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Friday, September 28, 2018 

The UK-based Solent University’s Warsash Superyacht Academy (WSA) has announced the opening of a brand new training facility in Porto Montenegro, said to be one of the most spectacular cruising areas.

Porto Montenegro’s marina has over 450 berths, which can accommodate vessels up to 250m long, claimed to be the world’s largest for superyachts, with a full range of services and amenities.

Launching with a series of courses this autumn – and aiming to expand to offer WSA’s full portfolio of internationally recognised qualifications for superyacht crew - this new partnership is claimed to make crew training even more efficient and convenient.

“The opening of Warsash Superyacht Academy Porto Montenegro will further broaden the integrated superyacht services on offer at Porto Montenegro, making it the natural yachting homeport base of choice in this part of the Mediterranean,” said David Margason, Managing Director of Porto Montenegro.

Adrian Crawford, Warsash Superyacht Academy’s Commercial Director, said: “We are delighted to partner with Port Montenegro. It is a first-class destination with excellent facilities. The partnership allows us to not only offer essential training to visiting vessels but also tailor packages relevant to their needs.”

The announcement comes at a time where Solent University is investing over £40 million (2017-2020) in the latest technology for simulators, safety training and campus facilities. Current and planned investment includes:

  • High tech campuses for deck and engineering training
  • A state-of-the art simulation centre with six full-mission bridges and an engine room 
  • Safety training centre including a purpose-built fire school, helicopter underwater escape trainer, survival pool and medical rooms
  • GMDSS radio communications and dynamic positioning (DP) facilities
  • New cyber security centre with cutting-edge interactive training suites
  • New superyacht training facilities at Porto Montenegro
  • New superyacht master’s degree, MSc Superyacht Design
  • Two new vessels at the world’s leading ship-handling centre

Recognised as a centre of maritime excellence, the range, scale and quality of training and support facilities offered by WSA for crew in the superyacht industry is claimed to be unmatched worldwide. 

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