DCIM102GOPROG0011666.We have had a raft of international visitors since our last report, with vessels from at least ten different countries clearing customs at Rivergate over the past six months.

One of the highlights was the visit of the two Polish expedition boats “Selma” and “Katharsis” who used Rivergate to prepare for their first Sydney to Hobart race attempt and their second expedition to Antarctica. They were so impressed with the service offered at Rivergate that they now send regular reports and photographs from their new locations.

At one stage we had 35 vessels in 30 days arrive at Rivergate for customs clearance.

The trend has been for arriving vessels to stay longer as we have identified some key needs for arriving vessels and have started offering transport services to and from shopping centres and arranging provisioning and services for our visitors.

Word seems to be getting out to the cruising community with Rivergate being mentioned in a positive way on sailing and cruising forums.

It is pleasing to see that our occupancy rate continues to increase on previous years.

January saw Rivergate chosen as the marina for the OCEARCH shark research vessel to berth, who conducted tours through the vessel which generated a lot of public interest.

The newest “Cape class” customs boat also conducted tours of the “Cape Byron” while it was berthed at Rivergate with an estimated 1500 people touring the vessel over two days.

Pirate mania took hold in the marina as well with Radio show Triple M broadcasting live from their “Pirate ship” berthed at Rivergate and hosting breakfast and give-away’s over five days.

The well-known Greenpeace research ship Rainbow Warrior 3 also chose to stay at Rivergate recently and also conducted tours for the public.

We also have strong bookings for the last half of the year with the Marina expected to be close to capacity from September through to the New Year.

Jason Downes
Marina Dockmaster