Port Canto sets future standards for French marinas


A two-phase project to install Marinetek Heavy Duty pontoons at Port Pierre Canto in Cannes, South of France, has taken the iconic marina to its next level as a state-of-the-art superyacht hub.

When Port Canto opened for business in 1964-1965, it made history as the first leisure boat marina in France and became a catalyst for marina development in the region. From the outset, it attracted the most demanding customers in the Mediterranean and aimed to offer high levels of service. In the same spirit, the City of Cannes – its current owner and operator – has looked for renewed marina facilities that will meet the highly discerning needs of superyacht owners and crew, now and in the future.

Further to competitive tenders, the City appointed renowned French construction company Vinci to build the new infrastructure. Vinci employs around 185,000 people in 100 countries and has a world leading turnover in the construction sector. Most importantly, in addition to its varied portfolio and multiple skills level, it has special know-how when it comes to building marinas.

In order to preserve the goodwill of berth holders, construction work was minimised and streamlined, and Vinci – as project manager – was tasked to select a floating pontoon system for the newly designed marina basin. Following extensive investigation and discussion, Marinetek was chosen as the main supplier of the concrete pontoons.

Marinetek delivered its Heavy Duty concrete pontoons in two phases during 2014 and 2015. All units were manufactured in Marinetek Latvia’s factory and were transported to France by road. The generously proportioned, highly stable pontoons feature hardwood decking and benefit from a special mooring cleat fixing system that allows for universal adjustment. The resulting pontoon system moored with chain and piles is firm and solid underfoot to ensure safe access to and from vessels.

By opting for a Marinetek floating system, the City of Cannes has invested in an environmentally friendly pontoon solution that was installed with minimal noise and disruption. The solid timber decking is aesthetically pleasing and gives the marina a cohesive appearance. The City has also benefited from long term economy and flexibility as Marinetek pontoons have excellent life cycle costs and can be reconfigured if necessary in the future in order to accommodate even larger superyachts.

Cannes is a city known worldwide for the glitz of its film festival, the Provençal charm of its markets and historic old town, and its wide reaching bay with sandy beaches. The marina is a focal point of the waterfront and the Marinetek team was delighted to have undertaken work on such a prestigious facility.

”This has been a very good opportunity for us at Marinetek MED to learn more about the requirements of our top class clients in France. The Port Canto system is not just a high end solution for today but will give our client peace of mind for decades to come,” says Jyrki Paulin, Director of Marinetek MED. Guy Puygauthier, from Marinetek MED France, continues: ”The French like stylish results and that encouraged us to create some new solutions during the project. The co-operation between the City of Cannes, Vinci and all Marinetek people involved made for a very nice result.”

Jukka Hämäläinen, Managing Director of Marinetek Finland, was full of praise for all involved, noting: “Port Canto is our entrance into one of the biggest markets in Europe and, for sure, an important showcase for more to come. I congratulate the whole team on a very successful project.”

To read more about Port Canto, visit www.cannes.com