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February 2023

The ceremony was held on January 26th at the Livorno yard to launch FB283, a 62-meter Benetti Full Custom Yacht with a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure, tailor made for the owner like a bespoke suit. Signing off the entire project from a blank sheet of paper was Giorgio Cassetta, author of the exteriors and interiors. The hull lines are by Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

Dear APSA Members and Friends

Asia is back in action. The Singapore Yachting Festival has just been announced, and it will take place on the 27-30 April at One˚15 Marina. We have just heard that the Japanese government has made very favourable amendments to rules regarding yacht crew and the length of time they can stay onboard foreign flagged yachts in Japanese waters. The 3rd ‘Sail the Andamans’ Yacht Rally & Carnival is being held 20 February - 21 March 2023 which is an excellent opportunity to experience the Andaman & Nicobar Islands - a magical yachting destination.

Singapore’s flourishing leisure marine industry has been bolstered with SG Marine Guide launching of the Singapore Yachting Festival (SYF) which will take place on 27-30 April 2023 at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove. To fill the void of the postponed Singapore Yacht Show, the Singapore Yachting Festival will put an end to speculation in the market of multiple yacht shows competing to launch in Singapore.

The Andaman & Nicobar Islands is truly a magical yachting destination with well-charted seas, beautiful blue waters, many safe harbours and adventure options. The 3rd ‘Sail the Andamans’ is an excellent opportunity to experience all of this during the 20 February - 21 March 2023 Yacht Rally & Carnival.

With the Nautilus, OCEA Yachts has shown that an exploration yacht can also be an icon of design. Its pure, long lines gracefully blend into the scenery. Its broad picture windows and full-width master suite on the main deck embrace the most beautiful panoramas. Its large tenders beckon you towards discovery. The easy-boarding feature makes access to it so simple. Philippe Briand has put forward three lengths for this design but it is naturally up to you to determine the size of your OCEA Nautilus!

Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) recently announced that they are one of the founding Industry partners of the new Boating Industry Academy. The Boating Industry Association (BIA) has partnered with the Australian Industry Trade College (AITC) to establish the Boating Industry Academy, the first industry-driven program for high school students wishing to pursue a career in the boating and marine industries.

Sanlorenzo’s ten-year strategic plan, 'Road to 2030', which has a major focus on sustainability and innovation was presented at the recent Boot Düsseldorf show. In 2023, Sanlorenzo became the Project Partner of the Blue Innovation Dock, a Boot Düsseldorf platform that brings together voices and projects dedicated to sustainability, which is an overarching priority for the future.

SYL Japan (part of SYL worldwide which also includes SYL Florida, SYL Australia & SYL Monaco) has announced that the Japanese government has made an amendment to the Crew Pass (CP) system in Japan. Prior to 2023 a CP was issued for only 14 days and could sometimes, in certain circumstances, be extended for a further 14 days.

Burgess have signed a partnership agreement for Hong Kong and Macau, with Starship Yachts’ owner and CEO Edwin Ho, who will become Burgess’ Chief Representative for the two markets. “We are delighted to partner with Burgess as they bring exceptional expertise and experience in the superyacht market globally, which we are excited to tap and bring to our clients interested in exploring the larger yachts segment,” said Ho, who founded Starship in 1994.

Introducing AZURE FLEET, a brand-new professional yacht crew medical insurance plan designed for crew management companies and crew payroll providers. With AZURE FLEET, you can add as many crews as you want to any of three AZURE comprehensive health plans. Different crew from different yachts (or the same yacht) can be on different plans within your FLEET.

After a busy year of sparkling seas and exotic ports, DYT celebrates the first anniversary of the amazing 214m yacht carrier, Yacht Servant. The Yacht Servant has sailed 80,857 nautical miles in her first year, meaning she has already sailed around the world four times! With 22 global port calls and 365 days of employment, it has been a busy first year for this innovative eye-catcher and her crew.

Gran Finale, 45-metre Delta-built superyacht set course for Australia towards the end of 2022, as work needed to be done in order to capitalise on the Australian summer cruising season and iconic New Year’s Eve festivities. Captain Josh Kay shares his appreciation for the country’s exemplary superyacht service providers, who ensured a seamless entry and experience for the yacht.

On 11 March, the annual Superyacht Australia Soirée returns for its fourth year, showcasing the superyacht luxury lifestyle with a display of vessels, a Yacht Hop and unique offerings from partners and sponsors at the iconic Jones Bay Marina located in the heart of Sydney Harbour. David Good, CEO of Superyacht Australia anticipates that this year’s event will be the most successful and highly attended to date. 

Water Revolution Foundation would like to inform APSA readers about the upcoming Sustainability in Practice course, which will be held online on 11 & 12 April from 15:00 – 17:30hrs. The programme will provide hands-on training for participants to learn how to create a sustainability strategy, measure corporate social impact, and understand key concepts – all of the useful tools and tips needed to immediately start a sustainability programme inside one’s organisation!