ptw – Shipyard

Leading refit and repair specialists

Welcome to ptw Shipyard, a modern, full-service shipyard in the ancient port of Tarragona – only an hour from Barcelona. I am Xavier Mercado, the shipyard’s CEO and founder.

Over the last three years, we’ve invested heavily in our staff and facilities here at ptw, to create a centre of excellence for all aspects of superyacht repair and maintenance – a one-stop shop to cover all your superyacht needs from upholstery and joinery to hydraulics and specialist electronics.

As well as attracting many EU-based yachts, preferential tax breaks here in the delineated customs area of Tarragona mean our services are particularly appealing to non-EU vessels. As ptw Shipyard is registered to provide inward processing tax exemptions, substantial savings of up to 21% can be made on the cost of large refits and major maintenance projects.

With a travel lift able to take vessels of up to 300 tonnes, we are able to accommodate yachts up to 45m in length on our extensive hard standing, and also have the capacity to work on larger yachts of up to 120m in the client’s berth.

While some of our competitors rely on hiring in contract workers, here at ptw we have built up our own specialist in-house teams, dedicated to every aspect of yacht repair and maintenance. This includes carpentry and interiors, engineering and mechanics, yacht paint, electrics and systems.

By keeping these services in-house, we know we are able to ensure we provide a better overall service to our customer, provided and managed by us to assure the highest possible quality. We also pride ourselves on building strong relationships with crews and many loyal yachts return to us year after year.

For crews spending time here during refits, the historic Port of Tarragona has plenty to offer. A thriving university city with plenty of nightlife, and blue flag beaches, it’s also within easy reach of Barcelona, taking just over an hour by car or train. ptw Shipyard is also well-placed for air travel with Reus Airport only 15 minutes away and Spain’s second largest international airport, Barcelona El-Prat, reachable in under an hour.

So next time you’re choosing a yard for refit work or repairs, think about calling ptw Shipyard.

Xavier Mercado Rabella

CEO | Founder
Port Tarraco Works SL

Our mission

At ptw Shipyard our unwavering mission is to be leaders in the field of yacht and superyacht refit and repairs through excellent customer service and engagement. We guarantee the very best in quality and transparency through our best-in-class professional teams and sustainability.

Our purpose is to ensure all our customers receive top quality service while we continue achieving solid sustainable growth

Since our inception we have demonstrated our commitment and dedication to customer satisfaction and quality. Every completed project has been a stepping stone to the top of the field.

What we offer

  • Highly qualified professionals with a wide range of skills.
  • Quality and efficiency in all our facilities and services.
  • Adaptability and flexibility providing best solutions for specific needs.
  • Customercentric and open communication.
  • Highly skilled multicultural team providing tailor-made solutions.
  • Dedicated teamwork and owner team synergy            
  • Top quality facilities and expertise.     


The original facilities at Astilleros Tarragona were founded in 1918.  The Tarragona shipyard grew in importance and popularity when the Valencian shipyard, Unión Naval de Levante ceased operating in 1950.  Historically Astilleros de Tarragona has competed with Barcelona shipyard, Vilanova shipyard, Astilleros de Mallorca and other shipyards located in the Balearic Islands for boats, yacht and superyacht refit and repairs in the Mediterranean.

The extensive facilities we offer today at ptw Shipyard  grew from its humble beginnings in 2017 when it simply consisted of a single building, slipway and building space at the historic Astilleros Tarragona.  Since then it has been continuously gaining ground and reputation and has quickly become a major contender in the superyacht and yacht arena.

ptw Shipyard is now a fully renovated and modern facility offering extensive technical services for large vessels

Our team is always happy to answer any questions or queries crews might have in regards to our facilities and the adjacent port area.

Information for Visiting Crews

At ptw Shipyard customer experience is important to us and we know that owner crews are an important element to every yacht so we ensure they receive the same top quality service as the boat. 

Great Location
ptw Shipyard is located in the historic port of Tarragona within walking distance of the city of Tarragona which is steeped in history and has a variety of roman ruins such as the amphitheater and roman circus.  There are also a number of museums and historic buildings and structures to see as well as the Rambla shopping area, great beaches and the newly restored port area with its wonderful bars, cafés and restaurants. 

So much nearby
Just over one hour away and connected by road and regular public transport is the famous city of Barcelona with its wonderful sites such as Sagarda Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batllo and other iconic architecture. Not forgetting, of course, Camp Nou, home ground to Barcelona FC.

Staying Connected
Wifi is available throughout our facilities free of charge. Guest services can assist you with connection details.

Conference and Meeting Room
As every repair and refit requires organisation and communication we provide owner crews access to a private conference and meeting room. This is a secure and quiet office space which can be used for project planning, updates and meetings. 


Our team

Each of our team members represents the best talent within their discipline

Our team

Each of our team members represents the best talent within their discipline
xavier mercado ptw shipyard ceo About

Xavier Mercado


Josep Torrell

Josep Torrell

Operations Director

Marta Tell

Marta Tell

Sales & Marketing

Olga Baena About

Olga Baena

EHS Manager

Jordi Bonet B N About

Jordi Bonet

Project Manager

ptw shipyard Rafa Ortega About

Rafa Ortega

Head of Carpentry & Interiors

Kelly Virgili

Kelly Virgili


Miquel Salazar

Miquel Salazar

Project Manager

Marta González

Marta González

Quoting and PM Assistant

Scott Hampton About

Scott Hampton

Head of Yacht Paint

Claude Garcia

Claude Garcia

Financial Controller

Abel García

Abel García

Project Manager

Serhiy 2 B N About

Serhiy Chernenko

Head of Engineering & Systems

Maurice Etchart About

Maurice Etchart

QA/QC Site Coating Manager

Kate Ford

Kate Ford

Accounts Receivable Payable Clerk

Antoni Costa

Antoni Costa

Purchasing Manager

Carlos Rodríguez

Carlos Rodríguez

Stock Keeper and Runner

Sebastian Parra

Sebastian Parra


Join our team

Would you like to be a part of our growing team and develop your career in the yachting industry? We are always on the hunt for the best people and would be delighted to hear from you. Become a member of the ptw Shipyard family today!

Have one of our specialist contact you

We are always available for your refit and repair needs.  Simply send us your contact details.  We will be happy to discuss your project and timelines and provide you with a personalized plan committed to optimum yard time, streamline processes and have you back on the water on-time and on-budget.           

Yacht Paint

Coatings Specialists: Obtaining the finest results available in the yacht paint industry, here at our shipyard we offer a fully dedicated Yacht Paint in-house department. Our team with over twenty years of experience in the super yacht arena will provide the highest standards reaching your expectations. Superior contractual standards and a constant application and surface controls will certify and warrant each job.

  • Finishing and Refinishing.
  • Superyacht painting.
  • Total or partial refits.
  • Priming, fairing & top coating.
  • Restoration refinishing.
  • Touch up & repair work.
  • Professional scaffolding sheds.
  • Contractual and warranty jobs.