Here we closely follow all developments regarding the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic in relation to the superyacht industry and bring you the latest updates.
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Photo: Tom van Oossanen / SuperYacht Times24 September 2020: 10:15 (CEST) trade fair boot Düsseldorf 2021 confirmed to go ahead
Show organisers of boot Düsseldorf have confirmed the 2021 show will go ahead from 23 to 31 January. The decision follows the success of the trade show CARAVAN SALON 2020, which happened recently and proved that "that trade fairs in Düsseldorf are successful and that exhibitors can produce impressive economic results, even under the new rules."
Wolfram Diener, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf adds: “boot Düsseldorf is well aware of its responsibility to the industry as the world’s biggest platform for watersports. boot sets the course for a year of success and a positive future."
The show is set to be held across 17 trade fair halls and in accordance with the valid hygiene and infection protection regulations.
23 September 2020: 10:30 (CEST) Horizon Yachts to host invitation-only show
Horizon Yacht USA plans to host a private show of its new-build yacht over a two-day event from 9 October. To be held at the Hall of Fame Marina in Fort Lauderdale, the event will showcase four Horizon yachts for viewing in safe conditions including the new FD102, To-Kalon, the FD87 Skyline, the FD80 Skyline and the E56 OMA.
23 September 2020: 08:45 (CEST) Thailand requires superyacht visitors to quarantine
The Thai Government has asked that visitors to the country agree to a compulsory 14-day quarantine to stay for at least 90 days with a new long-stay Visa. However, Asia Pacific Superyachts is currently in discussion with the government to suggest that yacht owners are able to do the 14-day quarantine on board.
22 September 2020: 09:45 (CEST) Balearic Yacht Show 2020 goes virtual in November
Kicking off on 18 November 2020, the Balearic Yacht Show will run for three days via its advanced online platform: balearicmarine.org. By bringing together various industry stakeholders, the show intends to provide a live yacht show format with online conferences, workshops, digital meetings and 360-degree tours.
Via the website, show visitors can make appointments to virtually meet with the exhibitors at their online stand which has been individually tailored for each company. Organisers are inviting visitors to the show to "enjoy all the essence of Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera in one online space" and are making the web platform available all-year-round to benefit the industry.
21 September 2020: 09:45 (CEST) Nautor's Swan to host live event in October
From 13 to 20 October, Nautor's Swan is hosting its live event, Nautor’s Swan Experience, to fill the gap left by numerous cancelled events in light of the coronavirus pandemic. At the Marina di Scarlino, two events will form the event: Swan One Design Worlds and the Scarlino Private Boat Show.
The Swan One Design Worlds will feature ClubSwan 50s, ClubSwan 36s, ClubSwan 42s and Swan 45s, while the Private Boat Show will exhibit examples from the Swan range including Swan 98, Swan 78, Swan 65, Swan 54 and Swan 48 models.
While wanting to offer guests a complete experience, Nautor's Swan is fully respecting both regional and national regulations regarding Covid-19.
15 September 2020: 15:45 (CEST) Hong Kong Yacht Show 'should' go ahead
Show organisers for the Hong Kong Yacht Show are hoping restrictions will ease up in time for the first edition of the HKYS, scheduled to take place between 19-22 November 2020.
Kara Yeung, Chief Executive of The Hong Kong Cruise & Yacht Industry Association and founding partner of HKYS, says: “Despite the continuing restrictions on business and social activity here, we are currently still assured that the Hong Kong Yacht Show will be able to open as planned in November. We are nearly sold out in terms of the yacht berths, with some 35 beautiful vessels now confirmed and many more on the waiting list."
The show will be on a "slightly smaller scale" than normal, but still hopes to take advantage of the "very mature" market in Hong Kong. More information can be found on the show's website: www.hkyachtshow.com
14 September 2020: 11:00 (CEST) Sunreef Yachts create 200 new jobs
Polish yacht-builder Sunreef Yachts is now hiring 200 new employees for its shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. “During the last months of the pandemic, we can proudly say that we have not reduced any jobs. We kept the employment level and wages at a constant level,” commented Francis Lapp, founder and president of Sunreef Yachts. The new positions will be created at Sunreef Yachts’ brand new shipyard where multiple projects are already underway, including the world's largest private luxury catamaran: the 49m Sunreef Power.
9 September 2020: 14:00 (CEST) Olympic Yacht Show postponed
Ondeck Events has announced the postponement of the Olympic Yacht Show which was scheduled to take place between 1-4 October 2020 at the Olympic Marine facility in Marina Sounio.
The decision to delay the show to spring 2021 was made due to the emergency measures taken by the Greek state to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
"We have reached this difficult decision, namely the postponement of the Olympic Yacht Show, following the recent developments for the intensification of the preventive measures for the protection of public health [...] I assure you that we will press on as determined and target-oriented as ever," commented Gerasimos Gerolymatos, Ondeck Media Director.
He continued, "I would like to thank in advance all of the companies for confirming their participation on the new dates, which are to be announced in due course," he continued.
8 September 2020 - 10:00 (CEST) Azimut Yachts to host private boat show
From 8-13 September, Azimut Yachts are to host a small-scale boat show in a safe environment. On display for the first time will be Azimut’s 25.2-metre Magellano 25 Metri – the story of which has been told in a short film Azimut commissioned from film director Gabriele Muccino. Also on display at Azimut’s private boat show in Viareggio will be their Atlantis Collection, Magellano Collection, Flybridge Collection, S Collection and the Grande Collection.
7 September 2020 - 11:00 (CEST) Singapore Yacht Show delayed until 2021
The 10th edition of the Singapore Yacht Show was rescheduled this March to take place between 15-18 October 2020, but has now been pushed back again. Currently, it looks like it will take place in 2021. Although all signs from the Singapore Government had been positive, a second wave of Covid-19 cases has forced the yacht show to delay once again.
Verventia CEO, Andy Treadwell, said: “It goes without saying that this is a hugely difficult decision to have had to take. All our exhibitors had accepted that a small local October boat show could actually have worked very well - the domestic market is currently very buoyant, as everybody suddenly wants to get out on the water! However, safety first, absolutely – we fully endorse the government’s caution and sense of public responsibility, whatever the financial consequences.”
The 10th edition of the Singapore Yacht Show will now take place from 22-25 April, 2021.
27 August 2020 - 16:45 (CEST) Nautor’s Swan and Rolex cancel Rolex Swan Cup
In light of the recent outbreaks of coronavirus in the Costa Smeralda area and in Porto Cervo, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has decided - with the support of Nautor’s Swan and Rolex - to cancel the Rolex Swan Cup, which was scheduled to take place between 7 and 13 September.
24 August 2020 - 11:00 (CEST) Nautor’s Swan to host private boat show
Following the cancellation of various yacht shows, most recently the Cannes Yachting Festival, Finnish shipyard Nautor’s Swan has announced they will host a private show later this year. At the Italian Marina di Scarlino, Nautor’s Swan will exhibit their full range of yachts as well as brokerage yachts and charter services. The Scarlino Private Boat Show aims to create a safe environment for passionate sailors from 16-18 October.
10 August 2020 - 16:00 (CEST) Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup to go ahead
Organisers of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup have confirmed that it is set to go ahead in Porto Cervo from 30th of August to 4th of September. This will be the first maxi yacht racing event to take place since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out at the beginning of the year. Organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the International Maxi Association, this will be the 31st Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.
The nature of the race may be slightly altered due to enforced measures concerning the coronavirus. IMA Secretary General Andrew McIrvine explains: “With the requirement to obey Covid--19 avoidance measures, including social distancing and avoidance of gatherings, crews will typically remain in their ‘bubbles’ from villa to yacht with virtually no wider interaction. The racing will still be good. We have made special provision for reduced crew number with extra adjustments of time correction for yachts taking that option.”
In addition, this year’s fleet will be smaller than usual. Many of the grand prix maxis, especially the 100s and Maxi 72s, whose crew usually fly in from across the globe, have found that travelling to Europe this year has either been prohibited or is impractical due to their respective quarantine restrictions.
Andrew McIrvine concludes: “Despite all the logistical difficulties associated with Covid-19 we are delighted and encouraged that so many owners have overcome them to support this flagship event.”
6 August 2020 - 15:00 (CEST) Cannes Yachting Festival confirms event health and safety procedures
Organisers of the Cannes Yachting Festival have confirmed that they have obtained the “Safe & Clean” label by APAVE meaning that the Covid-19 health measures have been properly implemented to keep all those at the show safe.
Franck Riester, the French Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, confirmed that as of 1 September, professional events, exhibitions, trade fairs and conventions could resume in France. There will be no size limit on events as long as they comply with protective measures.
Find out more about the show plans in this interview with the show manager Sylvie Ernoult.
31 July 2020 - 13:00 (CEST) RINA brands Porto Mirabello a luxury marina with covid-19 protocols
Porto Mirabello has remained open for business with appropriate measures taken to adapt to the Italian Government’s Covid-19 restrictions. Harbour staff are equipped with PPE and the Marina is periodically sanitised. Plus, new procedures have been introduced to guarantee social distancing including the food delivery and concierge services. These services have earned the Marina it’s ‘Luxury’ label from the MaRINA Excellence scheme by RINA.
30 July 2020 - 14:00 (CEST) Marina Port de Mallorca, Marina Palma Cuarentena and Marina Ibiza certified as Safe Tourism Marina
Marina Port de Mallorca, Marina Palma Cuarentena and Marina Ibiza have been certified as a Safe Tourism Marina, certifying it against Covid-19.
Following the implementation of strict preventive measures against Covid-19 for the protection of its clients, employees, collaborators and visitors, the marinas have been certified with the Safe Tourism seal of ICTE (Spanish Tourism Quality Institute), passing an external audit which guarantees compliance with all the requirements contained in the Good Advanced Practices of SICTED, granted by the Secretary of State for Tourism.
Strict protection protocols have been implemented to ensure strict hygiene measures, including the cleaning and disinfection of all public areas of the marina and its stores, to ensure the safety of all visitors.
29 July 2020 - 9:30 (CEST) Australian Superyacht Rendezvous postponed
Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, organisers of the fourth annual Australian Superyacht Rendezvous have postponed the event which was set to take place in the Whitsundays by Coral Sea Marina Resort between 15th to 18th October 2020.
Paul Darrouzet, organiser of Australian Superyacht Rendezvous – Great Barrier Reef Edition and owner of the host venue Coral Sea Marina Resort – says that ongoing uncertainty around the border closures and lifting of restrictions resulted in this decision to postpone the event until further notice.
“We have remained positive about keeping options open to stage the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous in October 2020 – particularly in light of the sadness and disappointment that has come with so many events being cancelled, but we don’t feel there will be enough recovery time to be able to proceed with the event with the remaining lead time,” Mr Darrouzet said.
“The implications of Covid-19, and subsequent international and domestic travel restrictions, financial and logistical issues are beyond our control and we have been left with no other option than to postpone,” he continued.
“We are passionate about helping with Australia’s economic recovery from Covid-19 – particularly for our marine and superyacht industries – so we very much look forward to announcing new dates in due course.”
22 July 2020 - 11:00 (CEST) Westport Yachts facilities reopen post-lockdown
With three production facilities now reopened following the Covid-19 lockdown, Westport Yachts are continuing work on three contracted production boats. Construction work at the yard abides by 'Phase 2 Manufacturing Facility COVID-19 Requirements' from the State of Washington.
Despite speculations, the American shipyard has confirmed that it has "no intentions of closing or moving any of our facilities" and will "continue to operate in Florida and Washington state and appreciate the support from the communities."
21 July 2020 - 17:00 (CEST) Oyster Yachts recruiting over 100 staff to join workforce
Despite the pressures of the ongoing global pandemic, British yacht builder Oyster Yachts has announced that it is recruiting more than 100 people to join its workforce, expanding the team to over 400.
As reported in Eastern Daily Press, the shipyard, which has facilities in Wroxham, Ashmanhaugh and Southampton - as well as Majorca and the US - is predominantly aiming to fill production roles and is looking for experienced engineers, electricians, joiners, laminators and finishers to join the team. In addition, the company is also providing additional apprenticeship opportunities.
Deputy chief executive Becky Bridgen told Eastern Daily Press: "Our growth strategy is firmly on track, driving demand for additional expert craftspeople across our shipyards. We are realising our vision to create jobs for skilled craftsmen and women in the UK marine industry. It’s a proud moment as we start the next phase of our journey.”
Mujgan Trowbridge, head of human resources at Oyster, commented: “Despite Covid-19, we managed to hire 64 people, most of whom were required at our composite technology centre at Ashmanhaugh. We are now actively seeking a further 100 staff, 60 to join our Wroxham facility before Christmas 2020 and 40 in Southampton by March 2021.”
Oyster owner Richard Hadida commented on the expansion to Eastern Daily Press: “After two years at the helm, this is a hugely exciting time for Oyster. I’m passionate about Oyster and the skills required to build our beautiful yachts. I will be delighted to welcome more of the very best master craftspeople to the team. In addition, we are continuing to invest in Oyster apprenticeships to grow and safeguard great British boat building skills for the future.”
17 July 2020 - 10:30 (CEST) Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show share AllSecure health and safety plans
Show organisers of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) have released their plans on how attendees of the show can have a safe experience. The document, named AllSecure, has been created in coordination with the show's "partners, peers, venues, suppliers, contractors, health officials, and federal and local authorities." The new standards are said to "raise the bar on safe, hygienic, productive, and high-quality organised event experiences" and will ensure deep cleaning takes place before, during and after each day.
AllSecure focuses on 10 Key Commitments which focus on enhanced cleaning and hygiene and follow the official GBAC comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention, physical distancing including non-contact ticketing and registration, personal protective equipment, screening, communication and more.
With its new ‘Safe, responsible and hospitable’ protocol’ in place, METSTRADE 2020 is all set to welcome exhibitors and visitors from 17th to 19th November 2020 at the RAI Amsterdam.
This year’s edition of the event will offer the opportunity to virtually join exhibitors and visitors through online matchmaking tools, as award ceremonies, presentations and panel discussions will also be available online.
So far, more than 1,250 exhibitors have already registered for this year’s event. Niels Klarenbeek, director at METSTRADE commented, “METSTRADE’s strength lies in connecting people. METSTRADE is the world’s largest trade exhibition for equipment, materials and systems for the international leisure marine industry. We believe that we can bring our physical event to a higher platform where the best of both worlds, offline and online, seamlessly merge in a hybrid event in November.”
10 July 2020 - 11:00 (CEST) Sanctuary Cove to welcome visitors back in November for Boating Festival
Following the postponement of this year's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), the Sanctuary Cove Boating Festival is an alternative event scheduled to take place at the Marine Village from 13-15 November. The free, three-day event will be open to the public and show organisers are working closely with health officials to ensure the event complies with COVID-safe practices.
“At this stage, sadly no other boat shows will be going ahead in Australia this year. We’re confident that the Sanctuary Cove Boating Festival will be an industry leader when it comes to hosting a COVID-safe event across the marine offering,” said SCIBS general manager, Johan Hasser. The event is said to be an important move to "help the local industry get back on its feet."
For more information, visit sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au
7 July 2020 - 17:00 (CEST) Borders open in Fiji for foreign-flagged vessels and superyachts
Fiji’s maritime borders have been declared open for foreign-flagged vessels and superyachts. However, entry is only allowed upon following the strictly laid out conditions which include establishing of 'blue lanes' for yachts and pleasure crafts, and Port Denarau Marina being the only port of entry.
All visitors will be tested and need to download the careFIJI App to enter the country and are eligible to sail only if their journey at sea was longer than 14 days or they will be required to make up the difference in quarantine once they dock in Fiji at their own cost.
2 July 2020 - 15:00 (CEST) Cannes Yachting Festival 2020 confirmed to be held this September
Show organisers of the Cannes Yachting Festival have confirmed the event is to be held between 8 to 13 September 2020 at the Vieux Port and Port Canto in Cannes.
“After many weeks of uncertainty in light of the context, intensive discussions with our clients, the City of Cannes, our partners and suppliers; and a great deal of work with local authorities, we are pleased to have reached the final stretch before the opening of the Festival,” commented show manager Sylvie Ernoult.
In light of the covid-19 pandemic, the boats and stands for the yachting festival have been installed in accordance with a General Health and Safety Plan (PGSS) drawn up and approved the Prefecture, the City of Cannes and suppliers. The plan is based on the health measures recommended by UNIMEV (the professional federation of the events industry) and presented to the government, and the reference document that Reed Exhibitions Group has produced for all its trade shows internationally.
This also implies that the event maps may change partially until the opening depending on the physical social distancing rules in force in late August/early September and may include some areas being expanded into additional locations provided by the City of Cannes.
30 June 2020 - 15:30 (CEST) Nautor's Swan confirms 2020 Rolex Swan Cup will go ahead
The 2020 Rolex Swan Cup to be hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Nautor’s Swan will be taking place from 7-13 September 2020 in Sardinia with respect to the government's instructions for the safety and health of all participants. Hosted every two years, this year will mark the 21st edition of the event.
“The Rolex Swan Cup is one of the first sailing events after a season of forced rest and we are amazed by the response we’ve already had in terms of participation,” said Enrico Chieffi, the Vice President of Nautor Group. “More than 50 yachts have already proceeded with registration, confirming that our owners are thrilled to participate in the regatta and they can’t wait to start racing again all together in Sardinia, celebrating their love for the sea, the sport of sailing and our brand.”
The first the edition of Swan One Design Worlds is also confirmed to be held from 13-17 October in the challenging waters of Marina di Scarlino, Tuscany. Planned to be a celebration of One Design, here the ClubSwan 50 and Swan 45 World Championship titles, together with the ClubSwan 42 and ClubSwan 36 European Championship title will be awarded after four days of racing.
29 June 2020 - 13:30 (CEST) Covid-19 relief fund launched in Antigua for yacht workers
The Antigua and Barbuda Marine Association has launched a Marine Relief Fund to assist yacht workers whose employment has been affected by covid-19. The situation created by the lockdown following the pandemic left many individuals previously employed within the industry without work.
The president of The Antigua and Barbuda Marine Association, Franklyn Braithwaite, commented, "We were fortunate to receive donations from some of the yachts who were locked down in Antigua to assist with our workers who have been disenfranchised. We thank them and the private individuals who have donated to the fund for their kind support. We now appeal to our members, private citizens and any other stakeholders who are able to assist to donate to the cause so that we can take care of those workers through what will be a very long summer."
Members of the association who have workers that need assistance can apply to the fund here. Information to donate to the fund can be found here.
22 June 2020 - 15:00 (CEST) Azimut responds to demands with new clean-air technology
Azimut Yachts are to use the first NASA-patented system, MMVS (Marine Mechanical Ventilation System), to sanitise and renew the air on board superyachts. The Magellano 25 Metri will be the first yacht installed with the system and is due to make its debut at the 2020 Cannes Yachting Festival.
By using PCO (Photocatalytic Oxidation) technology, the system changes the air over two decks every two hours. Produced by the Italian company BCool Engineering, the MMVS does not affect the yacht's power or consumption. Azimut Yachts introduced the technology in response to the increasing demand for such a product to improve health and safety on board during the covid-19 pandemic.
19 June 2020 - 16:00 (CEST) COVID-19 test kit breakthrough developed on yacht Gene Machine
Dr Jonathan Rothberg, first shared his news about a low-cost, easy to manufacture home test kit for Coronavirus from his yacht on 7th March 2020 via his Twitter account.
The owner of Amels Limited Edition 180 yacht Gene Machine, Dr Rothberg has come up with functioning nucleic acid test kit that's affordable, easy to produce, easy to use, and reliable for COVID-19 testing. Unlike antibody and antigen testing, this test is made to detect the virus before symptoms appear when the virus is believed to be most contagious.
The team led by Dr Jonathan Rothberg is continuing to improve the design as they seek FDA approval and hope to make the tests available nationwide in America in the coming summer months.
18 June 2020 - 14:00 (CEST) Gulf Craft prepares for launches at 30% capacity
With 1,300 staff members spread across its branches in UAE and Maldives, Gulf Craft is continuing to operate at 30% capacity while strictly following safety guidelines and health measures. The shipyard is working to complete multiple customer projects such as the Majesty 100, Nomad 95 SUV, Oryx 379 and other models and is in negotiations with multiple clients for new projects such as the Majesty 120, Majesty 140 and Majesty 175 which are nearing launch.
Chairman Mohammed Hussein Alshaali commented, “Today, more than ever, we value the trust our clients continue to place in us. We also want to assure them that, although this pandemic has a lot of implications, it made us realize the necessity of restructuring our business module on both operational and commercial levels. We want to build a “New Gulf Craft” with a forward-thinking mentality that can challenge these times. Yachting has proven to be one of the safest and most comforting option today. We are optimistic about the future and we look forward to overcoming these challenging times. We have been through many crises in our four decades of operation and given our experience, we will be ready for the new era.”
Alshaali concluded, “We know there are challenges that lie ahead, and we know that times have distanced us but we are working firmly to ensure we continue to contribute to this industry and present our products internationally.”
18 June 2020 10:00 (CEST) Ports in Malta to reopen from 1st July
The government of Malta has announced that international airports and seaports will reopen starting 1st July. Travellers arriving in Malta from the countries and regions listed below will not be required to observe a quarantine period of 14 days, but will be requested to fill in a passenger locator form to allow the authorities to trace them quickly should the need arise. The countries include Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Switzerland, Italy (except Lombardia and Veneto), Spain, France and Greece.
Currently, yachts are allowed to arrive in Malta without passengers onboard until the 1st of July and are expected to follow a quarantine period of 14 days.
16 June 2020 10:00 (CEST) Y.CO offers Interactive Cruising Guide for clients
As restrictions start to lift around the world, Y.CO has put in place resources to monitor the global situation and compile up-to-date information on changing regulations and on which areas are open for cruising. A team has been analysing the information as it is received, using a global network of contacts to monitor how restrictions are applied in practice. They are sharing real-time updates on which areas are open for yacht cruising via an interactive online map, also providing reliable information to charter clients who are hoping to book a summer getaway.
Charlie Birkett, Y.CO Co-Founder and CEO says: “By providing our charter clients with up-to-date, accurate information in a format that is not only easily accessible but intuitive to use, we hope to demystify the confusing and often conflicting information that is circulating and improve client confidence at every stage of the booking journey. Together with our robust flexible cancellation policy, we hope to provide those who wish to get back out on the water with the security they need to make the most of 2020 and beyond.”
15 June 2020 - 17:00 (CEST) Maldives expected to announce ease in lockdown restrictions from 29th June
Mohammed Hameed, director of Asia Pacific Superyachts, has stated that the upcoming easing off of lockdown restriction in the Maldives is expected from 29th June 2020, with an official release anticipated soon. “We are now able to obtain permission to land private jets to Male’ Ibrahim Nasir International Airport with guests and yacht entry to the Maldives. Yachts can visit private deserted Islands, as we can arrange cruising within the atolls and all can enjoy normal yachting activities along with visiting resort islands and village inhabited islands”, Hameed stated.
He continued, "There will be health guidelines to follow until a vaccine is available and these releases may change at any time, depending on the situation and the virus spread in the community”.
15 June 2020 - 16:00 (CEST) Border restrictions in Tunisia to be lifted on 27th June
With only 5 cases of Covid-19 per million inhabitants, Tunisia is preparing to reopen again, following the countrywide lockdown and nighttime curfew which was introduced on 21st March. Whilst adhering to the guidelines and procedures set up by the World Health Organisation and the Tunisian government, the hospitality sector is preparing for the reopening of borders. From 27 June, yachts will be welcomed back to cruise Tunisia’s waters and resume their regular maritime services, including duty-free bunkering.
Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organizations (UNWTO), said, “Tunisia’s successful experience in the fight against the coronavirus sends reassuring signals to the rest of the world. They are of one of the safest countries in terms of health, that tourists can visit.”
Kim Williams of Yacht Services Tunisia commented, “Tunisia has been through a lot over the past nine years, but each time it rises up against the odds. Now as the end of lockdown is in sight and with our international borders about to reopen, we should all be very thankful for the swift action that the Tunisian government has taken. We will, of course, follow strict sanitary procedures when we welcome our yachts into port and will continue to follow all government protocols as they are released.”
04 June 2020 - 15:00 (CEST) Montenegro removes quarantine requirement for yacht arrivals
With 0 current cases of COVID-19 reported in the country and no new cases in the last 28 days, Montenegro has opened its borders to all of the countries who have fewer than 25 people infected per 100,000 inhabitants.
As confirmed by Porto Montenegro, the government of Montenegro has introduced further relaxation measures for maritime traffic, meaning that yachts can arrive from these countries without the need to quarantine. In addition, all businesses and services are now fully operational in the area.
04 June 2020 - 12:00 (CEST) Antigua and Barbuda re-opens port and airport
The Antigua and Barbuda Government issued a travel advisory last week permitting travel to ports. As per the advisory, all Marine Pleasure Craft and Ferry Services are only allowed to enter at the Nevis Street Pier and all passengers are subject to protocols issued by Port Heath.
Additionally, protocols issued by the Antigua and Barbuda Port Authority, the Immigration and Customs Department, and the Ministry of Health are to be followed. Some passengers may be subject to a quarantine of two weeks on arrival upon decision by the Port Authority.
04 June 2020 - 11:30 (CEST) International travel to Italy re-opened on 3 June
Trips between Italian Regions and travel to and from abroad were allowed starting 3rd June. The 14-day quarantine is no longer required for passengers from the European Union, Schengen countries and the United Kingdom. This means that yachting is also allowed with certain guidelines which include the regular sanitisation of crew areas and obligatory Covid-19 testing for the crew before boarding and daily body temperature checks. Furthermore, individuals are allowed to share the same cabin if they live in the same home.
Personal protection equipment is to be used during docking procedures and dock assistance, bunkering, setting sails, etc. and for charter boats the sanitisation of the craft after each change of guests is mandatory. The guidelines also highlighted that the charterer's responsibility remains the key factor for yachting activities.
04 June 2020 - 10:00 (CEST) Westport Yachts resumes operations in Washington
US shipyard Westport Yachts has resumed work and will continue its operations in Washington as the restrictions have begun to be relaxed. The shipyard will follow all the state and county mandated precautions and guidelines required for social distancing. Westport currently builds its luxury motor yachts 112, 117, 125, 130, and 172 in Washington State.
04 June 2020 - 9:30 (CEST) Northrop & Johnson experiences surge in first-time charters
As countries around the world begin to lift travel restrictions, Northrop & Johnson has seen a notable increase in inquiries from first-time charterers. As people explore luxury travel options, they are seeking secure environments for their vacations. A yacht charter is considered to be an exclusive, safe and healthy travel option. As many yachts are adding new sanitising and disinfecting protocols to their already rigorous procedures, there is now an added level of health and safety for guests and crew alike. In response to this increase in demand from first-timers new to the yacht charter market, Northrop & Johnson have created the ‘Ultimate Guide for First-Time Charterers’ which can be found on their website: NorthropandJohnson.com
03 June 2020 - 10:30 (CEST) Sanlorenzo signs new partnership agreement to support supply chain finance
In order to support the small and medium-sized enterprises that make up its supply network, Sanlorenzo and Intesa Sanpaolo (an Italian banking group) have signed a new partnership agreement.
This agreement allows a €50 million credit line to be made available by the bank, allowing small and medium-sized enterprises to receive advances on the trade receivables which are owed to them by Sanlorenzo.
The initiative is part of the supply chain program developed by Intesa Sanpaolo to help the production chains of the Italian business system flourish in the post-pandemic economy. This project also has significant repercussions for the industry in Liguria, within which 13 supply chain contracts have been signed to date, creating a turnover in excess of €1 billion.
“We are very satisfied with this transaction entered into with an excellent partner like Intesa Sanpaolo, which pays great attention to the Italian territorial districts. This agreement is of great value for Sanlorenzo, as well as for the more than 1,500 craft businesses working alongside us in the production of our yachts which will benefit from a concrete support tool, in a delicate moment like the current one, to continue to grow and develop together with Sanlorenzo” commented Massimo Perotti, Executive Chairman of Sanlorenzo.
Teresio Testa, head of the Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta and Liguria Directorate of Intesa Sanpaolo said, “We are facing extraordinary events: to start again, we need to create a system and be firm in the supply chain. Today more than ever, the relationship between company and suppliers represents a fundamental link holding together the local productive fabric. And the strongest companies right now, together with the banking system, have to take responsibility for the companies in the supply chain which are smaller in size and therefore more fragile. The operation with Sanlorenzo is a response to this sense of responsibility. Together we want to pay attention and add value to the artisans operating in the area and the resources for growth and development.”
29 May 2020 - 12:30 (CEST) Swan American Regatta postponed to 2021
Originally scheduled for 14 to 18 June 2020, the Swan American Regatta has been postponed to 2021, with the dates not yet confirmed.“Our American Swan owners are very important for us, and we want to be sure they feel like they are a part of our family,” said Giovanni Pomati, Nautor Group CEO. “This year we are not able to be part of the event, but we remain committed to reestablishing the Swan American Regatta as an annual tradition in the United States. We look forward to sailing with our American Swan owners in 2021 and enjoying the fun and the excitement that is fundamental to the Spirit of Swan”.
29 May 2020 - 12:00 (CEST) Sunseeker to reopen for business
Sunseeker will be doing a phased return to work starting early next week. The reopening aims to maintain safety regulations through the process and ensure the good health of their employees, whilst allowing full production to resume over the coming weeks.
All warranty and parts functions will be fully operational during June to ensure that customers receive the service they require as they return to using their boats. In acknowledgement of their customers' inability to use their boats in recent weeks, Sunseeker is offering an extended two-month factory warranty for any boat in warranty as of 23/03/20.
Andrea Frabetti, CEO of Sunseeker International commented: “We are excited to be getting back to work. Our goal now is to achieve safe, efficient production over the coming weeks so we can deliver boats to our customers who understandably, are keen to get afloat this summer. In parallel, our new model development programme continues at a pace in order that we can offer the very latest range which is on course to double in size by 2022."
He continued: "I’d like to personally thank our clients, employees and suppliers for their patience during this enforced period of shutdown. We are fortunate to be able to return to work, to do what we love and deliver on the passion we all have for this industry. Now, more than ever, the country needs us to do what we do best which will help deliver exports and support the economy. As a proud UK manufacturer, we are eager to play our own small part in returning it to prosperity.”
28 May 2020 - 16:00 (CEST) Greece reopens its borders to charter yachts
Greek authorities have announced that pleasure yachts that are already in the country are now allowed to cruise within Greece with maximum twelve 12 guests starting on May 25th. The next COVID de-escalation news regarding the yachting industry in Greece will be released on May 31st and then on June 15th. In addition, bars and restaurants have begun to welcome customers, organised beaches are in operation, open-air archaeological sites, stores and malls have reopened, airlines and ferries have resumed their operations, car travel throughout the mainland has been reinstated, and hotels will soon reopen - starting on June 1st. To ensure the safety of visitors, precautionary measures to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus are in effect, and protocols have been put into place for the operation of crewed yachts.
28 May 2020 - 15:30 (CEST) Italy to reopen borders to Europe on June 3rd
Confindustria Nautica, the Italian Marine Industry Association, has announced that Italy will be reopening its borders to the rest of Europe on June 3rd. From then on, all movement to and from foreign countries will only be restricted by state regulations. Seafaring visitors will no longer be subjected to a 14-day quarantine period, and travellers will be able to move to and from Italy without restrictions. In keeping with the necessary precautions, the Ministry of Transport has issued a set of guidelines that both private and charter yachts must adhere to, as well as marinas, which are already in effect. Until June 3rd, sailing will be permitted only within regional borders, while the movement of units for work-related reasons, the delivery of yachts, maintenance works and other urgent reasons are no longer subject to restrictions. Up until June 3rd, all staff arriving from abroad must either leave the country within 72 hours or undergo - on board if necessary - a 14-day quarantine period.
25 May 2020 - 12:30 (CEST) Yachts can now charter in France and Croatia
Yacht charters are now available in France with respect to measures and regulations laid out in Article 1 of act number 2020-548 based on the Decree published on May 9th. Yachts that are stationed in France are allowed to sail in French waters and international regardless of their flag or their registration. They do, however, remain subject to regulations and sanitary rules regarding travel which entail having authorisations to leave and enter ports with a health control certificate and forbidden travel to foreign ports among many.
According to the new Decree issued by the Croatian Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure and published in the Official Gazette on 20 May (NN 59/2020), all yachts, without limitations to LOA, can sail and charter in Croatia from 18 of May.
For crossing the border, all guests will be required to present the “List of crew and passengers” through the eCrew system. When entering the country, all Croatian and foreign citizens are obliged to follow guidelines and instructions set by the Croatian Institute of Public Health.
18 May 2020 - 11:00 (CEST) Azimut Benetti restarts production at full capacity
Despite the challenges presented by the current global situation, the Azimut Benetti Group is ready to kickstart the recovery process by restarting production at its shipyards. Working at full capacity to make up for lost time, the Azimut Magellano 25 Metri and Benetti Oasis 40 Metri are on track to launch this summer, according to the Group.
Azimut Yachts’ CEO, Marco Valle, commented: “During lockdown, our international standing held us in good stead, allowing us to close contracts amounting to 30 million euro in orders.” Franco Fusignani, CEO at Benetti, added: “It hasn’t been easy, but we managed to keep business going with no serious setbacks. Thanks to our facilities being located in different regions of Italy, we were even able to continue with production focussed on April and May deliveries and at the same time ensure maximum protection levels for our workers through the adoption of all the safety procedures, enabling us not to have any COVID cases at all.”
He continued, “Our refitting company Lusben closed a number of contracts to take the total number of boats being managed to 46, as well as providing accommodation and support to captains and crews in Livorno. On top of this, we ran 15 training webinars for leading brokerage houses around the world.”
15 May 2020 - 11:00 (CEST) Cannes Yachting Festival confirmed for 8-13 September 2020
Preparations for the 43rd edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival continue as show organisers confirm that the event will go ahead on 8 September 2020. The show has adapted their conditions of participation, allowing exhibitors more time and flexibility to confirm their participation and aim to provide the "best possible conditions" in full compliance with the requirements to protect exhibitors and visitors.
New features for this 2020 edition include a show of fast day boats at the Quai Saint Pierre and a redesigned The Quai Max Laubeuf for motorised multihulls. The show has also confirmed that around 110 units are registered to appear in the Sailing Area.
14 May 2020 - 17:00 (CEST) New protocols for visitors to Arcadia Yachts
Italian shipyard Arcadia Yachts has prepared and implemented new protocols for the reopening of the shipyard which are tailored to the needs of yacht owners, professionals and visitors.
This includes a series of protective measures for travel, overnight stays and sea trials. The measures include comprehensive sanitation body temperature checks and the provision of appropriate PPE. For shipyard tours, planning will be done well in advance to maintain the sanitation of office areas. In addition to standard yacht preparation activities, the crew will disinfect the most critical surfaces and set up a station for visitors to provide them with a protective gown, glasses or protective shields and shoe covers.
“Much of our success is closely linked to the relationship we succeed in establishing with our customers,” comments Ugo Pellegrino, director of the Italian shipyard. “The current procedure, in addition to its clearly practical aspects, also aims to be a way to help our possible visitors understand we will always look after them, even in unusual times such as the ones we are currently living in. Obviously, at the same time, we aim to fully protect our staff as well,” he added.
”I would particularly like to thank all the people who worked on this protocol and the staff who are regularly briefed on how to make our guests’ visits as pleasant and safe as possible. This is just one of the initiatives we are exploring to bring customers and professionals closer to our brand even in this unusual situation,” he continues.
14 May 2020 - 10:00 (CEST) Italian Sea Group signs 20 million euro loan agreement
The Italian Sea Group has signed a loan agreement of up to 20 million euros with UniCredit and Deutsche Bank to support its multi-year investment plan. The financing will allow The Italian Sea Group's shipyard, based in Marina di Carrara, to expand its production spaces and capacity as well as enabling the company to increase its refitting activities which are carried out in the dry dock.
"I am very proud to have two important partners such as UniCredit and Deutsche Bank", comments Giovanni Costantino, President of The Italian Sea Group, "which believe in our development plans, in the solidity of the company and in our ability to look concretely towards the future to seize the opportunities the market offers us. In a difficult context such as the one we are currently living in, we have confirmed all the investment plans that we planned, proving our strength and characteristics which in just over a decade have made us one of the major international players in our own industry".
Andrea Burchi, UniCredit Center-North Regional Manager comments, "This financing operation testifies the commitment of UniCredit to support local businesses in the implementation of their growth plans. Today we feel even more responsible when it comes to guarantee all our support for the economy of our country and strengthen our intervention in favour of 'Made in Italy' excellence".
13 May 2020 - 10:30 (CEST) Operators push to reopen yachting in Italy
As Italy eases its lockdown protocols, the region of Liguria is allowing people to use their boats, but only provided they all reside in the same household. Boating also has a daily time limit from 6 am to 10 pm. No precise provisions have yet been stipulated for large commercial yachts. Genova for Yachting, a professional yachting cluster of companies in the services, marinas, shipyards and technology sectors, has written to the Maritime Directorate of Liguria requesting a clear and gradual programme for the complete reopening of yachting in Italy, as is already the case in other Mediterranean countries. The letter maintains: “Taking into account the epidemiological safety standards guaranteed by the maritime advisory and the characteristics of the yachts, which host a maximum of 12 passengers in addition to the crew, and a probable start of the season around mid-June, Ligurian operators now have the opportunity to start offering yacht charters with clear information and avoid finding themselves at a competitive disadvantage compared to neighbouring countries.”
13 May 2020 - 10:00 (CEST) TODAY: Virtual Palm Beach International Boat Show
The first Virtual Palm Beach International Boat Show will launch Thursday 14 May at 10:00 (EDT) or 16:00 (CEST). As part of the show, guests will be able to tour 74-metre Plvs Vltra, 72-metre Solo and 72.6-metre Quantum of Solace and view the SuperYacht Times Webinar discussing 'Selling Superyachts Digitally' along with brokers Kevin Ralph of Worth Avenue Yachts, Alex G. Clarke of Denison Yachting and Mark Elliott of IYC.
Through the online platform, viewers will be able to go shopping, see over 450 exhibitors, tour over 800 new and used boats and connect with brokers and manufacturers. The Virtual Palm Beach International Boat Show will be hosted on its own web platform via www.Pbboatshow.com.
8 May 2020 - 14:30 (CEST) Sunseeker to axe one-fifth of Dorset workforce
As reported by the Dorset Echo, Sunseeker International, which has a base in Portland, Dorset, has commented that 460 jobs could be affected as it attempts to temper the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. In an email sent to staff, the company said: “Looking to the future, and consistent with many other businesses, Sunseeker must now adapt to deliver on its substantial new model development programme and continue to employ as many people as possible, in the local community. To achieve this, we must remain competitive and rebalance the business for the next 12 months to match our production output. Regrettably, around 460 employees from across the business could be affected. The total number represents 20 per cent of the workforce and we will now entering into a formal consultation process with our employees to consider the proposals.”
The email added: “We are committed to maintaining our current UK manufacturing capabilities and we have no plans to move our brand or production elsewhere. We are confident the changes we are proposing will safeguard our future, so that we can emerge as a strong and flexible business, enabling us to continue to build upon our already world-renowned design, engineering and production capabilities.”
The consultation process is set to begin on 14 May and is expected to last at least 45 days. The company currently employs around 2,600 people in Poole and Portland.
8 May 2020 - 11:00 (CEST) Eighth edition of the Perini Navi Cup postponed to 2021
Originally scheduled from 16 to 19 September 2020, the Perini Navi Cup has been postponed for 15 to 18 September 2021, amid growing concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic. The regatta will take place in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, and will be organised in collaboration with Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.
The Chairman and CEO of Perini Navi, Lamberto Tacoli commented: “We believe that postponing the Perini Navi Cup to 2021 is the best possible decision at the moment, although we made it with great regret. We would like to thank our Owners and Partners as well as the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and all our friends who had already confirmed their participation. We look forward to seeing you all next year, for a Perini Navi Cup full of joy and enthusiasm."
8 May 2020 - 10:30 (CEST) The seventh Mediterranean Yacht Show to be held in April 2021
Originally scheduled for 2 to 6 May 2020, the seventh edition of the Meditteranean Yacht Show (MEDYS) will now take place from 22 to 25 April 2021 in the port of Nafplion. With the 2019 edition counting 102 registered luxury crewed charter yachts with a cumulative length of 3.5 kilometres, and the participation of 450 brokers from 31 countries, the organisers have high expectations for the 2021 yacht show.
6 May 2020 - 12:30 (CEST) Southern Wind Shipyard resumes production in Cape Town
Lockdown measures in South Africa have started to ease down allowing some sectors to start operating again. After careful consideration and implementation of strict health and hygiene measures, Southern Wind Shipyard has resumed production at their facilities in Capetown. The Commercial Director of the company, Andrea Micheli commented: "I am pleased to report that diligent prevention and protection plans put in place by the major boat builders at an early stage have allowed our industry to be fast-tracked towards reopening, together with the automotive industry. As of the 3rd of May, we have resumed operations with 50% of our workforce. The entire SWS team has worked tirelessly to identify the best possible practices to comply with the recommendations of the World Health Organization and Government health authorities both in South Africa and in Italy where our Sales, Marketing and Customer Care team are based. We are aware the storm has not passed yet, but we see that the sky is beginning to clear. We maintain our attentiveness and are ready to adjust our sails as we navigate towards the Next Normal”.
6 May 2020 - (10:00 CEST) Investment injection for Sanlorenzo
Sanlorenzo Group has signed a €10 million financing contract with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA (CDP), an Italian investment bank that acts as the government's arm for executing public policy mandates, for new research and development in the period 2020-2022. The operation will help introduce innovations and cutting-edge technologies to the yachting market with a close eye on sustainability.
“In a scenario of drastic change like the one caused by COVID-19, Sanlorenzo has confirmed all investments destined for the development of new products, as we are convinced that innovation plays a fundamental role in the elements required to ensure future development and tackle the new challenges we are facing,“ says Massimo Perotti, Executive Chairman of the company listed in the STAR segment of Borsa Italiana’s equity market. The investment is aimed at reinforcing the company’s competitiveness, but also to safeguard jobs in production and the supply chain, as well as those in related businesses. Sanlorenzo Group employs approximately 480 people and works with 1,500 small business partners at its four production sites in Italy at La Spezia, Ameglia, Viareggio and Massa.
6 May 2020 - (9:30 CEST) Codecasa reopens all production sites
Italian shipyard Cantieri Navali Codecasa has announced the reopening of all their production sites after their closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The shipyard states that it is taking all actions needed to ensure the safety of their employees within the production areas and offices, and they are now working at full capacity to complete their latest yachts: the Codecasa 55, Hull C123 and the Codecasa 55, Hull F78.
6 May 2020 - (9:00 CEST) Cancellations reach 90% for yacht charter in Greece
In a report published by protothema.gr, cancellations have reached 90% in the commercial charter yachting sector in Greece. Some still hope that the months of July till September will hold up the industry with support from the European market. Many small and medium-sized companies have fallen under pressure over covering loan instalments with no revenue.
As stated in protothema.gr, Antonis Stelliatos, president of the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association drew attention to four main points:
-Cancellations for yacht charters has in some cases reached 100%,
-The lack of liquidity has caused great concern in all maritime tourism companies, shipowners, charterers, agent companies, etc.
-Unemployment of sailors. Forced redundancies.
-The crisis in shipbuilding and all business associated to related industries, which are in the hundreds.
4 May 2020 - 11:00 (CEST) Tankoa Yachts resumes all production activities
Today, the Italian shipyard Tankoa Yachts has resumed all production activities. This is following the new government regulations issued for the Italian manufacturing companies. The yard will be resuming activities based on the protocols signed off by the Italian institutions in collaboration with local authorities and trade union last 24th of April. Currently, the shipyard has two 50m yachts in-build for international clients and a number of refits. CEO, Ing. Vincenzo Poerio, commented: "we dedicated our utmost attention to a no-compromise safety, aiming to secure a duly protected environment to all work-force. This was well received by the whole Tankoa team".
1 May 2020 - 10:30 (CEST) Derecktor Shipyards continues efforts to ensure the safety of employees
Derecktor Shipyards have remained operational whilst strictly observing social distancing, sanitising and other guidelines as defined by the Centers for Disease Control, as well as the local and state governments with the USA. The New York branch is busy servicing commercial clients while dockage and services continue in the Dania Beach and Fort Pierce branches. Refit projects in Florida are ongoing in compliance with official directives. Service and spring launches have been ongoing at Derecktor Robinhood in Maine and the marina has now officially opened for summer. The installation of a 1,500-ton mobile boat hoist in Fort Pierce is moving forward and is scheduled for delivery by the end of the year.
30 April 2020 - 11:30 (CEST) 2 weeks to go until Virtual Palm Beach International Boat Show
For the first time, The Palm Beach International Boat Show is moving off the docks and on to digital screens. On May 14, the online show will feature nearly 450 exhibitors, including those with new boats, marine gear, toys and technology worth a total of over $1.2 billion. The Virtual Palm Beach International Boat Show will be hosted on its own web platform via www.Pbboatshow.com.
Through the online platform, viewers will be able to go shopping, tour hundreds of new and used boats and connect with brokers and manufacturers. Guests will also be able to enjoy video content and web-seminars hosted by SuperYacht Times.
Due to safety concerns and the latest restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, show organisers could not proceed with the live event. “In the show’s 35-year history, we have never dealt with a situation like the current health pandemic. While the show will no longer take place in its original form, we wanted to provide our loyal audience the opportunity to still experience the boat show, albeit virtually,” said George Gentile, President of the Marina Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc.
30 April 2020 - 10:30 (CEST) Pendennis Shipyard reopens with one-third of its total workforce on site
As per a report published by cornwalllive.com, Falmouth based Pendennis Shipyard has resumed work with one-third of its total workforce on-site and others working from home wherever possible. Superyachts currently on-site include 44.65-metre Megan, 54.9-metre Steel and 42.42-metre Rebecca. The Joint Managing Director of the shipyard, Toby Allies, said that the decision to reopen the yard was made following consultation with the national trade body for the marine sector, and local MP Cherilyn Mackrory.“It is very clear that Pendennis, along with multiple other manufacturing businesses in the UK irrespective of sector, are being encouraged to return to work,” commented Allies.
Describing the nature of the reopening of the shipyard, he added - "We have implemented extra measures at our facility including return inductions, daily temperature checks, one-way systems, two-metre distancing markings and an enhanced cleaning schedule. We continue to review the situation daily and all appropriate action will be taken to follow any further changes to government policy.”
30 April 2020 - 09:30 (CEST) Ferretti Group reopens all its shipyards
For the Ferretti Group, activity has resumed at the Ancona, Mondolfo, Cattolica, Forlì, La Spezia and Sarnico yards. Made possible by the new regulations and the collaboration with local and national Institutions and trade unions, the reopening is compliant with new protocols established by law for all return to work, enhanced by voluntary measures adopted by the Group to strengthen the protection of its employees.
"Today is a good day for us to reopen our shipyards and reopen them safely, thanks to the commitment of many who care about Ferretti Group’s people," commented Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group. "The Ferretti Group is safely picking up where it left off: from the boats sold to be built and delivered and from the interest and trust of many shipowners around the world".
29 April 2020 - 13:00 (CEST) SuperYacht Radio launches Yachting’s Got Talent on YouTube
To lighten the mood, listeners of SuperYacht Radio have been submitting videos of their talents with the station's newly launched show: Yachting’s Got Talent. Find out more on the SuperYacht Radio YouTube channel here.
“While the yachting community is very tight, it’s also very global – everyone is spread out and it can be hard to connect,” explains one of the organisers. “But we are really only separated distanced by one or two degrees of separation. Everybody knows everybody in some way. That feeling of connection with people all over the world is so important in moments like these.”
28 April 2020 - 14:00 (CEST) Ocean Independence strengthens support for charter clients
Seeking to ensure that its clients feel as minimal an impact as possible under the current circumstances, the Ocean Independence team is offering ongoing support and advice. Services include advice on changes to locations and timings, penalty-free postponements or cancellations, remote support, adapted agreements for maximum flexibility and minimised costs.
Ocean Independence Senior Charter Broker Rebecca Pattinson commented: “I was successful in postponing or cancelling all contracts to 2021 without penalties. This was a remarkable achievement for a unique situation and shows the strong moral foundation on which this industry is built. Every owner and broker has been understanding of the situation and acted in such good faith to find solutions when, contractually, there was no obligation to do so.”
24 April 2020 - 15:00 (CEST) Italy's industrial machinery expected to restart on 27 April
The Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera has reported that the country’s industrial machinery will restart on 27 April. This has not been confirmed officially and the prime minister Giuseppe Conte is due to confirm the staggered schedule for a return to business within the next day or two. With the lockdown due to end on 4 May – making it the longest in Europe – the marine sector is hoping it will be included in the first wave. “We have to get back in business, not only for the boats being delivered but also for the production,” says Saverio Cecchi, president of Confindustria Nautic. “I am worried about the smaller companies and an extra week of work would mean a lot. A week is lifeblood for certain yards; it means recovery. There is no more time, another week would mean many companies closing down."
23 April - 09:30 (CEST) Astilleros de Mallorca reopens
Refit and repair yard Astilleros de Mallorca has announced that as of 14 April, yard activities have resumed following the coronavirus-crisis. See more of the yard via drone here.
23 April - 09:00 (CEST) Tuvalu Yacht Registry launch COVID-19 special relief scheme
Tuvalu Yacht Registry has designed a scheme to minimise the operating costs of yachts of any flag and size during the global coronavirus crisis. Through the scheme, charter yachts, in particular, are able to avoid the statutory obligations of Class Societies, ISM, ISPS and MLC with a low cost, easy in, easy out arrangement. For more details, email: [email protected]
21 April 2020 9:30 (CEST) Palm Beach International Boat Show 2020 to be held virtually
The 35th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, scheduled to be held from 14 to 17 May has now been moved to a virtual platform. In a joint official statement by Andrew Doole, President, Informa Markets U.S. Boat Shows and George Gentile, President of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, it was highlighted that such a situation was unprecedented in the last 35 years of organising the show. Their primary concern continues to be the health and safety of the visitors, community, exhibitors, staff and vendors. Eager to continue their contributions as a major statewide economic driver, the virtual show will present nearly 500 exhibitors.
21 April 2020 - 9:00 (CEST) Palumbo Superyachts Refit now operational
In compliance with the current international regulations with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, all facilities of Palumbo Superyachts Refits, (Naples, Ancona, Malta, Savona and Marseille) are now operational for maintenance and refit activities and guarantee continuous assistance to boats and to the crew members present across their various locations. The activities will be carried out with due diligence and respect towards the guidelines for containment of the virus and adoption of the necessary PPE to avoid its spread.
16 April 2020 - 15:30 (CEST) MB92 Group resumes activity in Barcelona and La Ciotat
MB92 Group announced the reopening of both of their facilities in Barcelona and La Ciotat. Operations are to be escalated gradually and involve extremely strict procedures to protect all people entering and operating in the shipyard. CEO and President, Pepe García-Aubert stated: “The health and safety of our employees, clients, suppliers and local community has always been our absolute priority. When we made the difficult decision to suspend activity at our facilities on the 16th of March, we did so pre-emptively as there was a lack of concrete containment measures established by international organisations or regional and national Governments at that time.”
16 April 2020 - 15:00 (CEST) Palma International Boat Show 2020 cancelled
The 2020 Palma International Boat Show, due to take place between 4-7 June at the Old Quay (Moll Vell) in Palma, has been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the show jointly organised by the Institut d’Innovació Empresarial (IDI) and the Balearic Yacht Brokers’ Association (BYBA), the IDI has also announced that the money which has already been sent by exhibitors to reserve spots in the show will be returned. Going forward, the organisers will work with the Balearic Islands Ministry of Energy Transition and Production Industries to discuss the actions that need to be taken to reactivate the industry once the public health emergency has ended. The organisers are now working on the next edition of the show which will take place in May 2021.
16 April - 11:30 (CEST) Monaco Yacht Show 2020 on course for September
The 30th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show will take place as planned between 23-26th September 2020 at Port Hercule in Monaco.
In a release, the show's organisers commented on the impact of the continuing COVID-19 epidemic: "This unprecedented situation is affecting national economies, with notable repercussions on the yachting industry. Now, more than ever, the MYS must shoulder its responsibility to support the industry and all of the business sectors that make it possible to organise the MYS."
They continued, "The organisers are fully aware of the strategic importance of the MYS to the companies that participate each year – for growing their business, sales and marketing [...] Like everyone else, the MYS is keeping a close eye on how the pandemic is evolving, with the hope of a healthier and more stable situation around the globe in coming months."
15 April 2020 - 15:30 (CEST) PSY Refit in Marseille open for business
Palumbo Superyachts has confirmed that its branch in Marseille is open for refit works amid the coronavirus crisis as per the French government's authorisation. Currently, about ten superyachts are at the shipyard and the yard has imposed strict regulations to ensure the safety of all crew, with project managers also continuing to work on-site to ensure proper coordination among all employees. The crew are allowed to continue to work on board upon approval from the captain, however, activities by most subcontractors have been put on hold. All works which would be executed in confined spaces have been stopped and to balance the logistics, work has been divided among day, night and weekend shifts. The shipyard now follows the motto, “Prepare and prevent, rather than repair and repent”.
14 April 2020 - 16:00 (CEST) Shipyards reopen for limited works in Liguria, Italy
According to Italian news source Liguria Nautica, the President of the Liguria region, Giovanni Toti, signed a decree yesterday evening which allows shipyards in the area to resume some works suspended due to the coronavirus and quarantine measures.
Regarding shipyards, the decree gives the green light for the delivery of yachts that have been completed, thus also meaning that marinas are also allowed to operate in order to receive these yachts following delivery.
“We authorize the delivery of boats that are already set up", commented Toti, according to Liguria Nautica, "with the related testing activities preparatory to delivery. This allows you to unlock tens of thousands of euros of income for a sector that is vital and strategic for Liguria and for the whole country."
14 April 2020 - 13:00 (CEST) Poole Harbour to provide refuge to superyachts over coming weeks
Already providing refuge to the 83-metre Amels yacht Here Comes the Sun, Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) has confirmed that four more off-charter yachts will be moored at Poole Harbour in the coming weeks, according to the Bournemouth Echo.
As reported in the Echo, PHC harbour master Brian Murphy commented, “We want to assure members of the public that we are adhering to strict rules and guidelines. The MDH ensures that all crew members are fit and healthy before entering the harbour. Once here they will remain on board to protect the local community as well as themselves. They should have plenty of supplies on board, if not they will be provided by their normal specialist suppliers, therefore will have no impact on the availability of goods in the local area.”
10 April - 10:45 (CEST) Island Global Yachting Marinas launches website for updates on location procedures
IGY Marinas has launched a new page to keep the public informed of their services and facility procedures amid the COVID-19 crisis. Customers on the dock and the sea can visit this link to stay updated with details on local entry and departure restrictions, port entry and departure resources as well as onsite marina operations and procedures.
10 April - 10:30 (CEST) Italian government to support their yachting industry during coronavirus crisis
After reviewing a plan presented by Confindustria, the main association representing Italian manufacturing and service companies, the Italian government plans to support the Italian yachting industry to restart production cycles when the lockdown comes to an end.
“We are aware of the need to kick-start the yachting sector, which is experiencing a slowdown in production and suffering the negative impacts of the health emergency like other industries,” comments Mario Turco, Under Secretary to the Prime Minister. "We have a duty to safeguard and protect a sector that is a world leader. I agree with proposals that have been put forward to me and I will be seeking further measures to support the liquidity of the boating industry chain." The report highlighted that the coming months of April, May, and June are critical for the industry as a whole and impacts during this period could last well into 2021.
9 April - 10:00 (CEST) - Government measures in the pipeline to support the Italian yachting industry
The financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore has reported that the Italian government is planning support measures for the yachting industry as a result of the coronavirus crisis after reviewing a plan presented by Confindustria, the main association representing Italian manufacturing and service companies, to restart production cycles when the lockdown comes to an end.
“We are aware of the need to kick-start the yachting sector, which is experiencing a slowdown in production and suffering the negative impacts of the health emergency like other industries,” says Mario Turco, Under Secretary to the Prime Minister. "We have a duty to safeguard and protect a sector that is a world leader. I agree with proposals that have been put forward to me and I will be seeking further measures to support the liquidity of the boating industry chain."
The Confindustria report, based on statistical surveys of the entire sector, highlights the fact that the months of April, May and June are critical for the industry at large and that lost production will likely impact on the market well into 2021. VAT credits are also regarded as essential for an industry that exports 86% of its production value.
9 April - 10:00 (CEST) - Swan European Regatta postponed until summer 2021
With more than 100 yachts expected at this year’s event and 31 already registered, Nautor’s Swan and Turku Yacht Club have announced that the organisation of the Swan European Regatta, planned from July 7 to 13 will be postponed until summer 2021 in the light of the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.
8 April - 08:30 (CEST) - Palm Beach International Boat Show postponed until further notice
Having already been rescheduled to take place between 14 - 17 May 2020, the Palm Beach International Boat Show is again postponed until further notice in light of the Governor’s executive order for a Stay-At-Home directive. "We continue to assess the situation and will provide a detailed update on the show’s status by April 17," commented show organisers.
6 April - 10:00 (CEST) - Philippine presidential yacht to be converted into COVID-19 hospital ship
Over the weekend, the Philippine Navy announced it is to convert the presidential yacht BRP Ang Pangulo into a quarantine ship for the foreseeable future to monitor persons under investigation with the COVID-19 coronavirus. President Rodrigo Duerte issued the order on Friday 3 April.
The operation will be run by the Philippine Navy whose crew will remain aboard the vessel. The BRP Ang Pangulo can accommodate up to 28 patients and five medical personnel and temporary compartments will be set up to separate patients at least three metres from each other.
In service since 1969, the 61-year-old ship was built in Tokyo as part of Japan’s war repatriations to the Philippines. The vessel was specifically designed as a presidential yacht and has been primarily used for relief and search and rescue missions, in addition to serving the presidency and the government of the Philippines.
6 April - 09:00 (CEST) - Superyacht Tenders and Toys provide update on tender builders
With a large number of yacht tenders in build across the world, Superyacht Tenders and Toys has provided information on the status of various tender builders during the COVID-19 crisis. The company has also confirmed that its warehouse is remaining operational to fulfil orders, with their latest new-build order having left the shed recently. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/2JP3cMr
2 April - 17:00 (CEST) - Free yacht charter cancellation insurance for Northrop & Johnson clients
Northrop & Johnson has announced it is offering clients free yacht charter cancellation insurance on any new charter booked between April 1 and April 30, 2020, if booked through a Northrop & Johnson charter broker. Through Private Insurance Services, Northrop & Johnson is offering travel insurance via a preferred carrier for summer yacht charters at no additional expense. Find out more about the initiative here.
2 April - 13:00 (CEST) - Versilia Yachting Rendez-vous 2020 cancelled
The fourth edition of the Versilia Yachting Rendez-vous, due to be hosted in Viareggio from 28 to 31 May 2020, has been cancelled. As they look to reorganise the event, the organisers commented that: "Due to the COVID-19 emergency, this is an inevitable decision to protect the health of all partners involved in the event."
2 April - 09:00 (CEST) - Azimut Benetti Group donates PPE to help protect locals against coronavirus
The Azimut|Benetti Group has a series of initiatives underway to distribute kits of personal protective equipment to hospitals, municipalities, voluntary associations, police officers, port authorities and other local entities working nearby. “With this practical contribution,” said Group Chairman Paolo Vitelli. “We want to express our closeness with and gratitude to the local areas that have welcomed us and helped the company to develop. Our ties with them today are stronger than they have ever been.”
1 April - 09:00 (CEST) - Production continues at Gulf Craft shipyards
Gulf Craft has announced that production is continuing at both its facilities in the UAE and the Maldives, commenting that it is taking all of the precautionary measures necessary in terms of physical distancing and hygiene requirements to ensure the safety of employees, visitors and contractors. The factory has been disinfected, employees have undertaken swab tests and are undergoing daily health checks and the majority of administrative staff are working from home.
30 March - 12:30 (CEST) - Sunseeker donates PPE to Poole Hospital
In support of the NHS during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Sunseeker International has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust consisting of 400 face masks and 4,000 gloves.
30 March - 09:30 (CEST) - Monaco Marine announces shipyard closure
In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, Monaco Marine announced the temporary closure of their shipyards as of Thursday, March 19, 2020. This includes the shutdown of certain subcontractors and suppliers as well as the closure of ports. The management teams will remain operational to answer clients’ concerns.
30 March - 07:30 (CEST) - Princess Yachts to donate their PPE supply
Princess Yachts will be donating stock of their Personal Protective Equipment to Plymouth City Council who shall be distributing them among the NHS, general care workers and other such teams. The decision came as a result of the discussion between Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth City Council and Antony Sheriff, CEO of Princess Yachts, regarding the challenges being faced during the crisis and the health secretary's statement earlier in the week regarding the limited supply of PPE.
Sheriff stated: “We hope this donation of our PPE goes some way to helping NHS staff and other such services in these incredibly difficult times. We are in regular discussions with Plymouth City Council and if we can find other ways to help in the collective effort against Covid-19 we will do whatever we can to support.”
30 March 07:15 (CEST) - Government of Antigua and Barbuda denies entry to all inbound pleasure crafts
The government of Antigua and Barbuda released a travel advisory detailing that all pleasure vessels, including sailing and motor yachts, will be denied entry to Antigua and Barbuda until 12 April. Cruise permits issued earlier are now limited to the coasts of Antigua. For more information on port and country entry information amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Association of Yacht Support Services Global Network and Yacht Aid Group has launched a dedicated website covid19superyachts.com that is regularly updated with an emphasis on superyacht entry restrictions and crew change.
30 March 06:45 (CEST) - Port Denia remains fully operational
The shipyard, refit facilities and superyacht marina of Port Denia is prepared to remain fully operational amid COVID-19 crisis by adhering to governmental guidelines. Albert Morell, General Manager of the company comments: "Port Denia (Spain) would like to communicate that both our refit and repair shipyard and our superyacht marina are both fully operational. The company closely follows and adheres to the guidelines issued by the government, maintaining the highest possible standard of care and security."
30 March 06:30 (CEST) - GYG plc suspends operations at various shipyards in Spain and France
To ensure the health and safety of all their employees while maintaining client relations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of the company has decided to implement contingency measures. These measures include stringent protocols in Northern Europe and USA and reduced operations in Spain and France. No contracts have been cancelled so far and whilst delays have been planned for, commercial impacts have been mitigated with government aid. Remy Millott, CEO of GYG commented: "We are extremely proud of all of our staff who have responded to the challenges presented by the crisis with great commitment and professionalism. We shall continue to respond to the situational changes and strive to maintain business as usual during this challenging period. Looking beyond the current situation, we remain confident in maintaining our market-leading position and continuing to grow the business."
27 March - 11:30 (CET) Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta cancelled
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) announced the cancellations of the regattas organised by them during the months of May and June. This includes the Vela and Gold Trophy, scheduled for 15-17 May, Trofeo Challenge Boeris, scheduled for 23 May, the YCCS Global Team Racing Regatta (24-27 June) and the principal regatta that expected to see almost 600 guests from 2 to 6 June, Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta.
Subsequently, the Southern Wind Rendezvous and Trophy to have been held within the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, is also cancelled. Southern Wind added: "We are considering a special Southern Wind Award in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup that will be hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda from August 30th to September 5th."
27 March - 9:00 (CET) Bering shipyard operational and on-schedule during the quarantine
Bering shipyard will remain operational during the quarantine period in Turkey. The shipyard is following all precautionary guidelines and regulations so that they may return to normalcy as soon as possible. Production teams have been divided into shifts, the offices have been deep cleaned and the employees are working from home to maintain the output within schedule during the quarantine period.
26 March - 17:00 (CET) Over 300 Westport Shipyards employee contracts terminated
According to a report published by thedailyworld.com, the President of Washington based Westport Shipyards, Daryl Wakefield signed a termination letter impacting a total of 347 employees, including almost all employees of the company except essential staff. The company states that it will continue to assess the situation and how the company can deal with the ongoing pandemic, adding that this termination is not permanent. Jeniffer Swogger of Westport Shipyards responded to thedailyworld.com and commented, “We were concerned about our employees’ safety and health [...] We could not guarantee safe work environments because of the close proximity of our employees. We felt, at the time, because the government wasn’t being proactive, we had to be proactive for the safety of our employees.”
26 March - 14:30 (CEST) Singapore Yacht Show 2020 announces new dates and layout
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, the organisers of the Singapore Yacht Show have decided to host the 10th anniversary edition of the Singapore Yacht Show 2020 between 15-18 October 2020. The show will take place in the completely redesigned ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove, featuring a brand-new pontoon-like layout that aims to improve the experience of exhibitors and visitors alike with air-conditioned exhibition booths and showrooms across the boundaries of the marina.
26 March 13:00 (CET) - Feadship maintains its new build and refit operations
Feadship is continuing with their build and refits projects whilst "strictly following the guidelines from the health authorities on hygiene and social distancing." The shipyard added: "Ensuring the safety of our personnel is the highest priority at all times as stated in our newsletter. We have transitioned large portions of our non-manufacturing workforce to telecommuting/digital. Of course, many jobs, particularly those in manufacturing, cannot be transitioned to remote work. For them, we have strict guidelines on how to maintain working procedures. Per Feadship company or yard we have Corona task-forces that follow the events on a constant basis enabling them to act in time with the right measures."
26 March - 12:15 (CET) Pendennis Shipyard cuts down on all but essential activities
Following the regulations and guidelines announced by the UK government on 23 March, Pendennis Shipyard has sent the majority of its workforce home, but only those who can carry out the essential activities at the yard. Joint MD, Mike Carr commented, "We hope that by making this decision at this time we have helped to protect the health of not just everyone working on-site, but also their families. We would like to voice our support to everyone in Cornwall and the wider superyacht community and our confidence that together, we can overcome this challenging period.”
26 March 10:15 (CET) - Princess Yachts to cease operations during UK Governments' Coronavirus lockdown
Princess Yachts has implemented a "controlled shutdown" of the facilities in Plymouth. The decision came from the firm one day after the UK Government tightened restrictions. 3,000 company staff have taken a leave of absence for the foreseeable future and have been assured jobs will not be cut. Staff with critical roles remain working in the factories with extended safety measures while others work from home.
26 March - 09:45 (CET) - Heesen remains operational with new routines to ensure safety
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and to support the measures taken by the government, Heesen has adopted new measures to ensure the continuation of projects with minimal disruption. In lieu of maintaining safety distance, office employees are working remotely from home and the number of employees working at the shipyard has been halved and divided into two working shifts. The shipyard has also implemented a continuous clean cycle of the offices, sheds and yachts under construction to minimise the spread of the virus as a part of their responsibilities to "flatten the curve".
25 March - 17:30 (CET) - TYBA Yacht Charter Show postponed
The third TYBA Yacht Charter Show - originally planned to take place between 7-10 May 2020 - has been postponed to 2021 due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. "Our first priority is certainly the health and wellbeing of the general public and all of our participants, the decision was made after very careful consideration of the current circumstances," commented the organisers. The exact dates of the 2021 TYBA Show will be announced at a later stage.
25 March - 16:30 (CET) Denison Yachting launches virtual boat show
Among the recent yacht show cancellations and postponements as precautions against the spread of coronavirus, Denison Yachting offers a virtual alternative. This Friday, March 27, from 9:00 to 17:00 EST Denison Yachting will be hosting 'A Boat Show From Your Couch'. Dubbed as 'a social distancing boat show experience', the company will be streaming live virtual tours, walkthrough videos, boat show pricing, and live sessions with experts.
25 March - 13:45 (CET) Lynx Yachts confirms they are continuing work
Following the regulations and advice from the jurisdictional and health facilities, Lynx Yachts assures the continuity of work by ensuring that employees can work remotely. Having a positive perspective towards the future, they have postponed events but plan on implementing projects as planned.
25 March - 08:30 (CET) - Sunseeker cutting pay and hours over coronavirus crisis
Luxury boatbuilder Sunseeker has sent 200 workers home on unpaid leave from the Poole-based shipyard until 11 May as top management considers axing jobs. Chief executive Andrea Frabetti comments: “We regret to say that we need to consider reducing our workforce. In an effort to avoid any compulsory redundancies however, we have taken the decision to enforce two temporary measures; lay off periods and salary reductions for a period of up to two months. We are confident that these measures will help to mitigate the current and potential challenges our business will face over the coming weeks. We are now commencing a formal consultation process with our employee representatives to consider further proposals. This consultation process will last for a minimum of 45 days."
Despite the reduced workforce, Frabetti added that the "investment in new models would continue and the new model development is programme firmly on track. The business is set to achieve strong growth in 2021."
24th March - 16:00 (CET) - Amels and Damen shipyards continue work
Managing Director Rose Damen, of Amels and Damen in the Netherlands explained the current status of the yard's operations in a recent webinar hosted by SuperYacht Times: “We are operational. It is a busy time of the year and we are delivering nine projects - one of which was launched over a week ago - the other projects are at the yard and we are continuing our work on these but taking into account the measures that we have to take as a company and a country to ensure the health of our clients and employees.”
24th March - 9:00 (CET) - 2020 Superyacht Cup Palma cancelled
The organisers of the Superyacht Cup Palma have cancelled the 2020 regatta which was scheduled to take place between 17-20th June as a result of the ongoing global coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. This is in line with recommendations from the Spanish and Balearic Governments. Provisional new dates for the 25th-anniversary edition have been set for 23-26th June 2021.
Event director Kate Branagh commented on the decision: “This ongoing global crisis has made planning for the event impossible and so we have taken the difficult but necessary decision to cancel this year’s event. We urge everyone to stay safe and we look forward to welcoming the superyacht fleet back to Palma in 2021 for what will be the 25th anniversary of Europe’s longest-running superyacht regatta."
23rd March - 11:30 (CET) - Baglietto and CCN announce shipyard closure
The Baglietto and CCN shipyards announced their closure until 3rd April in compliance with the latest orders from the Italian government. This follows the recent news of the upcoming merger of the two shipyards under the Baglietto brand which is planned to take place before the end of the year. Photo: Olympic Marine
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