Published: Tuesday, 02 May 2017

Yacht logistics giant Peters and May, together with its Australian subsidiary – Aurora Global Logistics, will act as a shipping sponsor for the first edition of Australian Superyacht Rendezvous (May 19-20) in the Gold Coast.

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(Photos: Aurora Global Logistics - Part Charter Load)

According to Superyacht Australia, it is estimated that only 1.5 per cent of the global superyachts fleet currently cruise or charter in Australian waters.

Peters and May CEO David Holley believes the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous is a crucial step to seeing superyachts granted passage through Australian cruising waters rather than terminating in Asia.

Holley said: “Australia is currently missing out on a substantial proportion of international superyacht visitation with vessels having to terminate passage in Asia due to Australian government impediments.

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(Race yacht Comanche)

“We hope the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous can assist in instigating industry change and extend superyacht charter passages from Asia to Australia.”

Aurora Global Logistics is an award-winning transport specialist in marine transport and customs brokerage. Six years ago, it joined forces to become the exclusive Australian agent for global yacht logistics company, Peters and May.

From the Mediterranean, New Zealand and the USA, Aurora Global Logistics has been responsible for shipping into Australia three of the 12 or more superyachts participating in the inaugural Australian Superyacht Rendezvous including Crystal Blue, Emerald Lady and Spirit. Further, the company has provided entry consultancy to many superyachts which have visited Australian waters. 

Jason Roberts, Managing Director of Aurora Global Logistics, says they are proud to be one of the founding sponsors of the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous.

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“We hope this rendezvous will boost our presence in the superyacht industry but more importantly, drive a spike in the number of superyachts cruising the southern hemisphere in particular Australia. 

“The rendezvous is an important opportunity for our business to engage with superyacht owners and skippers directly but also participate in dialogue with the government and media about the potential of the superyacht industry in Australia.” 

The Australian Superyacht Rendezvous aimed at showcasing the economic and tourism potential of superyachts in Australia. It will assemble more than A$150 million worth of superyachts.

Some of the superyachts descending upon the Gold Coast for the two-day rendezvous include Atlantic Princess, Aus Pro, Crystal Blue, Emerald Lady, Mary Rose, Mermaid Spirit, Patriot 1, Sahana, Samara and Spirit.

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(MY Spirit)

The Australian Superyacht Rendezvous will include a yacht hop event by day for tourism and events industry professionals followed by an invitation-only evening party for business, industry and media and will conclude with a superyacht crew party on the final day. 

The rendezvous will be a new lead up ahead of the 2017 Australian Superyacht, Marine Export and Commercial Marine Conference (ASMEX) (May 22-24) at Sanctuary Cove and the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (May 25-28).

The host venue for the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous is the Gold Coast City Marina, with a capacity for more than 24 superyachts. The marina is home to over 65 on-site trades and employs over 500 marine-related contractors.