RIVERGATE: Where the big boats berth


Rivergate Marina & Shipyard2018 has been a massive year for Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, Brisbane. In the past six months, Rivergate has welcomed MY Platinum, MY Playpen, MY Crystal Lady, MV Seawolf, MY Asteria, MY Big Fish, MV Great Escape, MY Felix, MY Plvs Vltra, SY Hetairos among many others.

With deep water access for berthing vessels up to 80m, Rivergate provides world-class facilities to all incoming superyachts and commercial craft including charter superyachts, ferries, expedition, research and rescue vessels.

Rivergate is known as the preferred facility for luxury, long-range cruising and charter vessels to perform maintenance, Class surveys and refit work, including extremely complex custom-designed and installed additions.

Recognised in the Top 3 among the world’s best shipyards for refits, according to Captains and Crew, as reported in Boat International in December 2017, Rivergate is equipped with 12,000m² hardstand, 75 and 300 Tonne travelifts and all-weather enclosed refit facilities, 24/7 fuel, with the full complement of marine services available for luxury yachts, pleasure craft and commercial vessels.

Rivergate’s Project Management team can attend to all service and refit needs, specialising in tailor-made solutions for all requirements – on time and to budget – and Rivergate is an official Customs and clearing port for Australia.

Andrew Cannon, Rivergate General Manager said Rivergate’s reputation among Captains means when they are in our region, this is their choice when it comes to repairs, maintenance and refit work.

“Brisbane offers a great climate all year round, we’re cost effective and situated in Queensland, home to the pristine cruising grounds of The Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef and gateway to the South Pacific.”

Rivergate is well resourced to accommodate the rising numbers of superyachts visiting Australian waters.

“There are 20 workshops at Rivergate with about 140 marine professionals onsite in addition to local contractors. Rivergate delivers exceptional service to budget and deadline – and that’s our point of difference. We aim to provide the service and skills superyachts can’t get anywhere else in the world.”

Many superyachts, such as Big Fish and Aquamarina are repeat customers, praising the management team and trades onsite for their professionalism, 5-star service and commitment to going above and beyond to get the job done.

Captains are unanimous in their positive assessment of Rivergate, its facilities and on-site trades.


Most recently, MV Seawolf visited Rivergate between the end of June and early August, approximately 31 work days, where it underwent various works, including epoxy resurfacing of the on-deck pool; welding; HVAC sound and vibration attenuation; tender maintenance (shoreside glasswork, painting, varnishing, mechanical); main deck 14.4 ton crane rebuild; steering rebuild; 1956 Smit Man main engine turbos rebuild; carpentry and a handful of painting projects.

Captain Winston Joyce-Clarke, previously skipper of explorer superyacht Big Fish, which was a regular at RMS, said the level of skilled artisans and trades working in Brisbane was testament to the appeal of Rivergate.

“Specialist assistance is available for all levels of yacht repair, from shipwrights and engineering to catering and interior refinishing.

“The general work ethic is focused on producing decent results and RMS has pooled a significant number of talented contractors who have all met with expectations over multiple visits to the area. RMS engenders a good working environment for trades, staff, crew and even the occasional owner’s visit.

“Andrew Cannon and the staff at RMS have always succeeded in sourcing diligent subcontractors who have assisted with extensive maintenance projects on two vessels in my care. Every yard period has concluded with a positive, on time delivery and a measurable level of achievement.  As far as customer satisfaction goes, Seawolf is a confirmed repeat client.”

Captain Winston continued “Rivergate fits in strategically for any vessel contemplating extended southern hemisphere cruising. Large yacht traffic is steadily increasing in the South Pacific but there’s a limited number of options for major superyacht shipyard assistance for heavy displacement or deep draft yachts between Panama and Australia except for the navy graving dock in Papeete.

“Just about every inhabited island has a machinist or a MacGyver who can turn a wrench and keep the lights on but full scale maintenance and refit professionals are few and far between. New Zealand and the east coast cities of Australia all have great repair facilities and tradesman, so choosing a destination is really a matter of personal preference. Brisbane is centrally located, has mild, dry winters and is perfectly situated on a protected waterway, which places Rivergate in an enviable location.”

The Captain of MY Triple 8 said “Rivergate Marina and Shipyard is without a doubt the best place worldwide that I have ever been to have maintenance done”.

“Upon completion of a year’s voyaging from the USA, we had a number of large and small jobs to perform from paintwork to fabrication. The first maintenance period was so successful that we returned for a haul out and more work simply because they were so good at their job.”

Triton at RivergateTestament to their ingenuity, Rivergate and the Aus Ships Group were awarded the 2018 Business of the Year (Manufacturer) at the 2018 Australian Marine Industry Awards, in recognition of their collaboration on a pioneering submarine installation aboard a superyacht support vessel.

“Through word of mouth, networking and events like the Monaco Yacht Show and Singapore Yacht Show, Rivergate is very well known,” said Andrew Cannon. “That’s great testament to the breadth and depth of skills of our tenants.”

As part of the Australian contingent, Rivergate will attend the Cannes Festival of Yachting, 11 to 16 September, followed by the Monaco Yacht Show, 26 to 29 September.