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SUPERYACHT FACILITIES Construction is scheduled to start this year on a 0 million maintenance and refit hub at Rivergate, enabling the yard to service vessels over 50m (164ft) in length. Application lodged and construction ready to start this year. GCCM, meanwhile, is taking the Australian refit sector to yet another level by collaborating with Pacific Tug Group (PTG) to jointly operate, manage and market Pacific Marine Base Brisbane (PMB) as an on-water superyacht refit facility on the Brisbane River at Murarrie. Having pioneered best practice methods for delivering complex and sensitive in-water work at its Coomera River facility on the Gold Coast, GCCM is in a good position to couple its management and marketing expertise with PTG’s existing on-water infrastructure. “Over 20 years of operation, we have developed world class project management procedures and leading capability for managing on-water work. As the yachts coming our way are getting larger, the infrastructure needs to keep up and this facility will fill a gap now. We know what our customers need, want and deserve, and with the existing work docks and new working docks, we can deliver this service for yachts up to 120m [390ft].” The site, based on Paringa Road, offers 330m (1,080ft) of shoreline on the Brisbane River providing deep water access of up to 10m (33ft), unrestricted air draught and GCCM is to jointly operate Pacific Marine Base Brisbane as a new superyacht refit facility on the Brisbane River at Murarrie. An additional dock and spaces for crew recreation will be added. two work berths of 100m (330ft) each. Heavy vehicles and cranes can easily access the dock, and shore-based support includes engineering and fabrication workshops. Facility owner PTG is constructing an additional dock for yachts up to 120m (390ft) with the same access. The facility also boasts a Customs and Bio Security ‘first point of entry’ where international vessels and crew can clear in on arrival. “PMB is situated in an outstanding location on the Brisbane River within the trade coast precinct. It offers immediate connection to major road networks; deep water access and mooring; heavy lift capabilities; cargo load out; in-water refit capabilities and on-site trade services, including boiler making and fitting. Partnering with GCCM provides the superyacht industry with access to both a great facility and experienced project management team,” says PTG CEO Chris Peters. The team has already begun with an 85m (279ft) research vessel completing significant engineering works to deck equipment, with GCCM tenants Pacific Maritime Solutions and Sweep Marine Services working in situ. “The necessary ERAs and permits are in place to allow us to complete above the waterline work, including total hull and superstructure refinishing projects; something we have successfully delivered at our Gold Coast facility for yachts up to 73m [240ft]. We will continue to invest into the site adding spaces for crew recreation and other trades to service refit customers. We are taking this to market to say GCCM has the capability, know-how and infrastructure to take on immense projects. Queensland and Australia have proven to be a safe place in this pandemic world and that will continue on well into the future,” adds Kevin Altera, general manager operations and business development. – January/February 2021 25

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