Sunborn Barcelona

Sunborn Barcelona

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See original article at link below:

http://www.vilaweb.cat/ep/ultima-hora/4122933/20130607/pp-demana-rescindir-contracte-vaixell-hotel-forum-cobrar-indemnitzacio.html

El PP demana rescindir el contracte del vaixell hotel del Fòrum i cobrar la indemnització

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BARCELONA, 7 (EUROPA PRESS)

El portaveu adjunt del PP a l’Ajuntament de Barcelona, Javier Mulleras, ha reclamat aquest divendres a l’alcalde, Xavier Trias (CiU), rescindir el contracte perquè un vaixell hotel atraqui al port del Fòrum i cobrar els 1,6 milions d’euros d’indemnització prevista perquè mai ha arribat.

En declaracions a Europa Press, Mulleras ha recordat que el vaixell hotel, promogut per l’empresa finlandesa Sunborn, hauria d’haver recalat a Barcelona el 20 de març del 2008, i des d’aleshores se n’han anat succeint retards, reprotxant a Trias i a l’anterior govern encapçalat pel PSC haver “perdonat” els incompliments.

Ha instat l’alcalde a garantir el cobrament dels 1,6 milions d’indemnització de Sunborn previst en la clàusula 12.2 del contracte signat per l’Ajuntament i la companyia en cas d’incompliment d’una de les parts, i ha tancat: “Correm el risc de cometre un altre regal econòmic a un deutor morós amb Barcelona”.

El hotel-barco de Husa podría descartarse

original article at link below:

http://www.alimarket.es/noticia/127390/El-hotel-barco-de-Husa–en-el-aire

El Ayuntamiento de Barcelona estaría estudiando rescindir el contrato con Sunborn, la compañía finlandesa especializada en el desarrollo y operativa de hoteles-spa de lujo, restaurantes y otras propiedades de alto valor añadido, que iba a traer a Barcelona un hotel-barco que permanecería amarrado en el Port Fòrum. La embarcación, que funcionaría como un establecimiento de 5E con 180 habitaciones, 27 de ellas suites, iba a ser operada por Husa Hoteles, si bienlos continuos retrasos en la llegada de la nave han provocado que la licencia municipal de obras para la instalación en la zona de amarre hayan caducado. La situación, por tanto, de este peculiar proyecto para Husa se encontraría actualmente en el aire.

Además de asumir la operativa, Husa pudo llegar a contar con una participación del 20% -aunque es un extremo no confirmado por la compañía hotelera- en el hotel-barco, cuya inversión inicial se estimó en 120 M€. No obstante, lo que sí está claro es que la familia Gaspart -propietaria de Husa- salió a finales de 2012 de la sociedad que iba a explotar el establecimiento flotante. En concreto, los hermanos Guillermo y José Gaspart Bueno cesaron en noviembre de 2012 en sus cargos de consejero y secretario, y de consejero, respectivamente, de Sunborn Barcelona Shipping Holding, cuya actividad es “la explotación y administración de un barco-hotel que desarrolle la actividad de hostelería, bien por cuenta propia o ajena”. Asimismo, en esa misma fecha, la compañía cambió su razón social por la de Sunborn Hotel, ya íntegramente participada por la finlandesa Sunborn International y con Hans Mikko Mikael Niemi como administrador único.

El barco hotel se aleja de Barcelona

original article link below:

http://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20130607/54374760297/barco-hotel-aleja-barcelona.html

El Ayuntamiento estudia la rescisión del contrato que le vincula a Sunborn por los reiterados incumplimientos | La licencia de obras para adecuar el puerto ha expirado sin que se hayan iniciado los trabajos

La famosa embarcación con habitaciones de lujo para acoger turistas y que debía atracar en el puerto del Fòrum en el 2008 se parece cada día más a un barco fantasma. Su llegada se retrasa continuamente y ahora parece que nunca atracará en Barcelona. Los servicios jurídicos del Ayuntamiento están estudiando la rescisión del contrato con la compañía Sunborn. La licencia de obras concedida para ejecutar los trabajos en el espacio en el que se debía instalar la embarcación ha expirado sin que se haya movido una sola piedra en el puerto.

Esta nueva demora debió colmar la paciencia de los responsables municipales, que ahora estudian romper definitivamente el contrato. El barco se estaba construyendo en unos astilleros de Malasia, pero al parecer la compañía ha decidido enviar la nave a otro puerto y construir otra de dimensiones más pequeñas con el fin de instalarla en Barcelona. Pero, al final, parece que ni lo uno ni lo otro.

El Ayuntamiento gobernado por el PSC aprobó en el 2005 la instalación del barco hotel. Esta polémica iniciativa disgustó a los grupos de la oposición y molestó a los hoteleros de la ciudad. A cambio de instalarse en el Fòrum, Sunborn, ganadora del concurso, abonaría un canon anual de 400.000 euros durante 25 años, el plazo de la concesión. El PP reclamó hace meses al equipo de gobierno que anulase la concesión por incumplimiento de contrato, ya que el barco debía atracar en el 2008. En el caso de que la empresa no cumpliera su compromiso, el Ayuntamiento tenía derecho a ejecutar una cláusula de rescisión del contrato y cobrar una indemnización de 1,6 millones. La propuesta fue desestimada por CiU, ya que coincidía con la elaboración del proyecto del sistema de anclaje de la embarcación y la adecuación del entorno del puerto.

El naufragio del barco hotel acaba con una nueva esperanza de reflotación del puerto del Fòrum. Año tras año, la frustración no cesa de crecer. Inversores y ciudadanos siguen dando la espalda a este en teoría privilegiado equipamiento concebido para convertirse en un referente del lujo del Mediterráneo, al estilo de Cannes o Mónaco. A la hora de la verdad muy pocos han apostado por él. Las aspiraciones iniciales no han hecho otra cosa que rebajarse. Y lo cierto es que estos desencuentros vienen de mucho antes de la crisis.

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Sunborn Gibraltar photos and specifications

Sunborn Gibraltar photos and specifications

All images below of the Sunborn are available on the Gibraltar Government Website information services and are in the public domain, please refer to the link below.

Direct from the Gibraltar development projects planning department – wonder what she looks like inside?  Some answers below:

Red indicates official and exclusive press release from Sunborn:

Is it really the only one in the world?

Sunborn has had yacht hotels in London and Finland, but this is the first self-propelled one of five star status.  Sunborn Gibraltar will, for some time, be the only five star yacht hotel in the world.  However, Sunborn has expansion plans for other iconic cities in the world and more will follow in due course, but not immediately!

This is huge for Gibraltar as this will, for the time being, be the only destination in the world where clients can experience a five star floatel.

Is it accurate that the Sunborn will arrive in Gibraltar in 14 days?

There or thereabouts, maybe slightly earlier, but straight into Gibdock for the commissioning process.

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Pictures of the Gibraltar Sunborn super yacht hotel destined for Ocean Village Marina Bay, in the boatyard Malaysia.  Photos presented by Sunborn company for planning application.

Where is it sailing from?

The shipyard that Sunborn owns in Malaysia.

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 Is it self propelled?

She can be, she does have engines, but is not designed for cruising as the fuel tanks are small etc

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 And can it’s progress be tracked on the shipping satellites?

No, her radar is not on as she is on a yacht transportation vessel to protect Sunborn Gibraltar throughout the long crossing – and to get her here faster.

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 How soon do you think any tantalising interior photos will be ready?

gibraltar-tourism.com are keeping this one under wraps at the moment so you’ll just have to wait and see …..

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 Is any of the interior decor inspired by any famous designers?

Again, for now gibraltar-tourism.com are keeping the secrets of Sunborn safe, but we’ve been given some big hotel design names, all to be revealed in due course.  One clue we can give is that some top designers of luxury hotels and royal palaces have been commissioned.

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 Do you have a celebrity lined up for the christening and if so any clues as to who?

Nothing to reveal at this stage.

Guess’s, suggestions, ideas anyone!  Will Sunborn bring an international celeb to Gibraltar for the opening?  Who would you like to see?

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John Middleton – gibraltartourism@europe.com

Ocean Village historical developments

Ocean Village historical developments

With all the new developments planned at Ocean Village / Marina Bay, it is interesting to read historical debates and articles on the subject.

The Gibraltar Chronicles article below makes for a fascinating read to give some background on past deals and bargains:

Thursday, 26th January 2012

The GSLP/Liberal government is seeking legal advice to see if it can pull back from an agreement signed days before the general election which, it claims, is “scandalous”. It claims Government has lost out on £4m as a result.

In a statement last night No6 said it has investigated the deal that was negotiated and signed by the previous administration with the Ocean Village group nine days before they called the general election. 

 

“When in Opposition and during the general election campaign, calls were made for the then GSD Government to publish the deal. They failed to do so. In the public interest and in keeping with the position that we took during the general election, the new Government has decided to publish the deal in full so that the electorate can judge for themselves whether this represented a good deal for the taxpayer,” said No 6.

The GSLP/Liberal government says it is in no doubt that the deal was rushed through for electoral reasons in order to accommodate the promise made by the previous administration to provide more berths for small boats. 

“It will be recalled that on 19th October 2011 a Government press release announced their intention to construct 221 new moorings for small boat owners parallel to the runway and adjacent to Marina Bay. They said at the time that there had been “protracted negotiations with the developers of Marina Bay who own these waters”. However, no details were made available as to the nature of the negotiations and what the developers had been given in exchange,” said the No6 statement.

It said that this area of water next to the runway was valued at £267,000 in October 2006 and that it was sold to the Ocean Village group before the 2007 general elections. “In a deal signed just before they called the 2011 elections, the Government assumed public ownership of the waters once more. The information available to the new Government indicates that this has cost the taxpayer millions of pounds in premiums and other fees that have been simply waived and brushed aside by the previous administration.”

The deal with the Ocean Village group is summarised by No 6 as follows.

– Gardens of Beauty (site of old Casino in Europa Road): No objection by the Government to the extension of the planning permit to 31st July 2014.

No premium to be charged for such an extension. The extension to the planning permit has not been valued.

– Old Key Transport Site: No objection to planning application. No premium to be charged for new 150 year lease, even though the grant of the lease was valued at £125,000. The entirety of the proposed development was outside the Ocean Village demised areas. The company only had a license over a small part of the site.

– Tourist Information Kiosk Government would not object to the Ocean Village group building a tourist information kiosk in the south-west corner of Majestic Ocean Plaza.

– Car parking requirements: No objection to ratio of 1 parking space for each 180m2 of commercial space, 1:1.2 parking spaces for residential except studio apartments where it is 1:1, 200 parking spaces for visitors for the Marina Bay and Ocean Village areas, for Royal Ocean Plaza ratio to be 1:1. The agreement is silent on the question of additional development rights obtained with the latest planning permits which is valued at between £2.36 million and £2.8 million.

– Presence at the cruise liner terminal and coach park Government permits: Ocean Village to have presence at Cruise Liner Terminal to promote Ocean Village. Signage at Coach Park advertising facilities, amenities located in Ocean Village/Marina Bay. No premium or charge for this presence.

– The Waterside Villas: Government to support Outline Planning Application, no further premium. Government to support vehicular access to villas. This is an additional development area of 1060 m2 valued at £196,000. Vehicular access means that the aim is for cars to drive into Marina Bay in between Tradewinds and the Mexican restaurant and then proceed (in the direction of what is now the sea), up a parallel access road, towards the project.

– Sails: Government will not object to enclosing and change of use of the terraces in the Sails 1 and Sails 2 and in the future of Sails 3. This is the area on top of the restaurants. No premium charged. This would have been £32,500 premium in each case.

– Fourth floor Leisure Island: Change of use from Leisure to office valued at £400,000. Premium will not be charged.

– Lucas Imossi Site: Approved already for residential use. No premium charged. Premium value of redevelopment of the site to residential is £1.1 million. No objection if they apply for a scheme that involves office block or hotel. No premium to be charged either.

– Watergardens area of water: Gradual reduction of berths and at end of the process lease over area of water for 150 years with no premium on the same terms as waters they already hold. This has not been valued given the gradual approach.

– Government tenders: Government will put out tender for 15,000 m2 of office space. Then goes on to stipulate the terms and conditions of the tender. When tender awarded land shall be leased for 150 years at a nominal rent. If a company that is already building or about to build office accommodation is awarded the tender then they would have 72 months from the date of commencement to complete the development.

– Dry stacking and storage facility: A section of land on possible Western Beach reclamation designated to Ocean Village group for dry staking and general storage purposes. Will be provided elsewhere if there is no reclamation. 150 year lease at nominal rent and payment of £10,000 for the lease. With direct access to the sea and the public highway such as to permit articulated lorries.

– Development Aid: No objection and no charge or premium in respect of any Development Aid Application of 40% in respect of World Trade Centre.

Commenting on the matter, Acting Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia said: “This means that the lost income to the taxpayer as a result of the deal is about £4 million. 

This loss came about in order to get back a strip of water that we are told was valued at less than £300,000. The new Government does not have the same interest in this strip of water and is taking advice on the deal that was signed only a matter of days before the previous administration became a caretaker Government. This is absolutely scandalous.” 

The Chronicle approached Ocean Village for a response but no reply has been received before this article going to press.

 

 

Sunborn Gibraltar

Sunborn Gibraltar

7th June 2013 – update official photos and specifications of the new Sunborn headed for Gibraltar – Ocean Village / Marina Bay here directly from Gibraltar planning department.

nerves are fraught over the anticipated arrival of the new Sunborn to Gibraltar, not only from the directors and CEO’s of the company

Gibraltar is expectantly waiting for the arrival of the new Sunborn Floatel, a classy five star floater, real James Bond style material, promising a bright new future for young aspiring Gibraltarians.

But where is she in transit?  Where is she coming from?  Where are the photos?

Boasted as a mass employer and boost to Gibraltar’s economy, we all await the arrival of the Sunborn Yacht Fixed Floating Hotel at Ocean Village/ Marina Bay with bated breath.

Sunborn is due to make her debut in Gibraltar in less than 13 days according to official reports, which by our estimates would make her first appearance on Gib shores on or around 19th June 2013, but we are awaiting confimation from CEO’s of the Sunborn project whether she is on schedule or not.

There have been a few contraditions in the media as to whether or not this Sunborn is the only Sunborn in the world.  Some publications have suggested that there are other Sunborns, however gibraltar-tourism.com have not been able to find satisfactory or substantial, google, yahoo, Bing or Tripadvisor reviews for the Sunborns, as one would expect, even with a modest B&B in Torquay one would expect more than a few reviews from a concept existing since 1998, neither is there an innundation of youtube films, in fact there is little or no mention of the Sunborn except on Gibraltar official PR machine.

Gibraltar Tourism look forward to seeing a new and innovative idea such as the Sunborn, not only to create jobs but also to promote Gibraltar, but there are many, many questions left unanswered, and a great deal of mystery, all very exciting and intriguing:

Where is she coming from?

Which boatyard has been revamping her?

If the ship is brand new then why does she need to dock at Gib naval docks for a lick of paint and some televisions fitting, that sort of thing (quote from Brian Stevendale CEO Sunborn on YGTV interview) who also adds that there is stakeholder from the government of Gibraltar!  Interesting!  The charasmatic Mr Stevendale also goes on to say that Gibraltar is losing out to neighbouring Spain because there are no hotels nearby to offer the same high standards.

 

Most perplexing is that Gibraltar Toursim can’t seem to find any evidence that any other Sunborn exists anywhere else in the world, so will Gibraltar really have something that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world?  If so then that in itself is a selling point.

Whatever the case, the workers at Marina Bay need to get a wriggle on if they are to finish their work in the next 14 days, photos of development coming soon on the new dock for Sunborn.

Can’t wait to see it when it arrives…

 

By John Middleton – gibraltartourism@europe.com

 

 

Top Gear in Gibraltar

Top Gear in Gibraltartop gear

After nearly three years of nagging the BBC show Top Gear to come to Gibraltar efforts seem to have paid off, they finally arrived.

Presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have been spotted on the Rock as they prepare to race an Audi R8 against the McLaren Mp4-12c on the runway of Gibraltar International Airport.

EXCLUSIVE

And word has it that Clarkson has been invited to a challenge at the Gibraltar Golf Box the question remains, has he got the bottle?

But nevermind the toy cars, the really big question on everyone’s lips is when is Dr Who coming to the rock, and will they need extra’s??

Watch this space!

By John Middleton of Gibraltar Tourism

gibraltartourism@europe.com

anti-bullying campaign Gibraltar

anti-bullying campaign Gibraltar

Oxford dictionary definition of a bully:

  • a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.

Celebrities, including Julian Lennon, who recently visited Gibraltar to open the John Lennon  museum, have joined together to raise awareness of bullying.  Please watch the film below which includes a host of celebrities.

To quote Julian Lennon, anyone who joins the march on this should be proud.

Gibraltar Tourism are gathering support from corporations and employers in Gibraltar to implement and support anti-bullying in the work place.

We’ll be publishing a list of corporations in Gibraltar that support anti-bullying.  We will be approaching most of the major employers within Gib and asking how they deal with bullying.

Bullying occurs in many parts of society and not just at school and work, we’ll be exploring other forms of bullying in the weeks to come.

This latest entry on our Gibraltar anti-bullying series has been published by John Middleton of Gibraltar Tourism.

To support please email gibraltartourism@europe.com

Bullying in Gibraltar

Bullying in Gibraltar

Speak Out, For Through Your Silence You Become An Accomplice.

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Every country, city, town and village have the issue of bullying to deal with.  It is a social issue that effects every part of the world, in schools, the work place, in a social environment.  But what seperates the men from the boys is how a country, city, town or village deal with this issue.

DAWN – Dignity at Work Now in Gibraltar are there to help and Gibraltar-Tourism.com fully supports their cause.

Bullying can happen anywhere, not just at school or in the work place.  According to DAWN the process evolves as below:

‘A perpetrator’s use of bullying behaviours often escalates in frequency and intensity over time. Typically, four stages of workplace bullying have been identified.

Stage 1: Bullying generally begins with aggressive behaviours, which are often indirect and subtle in nature, such as not sharing information or returning phone calls.

Covert forms of aggression are significantly more frequent in workplaces than overt forms. Perpetrators may employ these behaviours in order to maximise the harm inflicted on the target, whilst at the same time minimising the danger to themselves, e.g. reducing the risk of being identified as the perpetrator.

Stage 2 and 3: The second stage involves more direct negative behaviours, which can be clearly identified as bullying, such as verbal abuse and rumour spreading. This eventually leads to the third stage, which involves stigmatisation and victimisation of the target, who finds it increasingly difficult to defend him/herself. This may be compounded by the fact that over time the bullying gets increasingly serious and more perpetrators become involved.

Stage 4: By the fourth stage the target is severely traumatised and experiences negative psychological and physical symptoms. This often results in people leaving the organisation, either on the grounds of dismissal, redundancy or voluntarily. By this advanced stage the situation is beyond the target’s control. It is often difficult to remove the perpetrator from the organisation because either he/she is in a senior position, or because it is not easy to prove bullying has happened or collect evidence about it, and there may be legal constraints on dismissals. The entire bullying process is often long and drawn-out; in most cases lasting for more than a year and often more than two years.’

In a Panorama publication on the subject it was identified that:

‘Importantly it was also highlighted that these high incidences of complaints point a finger at middle managers as the bullying defendant.’

Gibraltar is trying to tackle the issue of bullying, which is commendable and classic of a small community ever evolving for the better, but it is a huge issue and so Gibraltar Tourism will be posting more on the subject in the weeks to come, in the hope of gathering support from schools, employers and large corporations to work together to stamp it out and support DAWN in their work

If you are being bullied you can call the DAWN helpline on + 350 57799000

Written by John Middleton of Gibraltar Tourism

gibraltartourism@europe.com