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Australian Superyacht Rendezvous driving increased superyacht imports and exports
March 13, 2018

It’s the business end or ‘behind the scenes’ of world superyachts…how do superyachts get to Australia or different parts of the world?

The Australian Superyacht Rendezvous being staged on the Gold Coast next month from 20-21 April is an event aimed at shining a light on the tourism and economic potential of the Australian superyacht industry. It would appear that just 12 months from the inaugural event the programme is successfully driving an upward trend in imports and exports of these majestic vessels.

Aurora Global Logistics – is an award-winning transport specialist with a niche in marine transport and customs brokerage – and is a major partner of the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous. Aurora can be credited with overcoming the logistical challenges and curating the movement involved with shipping superyachts around the world.

Aurora Global Logistics Managing Director, Jason Roberts, said since the last Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, through import and export activity, his company had shipped approximately 180 yachts ranging in size from nine metres to 46 metres to and from Australia and other parts of the world.

“Last year’s inaugural Australian Superyacht Rendezvous generated some terrific business for Aurora Global Logistics including one of our most challenging logistics endeavours to date – the shipping of Samara, arguably one of the most impressive superyachts to star at last year’s event, from Australia to the Panama,” Mr Roberts said.

“Samara is a stunning explorer style 24 metre catamaran complete with its own helicopter and helipad and the technical difficulties in shipping a vessel like that were immense, which is where our expertise comes in,” he said.

“The other outcome is that our business has seen an enormous increase in our specialised superyacht consultancy services such as importation, temporary importation, charter, taxation, crew visas and other ancillary services which is indicative of the growing confidence in Australia as a superyacht hotspot thanks to initiatives such as the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous.

“The glitz and glamour of superyachts can sometimes overshadow the true business or economic story behind our industry. The economic impact that increased superyacht traffic can have on Australian businesses like ours is enormous and our industry’s potential is really only just being truly revealed thanks to support of industry bodies such as Superyacht Australia.

“Aurora Global Logistics is delighted to once again be a partner of the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous and be a part of business and the marine industry pulling together, to show off why Australia and the Asia Pacific should be the next superyacht hotspot.”

Aurora Global Logistics is the exclusive Australian agent for global yacht logistics company, Peters & May.

Superyachts attending this year’s Australian Superyacht Rendezvous include Antalex, Atlantic Princess, Aurora, Aus Pro, Corroboree, Crystal Blue, Deep Blue, La Bella Vita, Lady Pamela, Masteka 2, Murcielago, Mystic Tide, Oneworld, Pacific Quest, Patriot 1, Relentless and Silentworld.

The 2018 Australian Superyacht Rendezvous will see four events, including an industry round table, superyacht industry networking event, an “open decks” showcase of superyachts and a high glamour VIP cocktail event celebrating the tourism and economic potential of Australia and the Asia Pacific as a superyacht hotspot.

Partners for 2018 – including an influx of international partners – include Aurora Yacht Logistics, Adagold Aviation, Aqualuma LED Lighting, Benetti, Burgess, City of Gold Coast, DT Yacht Transport, Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard, IGY Marinas, Hardy Brothers Jewellers, Ocean Magazine, Riverside Marine Services, Seal Superyachts, Suez, Superyacht Group Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Regional Council.

The host venue for the 2018 Australian Superyacht Rendezvous will once again be the landmark Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) – the largest facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere with a capacity for more than 50 superyachts at any one time. The internationally accredited 5 gold anchor marina and shipyard is home to over 70 on-site, marine-related trades and currently employs well in excess of 600 marine contractors.











Further information about the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous is available by visiting