Get a lift

BSE Cairns Slipways raised their first superyacht out of the water, Ahoy Club's 54-metre motor yacht Mischief.

27 May 2020


It was a monumental day lifting Mischief with BSE’s large mobile boat hoist, which is capable of raising vessels up to 1120 tonnes. The smooth-running operation was just the beginning of a busy month of projects due to be completed in the Cairns yard, which utilises various local businesses and will filter down to support even more in the regional economy.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our region’s capabilities, not only BSE’s but local manufacturing as well, plus berthing at the floating wharf for in-water repairs,” said Brian Keller of BSE Maritime Solutions Cairns.

“When the federal government invested in the Cairns Marine Precinct, nobody had heard about COVID-19, yet that initiative gave confidence to our investment, which has resulted in this new work for Cairns. The support Mischief has shown for the investment we made will encourage other customers and further investment in both infrastructure and skills,” stated BSE Maritime Solutions owner Justin Parer.

Carrie Carter, Chairperson of the SuperYacht Group Great Barrier Reef said, “This is a major achievement for BSE and the Port of Cairns. It cements our region’s standing as a prime destination and one-stop shop for superyachts to home-port in, in the Asia–Pacific region.”


A project of this type in such a competitive Australian market comes with big expectations, but also the promise that exceptional service could result in more work for the Ahoy Club M/Y Mischief.

Manager of the SuperYacht Group Great Barrier Reef Joanne Drake said, “With the America’s Cup still on track to be held in March 2021 and the Olympics in Tokyo in July/August 2021, our region holds some major drawcards to offer the global fleet, including planning a necessary refit for the vessels’ two- to three-year itinerary here.

It will be an added bonus for us if the America’s Cup is won by a South Pacific contender.

David Good, CEO of Superyacht Australia, said: “Australian shipyards and marinas have been fortunate not to require closure or restrictions. This is a result of Australia’s success in reducing COVID-19 cases without a lockdown.”

Foreign superyachts can enter Australia after receiving exemption and the crew’s completion of 14 days in isolation onboard, commencing from the last port of departure. Vessels are encouraged to cruise slowly so that crew can step ashore on arrival once 14 days have been spent in transit to Australia.


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