Each year, the shipyards welcome around 150 vessels that come for repairs and refits. Many of their crews stay on site for several weeks or even months. In high season, these crews can currently total 500 to 600 people and these numbers will increase significantly from 2022 with the delivery of the Atlas-4300 tonne platform. It is essential that we make these crews feel welcome and cared for because they can play a significant role in the choice of the site. Even though La Ciotat has many strengths, the satisfaction surveys carried out in previous years have shown that its lack of a welcoming and friendly place for the crews to relax and socialise puts it at a disadvantage compared to other refit destinations.
To respond to this challenge, La Ciotat Shipyards (LCS) plans to develop a space dedicated to crews within the shipyards. The work is scheduled to begin at the end of 2021 for delivery before summer 2022. The facility will be located outdoors at the place known as the ‘Pointe du Matelad’, an area of approximately 2000 m2. This will ensure that it is conveniently located close to the yacht parking platforms and the Calanque du Mugel. Located in a planted and landscaped setting, confirming its status as a “green lung”, the space will be equipped with sports and recreational equipment as well as areas for socialising and relaxation.
To ensure that this area is managed and maintained so that it remains an attractive and vibrant space, LCS is already looking for proposals from third parties interested in operating it on its behalf. A call for proposals was launched in early February,which can be viewed online here and interested companies are invited to submit their applications by April 2, 2021, at the latest.
Sandra Servière, responsible for arrangements relating to the environment and hospitality within LCS, explains: “We wish to transform this place, which is currently used for parking and storing containers, into a high quality, convivial and pleasant space which will fully regain its original status as a green area. The facilities will be designed with respect for the exceptional natural environment of Pointe du Matelad, so we therefore expect the future operator to implement an eco-responsible approach, particularly with regard to waste management, energy savings and the protection of biodiversity. We want to appoint our new partner as soon as possible so as to involve it in the final design of the project and its facilities.”
Alongside the Yachting Village and the Atlas 4300t platform, this new project, which is part of the #friendlier strategic axis developed by LCS, will contribute to the new face that our site will offer from 2022!
#better #bigger #friendlier