superyacht bunkering in Tunisia

Tunisia is a safe haven for superyachts post Covid-19

Tunisia is a land with diversity at its core. Flanked by the hot Sahara Desert and the azure blue Mediterranean Sea, it weaves a rich tapestry of culture, cuisine and archaeological wonders. More significantly, in the wake of Covid-19, it has elevated itself to be one of the safest superyacht cruising grounds around, to date recording some of the lowest numbers of coronavirus cases throughout Europe. As a result, border restrictions are due to be lifted on 27 June, and Tunisia is now open for business.

As a prized superyacht cruising ground, Tunisia is adept at providing seclusion and security in equal balance. But when the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020, swift action from the Tunisian government meant the country entered into a highly effective early quarantine period. A country-wide lockdown commenced on 21 March with borders closing across land, sea and air, and a night-time curfew included.

Tunisian citizens who were abroad at the start of lockdown were safely repatriated by the government, with a required 14-day isolation period spent in hotels at the expense of the Tunisian government. Three months on the country’s diligence has paid off two-fold; it is among the first in Europe to reopen its borders to foreign visitors and remains a safe haven for yachts and tourists alike.

To quantify this, Tunisia has just 5 active cases per million population, compared with Spain that has 1329, and France that has 1362 active cases per million population. Numbers taken from the John Hopkins Trust data set on 8th June 2020.

Map showing active Covid cases in Europe

From 27 June, yachts will be welcomed back to cruise Tunisia’s waters and resume their regular maritime services, including duty-free bunkering. Strict procedures and safety protocols for the hospitality industry and wider businesses are being rolled out in preparation for this date. Working in accordance with guidelines laid out by the World Health Organisation (WHO) hospitality staff are undergoing additional training to be able to competently undertake newly required safety procedures. A concerted effort is being made nationwide to ensure the outstanding successful management of the coronavirus pandemic continues once normal daily life resumes.

Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organizations (UNWTO), states: “Tunisia’s successful experience in the fight against the coronavirus sends reassuring signals to the rest of the world. They are of one of the safest countries in terms of health, that tourists can visit.”

Kim Williams of Yacht Services Tunisia, comments: “Tunisia has been through a lot over the past nine years, but each time it rises up against the odds. Now as the end of lockdown is in sight and with our international boarders about to reopen, we should all be very thankful for the swift action that the Tunisian government has taken. We will of course follow strict sanitary procedures when we welcome our yachts into port and will continue to follow all government protocols as they are released.”

From ancient ruins to sea therapy spa treatments, and pristine golf courses to a collection of fully serviced prestige superyacht marinas, Tunisia is waiting with its arms open wide to welcome its owners, captains and crew a safe return to its inviting and protected shores.

To contact Yacht Services Tunisia you can call or email using the details below.

Telephone (English): +216 98 36 48 75

Telephone (French): +216 2261 1950

Email: info@ys-tunisia.com

Web: www.ys-tunisia.com

Exciting new partnership between FunAir and Seal Superyachts

An exciting new partnership has been announced between innovative leaders FunAir and Seal Superyachts, the most established and longest serving yacht agents in Asia and the Pacific.

The deal will allow Seal Superyachts to supply a full compliment of custom FunAir yacht inflatables and 23 in stock QuickShip solutions for any last minute charter requests. Seal are hailed as the charter brokers best friend, and they will now be able to provide Climbing Walls, Yacht Slides, Yacht Golf, Beach Loungers and a host of products that will fit most mid range superyachts that are so prevalent in the area.

Seal will also be an official FunAir service centre and will provide cleaning, drying and maintenance servicing for all FunAir products. Seal can arrange to pick up the inflatables and make sure they are clean, dry and ready to inflate the fun before dropping them back to the yacht. This service is perfect for yachts that perhaps don’t deploy their toys for longer periods during off season, or when the owners are away and want to make sure they are packed and stored correctly.

Adam Frost, Managing Director of Seal Superyachts commented, “The charter market in and around the Pacific and Indian Oceans and Australasia continues to strengthen. There has also been a rise in European yachts visiting the areas with a full compliment of toys and tenders.

“We’ve definitely noticed an upsurge in requests for Yacht Slides, Climbing Walls and other inflatable FunAir yacht toys from our resident yachts, and I put it down to them seeing the European yachts with all their toys out and wanting some of that action!

“The charter market is fast moving here as well, so being able to fulfil last minute requests and deliver the products they want in a week or so is an attractive solution for our clients.”

John Courtney, Managing Director of FunAir commented, “ We are delighted to welcome Adam and the team at Seal Superyachts to the FunAir family. We have worked together in the past when they have provided fantastic logistic support on some of our large custom orders being delivered in Asia.

“They are the perfect fit to represent the FunAir brand in this region and we are safe in the knowledge that FunAir products will be delivered and serviced, efficiently and effectively, meaning more time on the water having fun for the guests. What’s not to love!

To contact Seal Superyachts please email adam@seal-superyachts.com or call +66 76 612 654.

To find out more about FunAir email yachting@funair.com or visit www.funair.com/

Image showing superyachts at FLIBS 2019

60th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show a resounding success

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat show celebrated its 60th anniversary in suitable style with the largest show yet attracting some 1500 boats and 1200 exhibitors.

The show saw the unveiling of the new Superyacht Village, a 3.5 acre site dedicated to superyachts and the superyacht lifestyle. Sarrah Macey, CEO of Global Superyacht Marketing took a walk around the the new area and had this to say: “I’m very impressed with the new Superyacht Village. The quality of the yachts, exhibition spaces and social facilities are excellent, and I look forward to seeing how this area continues to grow.”

“One concern voiced by the industry before the show was that the size of the yachts on display at Bahia Mar would be significantly reduced, making this area less attractive to visitors. However, in true FLIBS style, Bahia Mar continues to have a superb range of superyachts, sports fishing vessels and smaller boats for the leisure market, along with an outstanding range of services and suppliers exhibiting.”

The Superyacht Village at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2019
FLIBS Superyacht Village. Image ©J Christopher

During the show Majesty 140, a 140 foot luxury superyacht from Dubai, was crowned the Best of Show by NBC Sports Network. An esteemed panel of judges agreed that the yacht featured the most innovative new boat model design on display. The yacht will feature in a one hour special on the NBS Sports Network in December.

Majesty 140, named Best of Show at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Majesty 140

FLIBS also saw the distribution of YACHT-OPOLY, the fantastic new superyacht board game from YACHTNEEDS. The game received an overwhelming positive response from crew, industry people and visitors to the show. Keep an eye on YACHTNEEDS social media for the video of Peter Lürssen and Sylke auf dem Graben of Lürssen Yachts, the infamous yeti from Beyond Two Yetis and James Williams from YACHTNEEDS enjoying a game on the deck of a superyacht at the show.

Crew member with YACHT-OPOLY at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Four of the world’s leading yacht chefs battled it out to be named Best Yacht Chef at the FLIBS 2nd annual Sunset Soiree and Yacht Chef Competition. The unique culinary competition included Chefs Andrew Siebert, Alex Forsythe, and Jarle Saupstad and Danny Davies of MY Excellence who was eventually named as the competition winner. Guests enjoyed a selection of premium spirits including specialty Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails, Maker’s Mark whiskey creations, Whispering Angel Rosé, as well as a bubbly welcome drink from Moet & Chandon. Adding to the excitement, The Wheeland Brothers hosted a live concert followed by a DJ, which set the sounds for the dockside festivities.  The evening benefitted Mission of Hope and the ONE Bahamas Fund, two organisations focussed on supporting relief efforts and rebuilding in the Bahamas following the devastating hit of Hurricane Dorian.

Best Yacht Chef Danny Davies at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Best Yacht Chef Danny Davies with his award. Image ©World Red Eye

All eyes are now focussed on next years Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show which promises to be bigger and better than ever.

We will see you there!

Monaco Yacht Show 2019

The 2019 Monaco Yacht Show in numbers

The 2019 Monaco Yacht Show ran from 25 to 28 September 2019, and featured the most impressive fleet of superyachts in its history and attracted a record-breaking number of exhibitors.

The feedback from the exhibitors has been pragmatic and positive. The MYS private concierge service invited over 200 VIP visitors, the majority of which came from the United States, Russia, England, China and India to visit the various superyachts up for sale or charter. Exhibitors noted a definite trend in visitor profile: a broader range of countries, a wider age bracket, and serious intentions to buy or charter.

The MYS unveiled some of the latest superyacht projects, technologies and joint ventures, thus confirming its status as a major annual event in the world of luxury yachting. The show is a true catalyst for future trends in the yachting world, as has proved itself to be a must visit event in the calendars of future owners and yachting professionals, a fact confirmed by the increase in attendance this year (31,565 visitors compared to 30,400 in 2018).

The most impressive fleet of superyachts ever exhibited at Monaco Yacht Show

This years event showcased 125 superyachts with an estimated total worth of around €4 billion*, the most impressive fleet of vessels ever to be presented in the shows 29 year history. The superyacht exhibition included 44 new models and 14 megayachts over 70 metres in length – including 2 over 100m! The average price for a motoryacht exhibited at the show reached €37.8 million this year. This year saw a tendency towards “greener” yachts and enhanced performance in terms of technology, speed and design.

600 exhibitors

A large portion of Port Hercule was organised into different themed areas occupied by 600 exhibitors including yacht builders, brokers and designers. Tender and water toy manufacturers exhibited 55 pieces of equipment, the majority of which were being presented for the very first time. The yacht show’s Car Deck displayed 30 collector or custom-built cars and motorbikes, while the Parvis Piscine tent was dedicated to luxury products and services. Its fully revamped Upper Deck Lounge, reserved for the show’s partners from the luxury industry, spanned over 2 floors.

Prize-winning superyachts

Four prizes were awarded at the 6th Monaco Yacht Show Superyacht Awards ceremony. The winners comprised of three vessels. Attila (64m, Sanlorenzo) received the MYS/RINA Award for its design, which complies with the environmental standards established by RINA, the Italian company in charge of classifying superyachts. TIS, a brand new 111-metre yacht by German shipyard Lürssen, received the MYS Interior Design Award. Excellence (80m, Abeking & Rasmussen) won two prizes: the MYS Exterior Design Award, and the ceremony’s most prestigious award, the MYS Finest New Superyacht Award.

Monaco Yacht Summit

Immediately before the Superyacht Awards ceremony, the MYS hosted the 4th edition of the Monaco Yacht Summit. A range of yachting-related subjects were discussed by some 40 participants interested in purchasing or chartering a yacht in the near future.

All eyes are now fixed on next years event which will run from 23-26 September 2020 and will see the show celebrating its 30th anniversary.

*Joint analysis with SuperYacht Times

Epic Superyacht Crew Beach Party in Antibes

We recently helped to organised a Superyacht Crew Beach Party with YACHTNEEDS and Port Vauban, Antibes, celebrating the end of the superyacht season in the Mediterranean.

With hundreds of crew in attendance the event was a huge success, and we all partied the night away enjoying fine wines, great beers, fantastic food and incredible entertainment with a view over a full IYCA.

News of the event has since spread far and wide in the superyacht community, with many crew already trying to guarantee an invite for next year’s event, which we promise will be even bigger and better.

We’ve put together the following highlights video showing some of the best bits from an epic evening.

The party was made possible by the support of a team of amazing sponsors and we would like to raise a glass to:

GF Entertainment 

The Firepod 

Colgan’s Brewery 

VSF Group 

Versilia Supply Service 

Viking Crew 

FunAir 

Yotha 

Fendequip

Intrepid Risk Management 

We’re already looking forward to next year’s crew beach party.

See you there!

Curated Beach day packages for superyachts launched at MYS 2019

A joint project between innovative leaders FunAir and Superyacht Tenders and Toys has seen the launch of three fully curated Beach day packages for superyachts at Monaco Yacht Show.

The project comes following an upsurge in orders from a number of popular charter yachts and brings together a wide range of products essential for providing guests with a 7* beach lifestyle when venturing ashore for the day.

The superyacht lifestyle now reaches past the rails of the yachts and onshore experiences and the yachts toy box have become increasingly important for charter guests and owners. There are so many elements to coordinate when creating the perfect beach experience and both FunAir and Superyacht Tenders and Toys have received many enquiries from yachts seeking a beach day package including everything from luxury shade options and tiki torches to inflatable furniture and water toys, robust BBQ solutions and music systems.

The three packages comprise of the Beach Club Day package, the Beach Club Experience package and the Beach Club Lifestyle package

Time is in short supply for superyacht captains and management companies, so FunAir and Superyacht Tenders and Toys worked together to curate the beach day packages for superyachts which combine everything the yachts need, without the headache of browsing through hundreds of options, and with the assurance that each item has been tried and tested to make sure it lives up to the quality that their superyacht clientele expect.

To find out more about the Beach day packages, and to request a brochure email info@sytt.co or visit the Superyacht Tenders and Toys website.

Monaco Yacht Show Superyacht Awards Winners

On 25th September the sixth edition of the Monaco Yacht Show Superyacht Awards was held at the Yacht Club de Monaco. There were 18 candidates for the four categories, with three yachts deservedly taking away awards.

MYS / RINA AWARD

Winner of the MYS/RINA award was 64-metre Attila built by the Italian shipyard Sanlorenzo. Atilla was the most eco-friendly superyacht at the Monaco Yacht Show according to the environmental standards established by the classification company RINA.

Monaco Yacht Show Award Winner MY Atilla
MY Atilla

MYS EXTERIOR DESIGN AWARD

The MYS Exterior Design Award was won by the 80-metre Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht Excellence. The judges agreed that her striking bow and visionary disrupting layout mark a new era in superyacht design.

Monaco Yacht Show Award Winner MY Excellence
MY Excellence

MYS INTERIOR DESIGN AWARD

The third award of the evening was presented to TIS. The largest superyacht the the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show won the award for her palatial interiors inspired by iconic hotels and residences around the world.

Monaco Yacht Show Award Winner MY TIS
MY TIS

MYS FINEST NEW SUPERYACHT AWARD

The most prestigious prize of the ceremony, the MYS Finest New Superyacht award, was also presented to Excellence. A well deserved second win for this incredible superyacht featuring futuristic exterior shapes and modern interior design.

Monaco Yacht Show Award Winner MY Excellence
MY Excellence

125 superyachts featured at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show, 44 of which were new launches. This represents the largest fleet exhibited since 1991.

FunAir Toy Island

Find your Fun with the FunAir Toy Island

The FunAir Toy Island is a brand new yacht inflatable which will be launched at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show which runs from 25 – 28 September in Port Hercule.

FunAir Toy Island
FunAir Toy Island

The Toy Island is designed to dock a variety of watercrafts and can be attached to a superyacht as an extension of the swim platform or tethered to trail behind. Alternatively, it can also be tethered from a beach or jetty and used to securely dock watercrafts during beach days.

Along with the usual Jet Skis the Toy Island is engineered to fit foiling boards and sailboats that have fins. It features a V shape indent which allows the user to moor their e-foil or foiling sailboat close to the Toy Island with the fin sitting safely in the V.

FunAir Toy Island
FunAir Toy Island

The Toy Island can hold four Jet Skis or sailing dinghies, two SeaBobs, two eFoils, Jet Surf or SUPS and several guests. It features a central seat so owners and their family can sit down to rest between activities, swap safety gear, add flippers or wait for other guests. Guests can easily walk up and out of the sea thanks to the FunAir Sea Stairs included on each Toy Island.

All FunAir products including the Toy Island are designed to pack light and tight and are easy for crew to deploy. The packed dimensions are 120 x 80 x 40cm, with a weight of 105KG. Inflated the Toy Island measures 6m x 6m at its largest points.

Visitors to the Monaco Yacht Show can see the Toy Island deployed on the water outside the Captains and Crew Lounge, next to the Monaco Yacht Club. FunAir are an official partner of the show and have exclusive use of the in water display and dock area at the C&C Lounge. They will also have their beach set up with loungers and day bed set up on the dock for visitors to come and relax during the show.

To find out more about the FunAir Toy Island email yachting@funair.com or visit www.funair.com/collections/all-products/products/toy-island

Lanzarote Superyacht Destination landscape

Why Lanzarote has become a popular superyacht destination

Year round sunshine, exotic landscapes and exhilarating water sports conditions are not the only reasons to visit this newly popular superyacht destination.

The Canary Island of Lanzarote is perfectly placed en route from Europe to the Caribbean and is the closest land to the Atlantic crossing. Three luxury marinas and the Tourism board on the island have partnered to form Lanzarote Superyacht Destination having extended their superyacht services and shipyard facilities to accommodate superyachts up to 110 metres.

Lanzarote Superyacht Destination Marina Rubicón
Marina Rubicón

Long and short term berthing is available and the experienced shipyard can accept extensive refits and repairs, meaning the island is already earning a solid reputation within the yachting community.

Always a popular destination for the sailing community who like to take a break and source provisions before sailing to America or the Caribbean, Lanzarote is celebrated for the near perfect year round climate and water sports conditions as well as having excellent tax benefits.  

Lanzarote Superyacht Destination Marina Lanzarote
Marina Lanzarote

Three established luxury marinas each with its own personality and selection of world-class restaurants, bars and international stores provide a total of 1368 berths and 34 convenient superyacht berths.

The recently upgraded shipyard now has hoisting facilities that include a giant 820-tonne travel lift, over 20,000m² of yard area, two deep keel pits and a range of specialist services.

Lanzarote Superyacht Destination Marina Caleros
Marina Caleros

In 2015 Lanzarote was the first destination to receive Biosphere Responsible Tourism certification as a fully sustainable destination. The eco-friendly culture is ingrained into daily life on the island. You will be offered sustainable alternatives to most throw away items, provisioning can be done with minimal packaging, and for those yachts staying a while for a refit or repair, there is no better place to research and find materials that sit well with your own green policies.

Lanzarote has a gentle and temperate year-round climate, protected from major weather systems, making access for yachts easy throughout the year. The small amount of annual rainfall brings a welcome advantage for completing external painting or lengthy varnishing jobs, and offers ideal conditions for experiencing some of the curated superyacht island experiences now available.

Visiting the unique national parks full of extinct volcanoes should be high on your to do list, as well as enjoying some of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing conditions in the world. Perhaps shopping at Dolce and Gabbana or Gucci without leaving the marina is more your bag, or having your own private tour of the most unusual vineyards you will ever have the pleasure of visiting.

Lanzarote Superyacht Destination Papagayo beach
Papagayo beach

The foodies amongst you will find Spanish and South American dishes intertwined with traditional berber recipes and elegant Mediterranean flavours.

Bib Gourmand restaurants blend world cuisine with traditional favourites that focus on locally sourced, organic ingredients and deliver simple dishes that are all about the taste and less about the ceremony.

The local white wine is truly outstanding and really must be tasted. The volcanic soil brings a uniquely fertile taste and the island has a number of hugely successful vineyards. The local cheeses compliment this wonderfully and are a delicacy in their own right. Delicious craft beers are a recent development with several emerging breweries creating beers each with their own personalities.

We could go on… and on. Find out more about this delightful and welcoming superyacht destination on their new website www.lanzarotesuperyacht.com or email info@lanzarotesuperyacht.com for further information and bookings.

This wonderful destination will be hosting a celebration during Monaco Yacht Show at booth DS1 just inside the entrance closest to Rascasse. Please join the team and share their famously delicious Lanzarote wines and cheese, complimented with music played by world class DJs. The celebration starts at 17:00 on Thursday 26th September. See you there!

Fort Lauderdale International Boat show

What’s new at the 60th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) will celebrate its 60th anniversary this October, and promises to be bigger than ever. Opening on October 30th, the show will feature a fleet of superyachts, sport fishing vessels, go-fast boats, submersibles and everything in between.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat show
Fort Lauderdale International Boat show

New this year:

  • The Superyacht Village – a special area dedicated to superyachts and superyacht enthusiasts. The Superyacht Village can accommodate yachts measuring up to 400 feet and comes complete with a 3.5 acre on-land exhibition space. It will house exhibits by renowned shipyards and manufacturers of yacht toys including personal submarines, helicopters, exotic automotive and other luxury items which compliment the superyacht lifestyle.
  • The Superyacht Village will be located at a new site, ‘Pier South‘. This new location expands the show to a total of 3 million square feet, all connected by a network of water and ground transportation.
  • The Windward VIP Club will have a spectacular new on-water location in the heart of the show at Bahia Mar. This new on-water VIP experience will feature an arched tent with outdoor terraces as well as a luxury premium open bar and gourmet food offerings and a Cigar Lounge presented by Delta Private Jets. the Windward VIP Club will host exclusive experiences including wine tastings, the show’s signature Gosling’s Rum Dark & Stormy Island Bar, and events by Delta Private Jets and Ulysse Nardin.
  • Mansion Yacht is the first yacht made entirely of stainless steel and will be docked behind the Windward VIP Club for exclusive guests to enjoy. The yacht measures 84 feet in length and 40 feet across and has four hydraulic legs allowing it to stand up in the water. Tours and events at the Mansion Yacht are by invitation only. Please book your tour or event now by visiting the Mansion Yachts website.
  • 262 foot Excellence is the newest superyacht in the show and will be on display at the Superyacht Village. FLIBS marks only the second appearance of Excellence since its debut in May.
  • The Superyacht Village will also host the Sunset Soiree, the second annual Best Yacht Chef Competition. Be sure to be there on Friday 1st November at 7pm to witness the world’s leading yacht chefs in gastronomic battle.
  • The NBC Sports Network will once again feature a one hour special giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The program will also reveal the winner of the ‘Best in Show‘ award for the most innovative new boat model design on display.
Superyacht at FLIBS Boat Show

This year’s show will feature over 1,500 boats and 1,200 exhibitors, with more than 110,000 visitors from around the world expected to attend. FLIBS spans seven waterfront locations across three million square-feet of exhibit space, including the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Pier Sixty-Six Marina, Pier Sixty-Six South, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

About The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and produced by Informa Markets, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is recognized as the largest in-water boat show in the world.

For more information, visit FLIBS.com.