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SUPERYACHT FACILITIES GCCM is benefiting from an upsurge in boat sales and increased custom for refit and refinish projects. increase in enquiries from international vessels looking to capitalise on the current Australian dollar exchange rate and the quality of Australian workmanship and infrastructure offered here in Queensland, not to mention our relatively low COVID case numbers.” “One of our most recent arrivals at GCCM is 43m [141ft] superyacht M/Y ‘Playpen’, which has been shipped from the Mediterranean – by Aurora – to GCCM. This vessel is valued in the vicinity of million and will be undertaking significant refit work over the next two years while it is stationed in the region.” “Our team has also recently completed the largest on-water refit and refinish projects ever to be completed in Australia on two high profile international yachts in the midst of the lockdown.” Rivergate Marina & Shipyard’s director of international business, Steve Fisher, reiterates the same trend and adds: “Legislative change in December 2019 allowing international vessels to charter in Australian waters has been a game changer for our marine industry and then with COVID following hot on the heels of that, we are seeing lots more superyachts headed here.” “The world’s superyacht fleet is Rivergate is attracting ever larger yachts, partly due to the fact that Queensland is a relatively COVID-safe state. loving the fact that Queensland is open for business with more superyachts bringing maintenance programmes forward to take advantage of Queensland being a relatively COVIDsafe state, along with the world-class workmanship that our marine trades offer,” he notes. “The Queensland Government has also successfully worked alongside the marine industry to develop a stringent but highly workable COVID-safe protocol so these vessels are easily able to make safe passage here, which has been very important to the appeal of Queensland to captains and crew.” A proposed plan for a new 0 million maintenance and refit hub at Rivergate is thus perfectly timed, enabling the yard to service large luxury yachts over 50m (164ft) in length. The expansion will include a syncrolift capable of lifting superyachts of up to 3,000 tonnes for vital inspections, maintenance, repairs and refits. Other plans include a hardstand with capacity for multiple superyachts, three large refit sheds, two in-water service berths, a five-storey trade centre with offices, training rooms, café, crew accommodation and recreation facilities, and extensive car parking. “We know that there is substantial pent-up demand among superyacht owners to visit our region, which is currently hampered by the lack of adequate lifting, repair and refit facilities,” says Rivergate director Tom Hill. “The world is experiencing a superyacht building boom and the average size of these vessels is also increasing, so the expansion of Rivergate is ideally timed to accommodate this growth and make our region much more accessible for superyachts,” he adds. With a central east coast location, proximity to an international airport, deep water access, year-round safe climate and an abundant supply of skilled trades, Rivergate is already recognised as one of the top three shipyards in the world and has serviced over 300 vessels in the past 14 years. Plans for the expansion are at an advanced stage, with a Development – January/February 2021 23

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