Drydocks World to create maritime hub in Montenegro
Drydocks World has joined a Dubai-based consortium with Adriatic Marinas to transform the Bijela Shipyard into a world-class superyacht service, maintenance, repair and refit facility. Drydocks World is said to be taking over Damen’s role in the project in Montenegro.
Drydocks World says it will be key to ensuring that in addition to creating a world-class super yachting hub in Boka Bay, the project will achieve its ambitions of driving major development.
“This exciting project will not only regenerate the shipyard at Bijela but the whole marine engineering industry, and bring back to life the long and proud maritime history of Montenegro,” says Adriatic Marinas chairman Mohammed I. Al Shaibani.
“We are delighted that our colleagues and partners at Drydocks World will bring their substantial resources and expertise to the project. Together we will reposition Bijela to become one of the Mediterranean’s leading superyacht repair and refit facilities.”
The transformation of the yard will be completed over a 36-month period.
In addition to the yacht service centre, the plan is to establish a skills academy at Bijela to develop future generations of marine engineers. The skills academy will partner with the already established Superyacht Operations Training Academy at Porto Montenegro, which has been created in partnership with Warsash Maritime Academy.