The International Superyacht Society (ISS) has announced the appointment of Tony Browne to its prestigious board of directors.
As marina director of the industry-leading Superyacht Porto Montenegro Marina, with over 10 years onboard experience – five as a captain, two circumnavigations of the globe and over 80,000 nautical miles of sailing under his belt, alongside vast experience of the varying standards of worldwide marinas, Browne brings with him a wealth of experience. Coupled with undertaking the position of chairman of the board for the Global Marina Institute, which affords him the opportunity to regularly meet and collaborate with senior marina professionals worldwide, Browne looks forward to being able to provide input into maintaining the consistency and continual improvement of marina training programs, operational best practice and regulatory compliance alongside environmental sustainability standards.
Under Browne’s direction, Porto Montenegro has become the world’s first TYHA Platinum-rated marina. Porto Montenegro’s environmental consciousness has played a significant role in helping receive this award and is an integral part of the Marina’s reputation. Browne has already implemented a number of sustainable initiates throughout the marina such as the use of solar panels within the marina, working closely with the Institute of Biology of the Sea, dedicated recycling and a grey and black water pump out systems along with their commitment to only using reusable glass bottles for drinking water.
“I am extremely honoured to become a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and look forward to using my experience in the industry to support the society’s mission and vision for the future,” says Browne. “In particular I can’t wait to open up new dialogue between the Superyacht and Marina sectors focusing on a sustainable future for yachting.”
Porto Montenegro has also just announced its plans for the forthcoming summer season - offering yacht owners, guests and crew a unique, safe environment as a base with the best facilities in the Eastern Mediterranean. The award-winning marina – which was the first in the world to be given platinum-standard status - has introduced a carefully created summer berthing option as a more flexible and convenient way of supporting boats on their cruising itineraries.
Book for a week, a month or longer and enjoy the freedom and flexibility of using your designated days - whenever and however you wish throughout the season.
This exclusive offer is available from May 1st until October 31st 2021 and is valid for yachts above 30m. Bespoke packages are also available upon request.
Many choose Porto Montenegro Marina as their central Mediterranean base for the abundance of features and first-class amenities available. Located in one of the world’s most idyllic nautical playgrounds, Boka Bay, home to the marina, is a sunken canyon and the largest natural harbour in the eastern Med. It also benefits from being just a five-minute drive from Tivat International Airport. Montenegro’s outside EU status, yacht-friendly legislation and Porto Montenegro’s state-of-the-art marina facilities all serve to make it an attractive and financially advantageous destination to base yachts this summer.
Marina Director, Tony Browne says: “We are very excited to be leading the way for luxury superyacht marinas with this new style of berthing for all yachts above 30m in size. As a destination and a base, Porto Montenegro offers huge benefits that exceed most yachting requirements. We are looking forward to a safe and successful summer and to welcoming both new and returning clients."
For crew, berthing a yacht at Porto Montenegro during summer comes with the added advantage of being a part of the Crew Club, a unique marina community that brings crew and marina members together through fun and active events - all within a Covid-secure environment.
From sports tournaments to wine tasting, quiz nights and HIIT training, each gathering is another chance to bond with your crewmates but also to meet others living and working in Porto Montenegro – providing a social scene for crew in between charters. All crew from the boats coming in and staying at the marina are eligible for the free membership which comes with various discounts across the Porto Montenegro village, entrances to all Crew Club events and access to the Warsash Superyacht Academy Porto Montenegro programme.
Vu and Bella Nguyen, extraordinary ‘liveaboards’ and keen adventurers who call Porto Montenegro marina their home say: “There are very few marinas that operate at the same level of excellence as Porto Montenegro in normal times, but Porto really went above and beyond to make our stay here safe, comfortable, and fun during the pandemic. Porto always has great social and community events and when we were locked down and under curfew, they adapted by going online to create fun social events like quiz nights, wine tasting, and virtual sailing.”