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February 2022

Dear APSA Members and Friends

February has been a busy month, with the Miami International Yacht Show, Superyacht Australia Soirée 2022, and the German Superyacht Conference on the calendar. Coming up very soon is the Dubai International Yacht Show, YARE 2022, the Japan International Boat Show, Palm Beach International Boat Show, and the Thailand Yacht Show (Part 1) in Pattaya in April.

Cannan Oceanus is a new generation management company based in Hong Kong, China and Philippines. The team consists of highly experienced personnel passionate who provide creative solutions, are specialists in brokerage and sales, crew management, itinerary planning, shore support and refit management.

Travellers can arrive in Thailand by air, land, and water with the required prepaid accommodation reduced to 1 night or on board for those arriving on a yacht and COVID-19 tests are revised to 1 RT-PCR and 1 self-ATK from 1 March 2022.

Simpson Marine’s Hong Kong team have started off the New Year of the Tiger with a superyacht splash, welcoming the first Sanlorenzo SD126 into the city. The yacht was sold by Sanlorenzo Asia/Simpson Marine and has also joined Simpson Marine’s Yacht Management fleet in Hong Kong.

Lantau Yacht Club (LYC) sails smoothly into 2022 with a new Marina Manager Tom Leung who has recently joined the team. LYC’s mission is to offer premium yachting facilities and become the preferred mooring destination and yacht club in Hong Kong.

The first part of the 6th edition of the government-initiated Thailand Yacht Show will be staged in the Gulf of Thailand at Ocean Marina, Pattaya from 7- 11 April, with the second part to follow in Phuket later in the year.

Papa New Guinea (PNG) has relaxed its border rules to allow tourists back into the country provided travellers meet the required conditions.

With over 100,000 visitors and six locations, the 2022 event was a boon for the recreational boating industry over Presidents’ Day Weekend.

Seen by many as Australia’s most progressive yacht club in recent times, Southport Yacht Club, on Queensland’s Gold Coast, has taken another significant step into the future with the opening of its spectacular Megayacht docking facility. and GMT Global Marine Travel were pleased once again to be able to support the International SeaKeepers Society's annual Founders Dinner, which was held during the Miami International Boat Show in February.

After a two-year-long hiatus, the Dubai International Boat Show is back. Set to take place from 9-13 March, Dubai International Boat Show 2022 (DIBS) features first-look boat launches, an extensive variety of stunning new builds, and a wide range of up-and-coming boats and sea toys.

Superyacht Australia, the peak body for the Australian superyacht industry, is excited to announce the date for the third annual Superyacht Australia Soirée as Saturday 26 February 2022 at Jones Bay Marina, Sydney, Australia.

Diane M. Byrne, the editor of and the chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association--both of which are APSA Affiliate Association members--look forward to welcoming Asia-Pacific-based professionals back to U.S. shores this year.

Not-for-profit SuperYacht Group Great Barrier Reef farewells manager Joanne Drake and welcomes Virginia Edwards to lead the group through the exciting challenges ahead as Australia’s borders open to fully vaccinated international superyacht crew and guests.

Nicolas Benazeth, Director of Charter at CharterWorld LLP, says “2021 turned out to be a very successful year for CharterWorld and we were thrilled to be able to put together so many successful charters and help our clients to get the break they were hoping for in these difficult times globally.

Great news for Queensland as the borders are now open for quarantine free arrival from 22 January 2022. Superyachts are able to enter at any Australian Border Force approved Ports of Entry; these include Cairns, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Four New Sailings For March/April: Whether you would like to take your yacht eastbound or westbound, Sevenstar Yacht Transport have excellent options for moving your yacht.

SLYG Sail Lanka Yachting Group (SLYG) has been designing, manufacturing boats and developing marine infrastructures and export since 2008.

The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) has confirmed its annual conference, ASMEX 2022 will be held from Monday 16th  May to Wednesday 18th May at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort on the Gold Coast, Queensland.