By David Robinson
With a record 52 superyachts having visited Port Denarau Marina on the Fijian island of Nadi, there are now plans for additional berths to meet demand. This is a 30% increase on the previous two years when 40 superyachts visited.
Marina manager Nigel Skeggs, speaking to the Fiji Sun newspaper, said: “At this point in time we have recorded 52 superyachts and we expect the number to increase before the year ends. Last year we recorded 40 and in 2012 40 also and 36 in 2011.”
Skeggs, who visited the Monaco Yacht Show, holds the view that the word is now getting around about the attractions of the region and that is drawing in more superyachts. Also recently Australia and New Zealand has joined forces to promote their countries and this in turn is seen as aiding more yachts coming to Asia Pacific.
He also pointed out that the superyacht visits were very beneficial to the Fijian economy. Each superyacht has an average spend of $280,000 during their stay at the port, so there are extensive benefits to the Fijian economy,” Skeggs commented. Only 18 superyachts can be accommodated at one time.”
Because of this, growth plans are being made to increase the number of berths with another six lay berth moorings. “We are looking,” Skeggs said, “at improving berthing areas as there is a great need. At the same time it is quite costly and we have to see work with the designing as well.”