Oceanco shares some of the options available for onboard technology. Security systems deployed onboard depend on the owner’s profile and the locations the yacht is traveling to.
To protect themselves from an unwanted visitor boarding their yacht, some owners like the reassurance of a secure location to go to. Known as ‘citadels’, they are kitted out with independent, overriding access to the yacht’s navigational and satellite communications systems, so even when you don’t have access to the bridge, you can maintain full control. The rooms themselves are outfitted with reinforced doors and have ballistic protection on the surrounding walls. Inside, they are equipped with their own ventilation systems as well as water and food supplies.
The emergency escape ‘Life-Pods’ – the next generation of citadels – provide a rapid getaway. The watertight pods are constructed from high-tech materials to resist impact and feature built-in GPS trackers, temperature and fire barrier controls, and air purification systems.
Drones can be used to neutralize the occasional threats to privacy and security on yachts. One such defense system identifies any commercial drones in operation within a 20 kilometer radius, providing GPS positions of both the drone and the pilot as well as an indication of said drone’s heading and speed. Once the drone threat has been confirmed, the system engages a 500-meter-plus electronic ‘exclusion zone’ around the yacht that blocks any unwanted airborne visitors.
Some superyachts are equipped with sonar systems that detect, track and identify divers or underwater vehicles approaching from any direction. Sonardyne’s Sentinel Intruder Detection Sonar is the world’s most widely deployed system of its kind, used by naval vessels, commercial harbors and luxury yachts alike. With a functional range of up to 900 meters for diver detection, it is environmentally friendly and won’t affect the local sea life.
The A60 windows are made from hot extruded steel or stainless steel profiles to ensure protection against a fire for up to an hour. They are available in a range of thicknesses while maintaining low optical distortion and good light transmittance. They can be thermally or chemically toughened, laminated, thermally isolated, and manufactured to be soundproof or bulletproof.
Oceanco works with a select range of top-tier cybersecurity professionals to ensure that its yachts are built with the kind of network protections that will keep its owners and crew safe.
With increasing autonomy and range on Oceanco’s vessels, many travel to remote waters where local medical backup might be in shorter supply. Thus, superyachts can be fitted with fully functioning hospitals, manned by dedicated medical staff. With the right diagnostic kit placed onboard, the crew can link up to a remote medical support line such as MedAire from International SOS, allowing a team of doctors to see the patient’s condition in real-time.