By David Robinson

Yacht services provider West Nautical has expanded its operations to the UK by opening a new office in Gateshead in the northeast of the UK. The company, which already has bases in Cannes and Moscow, offers a wide range of services including new-builds, pre-owned brokerage, charter, yacht management and crew services.

West Nautical will use its new office to run its back office operations.

Geoff Moore, managing director of West Nautical, said: “This represents a major investment by the company, ensuring we provide a superb service and exceptional value to our clients. We have several yachts in build and under management, as well as holding the central agency listings for various charter vessels.”

The company has taken a 1,500sq ft office space in the Baltic Place building at Gatehead Quays’ riverside site. West Nautical will have a team of four based in Gateshead, with plans to double this number by the end of the year.

A press statement says: “West Nautical is a 20-year-old, industry-leading yachting company which offers operational, technical management, corporate structure, full brokerage and charter services to superyacht owners and clients. The company are experts in the luxury yachting field, operating from offices in France and Russia, but chose Baltic Place as the perfect location to act as its operational centre for the yacht and project management team.”

A spokesman for the company commented: “The northeast is a region known for low overheads and a high quality of life, meaning West Nautical can attract the best management talent yet can also offer clients an outstanding service with lower fees than competitors based in the South of France.”