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August 2020

The good, the not so good, and the encouraging!

Starting on a positive note we would like to welcome Kingship as APSA’s newest member. Roger and Diana Liang are well known in the Asian superyacht community as well as the rest of the world, and their son Jeffrey is joining them in the family shipyard business. It’s great to have them as new members of APSA.

The Italian Super Yacht Life Foundation (ISYL) provides vocational training in association with NAVIGO and the shipyards in the Viareggio district. In October 2020 three new courses will be on offer to 75 high school graduates.

New Member Kingship is Hong Kong’s only superyacht builder. Kingship is the very first builder in Asia to specialise in the construction of steel hulled superyachts with an aluminium superstructure, from its yard at ZhongShan port on the west bank of the Pearl River.

What will be the new regulation landscape for this summer season in the French and Italian Riviera as far as VAT on charters and new measures imposed by the COVID health crisis are concerned?

Colin Dawson continues his Insurance series: answering some of the questions he is regularly asked by clients when discussing their insurance renewals.

YACHTZOO JAPAN has this week listed a Japanese based 2013 Sessa C68 which has only had one careful owner and has been professionally maintained throughout its life.  With only 300 hours on its Volvo Penta D13 IPS 1200 drives it is virtually new and is designed to provide owners and guests with fun and enjoyment on the water.

Catalano Shipping Services is welcoming yachts, captains and crew back to Singapore and Indonesia and making sure the yachts are well supplied after long periods out at sea.

The southern hemisphere’s most comprehensive and awarded marine facility, Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) has added to its distinguished talent pool and capabilities with the prized addition and expansion of multiple new and existing marine refit and repair businesses onsite. 

The Sanlorenzo 78 won the best exterior award in the 80-120-feet category at the 2016 World Yacht Trophies, and is now available for quick delivery in Asia. It is a great example of the brand’s decades of channelled experience, which combines signature styling with new innovations and an unparalleled level of customisation within its category.

Thailand targets new economic drivers to expand its superyacht hub amid a Covid-19 downturn in tourism. The Green Port Marina project was announced at a public hearing July 31, which was attended by local administrative organisations, state officials, companies and 100 residents from Tambon Mai Khao of Thalang district, the proposed location of the Green Port Marina project.

The 91.5m (300.2ft) yacht TRANQUILITY has joined the Burgess Central Agency fleet and is now available for sale with an asking price of EUR 149,900,000.

Building fast and efficient big multihulls is nothing new, but applying the principles to building superyachts is. Kingship Marine has a good idea waiting to be put into practice: to use their established leadership in boatbuilding to build a power catamaran that can truly be termed a ‘superyacht’. 

In light of current restrictions, the Australian domestic superyacht charter industry has been presented with an opportunity to increase market penetration. With no international travel on the horizon for some time to come, Australians are looking into alternatives to ‘holiday at home’ in 2020.

Global Marine Travel (GMT) continues to climb the Travel Weekly Power List as a high-valued Travel Management Company within the Maritime Industry, earning its new stripes at #43 in 2020 over #47 in 2019.


The Singapore Boating Industry Association (SBIA) in collaboration with the Hong Kong Boating Industry Association (HKBIA), is organizing the Asia Boating Dialogue 2020.  The ABD will run as a free-to-register webinar, in two 120-minute sessions on the 22 and 29 September, 2020.

The Sanya Central Business District Administration is focusing on new ways to promote boating in China. A new ‘international yacht exchange centre’ has been set up to educate a new audience on the joys boating especially around the tropical resort island of Hainan.

METSTRADE and RAI Amsterdam announced with great sadness that the Marine Equipment Trade Show, which was scheduled on 17-19 November in RAI Amsterdam, has been cancelled. For more than 32 years, METSTRADE has been providing the most complete meeting place for the global marine industry.

The 2020 edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival has been cancelled, according to reports and it is understood that organiser Reed Expositions is now reaching out to exhibitors to informing them of the news.

While parts of Asia shine, other areas of the Asia Pacific are still waiting for conditions to improve. APSA follows up with some of its members to find out how they are surviving the COVID-19 crisis. Mike Simpson, MD and founder of Simpson Marine says, “The Hong Kong boat market is doing remarkably well this year in spite of the pandemic-related lockdown restrictions and a weakened economy.” 

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation the Thailand Charter Week 2020 has been postponed to 2021. The new dates are the 12th to the 15th of November 2021. The preliminary plan is for the opening ceremony from 5pm on Friday the 12th of November followed by two days of on and off water displays at the Phuket Yacht Haven.