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China and Hong Kong have rapidly dismantled their Covid Zero regimes. In China the state-run “Communications Itinerary Card”, which tracks whether someone has been to a high-risk area based on their phone signal, when off line on Tuesday 13 December, according to an official WeChat post. Hong Kong administration also announced easing of its Covid Traveller restrictions, and as of Wednesday 14 December, Hong Kong’ s LeaveHomeSafe QR codes would be removed, PCR tests scaled back and quarantine wristbands abandoned, while the amber health code restrictions on incoming travellers would be lifted. 

HFW’s yacht team is, as ever, busy dealing with a range of transactions, commercial disputes, regulatory matters and marine insurance claims, with our work reflecting the spread of issues and opportunities faced by the yachting industry at this time. In the same way, in this packed edition of Comprehensively Yachts, HFW’s yacht team brings you commentary on a range of important and topical issues currently impacting the yachting industry.

It has been an exceptionally busy year for APSA, and the Association has taken the opportunity to re-connect with the global superyacht community by making a big push to attend a number of key events. These included forums and boat shows in Dubai, Queensland (Gold Coast and Sanctuary Cove), Sydney, Southampton, Monaco, Ft Lauderdale, and Amsterdam. If fact in 2022, APSA has officially attended more large-scale superyacht events around the world than in any time in its history.

Superyacht Australia, the peak body for the Australian superyacht industry is excited to announce that the fourth annual iconic superyacht event, the Superyacht Australia Soirée, will be held on Saturday March 11, 2023, at Jones Bay Marina, Pyrmont from 2.00pm – 8.00pm. Major Partner, Benetti Yachts, continues its much-valued support for this exciting event that showcases the superyacht industry in Sydney and across Australia.

Over 120 delegates attended the Gulf Superyacht Summit 2022 held in Dubai in early November. Previously known as The International Superyacht Summit the event was acquired by Superyacht Times in May 2022. The fourth edition of the Gulf Superyacht Summit in Dubai highlighted the interest in the growing GCC Superyacht market. 



Kaohsiung City, Taiwan is hosting a series of Christmas themed events that started on the 12th November and continue onto January 2023. The Love River Bay has been turned into a combined ‘Light and Sound’ extravaganza that incorporates the Kaohsiung Pop Music Center complex, the harbour, and the Christmas market festivities.

The world’s largest trade exhibition of leisure marine equipment once again sprang to life with the welcome buzz of thousands of industry professionals gathering from across the globe for meetings, researching, networking and much-missed socialising. METSTRADE 2022 showcased a total of 1,400 exhibitors from 49 countries across 10 halls at Amsterdam RAI covering every facet of marine equipment, systems, and materials.

With Australian borders reopened, Superyachts 153° is offering cruising superyachts a streamlined process for accessing many of the stunning Marine Parks that dot the east coast of Australia. Superyacht 153 has worked with local authorities to formulate a simple system so that Captains can just ‘click and upload’ online forms that allow their yacht to access in some of the most unique places in Australia.

The second edition of the Thailand Charter Week, held from the 16 to19 November at Phuket Yacht Haven Marina. Organised by the Thai Yachting Business Association (TYBA), the event received the full support from the Thai Government.

Discover Fiji aboard the amazing 63.39m adventure motor yacht SuRi. Built in 1978, SuRi an adventure superyacht is perfect for the thrilling exploration in some of the most world’s most remote locations. A vision of fun and beauty, the superyacht features more amenities and space than any other explorer yacht of her size. 

The Tuscan shipyard met up with over 200 suppliers in Viareggio to celebrate its record-breaking order book and consolidate partnerships based on trust, quality, and sustainability. With Investments planned to strengthen the production chain. Held in Viareggio, the “Discover the House of Yachting” event was organized by Benetti for the more than 200 suppliers in the Tuscan shipyard’s value chain.

International visitors and yachts interested to visit the Seychelles will no longer need a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or negative PCR test as of 1st December 2022.  Straightforward Immigration (no visas required) and health regulations make for an uncomplicated, hassle-free stay.

Simpson Marine’s Sanlorenzo team recently took delivery of a new Sanlorenzo SL86 in Singapore and upon arrival a dedicated period of exclusive experiences took place, allowing guests to come on board to experience the SL86 and the bespoke world of Sanlorenzo.

The 13th annual Sydney Superyacht Captains’ Long Lunch at Squire’s Landing, Circular Quay, hosted by Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, Major Yacht Services and Sydney Superyacht Marina, welcomed 40 guests, including Captains, and superyacht industry representatives.

Finnish shipyard Nautor Swan has extended its global network with the appointment of ASIAMARINE as its official agent in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, encompassing Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam. 

The Sea Leisure Yachting Group (SLYG), which produces charter and cruising catamarans, RHIBs and sailing dinghies in Sri Lanka, have extended their reach into the Marine Tourism market by acquiring the ownership of the established Ocean Voyager brand of day cruising catamarans.

Over 80 potential crew and their parents joined a ‘Superyacht Career Night’ event that was jointly hosted by Marine Jobs, Superyacht Australia and Superyacht Crew Academy. The event was organised to attract and educated young people on how to join the superyacht community and become part of an exciting and thriving industry. 

The 2022 edition of the Superyacht Gathering was the Pinnacle Event which took place from 23-25 November with a total of 66 guests – included 22 overseas attendees – who gathered in Auckland for three days of networking, inspirational talks, and a showcase of authentic Kiwi culture.


Dear ASPA Members and Friends 

This year, APSA returned to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) for the first time since 2015, and it was a great opportunity to reconnect with the US superyacht community. Next stop for APSA is METSTRADE, which is a strong B2B platform, and APSA looks forward to following up with existing members and meeting potential new members as well. 

The Australian Marine Industry Awards, organised and hosted by the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX), cover categories for the superyacht, commercial marine and marine export sectors of the industry. The Australian Marine Industry Apprentice of the Year Award is proving extremely important as businesses recruit, train and support their new team members embarking upon a career in the Australian marine industry.