RecCom WG 134: Design and Operational Guidelines for Superyacht Facilities (2013)

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Marina infrastructure requirements that are specific to superyacht berthing include slip and basin dimensions, including width and length, turning basins and water depth; dock loads, dimensions and freeboard; mooring hardware; electrical power and water demands; fire protection; access requirements; high speed fueling; sewage and wastewater pumpout; and solid waste and hazardous waste (e.g. oil) removal.

The other components that are important in development of superyacht marina facilities include operations and amenities. Superyacht owners and captains consider several factors in determining locations, both for homeporting and destinations, of their superyacht. These factors include: safety and security; airport access; provisioning of food supplies; shopping, entertainment and activities; crew facilities; parking; concierge services; convenient and cost-effective fuel delivery; and dockside hookup to utilities.

General planning and design principles for small-craft marina facilities that are presented in existing publications are also applicable to superyacht facilities. The intent of the WG 134 report is to supplement these principles with guidelines for requirements in the planning, design and operation of superyacht berthing facilities that are specific and unique to these larger vessels. In addition to planning and design guidelines for infrastructure requirements, the report presents vessel characteristics, observed trends in the industry, and examples of representative parameters for support services associated with the operation of a superyacht facility. The WG 134 report is not intended to be an all-encompassing guideline for development of superyacht berthing facilities in general, nor is it intended to be a design specification or standard.

  • Written by: RecCom Working Group 134
  • Published: June 08, 2013
  • Language: English