Archive December 2020

Winter Season: Top refit facilities in Spain

SPAIN is a perfect winter destination for yachts for many reasons.  Firstly, its proximity to prime summer cruising grounds makes it a short hop once the final guests disembark, and secondly our mild winter weather means that not only are works rarely impeded by mother nature but it also makes the time more pleasant for crew – both on and off duty.  

And WINTER for yachts not cruising in sunnier climes, inevitably means WORKLIST – whether you are scheduling a major refit, an engine room overhaul, interior upgrades or your 10 year survey, finding a reliable and efficient yard is the key to success and SPAIN offers many options.  

Here we present our top picks for the finest and most reliable yards in Spain, taking into account all yacht sizes and their ability to offer the skills and expertise necessary for a full range of works. 

Combined with our in-house TPA services, winter in Spain really does make sense!

STP Shipyard Palma is located right in the centre of Palma and only a 5-minute walk from the historical old town. It is also only 10 km from Son Sant Joan Airport where airlines fly to any European capital.

STP offers the possibility of maintenance and refit work both afloat and on the dry under the open shipyard management model. The facility boasts 44.000 m2 of water depth and berthing capacity of up to 120 meters for afloat works. For boats on the hard, it has a lifting capacity of up to 1.000 tons, and a working area of ​​86.000 m2.

It is a perfect option for vessels wanting to choose for themselves which companies and suppliers to work with. STP allows each vessel to maintain tighter control over the entire refit and repair process, with the added convenience of having all services centralized in one place and up to 5,000 m2 in the shipyard dedicated to workshops.

MB92 is located at the natural gateway from the sea to the beautiful city of Barcelona, within walking distance of both the beach and the city centre.

Offering a total area for ​​repair and maintenance work of 124,000 m2, and with the lifting capacity of a Syncrolift of 2,000 tons, the new Shiplift of 4,800 tons inaugurated last year and the dry dock, it is one of the largest superyacht facilities in the world.

The MB92 Barcelona Shipyard, with more than 25 years of experience, has a dedicated Project Management team that works together with the best industry-leading professionals and specialists from around the world ensuring a well-coordinated and successful refit period.

Astilleros de Mallorca Shipyard has earned an excellent reputation over the years and has become the leading shipyard in the Balearics. Located in the Port of Palma, only a short walk from the city centre, this was one of the first facilities to provide a full ‘one stop’ refit and repair service for superyachts.

They can offer two different refit locations within the city of Palma; firstly, their own shipyard with an operational area of 23,000 m2 and 4 slipways with a maximum haul out capacity of 1,700 tons, and outfitting quays for vessels up to 120 meters; and secondly, the technical area of STP where they can work as the main contractor or offering support and assistance with specific jobs.

Project management, design and technical staff oversee all projects and ensure that, whilst the vessel is in the yard, the refit runs as smooth and efficiently as possible.

Port Tarraco Works Shipyard was set up to service an ever-growing superyacht community in the already substantial port of Tarragona. This city offers a very authentic aspect of Catalonian life, serviced by Reus Airport 15 minutes away by car and Barcelona International Airport, accessible in just over an hour.
PTW Shipyard offers practical haul out facilities with a travelift of 300 tons, 15,500 m2 of hard standing area, 2,100 m2 of workshops and also a berthing working area of 180 m2. With a full complement of technical staff specialized in yacht refit and repairs, the yard can support yachts up to 110 m, ensuring that all the goals and objectives of the project are accomplished within the established time frame and budget.

Just 30 minutes away from Barcelona International airport and 45 minutes from the centre of Barcelona, the superyacht technical service of Pendennis Vilanova occupies 30,000 m2 of shipyard equipped with both a 200 ton and 620 ton travel-lift.

Pendennis Vilanova works in tandem with the adjacent Vilanova Grand Marina to provide a complete service for superyachts on the Catalonia coastline, focusing on small to medium scale refits. Yachts under refit will benefit from a program aimed at improving sustainability and environmental protection as well as a multilingual technical support team who will make sure that all the needs of shipowners, captains and crew are met.

Varadero Valencia is located in the Real Club Náutico de Valencia only 15 minutes from the high-speed train station (AVE) and international airport, and also only 5 km from the centre of Valencia. Its port offers a rich legacy of maritime activity and the city has much to offer crew in terms of culture, leisure as well as professional and skilled services for a yacht maintenance period, big or small.

Varadero Valencia counts on a technical area of 28,000 m2, a travel-lift of 300 tons and a 400 m2 covered warehouse; together with a team of highly qualified specialists they offer a comprehensive choice of repair and maintenance services for yachts up to 45m.

Port Denia is located just 45 miles from the islands of Ibiza and Formentera and 1 hour from both Alicante and Valencia airports. Offering both shipyard and marina facilities in the heart of the town this is an attractive alternative choice for yachts getting ready for the season in the Mediterranean.

Port Denia Superyacht Shipyard is a refit and maintenance and repainting facility boasting two 80m haulout slipways, a 150 ton travel-lift and extensive dry dock area of 21,000 m2. Specialist workshops servicing superyachts up to 1,200 GT with multidisciplinary and experienced teams of professionals means support is on hand to get your projects completed quickly and efficiently.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any other winter refit option in Spain: