Asia Pacific Yachting Conference: Day Two

The SuperYacht Times team are currently in Singapore for the fifth edition of the Singapore Yacht Show. Yesterday we attended the second of two days of presentations and meetings as part of the Asia Pacific Yachting Conference (APYC). This year’s APYC is themed “Towards World Class” and is co-chaired by Martin Redmayne of The Superyacht Group and Tim Coventry, Special Advisor to the Gyeonggi Provincial Government, Korea.

The day started with opening comments from the Conference Chair, and was followed by talks taking place simultaneously in different areas. In the Strategy Stream, CEO of Fraser Yachts, Roberto Giorgi, as well as Martin Redmayne of The Superyacht Group took to the stage to discuss lessons from the shipping industry. This was followed by representatives from Superyacht Australia, Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, and Bray Management, leading a panel looking at the best practices for Australia.

After a brief coffee break, Maik van Zoggel of YachtsXL talked of the development and impact of digital media to reach Asian Elite clientele, followed by a panel discussion of the role of industry in marine conservation with Dr. Chou Loke Ming, Dr. Karenne Tun, and Richard Snow.

In the the Technical Stream, Stefan Mueller from MTU Friedrichshafen talked of innovation, trends and development in power and propulsion, which was followed by a Panel discussion of yacht ownership, management and operations in the Asia Pacific area. After a short coffee break, the Technical Stream continues with another panel discussion looking at the importance of qualified manpower in effective risk assessment and management, with members of the Information Fusion Centre introducing their company and giving an overview of regional security before both the Technical and Strategy streams broke up for another networking lunch.

After lunch, Echo Yachts kicked off the afternoon with a presentation on how the brand is daring to be different, followed by three business managers discussing their experiences in successfully developing their company's when market conditions have been tough.

Another panel discussion ensued after a coffee break, with Erwin Bamps of Gulf Craft, Simon Cardiff of Issues in Superyacht Ownership, James Carroll of Andrew Winch Design, and Olivier Blanchet of BNP Paribas. The discussion focused on looking at using full lifecycle strategies to demystify the long-term risks and rewards of superyacht ownership, as well as giving builders and the supply chain a roadmap for optimising client lifetime value.

The last discussion of the day and concluding the Asia Pacific Yachting Conference 2015 saw Michael Breman of Lürssen and SYBass, MaryAnne Edwards of Superyacht Australia and Colin Dawson of Asia Pacific Superyacht Association look at issues and challenges facing the industry in developing markets as well as strategic collaboration of regional and/or national industry associations to work towards common goals and objectives to elevate and promote the industry.

With the second day of compelling talks at the APYC now at an end, the Singapore Yacht Show will open its doors today. at the Singapore Yacht Show

Meet at the Singapore Yacht Show. Both our editorial and sales team will be present in Singapore throughout the event. Pick up a free copy of the brand new edition of our quarterly newspaper, distributed at several spots around the show, meet us for a chat about advertising or media solutions, or simply join us for a drink at the bar. We look forward to meeting you in Singapore.

By Maarten Janssen



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