Marinanow arrives in the semifinal of the Web Summit pitch competition and announces an important new agreement with D-Marin for the future of the digitalisation of the nautical world.
The online platform for booking berths and boats throughout the Mediterranean signed an important agreement with D-Marin, the business arm of the Doğuş group that manages 11 exclusive tourist ports in the Ionian, Aegean and Adriatic Seas.
With the entrance of D-Marin, Marinanow continues to expand their offering in the eastern Mediterranean market and officially enters into the Turkey while D-Marin expands their reach thanks to the technology and multilingual network of the Italian company.
Cagliari (Italy) and İstanbul, 5th November 2015 – Marinanow, the online platform that allows users to book berths and boats throughout the Mediterranean, announced today the agreement with D-Marin, Doğuş Group company, who manage 11 unique marinas in the Ionian, Aegean & Adriatic Seas, and who aim at becoming the most effective corporation in developing the marina & yachting business in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The agreement was unveiled during the last day of the Web Summit, one of the most important tech conferences in the world, whose “ALPHA” program Marinanow had been selected for, reaching the semi-final stage.
“We are very happy to announce this agreement here today at Web Summit – Livio Quintavalle, chief operating officer of Marinanow, commented – Our company has experienced very fast growth in these last few months due to the projects we’re involved in, above all the digitalization of the Mediterranean ports. We are delighted that we can also count on the D-Marin network in the Eastern Mediterranean to support the marinas in this delicate transition to digital.”
As a result of the agreement, Marinanow will expand its offering in the Eastern Mediterranean with the D-Marin marinas in Croatia (Borik, Mandalina, Dalmacija), Greece (Gouvia, Flisvos, Lefkas, Zea) and Montenegro (Dukley Marina Budva) and officially enter the Turkish market (Turgutreis, Didim, Göcek). In addition, the Italian company will also benefit from a network of marinas that are able to host megayachts.
D-Marin, on the other hand, will take advantage of Marinanow’s technology that will simplify and automate the berth booking processes; furthermore, the Turkish company will expand its offering at an international level thanks to Marinanow’s multilingual platform and get access to a market that can grant tens of thousands of luxury boats from the west Mediterranean.
“This agreement marks another step forward for the digital nautical industry and we’re very proud to work side by side with Marinanow – M. Kemal Saatçıoğlu, D-Marin CEO added – We’re pretty confident that thanks to their technology we will provide our marinas with more impactful tools that will make their booking processes even easier and faster.”
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Marinanow, online berth and boat booking Marinanow is an online platform for searching and booking berths and boats throughout the Mediterranean. Founded in 2012 by 3 colleagues with a huge passion for the sea – Alessandro Sestini, Paolo Codina and Andrea Corvaglia, who have over 25 years of nautical experience – it allows you to check the availability of berths and compare prices directly from your pc, tablet or smartphone of over 1300 marinas (of which 400 are officially affiliated). It also allows you to search for and book in a few clicks one of 4300 boats located throughout the Mediterranean, with a huge choice of sailboats, motorboats, catamarans and RIBS with or without crews. You can choose from berths and boats directly from marinas and charter companies as well as through private individuals.
When searching for a berth or boat you can also find out all the services and businesses near to the port: from mechanics to sail shops, from supermarkets and laundries to restaurants and beauty centres, tourist offices, tour operators, diving and other nautical activities. Having selected the perfect place for your holiday, with Marinanow you simply book the berth or boat online and pay immediately, eliminating the complicated booking processes of the ports and charter companies.
Marinanow, financed in 2013 with €300.000 from angel investors and the fund United Ventures, is currently incubated in The Net Value, at Cagliari.
D-Marin is a Doğuş Group company that was established to set a new benchmark in design and operations of the marinas. The Group considers the marina and yachting industry as an area with high development potential. By managing 11 unique marinas in Ionian, Aegean & Adriatic Seas, D-Marin creates one of the largest international chain of marinas in the Eastern Mediterranean that promotes recreational yachting; provides critical waterfront infrastructure that allows community access to the natural waterways; and develops sustainable businesses that encourage local employment and growth within the economy.
D-Marin started its operations in 2003 in Turkey with its first marina, D-Marin Turgutreis. In 2009, D-Marin Didim commenced operations as the second marina in the network, and furthermore, in 2010 D-Marin Göcek joined to the D-Marin Marinas Group.
In 2009, D-Marin expanded outside of Turkey and entered Croatia through D-Marin Mandalina located in Šibenik. In April 2012, D-Marin Dalmacija, which is the largest marina in Croatia, and D-Marin Borik joined D-Marin. The group has increased its stake in Adriatic Croatia International ACI (Group) to 10.86% by 2014.
In December 2012, entering into partnerships with Lamda Development and Kiriacoulis Mediterranean Cruises Shipping resulted in adding a world class superyacht marina – Flisvos Marina, also 3 other premium marina destinations in Greece; Gouvia, Lefkas and Zea to its portfolio. In June 2015, D-Marin’ s total capacity increased to 8,570 berths by the management agreement made with Dukley Marina Budva D.o.o. in Montenegro.
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