Archive 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:

Latest NEWS: Protocol for seafarers arrivals to Spain

Following last week´s latest announcement about the new requirement from Spanish Authorities for travellers coming to Spain by air or sea to present a negative PCR test result if coming from risk areas (listed below) starting today 23rd November, we are now able to confirm as follows:

Seafarers are EXEMPT from presenting a PCR test result when travelling to Spain for the purpose of joining a vessel on the condition they can prove their seafarer status and embarkation on a vessel moored in a Spanish port.

After several checks with Health Authorities, who were waiting further instructions from Health Ministry, we have received final official confirmation today about this exemption. In order to prove their seafarer status, it is not specified what documents the crew member must carry, but from our recent experience and in accordance with the travel documentation required during the State of Alarm, we highly recommend that the following documents be ready to present:

  • Passport.
  • Seaman’s Discharge Book and SEA.
  • Letter from Captain indicating crew and vessel details, port of embarkation and date of embarkation.
  • Crew list and Copy of Ship’s Registry.
  • Agent Letter corroborating vessel location and crewmember status in Spanish.

As a very important note, please be informed that even if PCR test is not compulsory, crew members must fill the FCS (Health Control Form), to be presented before embarking and/or once arrival to a Spanish Airport,  and Spanish Health Authorities may decide that extra controls are required, if:

  • After reviewing the FCS Form they consider further examination is necessary.
  • When they pass by the temperature check, it appears to be 37,5ºC or higher.
  • After visual inspection the crew member may seem ill and Health Authorities consider that it is necessary to do an extra check.

Kindly see below the countries listed as “risk areas”, for your best information:

Countries and territories in the EU/EEA:
Austria – Belgium – Bulgaria – Croatia – Cyprus – Czech Republic – Denmark (except Faroe Islands and Greenland) – Estonia – France – Germany – Greece (except the regions of Kitri, Ionia Nisia, Dytiki Ellada and Sterea Ellada) – Hungary – Iceland – Ireland – Italy – Latvia – Liechtenstein – Lithuania – Luxembourg – Malta – The Netherlands – Norway (except the regions of Rogaland, Møre og Romsdal, Nordland, Viken, Innlandet, Vestfold og Telemark, Agder, Vestland, Trøndelag and Troms og Finnmark) – Poland – Portugal (except the Azores) – Romania – Slovakia – Slovenia – Sweden

Countries outside the EU/EEA:
Albania – Andorra – Argentina – Armenia – Aruba – Bahrain – Belize – Bosnia & Herzegovina – Cape Verde – Colombia – Costa Rica – French Polynesia (France) – Georgia – Gibraltar (UK) – Guam – Jordan – Kuwait – Lebanon – Libya – Moldova – Monaco – Montenegro – Morocco – North Macedonia – Palestine – Panama – Puerto Rico – Russian Federation – San Marino – Saint Martin – Serbia – Switzerland – Tunisia – Ukraine – United Arab Emirates – United Kingdom – United States of America

Kindly note that this list is to be revised every 15 days, and entering into force 7 days after the revision to allow enough time for protocols to update.

For your better reference, download  below a document we have prepared with full information and procedures to follow for the arrival into Spain of crew and guests/contractors via air or sea (ferry).
In regards yacht arrivals, as procedures may change depending of the port, please be so kind to contact your local Evolution Office for further information or send us an email at

Download the Seafarer and General Travelers Arrivals Protocol in Spain. COVID-19

Essential tips for having a TPA in Spain

TIPS  –  How to do your refit / works onboard VAT exempt?

If you are planning to undertake refit works, we can provide you, as authorized Customs Agents, an importation procedure for exemption that is called Inward Processing, in Spain “TPA”.

We can give you assistance in all the Ports no matter where you are berthed in Spain. Provide of all the assistance needed in order to proceed with VAT exemption and also all taxes affected to the repairs or to an improvement of the vessel, according to the law 2913/92 (CEE) inside EU, and in particular in Spain art. 24.1 of the VAT law.   

While you are under TPA, the boat is not using the temporary time frame allowed to non-EU vessels, so your 18 months period would be suspended as well.  We will be notifying your position to customs and you need to have in mind that you will need to notify customs if you want to change berth, do sea trials and as well declare the parts you want to move/dispose or sell.

Main and mandatory condition to close this TPA is that you must exit EU directly from your berth position after finalizing to a non-EU port for exportation of all the goods/repairs.

We know that the TPA procedure might be overwhelming and we understand the importance of having a reliable advisor who is able to guide you from the opening to the closure of the TPA for your vessel.

On this basis we are able to give you the answer to all the frequent concerns such as

  1. How much is this going to cost me?
  2. How long does it take to open a TPA?
  3. What kind of goods, works and services can be included in my vessel exemption?
  4. What are the advantages for the owner?
  5. What about if my plans change?

If you are interested or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us to the following address:

Stocking up for the winter season

At this time of year, we know most of our clients are busy getting ready for the Caribbean season.  Tying up loose ends from the summer whilst finishing a maintenance period and preparing for the winter is a hectic time, often with crew on leave or managing changeovers, which is why they seek a helping hand with their most time-consuming errands, such as provisioning and restocking.

Picture going to the local market and hand-picking the freshest and finest products, from the highest quality meat to ecologically grown fruits and vegetables, then having it delivered in a timely manner, all without leaving your boat.  That is what we do.

Or imagine the time and energy spent maneuvering four trolleys down the supermarket isle loaded with bulky or heavy items such as laundry detergent, paper towel, and cans of coke.  Why not utilize your resources to be productive in other ways and let Evolution take care of this with our local wholesale suppliers and deliver everything to the dock?

Thanks to our expertise in yacht services and understanding of your needs we pride ourselves on our proven ability to exceed our customer’s expectations, in quality and price and efficiency.

Discover why our team is your best onshore partner:

  • Save time. Centralize your requests

Whether it is a drinks order for the crew, dry goods for the Galley, a laundry restock or guest toiletries, you name it! Our wide range of in-house resources allows us to provide a fast, reliable, and unique provisioning service.

  • Optimize your storage

We are experts in finding the most space-efficient formats available, knowing that making room for provisions onboard can be quite challenging. We can supply wholesale formats on request, only available through our selected suppliers.

  • Top quality meat supplies

Whether it is a quick stock up for the crew, or a gourmet order for your guest trips, our provisions team members are experts in sourcing the highest quality meat from local suppliers. Get a range of high-quality cuts, from ground beef to filet mignon, at a price you will be happy with.

  • Eat smart

We supply a wide selection of organic and vegan products for those interested in eco-friendly, sustainable options.

  • The most exclusive supplies at your fingertips

Needing a restock? We work hand in hand with the most prestigious interior brands, such as Bvlgari, Molton Brown, Jo Malone and many others. Feel free to place your quote request.

E-mail us your shopping lists and request further information –

Halloween during COVID-19: balancing safe with scary!

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, what happens at Halloween?  Here at Evolution it is one of our favourite celebrations but we won´t be holding our usual crew party this year. 

The question is: how to celebrate Halloween and stay safe within the local restrictions? We think it’s time to create new traditions on board to keep the SPIRIT and the SPOOKS alive!!


For those of us who were looking forward to hosting an amazing Halloween party, let us not be discouraged!  We have you covered with some great party planning tips to have the best Halloween celebration yet, all the while safely sheltered on board:

  • Work the isolation factor into your theme – a zombie outbreak, with everyone hiding somewhere to survive. Or take your party to outer space and pretend everyone is in their own spaceship, trying to avoid an alien threat. What is more scary than being alone and not knowing what lurks under the bed or in the shadows?!
  • Have all the crew, friends, or family dress up to match the theme and host an online costume contest with a virtual prize (like a gift card) for the winner.  Don´t forget that facemasks can be worked very easily into your costume with a bit of creative thinking, see these images to get you started!
  • Plan a menu and ask everyone to prepare the same snack or beverage to enjoy together (while apart).

Why not add an extra dimension to your virtual and/or distanced party – Rodney James Piper is a magician who will be hosting his brand-new show live from Salou, Spain and you can join him via the ZOOM App. The show will last just over 35 minutes and is expected to be filled with laughter, suspense, amazement, and surprise.

Private shows also a available, contact for more information.


Everybody on board is set for the virtual party and the only thing left to figure out is: What will everyone be drinking?

Let us help with two of our favorite 2020 Halloween-inspired cocktail recipes (by Town & Country):

OTTO’S 1923


1 oz Johnnie Walker Black Label
.5 oz Kahlua
.25 oz Cynar
1 spoon peanut butter
1 Butterfinger bar


Dry shake all ingredients first, then shake with ice and strain over crushed ice. Garnish with Butterfinger crumbles, and half Butterfinger stick.



1.5 oz Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.25 oz sage simple syrup*
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 capsule activated charcoal
Lemon wedge


Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.


Since trick or treating is not an option this year, how about setting up a scavenger hunt on board? Along with providing a safe alternative to traditional Halloween activities, scavenger hunts are entertaining and very engaging. It does require a little preparation, but it can be socially distanced and adds some mystery and guesswork to your event.

  • Hide Halloween-themed items around the yacht and set your crew off try to find the hidden items either on their own or in socially distancing pairs or teams.
  • Map out the clues to where you hid the items. All teams will get the same list of Halloween items to search for throughout the yacht. If you want to make it a competition, see which team can find them first (and take a photo for proof). The winner team gets a prize.
  • In order to keep contact to a minimum, send out instructions (but not the list of items) to all crew members ahead of time, so you don’t need to gather everyone together closely to go over rules.
  • On the day of the hunt, we suggest delegating one single person to distribute the lists and pens and don´t forget that ghosts and ghouls and witches and weirdos still have a responsibility to wash their hands!

These are just some ideas to show that HALLOWEEN isn´t scared of COVID!!!  Share your costumes, games and parties with us, we would love to know how you end up celebrating! 

Contact your Evolution Yacht Agents office to get more creative ideas and to meet all your needs to organize your Halloween event onboard.