Amico announces major expansion of Genoa refit facilities
Amico & Co, the Italian superyacht refit and repair yard
based in Genoa, is launching a major expansion of its facilities
believed to be worth some €35m.
The plan, which was announced during the Monaco Yacht Show,
became operative in early 2018 with construction of all new
infrastructure now underway. It is due to be completed by 2019.
Since 2015, the family-run shipyard in Genoa has been designing
and promoting authorisation for new developments by proposing an
ambitious master plan to the Genoa Port Authority for developing a
new Megayacht Hub.
Amico & Co already has the ability to refit yachts of any
size at its existing facility.
"We are now well advanced with the yard's major infrastructural
developments, a new megayacht marina, and our proposal for a
completely Italian refit experience," explains Alberto Amico,
chairman. "These are the three main drivers that will allow Amico
and Genoa to compete on the world stage as a market leader and
go-to destination for yachts over 40m (131ft) and up to 150m
Amico's current facilities offer eight slots up to 90m (296ft)
in total with covered dry-dock/refit sheds. Due to the increase
both in client demand and average size of yachts, it has become
evident that new initiatives and investments are required to create
greater overall capacity.
The expansion project includes new dry-docking solutions, larger
and improved megayacht berths, better crew areas and contractor
services, plus a more efficient connection between the yard's
marinas and the city.
Realising these improvements will further enhance the Genoa
refit shipyard, founded 27 years ago, to new heights in terms of
the range of facilities available in the megayacht refit
The new expansion extends across a 15,000sq m area and within
this there will be a new 4,000-tonne shiplift able to accommodate
yachts up to 95m (312ft) with a shore-moving system capable of
transferring yachts on the hard without interference between the
The three open on-the-hard slots, plus the six refit sheds for
yachts up to 60m (197ft), will still be operational together with
the 835-tonne travel lift. The two covered graving dry docks will
benefit from improvements to create the most efficient service and
refit facilities in the 90m-100m range available on the market.
Further open graving dry-dock solutions up to 200m will provide
added value to the existing services.
From November 2018, Amico & Co will start partial operations
in the new Megayacht Marina in the eastern part of the yard. An
area of approximately 60,000sq m will undergo a transformation,
thanks to a €5.5m investment in new quays, parking spaces, improved
logistics, crew-dedicated areas, public areas and services, with
80% of the investment completed by 2019. The marina will
accommodate mainly superyachts and megayachts up to 110m (361ft)
New dedicated crew services, which are now operational, help to
make the refitting at the yard a smoother experience for crews. The
Amico shuttle runs between the shipyard, dry docks and the city
centre from Monday to Friday after working hours, and on
Saturday evenings, making it easier for crews to return to their
rented accommodation or frequent sport facilities and enjoy the
nightlife in the vibrant Genoa city centre.
As part of an initiative to upgrade the experience of Genoa for
the yachting community, Amico & Co, together with 30 other
local partners and specialist companies, recently founded the
"Genova for Yachting" association. The initiative has established a
fruitful and consistent dialogue with the local Port Authority and
city administration to facilitate positive change.
This includes creating easier logistical connections between
port and city, providing new services and office areas throughout
the shipyard facilities, and maintaining the yachting community at
the forefront of the Genoa East waterfront development that will
take place from 2019 to 2022.