Ryan remembered

The Boat Works and Superior Jetties united to celebrate triumph in the wake of tragedy in honour of a much-loved marine industry colleague, Ryan Hogan, who died one year to the day in a tragic work accident.

Photography by The Boat Works

07 November 2019


Ryan Hogan, the son of Superior Jetties’ owners John and Jackie Hogan, was instrumental in the design and construction of The Boat Works new superyacht marina.

On Friday 25 October, colleagues, friends and family gathered with Tony Longhurst and John and Jackie Hogan to officially name the newly acquired 300 Tonne marine travel lift “Rhino”, Ryan’s nickname and testament to his robust enthusiasm and determination.

Superior Jetties, under the guidance of John Hogan and direction of Project Manager, Andy Vollmer, have been an integral part of the development of The Boat Works’ new superyacht marina and its surrounding facility.

“We are mourning the loss and celebrating the life and contribution of Ryan Hogan,” said Tony Longhurst. “The marine industry is a close knit and caring community and we band together in times of adversity. We consider John and Jackie and all the team at Superior Jetties a valued part of our extended family.”


Since 5 October 2018, when Mayor Tom Tate turned the first sod, there have been over 3,000 truckloads of concrete and an incredible amount of steel put in place for the 20 Refit sheds, in a project involving 100+ onsite trades and up to 200 supporting suppliers.

A huge project with economic benefits for City of Gold Coast and future prospects for the marine industry, attracting more boats, creating more jobs.

Now nearing completion, the $100+ million expansion will soon welcome superyachts up to 50-metres to the first-of-its-kind clean and green shipyard.

Overall this new facility adjoining the existing Boat Works South Yard will cater to a capacity of one kilometre of vessels, which will be hauled out with Gold Coast’s largest lift, the impressive 300 Tonne lift.

The luxurious Captains/owners’ lounge is now in its final stages, providing a scenic viewing space for skippers, crew and owners as their vessels are hauled out, as well as private offices with admin facilities and lounge space.

The new Superyacht Yard will be completed by the end of 2019 and welcoming superyachts once there’s safe access from the Coomera River to the facility, pending final dredging works.


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