Internationally renowned Catalano Shipping Services has acquired Superyacht Support New Zealand to form Catalano Shipping Services (CSS) New Zealand, based in the Auckland Viaduct.
Duthie Lidgard Jnr of Superyacht Support NZ, one of New Zealand’s leading Superyacht agencies, has become Partner and was appointed Managing Director of Catalano Shipping Services (CSS) New Zealand.
He will continue in his dynamic role for this new entity, and says: “We are absolutely thrilled to bring an international brand with so much history and experience in yachting into New Zealand.
“As the international spotlight is currently shining on us, the timing was perfect. We are excited at what we are going to be able to do,” said Lidgard.
Catalano Shipping Services and the A-Gents by Catalano network have provided the highest levels of service to superyachts throughout the Mediterranean for decades, and are excited to expand into the Paciﬁc.
With additional links to their established offices in Singapore and Indonesia, their partners in Panama and global network, the group is primed to take things to another level in time for the America’s Cup 2021 in New Zealand.
“All A-Gents by Catalano offices are owned by the group and operated by experienced local partners,” Tomaso Moreno, CEO of the Fratelli Cosulich yachting business units.
“This means we are able to guarantee a top local service, backed by a global network, systems and team, which results in seamless support and standards from office to office.”
Being a truly global brand gives the group greater opportunities to develop wider supply channels, increase areas of support with Reﬁt, Management and Charter.
The new company will take over the Superyacht Support office, which will ensure seamless service during this exciting transition.
Duthie continues to work from the Silo Marina location – directly across the road from the America’s Cup Compounds – to ensure they are perfectly positioned to service the many superyachts planning to be in Auckland for an extended blockbuster season in 2021, culminating in the America’s Cup from 6–21 March.