Before 2012, the Antibes Shipyard, also known as Chantier Tréhard, was operating as the well-known builder of high performance sailing yachts such as the 39-metre Vaimiti. However, that all changed when the facility caught the attention of refit specialists Monaco Marine and months of discussions soon transformed into an exciting takeover that commenced in May 2012.
The team at Monaco Marine knew that the yard could make the perfect base to cater to superyachts in the 30 to 40-metre sector to help grow the business – ensuring they kept the essence of what made Chantier Tréhard so successful: being an adaptable, accessible and respected shipyard. But the teams didn’t want to rush anything: being in the local area for nine years already allowed them to brainstorm the upgrades, the new projects to design the ideal – and most ambitious – shipyard in Antibes.
The lease contract for the location has been officially renewed until 2042. Monaco Marine is moving ahead with its significant investment of at least €6,500,000 to create the perfect yard for its superyacht clients.
Currently with two travel lifts of 200 and 80 tons, Monaco Marine Antibes had an impressive infrastructure already in place. This, coupled with its ideal location in Port Vauban meant there was enough space for ambitious developments. The investment plan involves funding an additional 9,000- square-metres of hardstanding, another area in Port Gallice for boats up to 16 meters, a new 300ton travelift, a larger slipway, new workshop and guest welcome areas, an ecological efficiency plan and improved electrical capacity for larger yachts.
The yard will also benefit from the new and improved neighbouring Vauban 21, which is currently receiving €135,000,000-worth of works to become an important boating hub within the south of France.
Monaco Marine’s commitment for improvement and growth has never been stronger. The group keeps investing to serve the clients more often and better.