09 May 2019
Yacht supplier and logistical support group National Marine Suppliers USA has announced it is launching into the Pacific.
The move is a response to feedback from the company’s superyacht clients, which indicated that with the growing number of yachts cruising the Pacific, and the America’s Cup scheduled for 2021 in New Zealand, the timing is right to launch the brand into the region.
National Marine Pacific will act as National Marine Supplier’s distribution hub for the region. Its services will include international product procurement, and supplying local brands, including those which are notoriously difficult to obtain.
The branch will also offer complete shore support in New Zealand, from bunkering, docking, management of logistics, itineraries and crew needs, to the full range of shoreside support work.
“National Marine Pacific will be well positioned from our base in Auckland New Zealand, to provide ongoing service and assistance to our valued yacht clients, local agents, management companies and individuals alike who venture into the Pacific,” said National Marine’s Founder, Dean Du Toit.
“Our presence in St Maarten and St Thomas has proven our commitment to support our industry with a supply chain for provisions, parts and supplies as well as logistics. We’re excited to be able to better assist customers and management companies to ensure that supply chain continues seamlessly, providing every customer with a successful Pacific experience as we work alongside agents throughout the Pacific,” Du Toit continued.
Mark Donaldson will take on the role of National Marine Pacific’s Managing Director. Donaldson brings over 20 years’ experience in the industry, starting from his early days on board yachts, followed by Director Yacht Management for Y.CO Monaco and eventually his own award-winning company Marinelogix in New Zealand.
The combination of Donaldson’s experience as Logistics/Operations Manager of the Oneworld Challenge for the America’s Cup in New Zealand and the US, and with National Marine Suppliers’ logistics and network, will provide the ability to support, supply and curate cruises throughout the Pacific.
“The Pacific is such a special part of the world – as much for its most hidden remote places as for its populated parts. With the introduction of National Marine Pacific, we’re now able to help yachts explore every part of the region without them having to forego their regular supplies or provisions,” said Donaldson. “It’s a game changer, and we’re all incredibly proud to see this launch.”