Top 10 Security Systems For Superyachts

From piracy to paparazzi – ensuring the security and privacy of guests on board a superyacht is always a priority but, unfortunately, as superyachts become increasingly extravagant they too become a more attractive target. And now, with ever-evolving technology, superyacht owners are turning to ever-more sophisticated security systems. From futuristic motion-sensing floor panels to anti-drone security systems – the vast array of security measures available to the modern yacht owner is impressive.

1. Emergency Escape Pods
Oceanco has developed a new concept known as ‘Life Pods’, which perform like a citadel room, but can be ejected from the yacht in an emergency. These watertight pods are constructed from technologically advanced materials to resist impact. With built-in GPS trackers, temperature and fire barrier controls, and air purification systems, they ensure that a rapid escape can be conducted quickly and safely – whether to avoid onboard trespassers or flee an out-of-control fire.

2. Diver Detectors
Sonar systems are also an increasingly popular security system, allowing crew onboard to detect potential underwater threats up to 900 meters below the surface. The systems can identify, track, and detect divers, submersibles, and other underwater activities. These security tracking systems can even be implemented on a boat’s tenders for an even further range of visibility.

3. Citadel Rooms
Like a panic room on board the yacht, citadel rooms are equipped with independent, overriding access to navigational and satellite communications systems to maintain control of the vessel even when hijacked. Fitted with reinforced doors and ballistic protection on surrounding walls for maximum safety, citadel rooms are designed to keep guests and crew members safe while waiting for response teams to reach the site. They are also equipped with their own ventilation systems and water and food supplies in case of prolonged emergencies.

4. Anti-Drone Systems
With a detection system that identifies commercial drones in operation within an eight-mile radius, this technology can provide GPS positions of both incoming drones and the pilot, as well as an accurate indication of the drone’s heading and speed. In response, the yacht security system engages an electronic ‘exclusion zone’ around the yacht, blocking any unwanted airborne visitors. Should the drone enter the perimeter of the exclusion zone, the controls and video feed are jammed, successfully rendering the pilot’s controls useless and protecting the privacy of guests on board.

5. Smart Floors
Still in development, this innovative security technology uses high-tech revolutionary tracking systems to create a digital pressure video of any hostile movement. These movements can be tracked by recording the movement patterns on the floor, alerting guests as to when an intruder has boarded the yacht.

6. Cloaking System
The GOST cloaking system is designed to protect guests and crew in the short time between alarm activation and the response team’s arrival. When activated, the security system fills the intended area with an impenetrable cloud of smoke to confuse the intruder and force them to retreat while the response team makes its way onboard. The smoke is created using a special glycol solution, reducing visibility to less than one foot.

7. Long-Range Acoustic Device
Another security system for superyachts that protects against unwanted intruders is the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), a non-lethal anti-piracy device that emits pain-inducing sound beams to drive away invaders. By producing a loud, high-pitched noise – higher than the tolerance levels of the average human being – the system disorients the attacker, forcing them to retreat, providing onboard guests and crew members with the opportunity to alert response teams and escape if necessary. These systems can have a range of more than three kilometres and can be adjusted to broadcast messages in multiple languages.

8. Bulletproof Windows
Whilst bulletproof windows may seem extreme, having the right protection is key to ensuring the safety of you, your guests, and your crew. With hot extruded steel or stainless-steel profile, these A6 compound glass windows provide protection against gunfire for up to an hour. They can also be thermally or chemically toughened for maximum protection, laminated, insulated, and even sound-proofed for additional perks alongside the obvious security benefits.

9. CCTV Systems
Before integrating more sophisticated security systems for superyachts, it’s good to get the basics in place. CCTV systems can be installed across the vessel and are designed to be as unobtrusive and covert as possible. They also record all activity inside and outside the yacht, allowing for easy identification should an intruder board the boat. Integrated into the CCTV systems, you can also install alarms activated by motion or cross-line detection software, allowing for easy detection of potential threats.

10. Exterior Lockdown System
With hackers on the rise, having a manual lockdown system is critical to ensure the safety and protection of guests on board, even when systems may be compromised. A fully electronic locking system that allows for vessel-wide lockdown in emergencies can be critical. These yacht security systems can lock and unlock all doors with a single button from any of the control stations in the vessel. So, even if the bridge is hijacked, your guests and crew can maximize safety by limiting access for the intruder.

Whilst emergency situations are rare onboard a superyacht, it is always wise to be prepared. Security systems for superyachts are always evolving and will continue to access a plethora of high-tech software and devices that can help protect them and their guests from potential threats. If you would like further advice on how you can equip your vessel with the best security yacht systems, please contact For further expert advice on securing your vessel contact

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