Published: Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The Australian Superyacht Rendezvous (ASR) will once again be staged at the Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard (GCCM) – the five gold anchor marina – from April 20-21. Twelve months from the inaugural event has already reported an upward trend in superyacht imports and exports.

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(Photo: Aurora Global Logistics - shipping of Samara from Port of Brisbane to Panama)

Superyachts attending this year’s ASR include Antalex, Atlantic Princess, Aurora, Aus Pro, Corroboree, Crystal Blue, Deep Blue, La Bella Vita, Lady Pamela, Masteka 2, Murcielago, Mystic Tide, Oneworld, Pacific Quest, Patriot 1, Relentless and Silentworld.

The 2018 version will see four events, including an industry roundtable, superyacht industry networking event, an open-deck superyachts’ showcase and a VIP cocktail event celebrating the Australia tourism and economic potential as well as the Asia-Pacific as a superyacht hotspot.

Aurora Global Logistics, Adagold Aviation, Aqualuma LED Lighting, Benetti, Burgess, City of Gold Coast, DT Yacht Transport, Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard are among the influx of international partners this year.

Others include the Hardy Brothers Jewellers, Ocean Magazine, Riverside Marine Services, Seal Superyachts, IGY Marinas, Suez, Superyacht Group Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Regional Council.

Since the last ASR, Aurora Global Logistics had shipped approximately 180 yachts ranging in size from 9-46m to and from Australia and other parts of the world.

“Last year’s inaugural ASR generated some terrific business for Aurora Global Logistics including one of our most challenging logistics endeavours to date – the shipping of Samara, arguably one of the most impressive superyachts to star at last year’s event, from Australia to Panama,” said the brand’s Managing Director, Jason Roberts.

Samara is a stunning explorer-style 24m catamaran complete with its own helicopter and helipad and the technical difficulties in shipping a vessel like that were immense, which is where our expertise comes in.

“The other outcome is that our business has seen an enormous increase in our specialised superyacht consultancy services such as importation, temporary importation, charter, taxation, crew visas and other ancillary services which is indicative of the growing confidence in Australia as a superyacht hotspot thanks to initiatives such as the ASR.”