The Gallery at Marina Port Vell has welcomed new residents this month with Elite Crew International, BWA Yachting, Linen Lintea, Rivera Lifestyle Management and Pantaenius moving in to their new office spaces overlooking the water.

Florida-based crew recruitment agency Elite Crew International chose Marina Port Vell for its initial move across the pond due to its strong yachting heritage, the quality of its marinas, shipyards and crew training institutes, and its international airport close to the heart of the city. “As we have seen, Barcelona has become a desirable and popular yachting destination, so it was an easy decision,” says owner and founder Karina Befeld.

“The location of MPV couldn’t be better. On any given day we can look out and see many of our yachts sitting right there in the marina. Since we love to offer a hands-on approach, what can be better than that?” Karina says the new office space is open, bright and modern with many facilities on site to please both captains and crew.

“From day one everyone at MPV has been extremely welcoming,” she says. “There is a strong community feel with everyone striving for the same goal. Even with the obstacles involved in setting up a new location, MPV helped everything to run smoothly and provided the support needed to make this happen.” A location that is brand new for some, moreover, is old for others. Superyacht agency BWA Yachting is already located in MPV and has been for the past 10 years – not to mention its office further down the road at refit facility Marina Barcelona ‘92.

And what better way to celebrate 10 years in Barcelona and the first-hand experience of the city’s maritime evolution than a rejuvenation that matches that of the marina itself. BWA Yachting has taken over four offices, covering a sweeping 100 square-metres. Doubling its offices, though, is a move that comes at a price, and begs the question of why it is this capital city that has been the catalyst for transatlantic crossings and expansions of this scale.

“It’s an investment and a statement that we believe in the project so much that we’re going to make the office our headquarters for the country,” explains Antonella Della Pietra, managing partner at BWA Yachting Spain. For Della Pietra, Barcelona is a city that ticks all the boxes of yachting, and with the new development Della Pietra believes others will feel the same. “Barcelona has absolutely amazing potential.

Most of our offices suffer from the seasonality of the industry, but with the proximity to the shipyard it’s one of the locations where we can offer assistance all year round. The idea is to make Barcelona the home port for many of the vessels that are cruising around the summer.”

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WELCOME BACK
MS ANNA SMITH

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