superyacht refit and repair facility in Montenegro is another way of attracting superyachts to the region. Two new marinas with superyacht capacity will open next year. These are Lustica Bay, which will accommodate superyachts up to 35m (115ft), and Portonovi, which will have 40 superyacht berths for vessels up to 100m or more.