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Adventure, curiosity, and a thirst for something new are key components of any superyacht itinerary. So, when an entirely new possibility opens itself up, it is natural to expect that Captains, owners, and charterers will want to be among the first to discover it. This is being seen in Australia following the passing of new legislation last December to allow the charter of foreign flagged vessels. Superyacht Australia has released new data that shows positive results for superyacht visitation, starting with one particularly high-profile case…
The controversy and damage caused by cruise ships during the Covid-19 pandemic should not impede superyachts from travelling between ports to reach marinas and shipyards, where maintenance work can provide a much-needed stimulus to trades. Craig Martin, Captain of 60m CRN superyacht Ramble on Rose, explains how his yacht has been kept successfully in isolation at Brisbane-based shipyard Rivergate, demonstrating why the care and smaller scale of superyachts should allow for more industry specific travel restrictions than those imposed on very large passenger vessels.
Speak to anyone in the Australian superyacht industry about Steve Fisher and they will first tell you about the gentleman with a distinctively wry sense of humour. Second, they will likely speak of a man whose achievements throughout a long career in the Australian yachting segment are unquestionable. This is a man who for years has had a vision of the industry far ahead of the rest, and only now is it being properly realised.
During a weekend of Australia Day celebrations David Good, CEO of Superyacht Australia, met with Superyachts.com to discuss a watershed moment that carries the potential to double the size of the Australian superyacht industry. The passing of a new Special Recreational Vessels Bill has opened the country up to the charter of foreign flagged vessels, marking the end of a long struggle to break free from shackles which had impeded the industry from reaching its full potential. The impact of this cannot be overstated, and a renewed air of optimism is sweeping across all corners of the industry here in Australia.