By David Robinson
New Zealand agent Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS) NZ has expanded its services to give clients direct access to all refit partners. After several years in New Zealand’s superyacht industry, the Asia Pacific Superyachts team has an in-depth understanding of what New Zealand’s refit providers are capable of and is using that personal knowledge to guide yachts to the right providers for their project.
The shore-side support company has pulled together a selection of New Zealand’s best refit service providers to deliver a centralised service. With New Zealand’s top refit yards Titan Marine Engineering, Oceania Marine and Babcock (NZ) Ltd, and specialist large yacht refit project managers MML onboard, the new refit collective is able to provide the best that New Zealand’s refit services have to offer.
The expansion comes as APS New Zealand, led by Jeanette Tobin and Duthie Lidgard, saw an increasing need for quality refit services for yachts cruising the Pacific. With yachts already turning to New Zealand for refit, maintenance and survey work, the agency was determined to provide an unbiased selection of providers.
Having vetted the partners they work with, APS New Zealand is able to offer yachts proven refit services. Those services include access to a dry dock of 181m (594ft), a 1,500 GRT slipway in the heart of central Auckland, a 100-tonne travel lift, and repair berths to 190m (624ft). Contractors with a proven track record, including work on Arctic P, Mayan Queen, A and a host of other yachts, are ready to work to complete refits or five or 10-year surveys. Those contractors work to ABS, LR, Bureau Veritas and MCA codes and classifications.
“After 12 years of business we know who are the most reliable and cost-effective contractors in the country. With a strong track record in agency work and the sourcing of parts, moving in the direction of refit was a natural progression for the team,” says Duthie Lidgard of APS New Zealand.
APS New Zealand doesn’t charge for this service and is happy to introduce the yacht to its vetted yards and project managers and oversee the works, or simply make the introduction.
Recent projects by Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand’s partners include a seven-year, multi-faceted refit of Arctic P, an extensive refit of a Damen Sea Axe, and a full refit of heritage Feadship Alchemy.
Main image: Big Fish at Titan Marine Engineering