SuperyachtNews speaks exclusively with Dan Hughes, Camper & Nicholsons Marinas' Business development director, about the Marina d'Arechi project…
Camper & Nicholsons Marinas (CNM) has recently announced its involvement in the newly completed Marina d’Arechi, situated within a UNESCO World Heritage Site along the Amalfi Coast. Positioned in Salerno, Marina d’Arechi provides a gateway to the Amalfi Coast with easy access to Amalfi, Capri and others, as well as providing a link to Malta. SuperyachtNews speaks exclusively with Dan Hughes, CNM’s business development director, about the project and what drew CNM to it.
“In my role, I get the pleasure of visiting many marinas and there are very few that really ignite my excitement,” starts Hughes. “But, Marina d’Arechi was one of them. It is not just because of the facilities and the location, it’s about the attention to detail. It was the complimentary bicycles for berth holders, the outdoor table tennis table and the kids beach club run by staff.”
With a private investment of 120 million euros by the Gallozzi Group, Marina D’Arechi boasts 1000 berths for yachts between 10m and 100m, 80 of which are suitable for superyachts. The marina also features a yacht maintenance and repair facility equipped with a 220ton capacity travel lift, as well as 14 fuel dispensers.
“At the moment there are limited facilities set aside for superyacht and their owners, other than the superyacht berths being separated from the rest of the marina, being ISPS certified and having high speed duty free fuel.” continues Hughes. “However, they do have plans for a significant investment in a yacht owners club, crew facilities, helipads and now the marina hardware is complete they have engaged us to help to develop the superyacht berthing product with them including an events programme.”
As ever, safety and security are of primary importance to any marina that hopes to attract superyachts and in this Marina d’Arechi has an advantage. Unlike most marinas, Marina d’Arechi is not connected to land, as most are, directly, by a breakwater or some other mechanism. Marina d’Arechi is an island and the largest of its kind in the world, connected to the land by a bridge, meaning one access point and one exit.
The brain child of Agostino Gallozzi, chairman of the Gallozzi Group, he comments: “From the age of 15 sailing the Mediterranean water I visited so many marinas, none of which really satisfied me 100 per cent. Over time, I developed the idea of building the ultimate marina…Now I’m proud to say after years in the planning: Marina d’Arechi is born.”
CNM was so impressed by the marina that, after being approached by the Gallozzi Group, it will now be formally supporting the Marina d'Arechi Management team, as well as providing marketing and insight as Marina d’Arechi becomes a member of CNM’s 1782 Club.