Remote controlled mega-yachts, Bureau Veritas launches new App

Milan - Track repairs and maintenance via smartphones. Control vessel position and operational readiness.

di Matteo Dell’Antico

Milan - Everything at your fingertips, or rather, smartphone. Want to avoid disappointment on your first cruise of the season, or wish to make sure, by remote control, at any time, that everything is in order on board one’s private yacht? Help is at hand with “My VeriStar”, a new App (Android and iPhone) that the firm Bureau Veritas is releasing for mega-yacht owners and charterers. An up to date status of the health of the yacht’s equipment, chores to be performed and status of maintenance, as well as the boat’s location and its position in real time, are some of the many advantages the new App offers. A small tech revolution in the world of luxury yachting that will allow the owner to monitor at all times, 24/7, the efficiency of the equipment before tackling navigation or simply during the winter months, when a yacht is often moored for protracted periods. “Bureau Veritas,” says Vittorio Damonte, director of the Marine Division, “is focusing its efforts on the development of easy-to-use tools that ensure strict adherence to regulatory compliance, and consequently safety of navigation, thanks to their user-friendly interface.” The program also offers previews of new norms applicable to domestic and international markets, access to latest boat statistics, and easy access to ship registry offices and staff. This technological solution, which will soon be made available to the luxury leisure boating sector, confirms Bureau Veritas’ clear strategy in the field of innovation, and is, for now, unique in the world. The same range of functions will also be offered, in parallel, to shipping companies for monitoring all types of merchant ship. At present, the world fleet of yachts over 30 metres in length numbers 5,362 units, 49 more than last year and around 3,000 more than in 1997. In 2020, according to forecasts, the number of luxury yachts worldwide will be close to 6,000. The Mediterranean is the preferred area for yacht owners: in winter it has 56% of the global fleet of yachts, while during the summer months that rises to 70%.