Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) has confirmed that the upgrade of their Italian-built ASCOM mobile boat hoist has increased their superyacht lifting capacity to 300 tonnes. An update that has subsequently set a new city record for the largest vessel raised on the Gold Coast.
The inclusion of this hoist was to address the growing demand for larger vessels that visit the facility and is considered to complement the current on-water service berths for vessels reaching 75 metres.
“The size of vessels visiting GCCM has grown exponentially in recent years,” said General Manager of Operations and Business Development Kevin Altera.
“Now, we are able to continually service longstanding customers who have purchased larger vessels and further assist support vessels that were previously only serviceable on water.”
The 55-metre M/Y Oceana was the first official vessel to take advantage of the added haul-out capacity earlier in July. This historic 290-tonne lift will now set the pace for future refit, repair and maintenance opportunities on the Gold Coast.
The custom ASCOM straddle carrier, upgraded by Aerlift’s Gold Coast-based technicians, has been on site at GCCM for over six years.
The enhancement to the lifting machinery, completed in early July, means the overall haul-out capacity at GCCM will increase by a further 20 percent.
Both Sanctuary Cove and Marina Mirage are also nearing completion of major upgrades to cater to more luxury vessels, while GCCM has stated there are plans to more than double in size.
It’s expected that this future will increase the lifting capacity of their adjacent 20-hectare, Stage 2 facility to more than 1,200 tonnes.