Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard joins Mid-East builder’s global service network
Gulf Craft, the Middle East’s largest yacht builder, has expanded its global service network by appointing Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) as its preferred Australian facility. The brand is also looking to continue its global expansion with the appointment of new distributors in more than a dozen markets.
GCCM joins Gulf Craft’s global service network as its preferred service centre to give Australasia-based clients support with service, maintenance and refit. GCCM offers a wide range of services and facilities for handling superyachts up to 65m and above. It is currently undertaking a major expansion programme.
In a statement, Gulf Craft says: “Australia is one of our most important and fast-growing market for Gulf Craft and particularly the Majesty Yachts collections. We have made significant investments in this market including building yachts specifically to Australian survey standards. GCCM has the capability to accommodate our yachts and shared our service ethos.”
Nizar Tagi, Gulf Craft’s recently appointed COO, comments: “Additionally, as many of the GCCM tenancies are authorised dealers of our equipment suppliers, our clients will be supported with after sales service and warranty onsite. The agreement heralds a new era in the already existing relationship between Gulf Craft and GCCM.”
He adds: “We have long-term relationships with all the Majesty Yachts who call Australia home and we consider whatever we can do to support Gulf Craft’s growth in this market as a win-win.”
“Uniquely, we have the lifting equipment to accommodate the wide range of yachts and specific expertise in managing superyacht yard period,” says Kevin Altera, GCCM’s general manager of operations and business development. “GCCM has 80 leading marine businesses located onsite, some of whom are involved in the build yard in the UAE. The clients and build team enjoy a continuation of service whether it is in our yard or through our call-out service.”
As part of Gulf Craft’s global expansion plan, the company has identified 14 potential markets where it is interested in appointing new distributors. These are Japan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, the Adriatic Sea, Brazil, Mexico, China, India, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the African coastal states of Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa.