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June 2023

Indies Trader are thrilled to announce a million-dollar investment in their beloved Beran Island. After successfully navigating the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Indies Trader are revving up the engines like a Formula 1 car leaving the pits, all set for an big comeback in the upcoming 2023/2024 water sports season.

Dear APSA Members and Friends

It’s halfway through the year, and APSA has been busy to date with conferences and boat shows in Dubai, Singapore, and Turkey. This month we are extremely pleased to welcome Horizon Yachts in Taiwan as an APSA Premium Member. Horizon has emerged as Asia’s leading superyacht brand, and in the past three decades the yard has delivered over 890 luxury yachts, with more than 240 being 80ft and over.

Founded in 1987, Horizon has emerged as the leading Asian yacht brand in the luxury yacht market and is known throughout the industry for its sophisticated craftsmanship, superior build techniques, and innovative technology. Horizon Group contributes to one-third of Taiwan’s total yacht exports and has elevated the country as one of the world’s top five luxury megayacht-building nations.

Benetti’s journey began in 1873, and this year the shipyard celebrated its 150th Anniversary with three days of celebration at the Viareggio and Livorno shipyards with owners, employees, and officials. 1873: The year the Benetti journey began when Lorenzo Benetti (1844-1914) purchases the Cantiere Darsena Lucca and founds the Benetti Shipyard.

Three days of celebration at the Viareggio and Livorno shipyards with owners, employees and officials in honour of One hundred and fifty years of values and passion for excellence, design and technological innovations. The shipyard was launched in 1921, and in the 1960s, with Lorenzo Benetti, the shipyard revolutionized the yachting world by switching construction from wood to steel: thus the modern megayacht concept was born, with the Delfino, Gabbiano and Mediterraneo series which became iconic boats.

The Southeast Yachting Conference 2023 included a superyacht panel discussion which touched on the growth of the superyacht industry in the region, the need for more consistent regulations to welcome superyachts to the region, and the need for more information and education on our fantastic cruising grounds.  The superyacht panel was moderated by Ewa Stachurska (Simpson Marine), and the panellists were YH Fang (Yachting Singapore), Capt Goh Thye Hock (Superyacht Captain), and Capt Andrew Meyer (Superyacht Captain).

Singapore has welcomed 10 superyachts ranging from 28-44m into the city over the last year and Hong Seh Marine has accounted for five of those, including a Custom Line Navetta 30, the brand’s first new build sold into the city. The sales of these superyachts coincide with the number of family offices that have now moved to Singapore, and the presence of these larger yachts will increase the growing demand for professional yacht management services in the country.

Sanlorenzo, one of the world's leading yacht builders, hosted an elegant launch event on June 14-15 at the Aberdeen Marina Club, Hong Kong for the highly anticipated Sanlorenzo SL90 Asymmetric yacht. The event, provided an exclusive opportunity for guests to witness the unveiling of this extraordinary vessel and experience its innovative design first-hand in an elegant and intimate environment.

This elegant 30m yacht was expertly crafted by Turkish shipyard Elegan and is a shining example of the Giant 100 series. The yacht was delivered in 2009 to the owner of the shipyard, who utilized her as a show vessel until 2013, when she was sold to new owners. As a showpiece for the shipyard, Blue Sapphire is a spectacular example of a vessel in her class.

Explore ONE°15’s NEW yachting destination that is nestled amidst crystal clear waters and surrounded by nature’s beauty, offering the perfect blend of luxury and adventure. Opening in July 2023, Nirup Island is the epitome of eco-luxury living. Located off Batam, Indonesia, it is less than 8 nautical miles from Singapore.

The Custom Line 106’ M/Y Étoile, a star both in name (Étoile is French for star) and design.  A masterpiece of aesthetics and comfort this creation comes from the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, supported by the expertise of Francesco Paszkowski Design for the interiors and the exterior styling.

Nestled amidst the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, the Ocean Diamond promises an enchanting yachting experience for charter companies around the world. Designed to offer luxury and hospitality, the Ocean Diamond offers an extraordinary escape where opulence meets the serenity of the sea in Sri Lanka.

The 2023 Australian Marine Industry Awards continue to recognise the outstanding achievers across three marine industry sectors and acknowledge deserving winners in nine highly competitive categories, showcasing excellence in the Australian marine industry.

It was with much excitement that the CharterWorld team returned to Gocek for this year’s TYBA Charter Show. Turkey has grown significantly as a luxury charter destination and Gocek’s D-Marin played host to yachting professionals from around the world once again, in May. This natural marina is rapidly becoming the hottest spot for Turkish yachting.

Have you ever wondered how to navigate the complex world of sanctions, and what it means for you as a yacht owner or yachting professional? Join the Megayacht News Podcast to shed light on the implications of US, EU, and UK sanctions against Russia and Russian citizens.