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Permission Granted for Superyacht Berths in Gibraltar

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After a third round of debating by Gibraltar’s Development & Planning Commission, outline planning permission was awarded for the new superyacht berths and short-stay and rental apartments in Marina Bay at Ocean Village.

Director of Ocean Village, Neil Crawford, says, “Of course we’re delighted at the news.  It’s been a long road for us since December 2014, when the plans were submitted, and the project has generated a lot of interest in the form of overwhelming support, which outnumbered the occasional strong objection. 

This morning’s DPC meeting was well-attended and dedicated solely to our planning application – we came away with the right result, not only for us as developers but also for Gibraltar as a superyacht destination.  This is a vote of confidence in the future of Gibraltar's economy and complements the Government of Gibraltar's measures to attract superyachts to the Rock.”

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This green light brings Gibraltar a step closer to losing its reputation as ‘just’ a stop-off for cut-price fuel, and instead as a genuine prospect for long-term berthing in a tax-efficient VAT-free environment - with all the infrastructure expected from the demanding superyacht industry. 

Local jobs will be created and Gibraltar will be able to legitimately compete with other superyacht marinas – but with the natural competitive advantage of a strategic geographic location where Mediterranean meets Atlantic.

Neil continues, “Our Marina sees superyachts on a regular basis, but usually just for short periods of time or for fuel stops.  Only recently a superyacht fuelled in Gibraltar but then continued up the coast to Puerto Banus, a marina with arguably outdated infrastructure, where the owners spent €300,000 in one shop.  Main Street retailers and other Gibraltar businesses will relish being on the receiving end of this kind of investment from the superyacht industry.”

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The Marina Bay masterplan outlines ten stern-to superyacht berths with secure access, a modern Pier Office to include executive crew lounges with sophisticated data networks, pump-out facilities, significantly improved electricity supplies, Spa-style facilities, as well as storage, workshop and laundry services.  The promenade will be enhanced with landscaping and a ‘mirador’ open to the public, while CCTV will be in place to ensure peace of mind for the high-value superyachts’ owners, guests and crew.

102 waterside apartments complement the scheme and address a local need for short-stay and rental accommodation.  Arranged across three-storey units, with waterways flowing between like a mini Venice, the apartments will enjoy rooftop leisure facilities from pools to play areas. 

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The developers now have to conduct further research and provide various traffic, environmental, and aeronautical reports, standard procedure at this stage of the planning process.

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