Bluewater, an international yacht services provider, has opened a new office in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. The company has also teamed up with Crew Unlimited (CU), CU Yacht Charters and International Crew Training (ICT) in Florida, which have all joined the Bluewater team.

Ami Ira, managing director of Crew Unlimited, will serve as president of Bluewater USA. Brian Luke will take the role of sales broker.

Commenting on the news, Ira says: “The combination of our companies and talents is so exciting for us, as we have worked with and admired the Bluewater team for years.

“It feels like ‘coming home’ for me, as I know their people, their work ethic, beautiful brand, and desire to deliver a top quality service matches ours. What we will achieve, by working together, will surely improve the yacht ownership experience, which is the end goal.”

Bluewater offers a complete range of yacht services, including brokerage, charter, crew recruitment, management and training. In addition to Florida, the company has offices in Antibes, London, Moscow, Miami, Palma and Zug.

Brian Luke joined International Crew Training in 2008 as senior instructor and examiner, before being named chief operations officer in 2013 and president in 2016. He has extensive experience within the yachting industry.

“I am delighted to be joining the Bluewater team. From the training side I am very excited that our students will not only have more opportunity across the globe for high-level training, but now we can offer them crew placement through the most unique service in our industry,” he says.