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EquipmEnt and facilitiEs at supEryacht marinas

Written by Simon Osborne

Over the past few years there has been an increased demand for superyacht berths in marinas all over the world. With millionaires, royalty, VIPs and other UHNWIs on board, ensuring berths are of the highest possible standard with the best equipment and facilities is very important when searching for a marina.

So if you’re on a superyacht looking at what dockside services and equipment you will need, or someone looking for more information on how superyacht berths and marinas should be constructed, then read on.

In a report last year, PIANC (a professional organisation offering access to worldwide trends and challenges in port development and management) issued design and operational guidelines for superyacht facilities (WG 134 report), addressing the speci c requirements for berthing superyachts. The report explained necessary utilities, hardware, onshore facilities, staf ng and management requirements for marinas hosting superyachts.

The WG134 report shows the key requirements at a superyacht berth as:

• Service and management

• Good road and air connections

• Personal security

• Protection from surge/winds in the berth

• Reliable shore-based power supply

• Convenient access to shops, restaurants and entertainment

• Ease of port clearance – customs and immigration

• Availability of chandlery and provisioning supplies

• Dockside drinking water and communications

• Aesthetics/natural beauty or social fame of the surrounding region

The slips

The slips at marinas can vary – with a common choice between single- or double-berth set ups.


Single-berth slips can be advantageous as they provide dock access on both sides of the vessel, which leads to easier maintenance, easier access on and off the yacht, as well as more privacy by having a gap between each vessel.


The main advantage of this berth is that marinas can accommodate more yachts in the watered area, as it eliminates the pontoon between each yacht. Double-berths also allow greater exibility for marinas, letting wider yachts be moored next to narrower yachts to ensure all yachts t in well. If the marinas aren’t busy, double-berths allow superyacht tenders and other possible water toys to be berthed next to their superyachts as opposed to a location further away.

Dockside facilities


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