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San Giorgio del Porto and Costa Crociere have signed an agreement for the expansion and development of Chantier Naval de Marseille into a center for ship repair and conversion.
The initial investment of 10 million Euros will be geared towards increasing the efficiency of the shipyard by use of the latest technologies. Once the renovations are complete, any vessel size will be easily accommodated.
The Chantier Naval de Marseille already boasts the largest graving dock in the Mediterranean, with a size of 465 by 85 meters. With the increased efficiency, the shipyard could become one of the busiest in Europe, Costa said.
The agreement between San Giorgio del Porto and Costa Crociere will likely make Marseille a desirable stop for cruise ships in the Mediterranean, Costa said. Expected passenger travel from this is expected to exceed two million.