Gibraltar’s superyacht industry set to expand


Gibraltar is a key port of call for many yachts in spring time and again in autumn, effectively having two “seasons” per year. It can already offer a range of attractions for visiting crew, owners and guests as well as quality facilities for the yachts and superyachts.

Now the superyacht industry in Gibraltar is hoping to expand, according to World Marine Service (WMS) a yacht agent in Gibraltar. Already known for its low cost bunkering as well as a port in which to stock up on British produce Gibraltar is working hard to become more than just a “fuel stop” for superyachts

Mark Lincoln, operations director of the agency that was only formed in 2012, has reported a trebling of the number of yachts that they work with each season so far. He said, “We have been working together with other members of local private industry, to improve the “Gibraltar product” for the yacht industry. We are very nearly at the point of formalising the “Gibraltar Yachting Advisory Board”, a body which mixes six private sector industry representatives with several members of the public sector.”

Lincoln continued, “Gibraltar offers a safe and secure environment for the crew to get some time away from the yacht. There is also good access to the nightlife and golf courses of the Costa del Sol. The atmosphere and adrenaline of Tarifa and its beaches is sought after. Morocco is just 14km away as well as the incredible backdrop and history of the Rock of Gibraltar.

“There are two marinas, the commercial port with facilities to accept any size yacht, world class fuelling facilities, proximity to Gibraltar international airport and enormous support services.”

Gibraltar is also in a position to offer the services to superyachts seen in more recognised areas such as the French Riviera. Mark also stated, “As far as yacht services go, Gibraltar is in a position to offer The Gibraltar flag, company & yacht registration, insurance services, crew training, a huge technical and support service infrastructure as well as quality marina berths, though we are working on improving the amount.”