New superyacht support company for Indonesia
Published: Thursday, 13 June 2013
A new superyacht support company has opened up in Indonesia, a destination that’s been getting plenty of attention from the superyacht set in recent times. The Lighthouse Consultancy was developed by Andy Shorten and his wife, who got the idea after providing support for visiting yachts while running a resort on the island of Maluku, near West Papua. According to Shorten, the couple were approached by yacht captains for advice about the regions in the east of Indonesia, based on their networks and connections.
The first vessel they worked with extensively was M/Y Andiamo during the 2010 and 2011 season. According to Shorten, word spread and this lead to more requests for assistance and to date they have assisted more and more vessels and their captains.
In 2013, The Lighthouse Consultancy has nine yachts visiting Indonesia including M/Y Big Fish and S/Y Twizzle. The cruises vary from just a few weeks to in excess of three months. Among the popular destinations are the Komodo Islands, the Banda Islands, Raja Ampat and Cenrawasih Bay. The Lighthouse Consultancy can supply cruising guides and dive guides in these areas. Shorten adds that he is looking forward to supporting five new superyachts visiting this summer, including a 96, 85, 60, 55 and a 50 metre, all arriving before September. He says that average size of vessel coming to Indonesia has “really increased this year”, with the other agents seeing the same thing. Asia Pacific Superyachts and Indo Yacht Support Group also provide support for yachts visiting Indonesia.
“Luckily, as Indonesia is such a phenomenal cruising destination with so much to see and do it is starting to attract cruising enthusiasts away from the traditional grounds around the Mediterranean and Caribbean. It is possible to cruise for days around many of the 17,000 islands that make up the Indonesian Archipelago and not see another boat in sight. Many of the bays have very protected and scenic bays with safe anchorage,” said Shorten.