The dedicated temporary superyacht berthing facility organised by Brazil Yacht Services (BYS) at the cruising terminal in the port of Rio de Janeiro was recently used by two motoryachts of 92m (302ft) and 52m (171ft). Others that were due to come for the Rio Olympics may have been put off by security issues.

Adam Tarleton, BYS director for global business development, told IBI: “A 78m (256ft) motoryacht cancelled with I presume security fears and a 110m (361.2ft) superyacht decided not to come in April after an assessment by the owner’s team. A 40m (131ft) sailing superyacht showed great interest, but security restrictions on anchoring and day sailing changed their mind.”

Tarleton indicated that the visit periods of the yachts ranged from to 50 to 90 days and they made full use of the BYS concierge services provided during their Olympics stay. IBI understands that the visits to Rio were part of longer cruise programmes around South America.

In terms of this being a catalyst for other yachts to come in the future, Tarleton says he has his doubts. “The authorities here don’t care and have close to zero interest. Whether the private sector steps up remains to be seen.

“Until such time as Brazil relaxes its charter restrictions on foreign-flagged vessels, the flow of large yachts to this area will be small,” he adds.