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Did you know that the Monaco One shuttle can sea-transport you to Ventimiglia in just 15 minutes?

Monaco One sea shuttle
Monaco One sea shuttle / Photo: Zsolt Szemerszky

The Monaco One is a high-speed shuttle service featuring a powerhouse of state-of-the-art technology. It operates between Port Hercule and Cala del Forte, the third port of Monaco.

It was only in February 4th, 2021 when Monaco One docked for the very first time at Port Hercule. This high-speed shuttle service is offering a 15-minutes journey from port to port, operating between Port Hercule and Cala del Forte, a sister marina to the neighbouring Port Hercule and Port of Fontvieille, protected naturally from the elements and with strictly monitored access from the land.

The Monaco One can carry up to 11 passengers in absolute comfort, every day of the week, as many times as required. The shuttle service must be booked in advance and it is available from 1st May to 30th September, exclusively for Cala del Forte and Ports of Monaco clients, yacht and business partners.

Location-wise Cala del Forte is situated in Ventimiglia, Italy on the Riviera dei Fiori (Riviera of Flowers), at the mouth of the Roya River.

Ventimiglia sits on a stunning coast line, close to the Italian town of Sanremo on the one side and the city of Menton and Principality of Monaco on the other. Ventimiglia’s picturesque scenery, favourable climate, famous farmer’s markets, excellent restaurants, vast variety of shops, luxurious amenities and sheer endless activities will make every stay a special experience. It is no wonder the Principality of Monaco decided to acquire Ventimiglia’s tourist port back in 2016.

Monaco Ports, and their team have brought their extensive experience to the development of this marina with a vision to develop something unique that holds true to their values of security, integrity, service and sustainability. 

The Cala del Forte port has a capacity of up to 178 ships. It is amongst the most advanced, best-equipped and secure ports on the Mediterranean while also holding the title of the longest concession in the Mediterranean with a duration spanning until 2094. 

Monaco One sea shuttle
Monaco One sea shuttle / Photo: Zsolt Szemerszky

The regular maritime transfers with the Monaco One shuttle allow owners and their guests swift and exclusive access to the Principality. 

The Monaco One was designed and built by Advanced Aerodynamic Vessel in La Rochelle, France in a sandwich-structured composite of carbon and glass, measuring 12.00 metres in length and 7.50 metres in width. She is powered by two 350 Hp Yanmar engines.

This brand new power catamaran can sail 250 miles on a full tank. In performing her duties as a shuttle service, the Monaco One can travel from Monaco to Ventimiglia in just 15 minutes at 45 knots. The design combines a need for speed with a reliable and sustainable approach thanks to cutting-edge aerodynamic solutions that allow for fuel consumption at top speeds to be half that of conventional designs.

Behind the breakthrough energy efficiency hide years of research and development, and sea trials in high seas and strong winds, conducted by a small group of naval architects and computer fluid dynamic specialists with the ambition to explore a different path. 

The faster the wing-shaped vessel goes, the stronger the aerodynamic lift it generates and the lighter it becomes on the water, thus drastically reducing drag. Thanks to this innovative aerodynamic design, fuel consumption has been halved, even when cruising at speeds of over 40 knots.

The Monaco One is equipped with an innovative tracking device known as a REPCET, which can monitor the location of large marine mammals in real time and help protect marine wildlife.

Interestingly, the iconic sailing yacht Tuiga, flagship of the Yacht Club de Monaco, was the very first to dock at the brand new Molo d’Onore berth. The entry of Tuiga into Cala del Forte marks a historic and symbolic moment in view of the marina’s official inauguration.

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