Port authority told Superyacht Business that nineteen yachts were either alongside one of the berths at the new Mid Harbours Marina, the commercial harbour, a private marina or in the anchorage over the last weekend.

The Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) has reported a record number of superyachts calling to moor in the country over the last weekend.

CEO and captain of the Port Bob Sanguinetti told Superyacht Business that a total of 19 vessels moored at public and private marinas from Saturday morning to Monday afternoon. “Nineteen yachts were either alongside one of the berths at the new Mid Harbours Marina, the commercial harbour, a private marina or in the anchorage,” he said.

Official statistics show that in 2014 a total of 299 yachts called at the port of Gibraltar. This number rose 60% in 2015 to 479 vessels. In the period between January to November the port has registered 542 yachts, up 24% compared to the previous period.

Commenting on the reason behind the influx of superyachts to Gibraltar, Sanguinetti explains: “The new berths at Mid Harbours, improved infrastructure, competitively priced fuel, and a concerted marketing effort in this sector are clearly placing Gibraltar firmly on the superyacht map.”

“We’re delighted with the Port of Gibraltar gaining a higher profile across the superyacht community,” says Minister for Maritime Affairs Gilbert Licudi QC.

“With crew changes, re-provisioning, bunkering and the wide range of attractions available to these discerning visitors, it is good to see so many of these impressive looking vessels making use of the facilities on offer,” he concludes.

The recent addition of over 500m of deep water berths at Mid Harbours has been instrumental in allowing the GPA to attract more superyachts.