Karpaz Gate Marina has announced the appointment of a new harbour master to join its award-winning team on the Karpaz peninsula in North Cyprus.
Bahadir Gökçetekin, a qualified naval architect and marine engineer with extensive experience in boatyard work, technical repair and refit servicing, took up his role at the 2017 TYHA International Marina of the Year at the end of April.
The 44-year-old takes over from previous harbour master Deniz Akaltan, who had been in position since Karpaz Gate Marina first opened for business in 2011.
Fluent in both Turkish and English, Gökçetekin arrives after spending a number of years managing complete vessel renewal projects in Turkey for a range of boats and yachts. He also has a strong background in the superyacht industry following his time as project manager for a yacht management and consulting company in Istanbul.
Drawing on this experience in his new role, Gökçetekin will be tasked with using his shipyard management skills to establish the Karpaz Gate Marina Boatyard as one of the leading facilities in the East Mediterranean.
Commenting on his appointment, Gökçetekin said, “I am really looking forward to joining such a successful marina team, meeting all of our berth holders and welcoming new friends in the coming months.
“With my background in engineering, I am particularly excited to get involved with managing the boatyard with its great facilities and travel lift, so I can help to ensure boat owners are getting a very reliable and comprehensive service, with access to all the technical capabilities they require.
“I greatly admire the way in which Karpaz Gate Marina has opened up this beautiful area of the East Mediterranean to sailors and has so quickly become such a popular and unique homeport and destination. I feel very proud to start contributing to the continued growth and enhancement of Karpaz Gate Marina’s status as one of the Mediterranean’s premium marinas.”
Liza Singer, owner’s representative for Karpaz Gate Marina, commented, “We welcome Bahadir to our family and we are excited for him to join our commitment to Karpaz and North Cyprus. One of our main focus areas over the coming years is to continue the development of our boatyard as one of the region’s best technical centres.
“With this in mind, our new harbour master has been carefully selected for his technical and engineering expertise and project-management skills. I am confident that he shares our values of providing a welcoming home and community for our clients and that he can help the team maintain our current high standards.”
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