Cala del Forte’s Latest News

Founded in 2002 by the city-state of Monaco, Monaco Ports (SEPM), manages the ports of the Principality (Hercule and Fontvielle) as well as the new floating breakwater.

In 2016, in response to the ever-increasing demand for yacht berths and saturation in the ports of the Principality, Monaco Ports decided create SMIP (Société Monégasque Internationale Portuaire) and purchased the nearby port of Cala del Forte in Ventimiglia (IM).

The project was born from a desire to expand the company, but also aimed to push cross-border collaboration, create new jobs and demonstrate the company’s philosophy of sustainable port management, ecological responsibility, hospitality, service and security.

10th June 2019 status report: Cala del Forte, Ventimiglia: six months to go!

Maritime works

  • Construction of the breakwater (1) and outer walls (2) has been fully completed since December 2018. The major storm that hit the Ligurian coast in October 2019 tested the strength of our infrastructure and we are happy to report that Cala del Forte suffered no damage whatsoever. To date installation of the piping, cabling and technical infrastructure has been completed on the breakwater and the outer walls
  • Construction of the Central Jetty (Molo d'Onore) (3), outer jetty (4) and “Pontile B” (5) is now complete.  All of the bollards are on site and are currently being installed. The preparation of the underwater mooring infrastructure is currently underway.
  • The central port office - Harbormaster office - Central Jetty (3) - is currently under construction and the foundation has been completed. Work shall be completed in 4th Quarter 2019. 
  • Shipyard: the piers and lifting basin have been completed (6) ready to accommodate the travel-lift capable of lifting yachts up to 30 meters. The 2,700 m² shipyard dock area is currently under construction.
  • The fuel distribution dock (7) has been completed and four tanks (with a total of 150.000  liters of fuel capacity) have been installed inside bunker/isolation tanks;
  • Dredging and leveling (8) to the final depth of the marina is underway.

To date 82% of the maritime works have been completed*.

(*on February 8th 2019, the Italian authorities issued full permission and documentation for Cala del Forte to be completed with an optimized mooring plan called ‘Variante 3)’.


On land works

  • The elements that shall constitute the shops (9) as well as the East underground parking area are currently in an advanced status of construction (95%). The West shops and parking area (10)  is currently under construction(25%).Work on these elements is scheduled to be completed in the 4th Quarter of 2019. 
  • Slope consolidation: Static testing of the structural works of the slope (11) have been carried out successfully. 100%of the slope consolidation is now completed.

To date, the 28% of the on land works have been completed*

(*on February 8th 2019, the Italian authorities issued full permission and documentation for Cala del Forte to be completed with an optimized mooring plan called ‘Variante 3)’.


All structural and civil works have been contracted and works relating to architectural and landscaping design have been tendered. Urban works in “lungomare Marconi” are well underway.

6 May 2019: one more step forward at Cala del Forte

The 5-week intensive training course for future linehandlers, organized by Cala del Forte – Ventimiglia and totally supported by Monaco Ports, has ended today with a graduation ceremony in Monaco. The participants are now fully prepared for both the technical and the specific needs of yachts and superyacht clientele! Congratulations to all of you!

29 April 2019: Multiple steps forward at Cala del Forte

April 2019: bollards and mooring posts are on-site. 
End of work: 4th Quarter 2019.

4th of March 2019: Cala del Forte is getting ready to open!

Monday, March 4th marked the beginning of the linehandler training course in Ventimiglia. This course, organized by Cala del Forte and Monaco Ports shall include 126 hours of theoretical training followed by 80 hours of hands-on experience in the Ports of Monaco.
Of the 30 participants of this course, all shall find exciting employment opportunities and the best shall be employed by Cala del Forte this fall, in preparation for the opening of the marina.
Marco Cornacchia, Cala del Forte’s harbourmaster, explains: “We have chosen to professionally train our own human resources in order to provide our clients with the standards of excellence and professionality, that are at the heart of Monaco Ports, which proudly counts Cala del Forte among its marinas. We strongly believe in this project and have decided to fund it entirely without external contributions or partnerships. This means we have personally selected the teachers, industry professionals and various experts in the many subjects that shall be taught during face-to-face lessons in the classroom and during practical trials on the docks”.

12th February 2019 - One more step forward

Tuesday morning, February 12, 2019: on the agenda during our weekly progress meeting with our technical team at Cala del Forte:

on February 8th 2019, the Italian authorities issued full permission and documentation for Cala del Forte to be completed with an optimized mooring plan called ‘Variante 3’.

This layout ensures that all yachts are given ample space for safe maneuvering, has allowed us to create a larger drydock and work area for the shipyard, permits us to create a safer marina with regards to access, parking, storage and fire safety and has enabled us to create a 70m alongside berth with 700+m2 private dock.

Work is currently underway in order to complete construction by the 4th Quarter of this year (2019).

6th December 2018: Second Anniversary

Today, 6th December 2018, marks the second anniversary of the purchase of Cala del Forte by Monaco Ports (SMIP) and we are proud to present the images below that show just how much progress has been made in the last 24 months:

Maritime works
Construction of the breakwater (2) and outer walls (2,3) have now been fully completed. Their reliability  was put to the test in October 2018 during a major storm. No damage to the port is to be noted.
Construction of the Central Jetty (Molo d'Onore) (7), outer jetty (6) and Pontile B (5) are now complete.
Dock ŒA¹ is in advanced construction status.
Construction of the fuel distribution dock is in its final stages.
Dredging and leveling (8) to the final depth of the marina is complete.
As of today, 85% of the maritime works are completed.

On land works
The vertical elements that shall constitute the shops (1) and parking units are currently under construction. To date, 15% of these works have been completed. Work on these elements began last March, and we are on schedule to complete these structures in March 2019. 
All structural and civil works have been contracted and works relating to architectural and landscaping design shall be tendered soon. 
The project for the Harbormaster office is now completed and approved, construction is expected to start at the beginning of 2019.

Slope consolidation: Static testing of the structural works on the slope have been carried out successfully. 90% of the slope consolidation is now completed.


Two months after our last status report, work has pursued steadily in order to respect the strict time schedule regarding on-land and maritime works in Cala del Forte. During the summer, the construction team has been able to advance ahead of schedule in regards to the hillside consolidation.

Maritime works:

  • Construction of the breakwater and outer walls have now been fully completed.
  • One of the three MT/LT transformer cabins has been installed.
  • The structures of the ‘honor quay’ and the two outer jetties are now complete.


Works that are currently underway include:

  • The laying of ‘Pontile B’ dock;
  • Installation of the technical infrastructure within the central jetty and ‘honor quay’;
  • Construction of the Fuel distribution dock;
  • Dredging and leveling to the final depth within all zones of the marina;

Currently, 80% of the maritime works can be considered completed.

All maritime works are on schedule in regards to the time schedule.

On-Land Works:

Construction of the buildings that shall house the future shops and parking lots began in March 2018.

The works are advancing in concordance with the construction timetable.

The harbor office is currently in the advanced design phase and a public tender for its entire construction shall be held during the autumn of 2018.

Slope consolidation:

The final details and botanic preparation are being made along the northern slope surrounding Cala del Forte. Approximately 90% of the slope consolidation can now be considered completed.

These works are about a month ahead of schedule in regards to the construction timetable.

Urban works within Ventimiglia:

Urbanization works (Lotto A) shall include the redevelopment of various zones surrounding the port and along the access routes to Cala del Forte.

Works shall include:

  • the renovation of Marconi Promenade (Lungomare)
  • The renovation of Via Trossarelli
  • The renovation of Piazza Costituente
  • and the renewal of the tunnel of the Scoglietti, that is the main access route to the Marina.

Lotto B shall also include the fitting out of the roof garden and parking above the shops and parking.

Once the authorizations are received, a public tender shall be held in order to commence construction of the Urbanistic works by year’s end.

Elevator between Scoglietti tunnel and the old city (Ventimiglia Alta):

  • The executive project has been submitted and we are awaiting the validation of the Municipality of Ventimiglia.
  • A public tender to undertake the works shall be launched upon receipt of the necessary authorizations.


5th September 2018: Monaco Yacht Show will be from 26-29th September

We are delighted to inform you that we shall be present at the Monaco Yacht Show from September 26th to 29th 2018. on Quai Hirondelle booth # QH11, next to our head office in the Capitanerie of Port Hercules.

We look forward to welcoming you and presenting Monaco’s newest marina, Cala del Forte – Ventimiglia.

·      Longest concession in the Mediterranean

·      Brand new marina built to the same standards as Monaco

·      Only 7,9 Nautical Miles from the Principality

·      Berths for sale on the basis of long-term leases (40 years)

Please contact our harbourmaster Marco Cornacchia ( or our sales director Jordan Waugh ( to make an appointment.   


In the three months since our last status report,

works in Cala del Forte have followed our strict construction

timetable and the marina remains on track for delivery in the

second half of 2019, so much so that our teams shall even

be able to take a much needed break from August 10th

to August 19th 2018.

The breakwater wall: The large breakwater and 7.20 meter wall has been completed as well as the levelling of the road on the inside of the protected basin. With the main walls completed, work has proceeded at an increased pace inside the protected harbor.

Central Jetty (Molo Onore): The central dock that shall soon accommodate the capitanerie is undergoing final steps before being paved. The electrical and technical elements have been installed and steel-reinforced concrete is being poured.


Pontile B: The concrete caissons for ‘Pontile B’ have been installed and works are currently underway in order to complete the transverse structure of the dock. 

Fuel dock In order to accommodate the increased fuel distribution capacity of 150,000 lt., the end of “Banchina F” has undergone excavation and our team is currently installing the cement caisson boxes that shall house the fuel tanks.

19th of July 2018 - LAND STATUS UPDATE

This is an exciting moment for Cala del Forte as after many months of incessant work on elements that are not always visible from above the water, the vertical elements that will constitute the shops and parking units have finally taken shape.

Eastern shop units: At the stem of the large breakwater the foundations and steel structures that shall reinforce the vertical walls have been installed. These are the foundations of the future gallery that shall house many shops, boutiques and restaurants that are already, for a large part, reserved.

A few shop spaces are still available and any interest should be directed to our Harbourmaster Marco Cornacchia:

On the Western slope: After completing the substantial task of securing the hillside with reinforced terraces, final details are currently underway for the soon-to-be green hillside, including the automatic irrigation system.

12th of July 2018 - Meet the Cala del Forte team

At Cala del Forte, Monaco Ports' new marina,  we take our mission seriously and have built a team that reflects our commitment to the values we strive to uphold: security, integrity, service and sustainability - each inspired by Monaco Ports' unmatched vision and experience.


From left to right: Jordan Waugh, Sales Director of Cala del Forte; Olivier Imperti, CFO of Ports of Monaco; Daniel Realini, Deputy General Manager of Ports of Monaco; Gian Battista Borea d'Olmo, General Manager of Ports of Monaco and CEO of Cala del Forte;  Aleco Keusseoglou, executive chairman of Ports of Monaco and Cala del Forte; Max Procopio, press officer of Cala del Forte; Marco Cornacchia harbourmaster of Cala del Forte.


We can't wait to welcome you to Cala del Forte, where our experience and values are finally taking form!

18th of April 2018 - Status Update

Mr. Marco Cornacchia, Cala del Forte’s harbourmaster, announced that all the construction works for Monaco’s newest marina are proceeding on schedule.  The marina is slated for completion by the 2nd half of 2019.

 The status report of the major works include:

  • The harbor wall & breakwater: The construction of the breakwater and adjoining stilling basin is 90% completed with all work scheduled for completion by June 2018.


  • Central Jetty: The steel reinforced concrete caissons for ‘Pontile B’ are being built on site along with the platform slabs.  These elements will form the road access to the harbour office and the adjoining piers.  This work is 80% realized and is scheduled for completion in June of 2018.


  • Bank Reinforcement: Pillars 2-14 have been successfully completed along with concrete edging and gutters. The work is due for completion in June of 2018.


  • Commercial Activity: Berth sales are exceeding expectations and opportunities are now available for a variety of commercial activities within the new marina.


Cala del Forte is on schedule for full completion in second half of 2019.

14th of April 2017: Berth sales begin

A limited number of berths – ranging in size from 10 to 60 meters – is now available to those seeking an investment opportunity in one of Monaco Ports most sensational development projects.

The sales team is available to answer your questions and provide further information regarding prices and availability.

Just fill out the contact form here or contact us at +377 97 77 48 00.

13th of April 2017: Status update

The construction is on schedule for full delivery in the 2nd half of 2019.

Current on-going works include:

Correcting the armourstones above water on the counter-jetty: replacement of the blocs that do not meet conformity, reorganization and consolidation of the blocs – end of task by mid-April 2017.

Mending of the alveoles: correcting the granulometry of the fill material in order to meet compliance and filling the pitches with concrete – task to be completed by the end of April 2017.

Dredging respectively excavation and removal of the old breakwater digue. Correcting the concrete work and base joint along the main harbour wall – task to be completed by the end of April 2017.

Scheduled works contain:

Cement-injection reinforcement and consolidation of the lower section of the main harbour wall. Completion of task by the end of July 2017.

Correcting the armourstones on the main-jetty: replacement of the blocs that do not meet conformity, reorganization and consolidation of the blocs – task to be completed by the end of June 2017.

Completion of the counter-jetty wall – works to take place from mid-April until the end of June 2017.

Reinforcing and securing of the north slope terrain: Works to begin in June 2017.

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