Azzura Marine is fast establishing a solid reputation as the premier superyacht facility in the South Pacific region. Azzura Marine Newcastle is the group's fourth and most recent addition to its growing shipyard portfolio. Capable of building both custom motor and sail yachts up to 74m, the impressive new 49,000m2 facility also provides a complete refit and repair centre for yachts up to 120m.
The 52m Perini Navi SY Squall was recently hauled out of the water via the facility’s large 900T synchrolift and is presently undergoing extensive maintenance works. During a six week period Azzura Marine will service her engines, generators, navigation systems and tenders in addition to her hydraulic systems, valves and hull fittings. She is also scheduled to receive anti-fouling treatment amongst a variety of other works to be carried out by the highly skilled Azzura Marine team.
SY Squall Captain Richard Le Quesne complimented Azzura Marine on its professionalism and efficiency. “The haul-out was, from my point of view, a complete success; the yacht was hauled on time, without drama and without any damage at all. What more could a skipper ask?
“I have been enormously impressed by the time and effort that Azzura Marine has put into the haul-out of Squall. Both the owner and I are reluctant to haul the yacht with a sling type of hoist because of the high risk of damage to the topsides paint and I am very happy that Azzura Marine were able to accommodate Squall on its railway,” commented the experienced Captain.
With a mast height of 57m, Azzura Marine’s Newcastle facility is the only facility north of Sydney capable of lifting a vessel of Squall's size.
Azzura Marine Newcastle Managing Director David McQueen says: “We set very high standards for our work and strive to deliver exceptional service beyond expectations to each and every one of our clients.”
Captain Le Quesne praised Azzura Marine for their commitment to quality stating: “The structure Azzura Marine built to support Squall is, in my opinion, certainly better than anything I have seen in other shipyards.”
Conveniently located just two hours drive north of Sydney, Azzura Marine Newcastle is currently managing three other major refits including the ten month refit of a 45m motor yacht and the refit of the world’s largest all-carbon multi-hull yacht as well as completing the build of a 93ft high-performance trimaran.
With the number of superyachts visiting the South Pacific growing at an exponential rate, the demand for quality providers of refit and repair services within the region is set to increase. Given Azzura Marine’s wealth of experience in the marine industry and renowned commitment to quality, there is little doubt that the group is set to become a key player in the global refit and repair market.