The Palumbo Group is expanding its management team and its footprint with a new marketing manager and an acquisition in Spain.
The group named Daniela Spinelli marketing and communication manager.
Palumbo also said it acquired its fifth shipyard in Tenerife in Canary Island, Spain, which it said is an important step in strengthening Palumbo Superyachts service outside the Mediterranean basin.
The group’s other locations are Napoli, Messina, Malta and Marseille. Palumbo Messina and Palumbo Napoli are operating mainly in repair, construction, modification, conversion and maintenance of every type of ship and cruise lines.
The group also produces its own range of superyacht — the Columbus Yachts brand. Production is in the Naples facilities.
The steel and aluminum units are available in four collections: Liberty (85 to 124 feet), Berlinetta (108 feet to 164 feet), Oceanic Classic and Explorer (164 to 262 feet) and the Sport Hybrid.
With four yachts on the water so far — one 131-footer from 2013 and one 177-footer from 2011 — Columbus Yachts launched two new units in 2015: the 131-foot Sport Hybrid, M/Y Divine, and a 187-foot Classic, M/Y Taiba.
“We invested 50 years of activity gaining an extraordinary experience while working on the largest commercial ships, ferries and yachts in the world. Our aim is to become the reference point in major maritime repair and refit, with an ever-expanding infrastructure within the Mediterranean. We will spend that know-how building our own superyachts under the Columbus Yachts brand,” Palumbo Group CEO Giuseppe Palumbo said in a statement.