With a growing number of yacht owners keen to venture into unchartered territory, BWA Yachting has launched Berkeley Rand to design and engineer off-grid expeditions.
Berkeley Rand’s Expedition Control Centre in London’s Mayfair assists yacht owners who want to explore unchartered territory across the globe. From remote Polar Regions to desert island archipelagos, Berkeley Rand designs and engineers off-grid expeditions to cross ‘the rand’, which is a word used to describe the brink of the maritime unknown.
It is all possible thanks to innovative technology normally reserved for aerospace and space exploration, along with immersive technology and artificial intelligence. “There is a thirst for adventure and experiences at sea”, says Berkeley Rand’s managing director Andrew Grant Super. “We bring together the logistics, technology, and creation that is needed to execute off-grid navigational journeys.”
Berkeley Rand, 350 off-grid destinations
Berkeley Rand was launched after BWA Yachting received a growing number of requests for off-grid and remote experiences. Paschalis Patsiokas, BWA Yachting CEO says: ‘While we were able to offer services for more than 8,000 port calls a year, we don’t cover some far-flung territories like Patagonia, French Polynesia or the Solomon Islands for example. With Berkeley Rand, we now offer off-grid expertise at 350 remote destinations. Berkeley Rand is a dynamic hybrid of experiential engineers and off-grid logistical expertise and it enables us to engage early in the discussions when a Captain or charter broker sets out to plan an off-grid voyage. We can take the interests of the guests into consideration and create an experience for everybody on board.”
As a worldwide yachting services provider, BWA Yachting helps captains, crew, and managers with the increasing demands of managing a modern superyacht. Their global offices stretch throughout the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and the Americas. The range of marine and hospitality services offered extends from fully integrated global packages, the handling of a single port call, to last-minute specialist concierge requests. Advance itinerary planning and implementation of every aspect of a yacht’s trip is also an option.
“We were born from the DNA of BWA Yachting and have their ‘magnetic north’ running through us,” says Andrew Grant Super. “We share their mantra in that we want clients to trust that we will take care of all aspects of their voyage and ensure that the experience is bigger and better than they ever imagined it would be.”
(BWA Yachting launches Berkeley Rand – Barchemagazine.com – July 2020)