The part played by superyachts in Gibraltar, both now and in the future, has been the subject of a one day conference during the Gibraltar Maritime Week. With two major new marina projects recently announced for the Rock, the conference was timely in promoting the territory’s involvement with superyachts.

The event attracted around 100 delegates both locally and internationally, a broad reach which was reflected the subjects presented by the speakers.

Three presenters focused on the new projects promoting Gibraltar as a superyacht destination, one of which was provided by Bob Sanguinetti, the CEO and captain of the port. The new 10 berth superyacht project at Ocean Village marina was covered by Peter Brugess, and the new Bluewater Development on the east side of the Rock was addressed by Michael Crisell, managing director of Camoren Holdings, the company that won the bid. The Bluewater project includes a 70-berth superyacht-only marina which is set to be ready in 2018 and aims to make Gibraltar a home port destination for superyachts.

Other speakers included Catherine Meotti of KPMG Ltd, Isle of Man talking about VAT issues and Mark Feltham of Willis discussing superyacht insurance. Richie Blake, deputy director of the Cayman Islands register spoke about superyacht certification and maritime policy. Captain Dion Danino, chief officer and relief captain of the Palladium, spoke of the needs of superyachts and how Gibraltar caters for them.

Finally Philip Pereira, associate publisher for Superyacht Business, the official magazine of the event, gave a presentation on ‘Communication and the Superyacht Industry’.