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November 2020

Dear APSA Member

We are pleased to announce that the APSA Guide is now online, and can be found on our website. See attached link from where it can be viewed and downloaded:

Designed to work on your desktop and mobile devices, the Guide can be downloaded so as to be easy to access anywhere and anytime. APSA will be updating the digital version on a regular basis, so please let us know if there are any changes to your company details, or we need to update the country information.

We is pleased to announce that the APSA Guide is now online. Designed to work on your desktop and mobile devices, the Guide can be downloaded, to make it easily accessible anywhere and anytime. APSA will be updating the digital version on a more regular basis, so please let us know if there are any changes to your company details or if we need to update any country information.

Save the dates for the ‘APSA Grand Tour’ series of webinars to be hosted in January 2021. Designed to promote superyacht cruising in the Asia -Pacific Region, the webinars will be held on Tuesday 12th,19th and 26th January, 2021. More details to follow shortly!

Oceania/Pacific: Tuesday 12 January, 2021
East Asia: Tuesday 19 January, 2021
South and South East Asia: Tuesday 26 January, 2021

Every now and again someone makes a concerted effort to do something really different, and the new Bluegame BGX70 is a sparkling example of that! Start with the cockpit, or is it a beach club? Either way, it is a well-protected deck space with high bulwarks, with the starboard side actually being the tender crane. Sweet!

The Asia-Pacific area continues to play a strategic role in terms of Azimut|Benetti Group sales. Thanks to its longstanding presence in key countries in the area, the company has an excellent reputation and unparalleled reach across the region. Reporting total sales worth over €150 million (the two brands’ results for the last 12 months), the Group is a top performer in the superyacht arena.

YARE (Yachting Aftersales and Refit Experience) is a popular event on the Italian superyacht calendar. This year, as a result of Covid-19 travel restrictions, the Italian organisers decided it was time to go virtual, and the YARE GOES DIGITAL webinar series was created. APSA was one of the supporting partners, giving APSA members and Captains yet another the opportunity to participate in and connect with the global superyacht community.


The resilience of the Australian marine industry was showcased at the 2020 annual Australian Marine Industry Awards, hosted at the Southport Yacht Club on the Gold Coast. The COVID-safe event was also streamed live online, and celebrated the outstanding achievers in the Australian marine export, superyacht and commercial sectors.

Brookes Bell has been working in the superyacht sector for over 30 years, meaning that their extensive maritime experience and expertise enables them to pull in different experts to identify and maximise opportunities for owners and managers, whether for a new build, rebuild or refit. The latest technical development for the sector is the adaptation of Advanced Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) technology for superyachts.

Founded in 2007, is the first, and only, independent website devoted to educating American luxury yacht owners and buyers. It publishes all-original content - real stories of real interest - with articles that focus on the leading builders, designers, marinas, and cruising destinations.

Central Yacht is pleased to announce that after four years of lobbying and planning, the City Centre Kaohsiung Marina is now open to yachts. Berthing is stern-to, Med style, and is in an extremely protected location in the heart of the arts and tourism centre of the southern city of Kaohsiung, the centre of yacht building in Asia.

Northrop & Johnson Asia welcomes yacht broker Greg Dagge to its international team. Based in Southeast Asia (Phuket), Greg’s yachting industry knowledge and extensive contact list in the marine industry will ensure his success as a member of the team. Over the past few years, Greg has focused his attention on the large luxury motor yacht sales market, and superyacht refit and conversion projects.

The multihull yacht specialist Sail Lanka Yachting Group spotted the gap in the yacht- building industry, and took the initiative to design the Ocean Diamond – Boutique. But they didn’t stop there, and went on further to create and improve the concept with a modular space design option.

Influencers and bloggers of the international yachting industry will be the “celebrities” of the digital edition of YARE, Yachting Aftersales and Refit Experience, scheduled for the 26th and 27th of November. The event is organized by NAVIGO – a network for the development and the innovation of the nautical sector.


I am very pleased to welcome three new members onboard this month:

  • Northrop & Johnson APAC

The Asia Boating Dialogue (ABD) 2020 was organised by Hong Kong Boating Industry Association (HKBIA) in collaboration with the Singapore Boating Industry Association (SBIA), and supported by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA).

The Asia-Pacific Yacht Industry High-Level Forum 2020 is an integral part of the Macau Yacht Show 2020 and in recent years it has become a key platform for connecting China to the international boating community. This year was a combination of live and virtual presentations, with speakers presenting live from Macau and Hong Kong, and online presentations from China, Australia and Switzerland, with bi-lingual online live video streaming.


Australia is set to become one of the world’s premier superyacht destinations under plans for a new $200 million maintenance and refit hub unveiled by Rivergate Marina and Shipyard.  The proposed expansion of the internationally acclaimed shipyard would be the catalyst for a major increase in superyacht visitation to Australia and the wider Pacific region due to its capability to service large luxury vessels over 50 metres.

Travel Cue are pleased that some progress has recently been made as the majority of major network carriers have started to issue refunds and some of the smaller regional and budget carriers are slowly cranking up the process.  Though challenges remain whilst some airlines struggle to secure loans and bailouts, Travel Cue will continue to lobby and encourage the airlines to resume normal practices to re-unite customers with their long overdue refunds.

Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) will receive AUD$20 million from Deb Frecklington’s LNP Queensland Government for its Stage II development which will see the lifting capacity of the Gold Coast increase to 1200 tonnes and the current facility more than double in size.