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Growing superyacht marina options in Asia Pacific regions

November 18, 2013

For those interested in superyacht marinas in Asia Pacific regions, there are now more berthing options, reflecting the rising affluence of Asia.

Luxury yacht marina in the popular Asia yacht charter location - Malaysia

Luxury yacht marina in the popular Asia yacht charter location - Malaysia

“Unlike Europe, marinas in Asia are more about safe berthing for your vessel as opposed to a destination in its own right”, reports Captain Nick Coombes, head of Asia Pacific Superyachts Malaysia based on Langkawi Island.

“Very few marinas are located in popular tourist areas in Asia Pacific regions – thus the idea of sitting on your yacht and watching the world watch you, is not an option. As a result most Superyacht visitors and charters here never see a marina, but instead spend their entire journey cruising from beautiful anchorage to beautiful anchorage”, says Captain Nick; “It is a lot more about exploring the natural splendor of South East Asia, than cruising from town to town.”

“There are now world-class marinas and accommodation in nearly every sailing region”, notes Captain Nick: “There’s Phuket, providing hundreds of berths for everything from Superyachts to small cruisers. To the south Malaysia’s Langkawi Island is a popular winter destination as are the chain of facilities that run down the Malacca Straits to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and heading east into the vast Gulf of Thailand. And, coming on board with APS in 2013, is New Zealand, which can boast of excellent marinas and anchorage options in the Pacific region.

There’s no doubt Superyachts are being challenged in finding places to stay as the world’s fleet of Superyachts has ballooned in the past five years by 25 percent, to around 4,600, according to Marina Projects, a U.K. consultancy firm as excerpted from an article by Jason Chow in the Wall Street Journal Asia: “Owners of the world’s Superyachts are running into a new problem as they set sail across the crowded seas: finding a place to park. In the Mediterranean, which is where most of the yachts are located, there are an estimated 3,000 superyacht berths. Shortages in some countries mean opportunity for other aspiring yachting centers. But will boat owners want to broaden their horizons?”

For those interested, Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand director Jeanette Tobin talks about specific places where Superyachts go and the berths she puts their boats onto in Auckland when they visit New Zealand. Tobin reports, “Two marinas for Superyachts, Viaduct Harbour Marina and Silo Superyacht Marina, are located in downtown Auckland and have full power and water. Vessels can clear customs and biosecurity in/out from both marinas and there’s easy access to all local contractors, chandleries, supermarkets and Auckland’s leading restaurants and bars.”

“Viaduct Harbour Marina in downtown Auckland was built for the 2000 Americas Cup and is surrounded by leading bars & restaurants. Viaduct provides: 1 x 60m side-to berth; 4 x 50m berths; 4 x 40m berths; 8 x 30m berths; and full power & water facilities + Wi-Fi”, Tobin adds.

500m west of the Viaduct Marina in the newly developed Beaumont Quarter is the Silo Superyacht Marina, a new facility built to cope with the growing demand from larger vessels and an area where new bars and restaurants have opened. Viaduct and Silo Marinas are near Auckland’s central business district where visitors can enjoy the entertainment planned throughout the summer which includes outdoor movie theatres, wine and food festivals, seafood festivals, music concerts plus much more… offering crew a real taste of New Zealand.

As reported in SUPERYACHT Business, Silo Marina announced it has increased its capacity to accommodate vessels. Jeanette notes Silo currently has mega yacht “A”, superyacht Nahlin and luxury yacht Pacific enjoying the facilities.

Construction has seen a new 90m dock added with a 1m freeboard, making it the biggest pontoon in New Zealand. Adjacent to the new pontoon, dredging has been carried out to provide ease of access to the dock and to open up access to a 64m berth adjacent to the new premises of Rig Pro which is an exciting feature of the new development – the improved ability to carry out mast stepping.

In addition to the development on the southern end of the marina, a new extension is about to be added to the existing docks on the northern end to create two new 65m (213ft) berths. With the new developments, Silo Marina will move from 535 linear metres to 874 linear metres of available space, doubling capacity and creating 10 berths in total to make boat movements easier.

Jeanette explains there’s a third option nearby, the Nelson Marina: “Port Nelson at the top of the South Island has a Superyacht berth for larger vessels. The Port has a 40m pontoon for Superyachts visiting the Port – and is in excellent, safe facilities and offers the attractions of the Nelson region. The marina’s central location is in a sheltered area and one not subject to sea surges.”

These marinas for Superyacht berthing in New Zealand come hand in hand with a wealth of information on stunning itineraries and anchorages from Jeanette Tobin and her team at Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand. They can take care of all your needs and arrange a truly memorable Superyacht journey in and around New Zealand.

Photos of mega yacht Pacific, Al Salamah, motor yacht Nero and charter yacht Savarona

January 09, 2012

CharterWorld has been kindly provided with images of well known luxury vessels ranging from modern to classic motor yachts. The photographs below show the stunning classic charter yacht SAVARONA, the majestic 139m Lurssen mega yacht AL SALAMAH, another beautiful classic, the motor yacht NERO and the 2010 85m Lurssen mega yacht Pacific (ex Josi).

A few words about the yachts:

Motor Yacht SAVARONA is a beautiful example of a classic vessel measuring 136m (446ft) in LOA.  Savarona is currently available for Mediterranean corporate event luxury charters featuring 17 generous suites as well as broad and spacious main living areas and modern and comprehensive recreational amenities.

Luxury Yacht Savarona in the bay of Cannes June 2008 - Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Rogge

Luxury Yacht Savarona in the bay of Cannes June 2008 - Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Rogge

Charter Yacht Savarona provides particular attention to fine service which is superior to those of the best five star hotels, making her ideal for entertaining and corporate events.

Motor Yacht Savarona in the bay of Cannes - June 2008 - Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Rogge

Motor Yacht Savarona in the bay of Cannes - June 2008 - Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Rogge

The impressive 139m long mega yacht AL SALAMAH is a steel vessel constructed by Lurssen Yachts in 1999 and designed by Terence Disdale Design. Accommodation on board of this important yacht is offered for 40 guests  and the yacht is serviced by a crew of 96 professionals.

Mega Yacht AL SALAMAH at the Lurssen Shipyard in Lemwerder in 2009 - Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Rogge

Mega Yacht AL SALAMAH at the Lurssen Shipyard in Lemwerder in 2009 - Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Rogge

Another stunning classic vessel is the motor yacht NERO launched in 2007 by Corsair Yachts within the Chinese Yantai Raffles shipyards. Nero superyacht´s exterior and interior are both designed by Neil Taylor and feature sleek lines and classic style to resemble J. Pierpont Morgan´s famous yacht Corsair. Nero superyacht accommodates 12 guests in one Master suite, two VIP cabin and a two double cabins and she is served by a 21 member crew.

Superyacht NERO - La Valletta/Malta in June 2008  - Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Rogge

Superyacht NERO - La Valletta/Malta in June 2008 - Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Rogge

The 2010 launched mega yacht Pacific is also an impressive vessel measuring 85 metres in length over all and was built by the prestigious German shipyard Lurssen Yachts. Her one-of-a-king exterior was designed by the world renowned designer German Frers and her interior reflects the talents of Bannenberg & Rowell design studio.

Superyacht Pacific in the Harbour of Kiel in August 2011 - Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Rogge

Superyacht Pacific in the Harbour of Kiel in August 2011 - Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Rogge

Lurssen mega yacht Pacific in the harbour of Kiel - Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Rogge

Lurssen mega yacht Pacific in the harbour of Kiel - Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Rogge

Superyacht PACIFIC is launched by Lurssen in Germany

July 20, 2010

The 85m superyacht PACIFIC has now been launched by Lurssen Yachts of Germany in Vegesack. The powerful motor yacht PACIFIC is to be finished and sea trialed by the leading superyacht builder Lurssen before later being delivered to her owner. Yacht Pacific is a 85 metre (278 ft) motor yacht which had her wonderful and unique exterior designing created by German Frers. The luxury yacht’s interior design was created by the well known Bannenberg & Rowell.

The 85m Lurssen motor yacht PACIFIC - photo as taken by the German yacht and ship photographer Martin Groothuis

The first image of the yacht seen here was taken by the German yacht and ship photographer Martin Groothuis from Bremen at the shipyard in Vegesack.

Yacht PACIFIC displays a unique styling in her exterior design. As can be seen here, her topsides have two openings on her starboard side which are likely tender and water toy garages which will also double as swimming platforms and landing areas.

German Frers which is perhaps more traditionally associated with sailing yacht design, is the experienced design office responsible for the Pacific yacht’s individual look. The Argentinean naval architect has managed a quite traditional look which is also modern and pleasing on the eye.  M/Y Pacific has a comparatively lower centre of gravity and a squarer and perhaps more expedition look than many other superyachts of her length.  

More information and further images about yacht PACIFIC are pending from Lurssen Yachts. Lurssen Yachts has also launched the 124.40 metre yacht Crystal, the 87.20 metre Phoenix 2 superyacht as well as the 60 metre Solemates in 2010.

Lurssen Yacht’s Pacific Superyacht

July 09, 2010

The large Lurssen built superyacht ‘Pacific’ is imminently to be launched in Vegesack, Germany. Superyacht Pacific is a 85 metre (278 ft) Lurssen motor yacht with exterior design work by German Frers and interior design by Bannenberg & Rowell. The other Lurssen yachts to have be launched this year are the 124.40 metre Crystal, the 87.20 metre Phoenix 2 and the 60 metre Solemates.

2010 is a very important year for new build luxury yacht launches and yacht PACIFIC stands tall amongst the significant yacht launches of this year. At 85 m in length overall this boat is just outside the current top 50 largest private yachts in the world. Yachts of similar length include M/Y ‘Z’, Vibrant Curiosity, Sunrays, Cakewalk and Ecstasea.

PACIFIC, however, is a unique and individual private yacht for several reasons and her exterior design profile is quite traditional in many ways but also shares some contemporary themes with large modern explorer yacht designs. As compared to the Andrew Winch designed 87 m yacht Phoenix 2 – already launched this year by Lurssen – M/Y Pacific has by comparison a lower centre of gravity, a squarer and perhaps more expedition look, with less rounded or flowing edges.  German Frers, which is a long standing yacht design company based in Argentina and historically known for sailing yachts, was the experienced design office responsible for M/Y Pacific’s individual look. Often a yacht of this size can have a very tall and volumous superstructure whereas yacht PACIFIC reveals a more modest and balanced height and a good symmetry between hull topsides and the superstructure above.

This is the Lurssen superyacht Phoenix 2 also launched in 2010 makes for interesting comparison to yacht Pacific

Little more is publically known about motor yacht PACIFIC (formerly project JOSI) at this stage. She has been designed and built to be a blue water superyacht made for the ocean and she will no doubt be able to explore long distances in trying conditions if required. While not plumb, her bow is reasonably sheer and it raises to an ample height above the waterline with good flare which is ideal for challenging ocean and weather conditions.

Lurssen Yachts in Germany is one of the world’s preeminent custom private motor yacht builders and their yacht launches are varied in style and type. There is more information about the Lurssen shipyard here as well as below.

CharterWorld will bring you more information, the specification, photos, images and details of yacht PACIIFC as they come to light in the following weeks. If you have any further information about this vessel, please let us know.

Lurssen superyacht Pacific, the 85 m project JOSI ready for launch.

July 09, 2010

The 85 m motor yacht Pacific, also known as Project Josi, is ready to launch at the Lürssen shipyard in Vegesack. The Lurssen superyacht Pacific features exterior styling from German Frers and interior design by Bannenberg & Rowell Design.

The megayacht Pacific is the 4th launch for Lurssen shipyard this year following the launches of the 124.40 metre yacht CRYSTAL , the 87.20 m  Superyacht Phoenix 2 and the 60m Lurssen superyacht SOLEMATES II

Further details on the 85m Lurssen motor yacht PACIFIC, including photos will be released soon.

Lürssen Yachts, (or Lürssen Werft) it is one of the world’s leading builders of large custom luxury superyachts. Lürssen Yachts is a a family owned German shipbuilding company based in Bremen-Vegesack which builds superior luxury yachts – some of the largest and very finest luxury motor yachts available from 110 feet to 492 feet in length and growing. Lurssen is always associated with quality and the company is probably the most significant luxury yacht producer today. They built Paul Allen’s megayacht OCTOPUSand Larry Ellison’s motor yacht RISING SUN – the largest privately owned yacht in the world – amongst an impressive fleet of other well known luxury yachts.

Here are some of the Lurssen built superyachts for charter.