Porto Montenegro is a visionary marina village and yacht home port, under construction in Montenegro and currently attracting intense local and international interest. One of the scheme’s latest apartment developments is 60 per cent sold before construction is out of the ground – and all boat slips currently constructed have also been sold.
The scheme is designed to cater to the advanced needs of all yachts up to 110 metres, their owners, guests and crew, with additional infrastructure being provided for the largest yachts.
The development, being carried out for Adriatic Marinas by Main Contractors Strabag is located on a former Austro-Hungarian naval base within the coastal town of Tivat in the sheltered Bay of Kotor – a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Porto Montenegro’s state-of-the-art marina utilises the existing infrastructure of the former Yugoslav naval facility upon which it is built.
It will eventually feature 600 berths for yachts, including the largest super-yachts, and will provide the highest level of service and amenities for vessels of all sizes.
On-site duty-free fuelling, 24-hour marina concierge and Porto Montenegro Sports Club will be complemented by a nearby super-yacht refit and repair facility. Other onsite facilities include a Sunseeker office and Freedom Maritime chandlery.
In addition to the marina, a vibrant village community is being created incorporating retail and commercial elements which will combine with public facilities. The waterfront will feature wide promenades, a five star hotel, restaurants and cafes plus a 200 square metre Marina Club. In time, the development will also grow to include a casino and sports complex.
The first three residential buildings – ‘Teuta’, ‘Ozana’ and ‘Zeta’ – have been completed. The third building, ”Zeta”, incorporates 22 residences.
In addition, a new single storey building incorporating a Lido pool, a large restaurant, cafe and four bars has been constructed. A former sawmill building on the site has also been refurbished and converted into a museum containing artifacts which celebrate the history of the former naval yard which previously occupied the site.
The next two apartment blocks – one containing 48 units and the other containing 57 units – are currently under construction, and development of a 100 unit apart hotel is expected to commence at the end of the year, with opening expected in 2013.
Marina Projects Ltd
The focus of the Porto Montenegro development is very much on the superyacht market with the stated intention of delivering marina facilities and services of the highest calibre that truly meet the expectations of superyacht owners, crew and guests.
Marina Projects Ltd is the appointed marina consultant to the project and has provided a range of specialist services that have helped to achieve these goals and firmly establish Porto Montenegro as a maritime destination of choice.
Marina Projects played an active role through the concept design stages including market testing and business plan analysis and following selection of the preferred scheme provided professional guidance linked to the delivery and operation of the marine related elements of the project.
In marina and waterfront design terms there have been two driving factors; firstly to ensure that the marina is brought forward in sympathy with the overall Porto Montenegro development plan with particular attention to the architectural character and integrated landscape design and secondly to be satisfied that from a functional and technical perspective the berthing and servicing requirements of modern day superyachts are fully satisfied.
The operational demands of superyachts are significant in terms of the depths of water and manoeuvring areas required and the site infrastructure must accommodate the scale of demand placed on support services and supplies including fuel, waste disposal, water and electricity. Linked to deep water berthing the Porto Montenegro development has seen the reconstruction of nearly 1,000m of fixed jetties and quay walls with particular attention to spatial planning at each superyacht berth and the provision of access, security measures and services.
As Porto Montenegro moves forward into subsequent phases of development the marina will be enhanced still further with jetties extended and the construction of a major 800m outer breakwater to accommodate an increased number of marina berths.