An update on how the leisure marine industry is developing across Asia will be provided this week via the Singapore Yacht Show (SYS), Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference (APSC) and the Asia Boating Dialogue.

The programme starts with the APSC from April 10-11, followed by the Asia Boating Dialogue on April 12 and the SYS from April 12-15. All events are being held at the One 15 Marina on Sentosa island.

The Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference’s first day will look at the current and future trends and challenges for the global superyacht market, plus a call for action to develop a strategic roadmap for the Asian industry. The latter will review various happenings in Thailand, China and Australia. It will examine the needs of Asian clients and how to access the Asian HNWI market.

Day Two will focus on marinas across the region, the growth of expedition yachting, the potential for the repair and refit sector, insurance, technology and ownership. Tackling the volume of plastic in the seas, the growth of the ultra large yacht market and the impact of world affairs on the yacht market will also be covered.

Speakers include:

  • Carmen Lau Stratton, Managing Director & Board Director, Camper & Nicholsons Asia
  • Colin Bransgrove, Executive Officer, Marina Industries Association
  • Dang Bao Hieu, President, Ana Marina Nha Trang
  • Erwin Bamps, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Craft
  • Espen Oeino, Managing Director, Espen Oeino International
  • Jean-Marc Poullet, Chairman Asia, Burgess
  • Mario Gornati, Marketing and Communications Director, Sanlorenzo
  • Li Ning, Secretary-General, Hainan Cruise & Yacht Association
  • Michael Breman, Director, Lürssen; President, SYBAss
  • Mark Ray, Project Consultant, Marinetek South East Asia
  • Nigel Beatty, President and Founder, Super Yacht Logistics; Chairman, Asia Pacific Superyacht Association
  • Nikko Karki, Director, Indo Yacht
  • Peter Mahony, General Manager, Benetti Asia

The Asia Boating Dialogue, which is organised by the Singapore Boating Association(SBIA), readily complements the APSC in that it provides an overview of yachting developments in various countries in the region. It will also review what steps are needed to encourage further growth of the sector such as regulation and infrastructure.

This is the second Asia Boating Dialogue and follows on from the first in 2015 which was co-hosted with ICOMIA and the Asian Boating Forum in intervening years.

As for the Singapore Yacht Show, it has previously attracted many leading brands. Reflecting its growing significance as the region’s leading yacht show is the rising number of exclusive Asian premieres.

For 2018 these include:

  • Princess 30m
  • Azimut 27 Metri
  • Ferretti 780
  • Sanlorenzo 78
  • Riva 76 Perseo
  • Absolute 58 Fly
  • Princess 55
  • Palm Beach 52
  • Maritimo 51
  • Beneteau 51.1
  • Beneteau Grand Tourismo 50
  • Lagoon 50, Fountaine Pajot MY 44
  • Sunreef Open 40

In total there will be around 150 exhibitors and 90 yachts and boats from 6m-55m (19ft-181ft) available for visitors, which normally number about 15,000. The largest yacht is La Familia, an Amels 55 shown by Eastwinds, followed by Aquamarina, a 47m from the Italian shipyard ISA shown by Burgess, and Lady Azul, a Heesen 40 shown by Camper & Nicholsons.

In addition to the boat builders and dealers the exhibitors include a wide range of others such as brokers, marina operators, equipment manufacturers and suppliers and service providers.