• 2020 Superyacht Industry Service Provider of the Year: Rivergate Marine & Shipyard
  • 2020 Superyacht Industry Project/ Design or Manufacturer of the Year: Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard
  • 2020 Voyage of the Year: SY Hemisphere, Captain Gavin Bladen
  • 2020 Commercial Marine Project/ Design or Manufacturer of the Year: Aus Ships Group
  • 2020 Commercial Marine Service Provider of the Year: Spear Green Design
  • 2020 Most Innovative Commercial Marine Product or Service of the Year: BtB Marine
  • 2020 Most Innovative Export Product or Service of the Year: Fliteboard
  • 2020 Marine Industry Junior Exporter of the Year: Marine Airflow International
  • 2020 Marine Industry Exporter of the Year: Riviera
  • 2020 Marine Industry Marketing Strategy of the Year: Aqualuma LED Lighting
  • 2020 Marine Industry Apprentice of the Year: Jasmine Willoughby, Aus Ships Group
  • 2020 Marine Industry Champion: Trenton Gay, Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard

Read more at: superyacht-australia.com/news/2020-australian-marine-industry-award-winners-revealed


2020 Superyacht Industry Service Provider of the Year: Rivergate Marina and Shipyard

Sponsored by Hill Robinson Yacht Management

Established in 2006, Rivergate is a family-owned superyacht service facility with international customers and a reputation for excellence, welcoming 30 superyachts annually.

Genuine rapport with the superyacht fraternity at all levels is key to Rivergate’s success and competitive advantage. The most recent example of the “Rivergate difference” was welcoming the foreign-flagged, long-range cruising superyacht 57.7m Amels superyacht, MY DANCING HARE for complex refit works.

Under Directors, Bob Hill and Judith Brinsmead, Rivergate employs 15 full-time staff and is home to 20 specialist tenants, providing work for hundreds of contractors. Rivergate is consistently ranked amongst the top of the world’s best refit shipyards.

2020 Superyacht Industry Project/Design or Manufacturer of the Year: Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard

For the In-Water Full Hull & Superstructure Refinishing of M/Y Dragonfly & M/Y SuRi

Sponsored by Rivergate Marina and Shipyard

For 20 years, Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard has offered world-class refit services and solutions to domestic and international superyachts. In early 2020, this award-winning facility was able to concurrently devise, deliver and successfully complete two of the largest on-water yacht paint and re-fit projects ever undertaken in Australian waters.

Two high profile yachts, M/Y Dragonfly (74 metres) and M/Y SuRi (63 metres) required full hull and superstructure repaints. Both projects were undertaken simultaneously in GCCM’s dedicated superyacht work basin.

 These ground-breaking projects have proven that GCCM has the capability and capacity to refit and repaint sizeable yachts in a safe and sustainable way.

2020 Australian Voyage of the Year: Captain Gavin Bladen – SY Hemisphere

Sponsored by Tourism Australia

The inspirational Australian Voyage Award was presented to Captain Gavin Bladen of SY Hemisphere, the worlds largest sailing catamaran. 

Read more at: superyacht-australia.com/australian-voyage-award


2020 Australian Marine Industry Marketing Strategy of the Year: Aqualuma LED Lighting

Sponsored by Benetti Yachts

Aqualuma found a significant drop in return from print marketing in 2018 prompting them to change focus and shift a large percentage of their marketing to the digital online space.

Aqualuma had always utilised the online space within social media but never pushed a decent budget towards it. Throughout 2019 Aqualuma developed small targeted campaigns for the marine and commercial sectors that where boosted to specific audiences and locations allowing total control over their target audience.

This coupled with total ability to track their viewers through analytics, this data ensured Aqualuma was engaging with the right customer at the right time of year with the right content. This ultimately created new customers and potential clients.

Aqualuma filmed a series of videos showcasing where it all started, who they are today, and introduced viewers to manufacturing partners across Australia. These videos created trust and reliability within the existing and potential clientele worldwide.

Further to this, Aqualuma created a promo video for a competition to win a trip to Australia for one of their larger retailers in the USA, Marine Max who turn over more than US 1.3 Billion per annum and have 64 locations across the USA.

2020 Apprentice of the Year: Jasmine Willoughby – Aus Ships Group

Sponsored by TAFE Queensland

The inaugural Apprentice of the Year Award sponsored by TAFE Queensland was introduced in 2020 to recognise and honour the young marine apprentices for their hard work, dedication and commitment to the Australian Marine Industry.

The Queensland State finalists for this category were: Jasmine Willoughby and Robbie Beale from Aus Ships Group, Jarrod Nobrega from Marine Airflow, and Bailey Sivyer from Riviera. The New South Wales state finalists were Billy Tregoning and Leon Duryea from Onboard Engineering, and Beau Paff from Steber International.

Before Jasmines apprenticeship commenced, she worked at Many West Pharmacy as a pharmacy assistant and stock controller during which she completed a degree in Biomedical Science from Griffith University. She was with the pharmacy until January 2019 when she applied for and was accepted into the Superyacht Welding Program that was organised by East Coast Apprenticeships. This program was focused on providing candidates with the introductory skills to be working in the marine industry from a fabrication & welding perspective.

She has gained a better appreciation for the design process and how important measurement accuracy is throughout every phase of a project. Jasmines employment at Aus Ships also allows exposure to several different trades so she has been able to build on skills and knowledge outside of her dedicated trade qualification.

2020 Marine Industry Champion: Trenton Gay – Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard

Sponsored by the City of Gold Coast

As a developer and current CEO Trenton (Trent) Gay has dedicated a large proportion of his career to the development of yachting in Australia through Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) as well as the ongoing support of a multiple marine industry bodies.

As far back as the 1990’s, he has been involved in shaping the industry including being one of the founding members and significant financial supporters of Superyacht Australia’s predecessor, Superyacht Base Australia. He has volunteered his time, knowledge and efforts to various industry bodies including Gold Coast Waterways Authority and more recently, as a board member of the Marina Industries Association (MIA).

The time and financial commitment that the Gay family, Trenton,his father Patrick and his wife Rebecca, have made to the Australian marine industry is beyond compare. With well over 20 years and more than $100 million dollars invested into the sector, they have significantly helped to consistently and sustainably nurture and support the industry and place Australia on the map for Superyacht refit and repair.

Congratulations to all of our 2020 Australian Marine Industry Award winners!