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Xiqui Mas, Neus Munté and David Bote (left-right)

14 April 2016.- The Minister of the Presidency of the Government of Catalonia, Neus Munté, officially opened the facilities of the nautical base for superyachts, Mataró Marina Barcelona, managed by the company Varador 2000. The minister highlighted the fact that these new facilities will make the Maresme’s capital city “a benchmark within the sector in Catalonia”. Munté also added that the marina will help “boost economic activity in the area and create jobs”.

The minister took a tour of the facilities of Mataró Marina Barcelona accompanied by the CEO of Varador 2000, Xiqui Mas, and the mayor of Mataró, David Bote. During her visit, Munté also referred to the “company’s commitment to training and to yachting and sailing”. The marina includes a training area where vocational training students from the Miquel Biada secondary school in Mataró can do practical studies for a diploma in ship maintenance. A sailing course for children will soon be starting up too, along with other initiates related to sailing and training.

During the inauguration of the marina the mayor of Mataró stated that “boosting marina activities will boost the city”, and he also mentioned how keen Mataró city council is to seek further ways to collaborate with Varador 2000 and develop more activities and initiatives in the area.

Xiqui Mas, CEO of Varador 2000, also referred to the decisive role this marina will play in developing “tourism and sailing in the Maresme region”. Mas also pointed out that “the financial success of the marina is the financial success of the city, the region and the country. Our aim –he added– is to bring added value to the Catalonian nautical sector, encourage tourism and build wealth in the area”. Mas, as head of Varador 2000, also stated that this nautical base is a cross-cutting project, “a project that has one foot in Mataró and another in Arenys de Mar”, where the company has its technical headquarters and performs maintenance on boats that moor in the marina as well as other boats.

Mataró Marina Barcelona is a nautical base located in the port of Mataró, the capital city of the Maresme region. It is a quiet and safe marina, designed mainly for people who wish to moor their yachts in a strategic location on the northern coast of Barcelona. In fact, between the capital city of Catalonia and France there are no other marina facilities of this kind.

Around 30 large yachts (from 20 to 50 metres long) can be moored in this new marina, which functions under administrative concession by the Ports of the Catalan Government. The marina is equipped with the most up-to-date services to cater for the needs of these kinds of boats, and also has an amenities area with a sports zone, a leisure space for crews and an extensive service area.

The marina holds ISO 9001 quality management system certifications, ISO 14001 environmental management certifications, occupational health and safety (health and safety at work) OHSAS 18001 and the European environmental quality EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme).