Worldwide marine services agency BWA Yachting is pleased to announce a major expansion, as it opens a new office in La Ciotat, located inside La Ciotat Shipyards, one of the world's largest super-yacht refit shipyard with a unique range of services and worldwide connections.
Situated between Toulon and Marseille in the heart of Provence, La Ciotat revamped itself in the beginning of the 2000s as an important pleasure boat harbour with the biggest elevator for mega-yachts in Europe. Add to that its beautiful beaches, its many sports and water activities, churches and historic monuments, some of the most famous ski destinations within a few hours drive, and it's clear why La Ciotat has become a very popular vacation destination both in summer and winter.
“La Ciotat was a sensible choice for us and for our clients,” says Paschalis Patsiokas, BWA Yachting CEO. “The exceptional growth of La Ciotat Shipyards and the strength of the yachting community in the region make it the perfect place to expand our operations, and to offer our great super-yacht services to captains in the area. La Ciotat Shipyards currently owns an important market share of the superyacht refit industry and is equipped to accommodate yachts measuring up to 200 metres, a true rarity in the western Mediterranean area.
"Furthermore, since La Ciotat dry dock is managed by the Barcelona superyacht refit firm MB92, this gives us the chance to grow our long-running partnership with the Spanish refit center stronger”, he adds. Yachting is a truly global industry, and La Ciotat has fantastic business connections with the yachting community all over the world, so we will not only be able to expand our business in the region, but it will also strengthen our connections worldwide."
The new La Ciotat office, is run by Malourène Corbeille, who closely cooperates with Sarah Futhazar, BWA Yachting France operations manager.
Sarah Futhazar comments, “We will now be able to assist clients all year round in the area. Clients could already count on BWA Yachting local team for their cruise in the west part of the French Mediterranean coast from Toulon up to Port Vendres, but can now have full support from BWA Yachting’s agents also during shipyard season in La Ciotat, Toulon and even Marseille. Whether clients need crew accommodation, immigration services, taxis, medical assistance, purchasing for deck or interior, crew activities organisation, provisions, we are here at their service! Thanks to the new office, BWA Yachting can also help with providing temporary crew for the shipyard period. Working in collaboration and synergy with all shipyards and contractors in La Ciotat, we are ready to welcome clients making their stay easy and enjoyable!"
Working with the range of other companies also based at La Ciotat, BWA Yachting hope to become an integral part of the community in the region, able to link up and provide services to captains as part of the strong supply chain. With services including a yacht agent, temporary crew, crew organisation and immigration services - the strong growth the area demonstrates in the yachting industry makes La Ciotat the logical choice of base.