The Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard have announced that they have increased their superyacht lifting capacity to 300 tonnes, after upgrading their custom built ASCOM straddle carrier. The lift’s upgrades were completed by Aerlift’s Gold Coast technicians and has an overall increased capacity of 20 percent.The first vessel to be officially lifted with Gold Coast City’s increased capacity lift was the 55-metre superyacht Oceana, weighing in at almost 290 tonnes. Oceana is just one of the many larger vessels that have recently visited Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard. Kevin Altera, the Manager of Operations and Business Development comments, “The size of vessels visiting GCCM has grown exponentially in recent years. Now we are able to continually service long standing customers who have purchased larger vessels and further assist and support vessels who were previously only serviceable on-water.”The Australian marina and shipyard’s move to increase lifting capacity comes as demand for on-water service berths for vessels up-to 75-metres has also increased. Such vessels to have been refitted or refinished include the 63.4-metre SuRi, 73.3-metre Dragonfly, 68-metre Lady Christine and 43.28-metre Playpen.Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard, among other superyacht marinas and refit yards in Australia, plan to more than double in size and continue to increase lifting capacity by 400 percent in the future. The region has experienced and anticipates a continual increase in demand for their services in tandem with the region’s, and surrounding regions’, flourishing superyacht markets.