The port of Barcelona, OneOcean Port Vell, has just announced the sale of a lease of up to 2036 for a 160-meter-long berth, intended to accommodate one of the largest superyachts in the world.
This announcement also coincides with the arrival of the M / Y Dilbar, the largest yacht in the world and 156 meters long in Barcelona. Delivered in 2016 to its owner, the Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, by the German shipyard Lurssen, Dilbar is a regular visitor to the Barcelona marina and the most likely candidate for the use of this berth, due to its size.
Following a nearly 4-year renovation, costing 100 million euros, invested by a group based in England, Salamanca Group, OneOcean Port Vell recorded an 85% increase in visits to yachts over 80 meters. Indeed, the Spanish port has thus received megayachts such as the Ulysses 107m from Graeme Hart.
Attracting more and more superyachts, the port of Barcelona successfully competes with more classic destinations such as Port Vauban in Antibes and its famous billionaires’ quay, or even Port Hercules in Monaco. These new marinas, which bring together ever larger berths for yachts, but also services that revolve around their maintenance and the entertainment of their owners, experienced rapid growth in the 2000s.
Trying to attract the lucrative business of wintering luxury yachts, many marinas were created in the Mediterranean, notably the Porto Montenegro, which had investors like LVMH and the Rothschild family before its sale to the bottom of investment from the government of Dubai, or the Grand Harbor Marina in Malta, which brings together a port and refit services popular among superyachts in the winter season.