The latest European shipyard to set up an Australian based sales office – Cantiere delle Marche (CdM) – has entered a strategic partnership with Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard (GCCM) for service and repair of all vessels sold in Australia.
Cantiere delle Marche, which hails from Ancona on Italy’s Adriatic Coast and constructs explorer superyachts from 30–47 metres in length, has seen a surge in Aussie interest, prompting the set-up of an Australian base and the partnership with GCCM.
The agreement will see CdM owners having priority access to GCCM’s one-stop-shop capabilities spanning the 175,000-square-metre facility, including 20 refit sheds for yachts up to 50 metres, a 75-metre superyacht work basin along with over 90 on-site businesses employing in excess of 800 marine contractors.
Renowned marine professional Paul Miletta, who heads up the Australian division of Cantiere delle Marche together with Domenico Giuffrè, says the selection of GCCM as the preferred shipyard for CdM vessels was an easy decision.
“This is a value-add, peace of mind and convenience move to ensure any CdM buyers can be guaranteed service, and maintenance schedules will be seamlessly delivered at GCCM, thanks to our strategic agreement,” Miletta said.
“As world leaders in explorer vessels, CdM yachts is proving to be the perfect choice for the South Pacific and, with the ability to reach all destinations safely and in comfort, ideal for adventuring Australia’s intrepid coastline,” he said.
With proud Australian owners throughout the world, the most recent to arrive in Australia is the Darwin Class 102 Ex-Babbo, appropriately renamed by its enthusiastic Aussie owner as My True Blue. Also expected soon in 2021 is another Darwin Class that will call Sydney home. Both owners are planning trips to the Kimberley region.
Miletta said, “By aligning ourselves with GCCM, we are ensuring that existing and new CdM owners have access to the best of the best service and maintenance to keep their vessels on the water in pristine condition.”
GCCM CEO Trenton Gay says GCCM was proud to be selected by yet another prominent international yachting brand for quality and convenient service and maintenance capabilities.
“We are extremely proud to be attracting global recognition as a world-class maintenance and re-fit destination, and this latest CdM partnership adds to the portfolio of international shipbuilding brands that we work with exclusively,” Gay said.
“We are looking forward to welcoming CdM captains and owners to GCCM and ensuring their service and maintenance schedules are on time, on budget and delivered with quality that is second-to-none,” he said.