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Successful Inaugural Thailand Yacht Show and Forum reported by Asia Pacific Superyachts

February 19, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Asia Pacific Superyachts have announced a great success for the recently held inaugural Thailand Yacht Show and Forum. Gordon Fernandes and co-owner JoJo of Asia Pacific Superyachts expressed his satisfaction with the first show, which took place at the Ao Po Marina in Phuket, from 10th to 14th February, 2016: “What a fantastic response to the country’s inaugural Thailand Yacht Show in Phuket.”

Gordon Fernandes Asia Pacific Superyachts at Thailand Yacht Forum

Gordon Fernandes Asia Pacific Superyachts at Thailand Yacht Forum

APS Phuket & Myanmar were present at the show and Gordon Fernandes was panelist at the Thailand Yachting Forum on 10th February at the Indigo Pearl Hotel in Phuket.

The Forum’s afternoon session of ‘Leisure Marine Infrastructure in Thailand” included an experienced panel of experts speaking about these topics: – New sites for Marina developments; – Haul out / dry dock facilities; – Supporting Industries (supply chain); and – Yacht management and agencies. Other panel titles of the afternoon included ‘Thailand Marina Hub of ASEAN’ and ‘Superyacht Charter Industry in Thailand’.

Perhaps the most important subject at the event was the status of the superyacht charter licences between government officials and members of the marine industry, facilitated by the Thailand Yacht Show at the Yachting Forum.

APS Phuket Jojo & Mr Anuchat Thong-Aporn - Acting in Capacity of Director of planning bureau

APS Phuket Jojo & Mr Anuchat Thong-Aporn – Acting in Capacity of Director of planning bureau

Though the regulations and rules with regards to the actual superyacht charter licence were hammered out on August 10, 2015 – a number of related issues remain as hurdles for superyacht owners, explained Somchai Sumanuskajonkul, deputy director-general for the Thailand Marine Department.

“The two major remaining issues deal directly with immigration law and value-added tax [VAT],” said Mr. Somchai. “The relevant government agencies are working to create one-year-permission-to-stay approvals for superyacht crew members – linking their stays in the country with the ship’s stay. Additionally, progress is being made to create a VAT exception for superyachts.”

“The immigration issues are awaiting final approval by the Immigration Bureau commissioner, while the VAT exception needs to be enacted by royal decree”, Mr. Somchai said.

Gordon Fernandes and his APS team tightly collaborates with arriving superyacht clients from around the globe and have assisted in attracting more Superyachts to Phuket’s shores.

“Many of our clients base in Phuket and enjoy cruising throughout the Andaman waters with some continuing on to Myanmar and the Mergui Archipelago.  Superyacht captains and owners have a great deal of interest in these issues, as evidenced at the Yacht Show and the many questions asking when the changing crew visa and VAT tax regulations will be finalysed. Working closely with the government we are able to keep our clients advised of the most up to date news so they can plan accordingly”, Gordon stated.

The very first Thailand Yacht Show showed every indication of a greatly successful event with show management reporting, “Boats on the docks. Visitors on the pontoons. Cold beer and cider. Panama hats. Parasails. Charter Brokers and Dealers. Sunshine and shade (when you need it). Today at the Thailand Yacht Show (TYS) it was very much ‘business as usual’ with dealers and brokers unanimously expressing satisfaction with the way the event is unfolding”.

As the show was ending and the sun setting, Gordon said people continued to crowd superyacht decks with lively parties throughout Ao Po Marina and all agreed it was an outstanding yachting event, setting a high bar for the future.

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Online registration for 2016 Newport Charter Yacht Show now open

February 17, 2016

Written by zuzana

Online registration for the 2016 Newport Charter Yacht Show is now open. Set to run from June 21 to 24, this year’s event which will be held at its new location at Newport Shipyard in downtown Newport, Rhode Island. The only event of its kind in the USA, the Newport Charter Show annually hosts an amazing collection of world-class yachts for charter, as well as registered and credentialed industry professionals who represent clients interested in renting a luxury vessel in New England.

Newport Charter Yacht Show - Photo by Billy Black

Newport Charter Yacht Show – Photo by Billy Black

Participating vessels, varying in size from 80 feet up to 225+ feet, will be available for tours dockside at Newport Shipyard, 1 Washington Street. The event will feature a variety of shore side exhibits and activities, including festive social gatherings and a themed “yacht hop”, where captains and crew on participating vessels serve guests signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Newport Charter Show - Photo credit to Billy Black

Newport Charter Show – Photo credit to Billy Black

Chefs and interior crew aboard participating yachts will add zest to this year’s show, when they contend head-to-head in three culinary competitions and a tablescaping challenge, organized by Winnie DeCoster of Captains’ Concierge. Moreover, the American Yacht Charter Association (AYCA) will host its Annual “Signature” Educational and Informative Seminar.

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Asia Boating Awards 2016 Nominations to close on February 26

February 05, 2016

Written by zuzana

Online nominations for the annual Asia Boating Awards will close on Friday, February 26, 2016. Recognizing the best of the best in Asian and international yachting scene, the prestigious Awards will return to Singapore on Thursday, April 7, and will be hosted by the prominent ONE°15 Marina Club during the Singapore Yacht Show, set to run from April 7 to 10, 2016.  

Asia Boating Awards 2015 Winners - Image credit to Asia Pacific Boating

Asia Boating Awards 2015 Winners – Image credit to Asia Pacific Boating

There are 25 Asia Boating Awards categories this year, including four new ones: Best Multihull Motor Yacht, Best Multihull Sailing Yacht, Best Asian Yacht Refit and Best Asian Boat Show.

2016 Asia Boating Awards categories:

Best Asian Motor Yacht Builder

Best Asian Sailing Yacht Builder

Best Asian Built Yacht

Best Custom Built Yacht

Best Semi Custom Built Yacht (25m and above)

Best Production Motor Yacht (25m and above)

Best Production Motor Yacht (15m to 24m)

Best Production Motor Yacht (up to 15m)

Best Production Sailing Yacht (20m and above)

Best Production Sailing Yacht (up to 20m)

Best Multihull Motor Yacht

Best Multihull Sailing Yacht

Best Asian Yacht Refit

Best Yacht Design

Best China Marina

Best Asian Marina

Best Asian Yacht Club

Best Asian Regatta

Best Asian Boat Show

Best Asia-based Charter Company

Best Asia-based Charter Yacht

Green Maritime Company of the Year

Best Brand Presence in Asia

Best Brand Presence in China

Personality of the Year

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La Belle Classe Academy launched by Yacht Club de Monaco

February 01, 2016

Written by zuzana

A new training centre for the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) members as well as yachting professionals, La Belle Classe Academy was first introduced during the Captains Forum, which took place at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show in September. Its aim is to encourage development and promotion of yachting professions.

Formation center - VIKY - Photo credit to YCM

Formation center – VIKY – Photo credit to YCM

La Belle Classe Academy represents a continuation of the three existing arms: La Belle Classe Tradition for classic yacht owners, La Belle Classe Superyachts for luxury yacht owners, as well as La Belle Classe Destinations for marinas and yacht clubs in development.

Formation - LADY MOURA - Image credit to YCM

Formation – LADY MOURA – Image credit to YCM

Dedicated to owners, but also open to anyone involved in yachting, crew members or future boat owners, the Academy is based in the Yacht Club de Monaco’s facilities on Quai Louis II and its own YCM Marina. It offers navigation and pleasure boat courses, with a strong component focused on perfecting the ‘Art of Service, Etiquette and Protocol’ aboard.

Formation Cluster ISM - Image credit to YCM

Formation Cluster ISM – Image credit to YCM

Three courses are available. The first two, ‘Navigation Techniques’ and the ‘Art of Service, Etiquette and Protocol’, are open to professionals, while the third, ‘Pleasure boats’, is reserved for Yacht Club de Monaco members only.

For more information and to register for a course: academy@ycm.org or call +377 93 10 65 17

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Hulhumalé Yacht Marina in Maldives to Service 300 Yachts

January 30, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Director of Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives, Mohamed Hameed recently reported on new developments in Maldives, Indian Ocean, at the new Hulhumalé Yacht Marina, which is expected offer assistance to 300 yachts. Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives tightly collaborates with the incoming superyachts and oversees the ongoing progress of this new marina.

Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives

Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives

Phase 2 of the Hulhumanle development project has started, with land reclamation for the Marina and Cruise Liner area, as recently reported by the Housing Development Cooperation (HDC).
As reported by Mohamed, this is fantastic news for visiting Superyachts and yachts as the Hulhumalé Yacht Marina plan is to service 300 yachts.

The Yacht Marina is a beautiful coastal island proposed to be developed in the western side of Hulhumalé Island and will cater to the needs of yachts and safaris.

In addition to water sports facilities, the marina will feature retail shops, F&B outlets, and a yacht club that includes exhibition space, dry berth facilities and boating dock. A modern fully equipped cruise terminal located right next to the marina with an automatic, covered boarding bridge to facilitate cruise lines visiting Maldives will be also created.

The HDC noted that all necessary materials have been collected for the land reclamation, and revetment work is scheduled to be completed within the next three months. While the Hulhumalé Yacht Marina is planned to offer assistance to 300 yachts and superyachts, the cruise liner will serve the biggest cruise liners in the world.

HDC also announced that the termination of this exciting project is expected to be on schedule. The Cooperation further stated that 240 hectares of land reclamation was completed by March 2015, and the remaining work should be finished within 8 months. While 240 hectares of land has been reclaimed under phase 2, 180 hectares of land were reclaimed in phase 1 of the Hulhumalé development project. The first phase of Hulhumalé development project was aimed to house 60,000 people in 1997.

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Important Reminder for Yachts, Superyachts and Charter Yachts Visiting the Andaman Sea and Entering Indian Waters

January 25, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

 An incident in 2015 in India, involving the unauthorised use of satellite telephone while a vessel was in territorial waters brought to light the need for captains and officers to be more aware of this ban.

Ko Phi Phi Island- Photo credit to Tourism Authority of Thailand

Ko Phi Phi Island- Photo credit to Tourism Authority of Thailand

“If any boat comes to Andamans with these SAT phones they will be kept under customs seal until the boat leaves the Indian waters”. Said Mr. Ratham. This is in accordance with DGS Order No. 02 of 2012 – the unauthorised use of Thuraya, Iridium and other such satellite phones which are banned in Indian territorial waters.

The legislation for this is Section 6 of Indian Wireless Act and Section 20 of Indian Telegraph Act. Port agents servicing vessels arriving at Port Blair and bound for Indian ports routinely make vessel Masters aware of this regulation. Yet, despite this forewarning (according to Steamship Mutual news) an incident occurred when crew were allowed to use the phone to make a number of personal calls.
Shore monitoring of transmissions by the local authorities identified the vessel and local police/customs initiated an investigation. The maximum fine for breaching the regulation is INR 1,000 and/or imprisonment for three years for each crew member involved.

In addition, it is important to state that breaches are taken as a state security matter leading to a complicated and time consuming investigation. Severe delays/detention of the yacht is likely, over and above the crew potentially facing criminal proceedings. Mr. Rathnam cautioned those in charge of entering visiting vessels to instruct all to closely follow the instructions of DGS Order No. 2. It is also recommended such phones be kept under their custody for as long as the vessel remains in Indian territorial waters.

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The world’s most prestigious vessels to sail into ONE°15 Marina Club for Singapore Yacht Show 2016

January 22, 2016

Written by zuzana

From April 7 to 10, the world class ONE°15 Marina Club will host the world’s most prestigious vessels for the sixth edition of the Singapore Yacht Show (SYS), South East Asia’s premier annual yachting and boating event. Singapore is expected to welcome thousands of registered attendees, including luxury travellers, yacht enthusiasts, first-time buyers and dealers to view over 100 vessels on display at the event.

Singapore Yacht Show at ONE°15 Marina Club

Singapore Yacht Show at ONE°15 Marina Club

Singapore continues to strengthen its position as the ‘Monaco of the East’. The 2016 Show will welcome back new and returning builders, including Amels, Benetti, Feadship, Fincantieri, Heesen Yachts, Lürssen, Silveryachts and Westport. Moreover, the Show will feature the eagerly awaited Friday evening Gala Dinner, a series of supercar parades, fashion shows and live cooking demonstrations by MasterChef Asia Judge Audra Morris.

For the first time, Sunreef Yachts, one of the world’s leading designers and builders of luxury sailing and power catamarans from 60 to 200 feet in length, will showcase a World Premiere Yacht at the Singapore Yacht Show. The Monte Carlo 86 will be also appearing at the Show for the first time.

Triple 8 by Royal Denship

Triple 8 by Royal Denship

Launched from Royal Denship in 2009, the outstanding 43m Triple 8 will be presented for sale at the event. She is currently cruising South East Asia, as she makes her way over to Singapore from Australia. Having recently undergone a major refit, the striking Azul A will be also present. She can easily sleep up to eight guests in four cabins, plus a crew of six. The perfect cruising yacht, Azul A has a 2,3m draft enabling her to reach those shallow spots normally inaccessible for some vessels of this size. In addition, her modern stabilisation system allows guests to cruise in maximum comfort.

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Winner of Superyacht UK Young Designer 2016 Award unveiled at London Boat Show

January 15, 2016

Written by zuzana

Dastinas Steponenas, a final year student from Coventry University, has been announced as the winner of the Superyacht UK Young Designer 2016 competition at the currently running 62nd London Boat Show. Ten students from universities across the UK had 36 hours to create their entries from scratch, live at the Show. The hand drawings were judged by three representatives from prominent British yacht design and naval architect companies – Peter Brown from Burgess, Bill Dixon from Dixon Yacht Design and Justin Olesinski from Olesinski.

Superyacht UK Young Designer 2016 Award Finalists - Photo credit to onEdition

Superyacht UK Young Designer 2016 Award Finalists – Photo credit to onEdition

Speaking about his Award, Dastinas commented: “It’s an absolute honour to win this prestigious Award. I have had a passion for fine art since a very young age and I am really excited about completing my four-week internship at Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth.”

Dastinas Steponenas presented with the Superyacht UK Young Designer 2016 Award - Image credit to onEdition

Dastinas Steponenas presented with the Superyacht UK Young Designer 2016 Award – Image credit to onEdition

Chairman of Superyacht UK (SYUK) and Joint MD of Pendennis, Mike Carr, said: “Pendennis is delighted to once again support the Superyacht UK Young Designer annual Award. We have been impressed by the extremely high level of skill and imagination shown by the competitors. When Pendennis was founded 27 years ago, the industry was dominated by hand drawn designs and production schematics. It is refreshing to be part of a competition that embraces traditional creativity – skills that are just as important to our industry as using modern technology. We are very much looking forward to welcoming Dastinas to Pendennis for his internship later this year.”

The London Boat Show will run at ExCeL London until January 17, 2016.

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Tahiti attracted 45 Luxury Superyachts in 2015

January 15, 2016

Written by zuzana

Tahiti, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world, nestled in French Polynesia, South Pacific, attracted a total number of 45 luxury superyachts in 2015, as reported by Asia Pacific Superyachts Tahiti (APS) director Etienne Boutin.

Aerial view of Tahiti's Marina Taina

Aerial view of Tahiti’s Marina Taina

Looking forward to an amazing 2016, Etienne Boutin said: “2015 was an average year for Tahiti superyacht visits with a total of 45 – let’s hope 2016 will be brilliant!”

The main Pacific Hub represents Tahiti’s Marina Taina, with Papeete Port coming in second. The top class Marina Taina is positioned five miles west of Papeete Harbour and was the first superyacht facility in French Polynesia, built in 1994 and expanded in 2004.

Marina Taina offers a safe, quiet and pollution-free environment in a breath-taking lagoon. The marina is close to city amenities and within walking distance of excellent dining and a shopping mall, home to the largest supermarket in Tahiti. Two concrete docks are reserved for luxury yachts and able to handle up to 27 units under 60 meters at the same time. Mooring is stern-to with one anchor and lines on 4 tons bottom blocks – depth varies from 4 to 15m.

Plenty of superyachts arriving from the Panama Canal reach the fabulous French Polynesia every year to explore its pristine islands and exotic culture.

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An amazing lineup of New and Returning Superyachts on display at upcoming Singapore Yacht Show

January 14, 2016

Written by zuzana

The sixth edition of the Singapore Yacht Show (SYS) is set to open its doors in just four months, once again unveiling an amazing lineup of the all-new as well as returning superyachts. The event will be hosted by the award-winning ONE°15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove, Singapore from April 7 to 10, 2016.

43m TRIPLE 8 by Royal Denship to be displayed at the 2016 Singapore Yacht Show

43m TRIPLE 8 by Royal Denship to be displayed at the 2016 Singapore Yacht Show

Launched from Royal Denship in 2009, the beautiful 43m M/Y TRIPLE 8 (ex Caneli) will undoubtedly attract plenty of attention during the 2016 SYS. She is currently for sale, following her extensive voyage from East Coast USA to the Pacific Islands, Australia, and the South East Asia.

Fincantieri will attend the 2016 SYS as one of the SYBASS members. The world renowned Italian shipyard made waves in 2015 with the launch of M/Y OCEAN VICTORY, which was moored in Singapore during SYS 2015. Upon her launch, she was the 9th largest superyacht in the world, and the largest yacht ever built by Fincantieri.

This year’s Show will also once again welcome SILVERYACHTS. Following the launch of the super-sleek and eco-friendly M/Y SILVER FAST, the Australian shipyard is currently working on the construction of the fast and fuel efficient world explorer M/Y SILVER LOFT, due to be delivered in 2017. The shipyard will no doubt present this explorer yacht at the Singapore Yacht Show 2016.

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