Rivergate Marina & Shipyard as seen on the company's Facebook page

Rivergate Marina & Shipyard as seen on the company’s Facebook page

Rivergate Marina & Shipyard is Brisbane, Australia, is reviewing options on how to cater for larger vessels, Superyacht Business’ sister title IBI reports.

The company is said to be Australia’s leading superyacht refit yard and one of the most active companies of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. To maintain this position, Rivergate is looking at options that would allow it to handle bigger superyachts and increase its capacity at the same time.

Rivergate has the capacity to handle yachts up to 80m (262ft) and has been named the 2016 Superyacht Provider of the Year at the Australian Marine Industry Awards.

Andrew Cannon, Rivergate manager, has revealed that at the end of 2015 the company was working at full capacity with eight refits in progress. The company had yachts at a number of locations around Brisbane to cope with the volume of work.

Cannon has also said that the company is styding a couple of options to cope with larger yachts. “There is a short-term option of linking up two ‘T’ head berths, which would allow us to handle superyachts up to 92m (302ft). A longer-term and more costly possibility is to make use of a storm drain on the edge of our site. This could either provide us with a wet berth up to about 100m (328ft) or it might be developed into a dry dock of 100m or 120m (390ft). The latter would require finding a way to ensure the ongoing flow of the drain,” he told.

If planning consent is gained, the storm drain options would take around two years to build and could involve an investment of up to A$30m, Cannon suggested. In addition, the company is also looking at the viability of buying a larger 450-tonne travel lift.

Superyacht cluster
Rivergate Marina has 105 berths for vessels up to 80m. In addition, some 60 contractors operates on site providing a wide range of services to Rivergate for its refit and other projects.

The company’s existing facility includes a 12,000sq m hardstand on which superyachts up to 45m (148ft) or more can be worked on; travel lifts of 50, 75 and 300 tonnes, a 55m (181ft)-long refit/new-build hall with a 20m (66ft) height, and an 85m (279ft) maintenance shed. It can also make use of a 600-tonne travel lift at the nearby Brisbane Marine Industry Precinct and a 254m dry dock for which there is limited access.

Rivergate is also working with a number of other companies in Brisbane. This includes BSE (Brisbane Slipways), whose facility includes a 2,500-tonne capacity slipway. A number of Rivergate projects have been worked on at BSE and on some projects the workload is shared.

Boatbuilding activity
In addition, Rivergate has entered the new-build market with the construction of a 24m (79ft) patrol vessel for the Queensland Police Border Force.

The company is also providing room within its site to include a new facility for local boatbuilder Norman Wright. The company produces a range of commercial vessels, including local river taxis and tourist craft. Its facility within the Rivergate complex will include a 60m build hall.