The Gibraltar Maritime Administration (GMA) has published a new guide to yachting facilities and services in the territory called ‘Destination Gibraltar 2017-18’. The new guide is part of Gibraltar’s strategy to attract more superyachts and to try and encourage them to stay longer.

‘Destination Gibraltar 2017-18’ has been produced by the UK company, Compass Publications Ltd, under a contract from the GMA. The 64-page A4 booklet provides a comprehensive overview of the territory’s important yachting sector and it also features information about many of the companies active in the sector.

In 2016 Gibraltar launched a new superyacht strategy which not only aimed to attract more superyachts to use its quality facilities, it also aimed to encourage visiting superyachts to stay longer than just enough time than to take on the duty-free fuel – previously the main reason for large yachts to call.

At a reception held during the Monaco Yacht Show the Minister for Tourism, Public Transport, Commercial Affairs and the Port, Neil Costa, spoke of the success of the strategy with an 8% rise in superyacht visits. Also at least 40% of superyachts visiting are staying at least one night.

The minister highlighted the enhanced facilities such as the 600m+ (1,970ft) of deepwater berthing available of the quay wall that surrounds the 700-berth small boat marina that was opened last years.

The minister also told IBI that the £1.1bn Blue Water development which is planned for the east side of the rock “is still a live project. There have been some issues which have delayed the project but it will move ahead.”

The concession to develop the Blue Water project was awarded in 2015 to a UK-Gibraltar company Camoren Developments. Under the original plan it was announced that a 70-berth all-superyacht marina for yachts up to 150m(493ft) or more would commence operation in 2018. There has been no information released that gives more details of when this project will now move forward.