The Mediterranean is 2023’s superyacht destination

As summer settles in the Northern Hemisphere, superyachts from all corners of the world make a beeline for the Mediterranean Sea. Only this year, the coastal marinas and anchorages have been especially crowded, with a record number of superyachts descending on the famed maritime Mecca.

During the month of July, there were 1,570 yachts above 24 metres cruising through the area, the highest volume of traffic seen in the past five years. The catalyst appears to have been the global reopening following 2020’s initial pandemic shutdown when the number of superyachts visiting the Mediterranean bottomed out at 1,179.

After restrictions began easing in 2021, the number of superyachts returning to the Mediterranean in July surged to 1,426 – well above what it was in 2019 – and has enjoyed a steady incline since. This year especially, the Mediterranean has only continued to grow in its popularity as the quintessential summer yachting destination.

Travel routes across the region frequently include European staples such as France, Italy and Greece. This past month, the most popular areas accessed by yacht consisted of Saint Tropez, Monaco, Capri, Sardinia and Corfu, often as part of an extended summer cruise.

With a substantial rise in the number of superyachts navigating the Mediterranean’s coastal waters, security vulnerabilities also escalate. The concentrated presence of high-value vessels becomes an attractive target for various security threats, including piracy, theft, and cyberattacks. These risks pose not only financial losses to yacht owners but also potential harm to passengers and crew members.

Law enforcement agencies, private security firms, and maritime authorities must collaborate to enhance security measures across the region. This involves implementing robust surveillance systems, coordinating patrolling efforts, and establishing communication protocols to respond swiftly to any security incidents. Additionally, cybersecurity measures should be bolstered to safeguard against potential digital threats targeting yacht systems and onboard technology.

In parallel, port facilities and marinas should also ensure adequate security infrastructure to manage the influx of superyachts. Rigorous access controls, comprehensive background checks for personnel, and strict monitoring of visitors can contribute to maintaining a secure environment. Regular security drills and training for crew members can also prepare them to respond effectively to emergency situations.

Environmental security is another dimension that warrants attention. The increased traffic density could lead to accidents like oil spills or collisions that could harm marine life and ecosystems. Implementing stringent safety regulations and protocols for vessel navigation can mitigate these risks and ensure the protection of the Mediterranean’s fragile environment.

Sustainability should also be a core consideration in addressing security concerns. Responsible yachting practices, such as reducing emissions, adopting waste management strategies, and adhering to eco-friendly navigation guidelines, play a crucial role in maintaining the long-term viability of the Mediterranean as a yachting destination.

While the Mediterranean’s popularity as a superyacht destination is well-deserved, it is critical to address the security challenges that come with the increased traffic. Collaborative efforts involving various stakeholders are paramount to ensuring the safety of vessels, passengers, crew, and the marine environment. By implementing comprehensive security measures and promoting responsible yachting practices, the Mediterranean can continue to grow in popularity as the quintessential summer yachting destination.

Priavo Security is a risk management company, with vast experience working with superyachts and their clientele, understanding the exclusive environment, their bespoke requirements and tailoring our security services to suit them. If you would like impartial, expert advice, contact one of our team at and schedule a consultation with one of our experts. 



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