Here we closely follow all developments regarding the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in relation to the superyacht industry and bring you the latest updates. If you have news relating to the industry and the pandemic, please contact us at [email protected]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.
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 - 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.
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