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With the announcement that the 2032 Olympic Games have been awarded to Brisbane, Australia’s “River City” will be preparing for an influx of superyachts. The capital of Queensland is already establishing itself as a major superyacht hub for the Asia Pacific region, and the Olympics becomes the latest reason for yachts to try something new Down Under.
Captain Travis Heyen, at the helm of 70-metre Feadship superyacht M/Y Samaya, shares highlights from his career as an international superyacht skipper, as well as of his favourite aspects of his hometown, Brisbane.
The 2021 Australian Superyacht, Marine Export and Commercial Industry (ASMEX) Conference was held this week at Sanctuary Cove, with a diverse and dynamic cross section of speakers and session topics on the Australian marine industry. Key figures of the superyacht industry were in attendance, and the conference highlighted the industry’s strength and resilience over the last year, with promising signs for future growth.
In October 2020, Rivergate Marina and Shipyard announced its plans to construct a new $200m Superyacht Hub. The Brisbane-based shipyard is one of the most important superyacht facilities in the southern hemisphere, and will significantly enhance its refit and maintenance capabilities with the expansion. Tom Hill, Director of Rivergate, spoke to Superyachts.com about why he feels the development has come at the perfect time…
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 charter for 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.