Italy confirms its status as world leader in the superyacht sector also in 2021. This is what emerges from the Global Order Book 2021 (GOB), the annual report by Boat International magazine on the trend of the luxury ship market.

The Italian industry seems to be the best in terms of number of superyacht over 24 meters orders recorded by the GOB from 2009 onwards. With 407 yachts under construction out of a total of 821 globally, the Italian share represents almost half of world orders (49.6%), with a growth of 0.3% compared to 2020.

Giovanna e Paolo Vitelli, Azimut Benetti Group

In the first seventeen positions of the Global Order Book 2021 there are seven Italian brands. The Italian company Azimut Benetti, Paolo and Giovanna Vitelli’s group, confirms itself as the first producer in the world, thanks to the 100 superyachts under construction or being ordered. In fact, Azimut Benetti holds 12% of the market relating to the yacht over 24 meters sector compared to the 821 projects analyzed.

As it is written in the third edition of “Monitor” – – statistical report produced by the Confindustria Nautica Research Office with the collaboration of the Edison Foundation and Assilea and the patronage of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport -, which incorporates the GOB data in the ranking of countries, Turkey and the Netherlands took the second and third place with 76 and 74 orders respectively.

Cover of Monitor, third edition

According to the data analysis prepared by the Confindustria Nautica Office, the Italian nautical industry closes 2020 with a turnover similar to that of the previous year, around 4.8 billion euros. Nautical leasing returned to growth in 2020, reaching a total contract value of € 593.7 million, 15.9% more than in 2019.

As for the current nautical year, there seems to be more confidence on the part of Italian companies than last year. In fact, in the pleasure craft sector, more than two out of three member companies indicate growth compared to the previous nautical year, with only 7% of the sample indicating a possible contraction. For the accessories / engines segment, 41% of respondents report growth and 49% stability.

In the field of nautical tourism, which in 2020 saw a reduction in turnover due to the limitations imposed by Covid related measures on international travel, there is a more positive distribution: 44% growth and 50% stability for the marina and services, 50% growth and 26% stability for the charter sector.

In short, despite the fact that our country is still dealing with the pandemic of Covid-19, the Italian luxury ship sector continues to confirm its importance on a global level and thus bodes well for Italian competitiveness on the international market.