Ocean Magazine : 9 September October 2006
ocean | 159 In September 2006, it is time to celebrate this historic event. Cairns will be a buzz of activity when the Cairns Professional Game Fishing Association hosts a week of events to showcase the industry's development since Richard Oback caught his bounty in 1966. More than 70 game fishing boats and a number of large superyachts will rendezvous at Cairns Marlin Marina for what promises to be a week of celebration, competition and reminiscing about the one that got away. At the same time, many of us will be treading the docks at the Monaco Yacht Show, the first of a number of international marketing activities planned by the Super Yacht Group - Great Barrier Reef. As always, Australia will be well represented in Monaco with Cairns Slipways in prime position on Jettee Nord and the Superyacht Base Australia stand in the air-conditioned pavilion. This show is followed closely by the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, another important opportunity to raise awareness of Cairns, Australia, as a leading South Pacific superyacht destination. So, with the 40th anniversary game fishing season kicking off, superyachts heading to Australia in greater numbers, and famous faces regularly spotted in Cairns and Port Douglas, it looks like a whole new era of legendary tales are about to be born. BLACKLINE SHIPPING ENHANCES BRISBANE CLUSTER By David Moore Acting Chairman Superyacht Base Brisbane Membership of Superyacht Base Brisbane has been bolstered by the recent acquisition of Blackline Shipping and Marine Applications by Viking Industries. This amalgamation will further enhance Brisbane's growing reputation as a centre for quality marine engineering, construction and superyacht refit. Blackline Shipping was formed as a company in 1995 by current Managing Director, Joe Akacich. Joe, who qualified as a Marine Engineer while in the Australian Navy, has been working in the luxury boat industry since 1984 both as an Engineer and Skipper. Today, Blackline Shipping has become one of the premier refit and repair specialists in Australia with a focus on the growing market for superyachts. Currently based on the Gold Coast, Blackline will shortly establish a presence at Viking Industries' Brisbane Marine Industry Park site. Brisbane offers local marine businesses access to new market opportunities with Travel Lift capability up to 300 tonnes, a level unavailable elsewhere on the East Coast of Australia. In combination with deep water berths which provide an efficient networked telecom and data services system, customised paint and refit sheds, and acres of quality, secure hardstand it's not surprising that Joe relishes the prospect of growing his business in Brisbane backed by the resources of a public company. Two of Joe's new neighbours in Brisbane will be East Coast Yacht Finishing and Ocean Spray Marine. Both companies have recently visited superyacht havens in Tahiti, Fiji and New Caledonia with a view to securing new paint and refit contracts for 2007. From all accounts it was "mission accomplished." Interest in membership of Superyacht Base Brisbane continues with several new members joining in time to take advantage of SBA promotional activities at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. New members include AMI who supply super products for superyachts such as navigation, communication and entertainment systems; SeAirLand Systems are a leader in marine climate control technology; Marine Systems Australia are specialists in the design and supply of marine plumbing systems. Rivergate Marina and Shipyard has recently opened its Marine Refit Complex. The Refit Complex is made up of 23 workshops and offices and 13 of these are presently operational with more coming on board shortly. New tenants at Rivergate will be encouraged to join SYBA which can only enhance Brisbane's reputation as the new boating hub of Australia. We are also grateful for the support of the Port of Brisbane Corporation whose goal is to facilitate trade growth through Brisbane's port. They make a very valuable contribution to the Brisbane superyacht industry through the provision of a berthing facility for Dockwise Yacht Transport vessels which currently call at Brisbane four times per year to unload and pick up vessels on a regular basis. Finally, Australia TradeCoast have taken up Gold membership. Their objective is not unlike our own ie to attract businesses to the Brisbane waterfront and foster industry growth. With membership now approaching 50 we have the critical mass combined with the facilities to approach the market with confidence.
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