Integrated Marine Group (IMG), the New Zealand based refit specialist, has added Emma Bates to its yacht support team.

Prior to her appointment at IMG, Bates spent many years working in the yachting, airline and hospitality industries, leaving her well-equipped for the fast-paced, varied world of yacht support.

Bates comments, “I am very excited to have joined the team at IMG and am looking forward to working with the company’s yacht clients to ensure their time in New Zealand is an easy and memorable one.”

Bates’yachting experience includes a long stint on board 56m Perini Navi ketch Fidelis, with several Atlantic crossings under her belt. As a former crewmember her understanding of the standards and requirements of superyachts will ensure that all yachts working with IMG receive the high level of service they have now come to expect from the accomplished team.

Mark Wightman, operations manager at IMG comments, “We are delighted to welcome Emma to IMG. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the role and we know she will take our yacht support division to new heights.”

Auckland-based IMG is dedicated to covering both the operational and maintenance needs of yachts. Bates joins a team which provides shoreside support to yachts that stretches from operational requirements and highly-specialised repair needs, to crew liaison and appointment.