As more countries close their borders to planes, car or train during the Covid-19 outbreak, there appears to be a case-by-case basis for those travelling and living on the ocean.
Furthermore, a number of International Marina's still *remain open for SuperYacht berths. Whilst operating with reduced staff, the marina's are proactively providing a safe and secure environment for berth holders and visitors.
Read on to see how some Marina's are reacting to the outbreak.
*Based on latest information gathered on 21st March 2020
Dubai Marina Yacht Club
Commercial operations suspended until the end of March. Private yacht owners can still access their berths and their sailing permits are still valid, as of 20th March 2020. Please visit www.dubaimarinayachtclub.com for more information.
Located in the Bay of Kotor, yachts up to 250 metres can berth at Porto Montenegro. It has been confirmed by staff that "all our marina services are still on disposal to our clients". The marina has implemented a "virtual marina reception" for visitor communication.
Camper & Nicholsons Grand Harbour Marina, Malta
The marina remains open for yachts up to 100 metres, but the yachts cannot leave during lockdown. A WhatsApp group is avilable for crews and marina staff to communicate while social distancing.
Puerto Banús, Marbella
The port and jetties are officially suspended, including the movement of vessels. This suspension is currently in place for 15 days, from March 14 2020 and may be renewed.
Port St Tropez
The port and jetties are currently suspended until further notice. Movement of vessels within the Port is forbidden. For communication, an call system is available in case of emergencies.
Port Hercule, Monaco
The port has suspended all cruise ships from entry, but now requires yachts over 24 metres to fill out a mandatory Declaration of Health. Visit www.gouv.mc for more information.
Miami Beach Marina, Florida
It appears the marina will remain open, with reduced hours of operation and extra cleaning procedures in place.
Newport Marina, Rhode Island
The marina is currently closed to visitors. The re-opening is scheduled for May 6 2020, but the closure may be extended.
One Island Park, Florida
Designed exclusively for superyachts, One Island Park is able to accommodate luxury yachts measuring up to 244 metres. The marina remains open for now, with reduced hours and extra security / safety checks.
Christophe Harbour, St Kitts and Nevis
New measures have been introduced at the open marina, despite the fact that St Kitts and Nevis have no confirmed cases to date. The marina is also in a relatively remote location on the island.
However, vessels are required to file a Declaration of Health 24 hours ahead of arrival, for safety and security checks. Additionaly, no roaming is allowed on shore until a Health Officer has cleared the yacht.