With a new superyacht marina opening and plans for expanding capacity at its shipyard, 2012 is set to be an important year for NCP Group, the leading marines services group in Croatia.

At Monaco, the company reported to SB that the yacht business was picking up, accounting for more work in the yard compared with commercial and naval business.

Expanding the yard’s capacity to handle larger vessels and superyachts has been on NCP’s agenda for a couple of year.

Initially the company had planned to build a 100m (328ft) dry dock, but this has been put aside in favour of expanding the yard’s synchrolift from 900t to 2,000t.

The yard can handle yachts up to 75m (246ft), and has a 62m (203ft) refit shed with two 13m (43ft) bays and a floating dock able to lift vessels up to 70m (230ft).

Next spring will see the opening of the Mandalina Marina which is adjacent to the yard and owned by NCP and the Turkish Dogus Group.

The present marina, which has 350 berths and a 50 slot dry stack, can accommodate yachts up to 75m, but work is due to be completed later this year or early 2012 on an additional 79 berths for yachts up to 140m (459ft).