The recently held third edition of the annual Rendezvous of the Yachting Cluster Monaco, focused on the topical subject of security.  The Rendezvous covered a wide range of security issues including cyber security and the dangers to superyachts; drones and privacy and the impact of social media.

The Rendezvous, held at the Yacht Club Monaco under the presidency of HSH The Prince Albert 11, was opened with a presentation by Edouard Mousny, a vice president of the Cluster, on its current activities.

The first security presentation came from Contre-amiral Dominque Riban, Director of AMSN, the Agence Monegasque de Securitie Numerique and Isabelle Castelli, the principal police commander of the Maritime Police and Airport authority. These two gave an overview of the Monaco maritime and port security including the working of the ISPO code.

The topical and increasing issue of cyber security was addressed by a number of speakers including Jose-Patrick Boe from Risk & Co in Monaco; Karim Methia of Monaco Telecom and Christian Tafani, from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.

An update plus a look at the future of the role of satellites in providing communications and contribution to security protection was made by Rob Myers Senior Director, Maritime Market Development at Inmarsat.  He spoke of new initiatives working in association with SSI-Monaco, Inmarsat’s local partner, on new services being offered to superyachts to meet their increasing needs.

A panel discussion entitled 2A connected and protected yacht cyber security in practice for yachting”. The contributiors included Nicolas Mior, Head of Yachting at insuers Ascoma; Marcel Busse, a charter sales and new construction broker for Yachtzoo, Alexandre Bayeux, a confidentiality protection export for VIPS, crew and professionals from Aturys Communication Security and Fabrice Dennieau, a cyber security expert from Thales Communication and Security.

The threat presented by drones to superyachts was addressed by Johannes Pinl, CEO and Founder of the Marss Group. He spoke of the legal issues and how yachts can defend themselves against drones. Complimentary to this was a presentation from Carl Leeming, the Founder and cyber security advisor for Royal Oakfield. As a former hacker, he explained how easy it is to access the systems on superyachts and takeover control of them.

Winding up the Rendezvous, Cluster vice president and leading superyacht designer, Espen Oeino, asked the question whether yacht was still fun. He gave an overview of the industry which highlighted reasons such as rules and regulations; social media, security concerns and privacy intrusions which threaten the fun being removed from owning a yacht.

He highlighted the cluster as a group of yachting and marine industry professionals working to make Monaco a centre of excellence in superyachting. He also said that the Cluster should do all it can to discourage owners giving up their yachts.

Gregory Benassi, responsible for the Cluster’s marketing and communication, told IBI: “The Cluster’s membership has risen to over 60 this year compared with over 50 last year. The annual survey of members shows that the Cluster generates well over €700m in annual revenues from a workforce of over 1,400.”