Australia’s leading superyacht industry professionals have united to form Australasian Superyacht Services (ASYS); a unique national network of Superyacht Agency/Concierge service providers covering every port in Australasia. The group comprises 10 branch offices around the country and provides full agency/concierge services to superyachts visiting every Australian port in conjunction with its exclusive strategic partnership with Wilhelmsen Ships Service Oceania.
The network offers superyachts visiting Australia seamless agency and concierge assistance as they travel from port to port around the vast Australian coastline and throughout the Australasian region.
Services include all advanced formalities: assistance with customs, immigration and quarantine, electronic crew visas, customs agency, berthing, refit and repair and fuel sales. Additionally, through partner Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s Unitor brand of marine products; an extensive catalogue of marine equipment is now available to superyachts at competitive prices. The company provides centralised accounting services that assists superyacht captains as they move around the country, from port to port, by paying the yacht’s invoices along the way, and upon departure from Australia; a simplified GST (VAT) reimbursement process for applicable expenses.
Australasian Superyacht Services CEO, Captain Richard Morris, says, “Captains of superyachts visiting Australia can now receive high quality support seamlessly as they travel around the coastline, from port to port, state to state.”
Australasian Superyacht Services is represented in the main superyacht destinations by its network of subsidiary offices headed up by the key superyacht industry identity in that port/region. They are;
• Captain Richard Morris - Sydney Superyacht Services, Sydney, Newcastle
• Captain Joe Akacich – Gold Coast Superyacht Services, Gold Coast, Whitsunday Islands
• Captain Mike Ebsworth – Brisbane Superyacht Services, Brisbane, Hervey Bay
• Captain Robert Van Der Moigg/Doc Taylor – Cairns Superyacht Services
• Murray Hird – Northern Australian Superyacht Services, Darwin
• Kevin Altera/Rod Tweddle – Western Australian Superyacht Services, Fremantle, Exmouth, Broome
• John Ferguson – Melbourne Superyacht Services
• Captain Peter Cook – Adelaide & Hobart Superyacht Services
Captain Morris adds, “All of our agents are either ex-superyacht captains or superyacht industry experts and are therefore acutely aware of superyacht captains’ requirements. With our exclusive partnership with Wilhelmsen Ships Service, ASYS is backed up by the world’s leading ship agency service provider, enabling us to support superyachts in every port in Australia, and wherever they may be around the coast. Unitor marine products and fire, rescue and safety equipment service and support are also offered through this partnership.”
Michael Buchanan, Area Director Oceania, Wilhelmsen Ships Service, says, “WSS is pleased to work with ASYS in handling the growing number of large superyachts that choose to visit Australia. WSS already handles over 5000 port calls in Australia and New Zealand each year, including cruise ships, and as such, we are experts in all aspects of the arrival formalities process including the provision of crew visas, cruising permits and every other Customs, Quarantine or Immigration issue.”
Australasian Superyacht Services commenced operations on 1st September 2009 and is already providing agency services to a number of large superyachts visiting Australia.