The organisers of the 2018 ASMEX conference in Sanctuary Cove, Australia, have revised this year’s format to include more industry panels and separate two-hour breakout sessions for each industry sector –export, superyacht, and commercial defence.

The export session will include discussions on Asian export market strategies, government support for exporters, Free Trade Agreements, manufacturing and go-to market distribution strategies.

The superyacht session will cover the latest report from the AEC Group on a strategy for the superyacht sector. This will include issues facing the industry – ie, a consistent approach by Australian government representatives to ensure a warm welcome to visiting superyachts, crew visas, quarantine issues, access to the Great Barrier Reef, charter regulations, and more.

The commercial session will include presentations by key stakeholders in the defence and commercial marine sectors.

“This year we have listened to members and will be providing a comprehensive programme designed to educate, support and inform delegates about opportunities to grow their business,” says Richard Chapman, president of the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX).

There will also be panels involving superyacht captains, international stakeholders such as Pantaenius, Arrow Services Monaco, Sevenstar Yacht Transport, government representatives and Australian export, superyacht and commercial marine personalities. These panels will cover issues facing both the Australian and global industry across all sectors and allow sufficient time for interaction with delegates.

The 8th edition of ASMEX, partnered by the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) and Pantaenius, will be held at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort from May 21-23, 2018. Tickets for the conference and industry award gala dinner are now on sale at