The Australian shipyard, Rivergate Marina and Shipyard, has announced new plans for a $200 million investment in a new maintenance and refit hub.
The proposed expansion aims to service large luxury vessels over 50 metres, which they hope will catalyse an increase in superyacht visitation to Australia and the wider Pacific region. The expansion would also provide a syncrolift capable of lifting superyachts of up to 3,000 tonnes for vital inspections, maintenance, repairs and refits. Other plans include a hardstand with capacity for multiple superyachts, three large refit sheds, two in-water service berths, a five-storey trade centre with offices, training rooms, a café, crew accommodation, crew recreation facilities and car parking.
“We know that there is substantial pent-up demand among superyacht owners to visit our region, which is currently hampered by the lack of adequate lifting, repair and refit facilities,” says Rivergate Director Tom Hill.“The world is experiencing a superyacht building boom and the average size of these vessels is also increasing, so the expansion of Rivergate is ideally timed to accommodate this growth and make our region much more accessible for superyachts,” he adds.
The Rivergate Marina and Shipyard was established in 2006 and has serviced more than 300 vessels over the past 14 years. Recent superyacht visitors include Amatasia, Promise, Ramble on Rose, Ningaloo and No Comment. Plans for the expansion are at an advanced stage and construction is ready to commence in 2021. “Under our plans, Rivergate will provide superyacht owners and captains with the assurance of knowing that a conveniently located, world-class shiplift, hardstand and refit centre is available during their visits to this untapped region,” concludes Hill.