The 2nd annual Singapore Yacht Show officially started today, with some of the world’s most famous yacht shipyards, exhibiting their best luxury superyachts at ONE°15 Marina, Sentosa Cove. Guest-of-Honour, Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State for Trade and Industry, officially started the three-day show with the opening ceremony. Demonstrating important signs of growth, this popular exhibition runs from April 27th-29th, with an amazing line-up of superyachts on display, along with a collection of other smaller luxury yachts, boats as well as tenders.
“Singapore has a burgeoning superyacht industry. We are opening new marinas capable of berthing superyachts. We are also welcoming more yacht charters and agents, while marine engineering companies and shipyards are converting their services for white boat repair,” said Mr Teo. “The four local world-class marinas hosting superyachts – Raffles Marina, Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, Marine@Keppel Bay and ONE°15 Marina Club – have seen an increase in the number of superyachts berthed in Singapore and are looking at expanding to meet the growing demand.”
The Singapore Yacht Show 2012 features some of the world’s largest and most luxurious power and sailing superyachts. Some of the highlights include Feadship’s brand new 45m motor yacht Helix, that is making her debut in Southeast Asia; the 45m luxury yacht Vantage from Palmer Johnson, and Sanlorenzo’s stunning 35.5m superyacht Onyx.
The Westport 130 megayacht Sea Bear, formerly owned by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, is also on display and is now available for Singapore charter. The 40 metre superyacht is managed by Aqua Voyage, the nautical arm of KOP Hotels & Resorts, and forms part of its fleet of luxury yachts. Other debuts also include catamaran yacht Phatsara and Singapore-built 39m superyacht Megaway 128 both presented by Northrop & Johnson; a Cranchi 64 presented by Hong Seh Marine; and celebrating Year of the Dragon is the Torpedo, by J-Craft.
“The presence of some of the biggest names in the global yachting industry is testament not only to Singapore’s, but also to Asia’s growing economic clout,” said Andy Treadwell, Managing Director of the Singapore Yacht Show. “As the ranks of billionaires and multi-millionaires in the region continue to embrace the yachting lifestyle, we want them to savour the best that the industry has to offer and we are confident the show will grow from strength to strength in the next few years.”
The show is rapidly gaining momentum as the foremost yachting industry showcase in the Asia Pacific region. Following the success of the preview edition last year, the show has more than doubled in size in every aspect, from the number of on-water yachts and dock-side exhibitors as well as luxury lifestyle partners. This year’s edition features a first class line-up of the world’s most influential yachting brands, which include Feadship, Sanlorenzo, Palmer Johnson, Westport, Heesen, Azimut, Princess, Cranchi, SportRiva, Mangusta and J–Craft, among many others.
There is also strong participation from leading yacht brokers such as Burgess, Ocean Independence, Simpson Marine and Northrop & Johnson. Other top exhibitors in the Dockside Village include Sevenstar, Gulf Craft, KOP Group, and Luxury Yachts.
A parade of supercars shares the spotlight with the stunning superyachts at this year’s event, courtesy of Eurosports Automobile Munich Automobiles with BMW M Owners Club and Lamborghini Club organising convoys to the yacht show.