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SUPERYACHT #11
Winter 2007

Article selected from our quarterly magazine dedicated to the largest and most luxurious boats with information, interviews, technical articles, images and yachting news


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LUSBEN: SINGLE SOURCE SOLUTIONS

 

For further information: Lusben, Via Coppino 441, 55049 Viareggio; tel. +39 0584 3801400; fax +39 0584 396458; email service@lusben.com, VHF Channel 77.

 
Lusben, part of the Azimut-Benetti Group since 2000, was set up in 1956 as a company specialised in refits and ship repairs. Today it offers an across the board range of solutions and services in the assistance segment, from mooring to the management of documents and problems of an administrative nature. Based in Viareggio, a Tuscan city where some of the most important world level shipyards are headquartered, Lusben owns a 30.000 square metre waterfront area equipped with sheds and structures for maintenance and repair of 20-65 metre motoryachts. Vessel handling is carried out with a 600 tonne travel lift, a 30 tonne crane and two trolleys of 250 and 80 tonnes capacity respectively. With these systems of slipping, launching and handling Lusben transports vessels from the basin to the sheds and vice versa, or where necessary to the climate controlled paint workshop where any product whatsoever can be applied and where selected experts can intervene on yachts up to 60 metres. The refit and repair services offered on the premises include anticorrosion and anti-osmosis treatments, carpentry and metalwork, mechanical intervention on engines and transmissions carried out by authorised firms, repair and creation of hydraulic, oleodynamic and electrical systems, repair of electronic systems, installation of new apparatus and modification or renewal of interior furnishings. As for documentation management and technical supervision, on the owner's behalf Lusben can deal with all the bureaucratic business connected with Classification and Flag Bodies, such as periodic renewals of Class certificates or changes of flag. Moreover, side by side with the services listed above, Lusben can handle all the bureaucratic, administrative and shipyard-related operations for rendering a vessel suitable for charter, thus relieving the owner of burdensome duties. In the same context of supplying global forms of assistance Lusben offers consultancy for enrolling vessels on the international or national register, also taking care of all the phases leading to the issue and validation of sailing documents and certificates. Owners seeking on-board personnel can apply to Lubsen which runs a service of crew selection, training and management, offering contractual consultancy to guarantee a satisfactory working relationship for both parties. For the entire duration of the work contract the Viareggio yard manages the crew, assuring assistance for medical checkups and certificates. Lubsen offers owners a whole, really wide range of services which includes booking airline tickets, hotels, restaurants and tickets for cultural events, as well as car hire, with or without chauffeur, and much else. On request Lusben can supply security personnel such as bodyguards and escorts. Returning to the bureaucratic field, Lusben can handle all maritime and customs documentation related to vessel arrival and departure, also with regard to the unloading or loading of material. On behalf of other shipyards Lusben draws up safety plans for work carried out on board, offering consultancy and assistance with regard to safety and hygiene in the workplace. Lusben also has a private port, extended in 2004, with moorings for about 40 vessels between 20 and 65 metres LOA. It is a modern port complete with all the services offered by the best marinas, including the classic columns supplying drinking water and electricity at 220 and 380 V, as well as telephone sockets and internet connections. Moreover, the whole port area is covered by a wireless technology internet connection service. Incoming and outgoing vessels are supervised by the mooring service and by an electrician who deals with hook- up and disconnection of the current. Ashore, a system of video surveillance, with armed personnel also at night, together with a 24 hour all year round porter's lodge, guarantee safety for the moored vessels. On request this service can be personalised for vessels that remain unsupervised during their stay. The reception office can supply weather forecasts and organise boat cleaning services. You can also have your vessel transferred to another port or request the service of divers. The company supplies electric vehicles to owners and crews for transport of luggage or goods, as well as bicycles for visits to the town or to the shopping centre inside the port itself, where there's also a bar and a self service restaurant. To complete the services ashore there are bathrooms, a laundry, a meeting room, storerooms that can be rented for storage of equipment or goods, a cash-point and daily garbage collection.