Marina expansion, refit projects and networking events are part of the agenda across the region
The superyacht sector in the South Pacific region is in full swing. Marinas in the area have reported that an increasing number of visiting vessel and therefore expansion plans are being announced. In addition, several networking event are taking place in the coming days.
Berths at Port Denarau Marina in Fiji are rapidly filling up. Fiji averages around 50 superyacht visits annually and Denarau Marina is in the process of expanding the marina to add eight more superyacht berths to cater to this demand.
Recovery efforts after Cyclone Winston are continuing to gather pace with reconstruction taking place in the affected outer islands.
About 10% of Fiji’s cruising grounds suffered some damage and most of the superyachts arriving in Fiji this season have pledged to assist the recovery effort through the delivery of school supplies, clothing, seeds and other small items.
BSE Maritime Solutions, a leading shipyard group in Queensland, Australia, is planning a major upgrade of its Cairns facility and is also looking to open a facility in Darwin.
The upgrade programme will include the acquisition of an 800-tonne ship lift, additional build and refit sheds and dedicated precincts within the yard for superyachts.
The yard’s current facilities, in addition to the dry dock, include a 1,200-tonne capacity slipway, fully enclosed refit halls, 360m (1,182ft) of quays, and a 250-tonne capacity side-slip ship transport system that can move vessels from the water to hardstand areas.
Australian Rendezvous in Tahiti
Australia’s fourth annual Australian networking event takes place today at Marina Taina in Tahiti. The event has become a key event on the calendar of superyachts cruising the Pacific region and once again it is expected significant numbers will turn out for the information sessions, cooking competition and marina party
This year will see the introduction of the captain’s networking lunch; an opportunity for Australian businesses to update and inform captains and chief engineers of Australia’s capabilities for servicing the global superyacht fleet.
New Zealand charter and refit update
New Zealand continues to enjoy an active season with visiting and resident superyachts involved with refit, charter guest and owner cruising.
Some vessels opted to take advantage of the 24-month entry period (TIE) to extend their stay, which allows foreign flagged yachts to remain in the island country over a two year period.
New charter regulations are proving a valuable incentive for yacht management to combine a charter period, with refit within New Zealand waters.
Shipyards in New Zealand have carried out a number of refit projects. Key works included the transformation of 54m support vessel Advantage, which included the construction and fitting of a submarine garage.
The 140m motoryacht Ocean Victory spent nearly three months in New Zealand assisted by a local agent, who provisioned the yacht for her extensive onward cruise.
Senses, the 59m motoryacht, underwent refit during her time in New Zealand, as did 62m sailing yacht Athos, whose work included a hull repaint, transforming the vessel from her distinctive blue to white.
More recent arrivals include the 75m Ssailing yacht M5 with its 88m mast dominating the Auckland waterfront. M5 is carrying out extensive works, followed by a period of touring New Zealand’s cruising grounds.