This new berthing is available via a commission of Queensland Bulk Terminal’s ‘sugar wharf’. With the two companies working together, Andrew Cannon, Rivergate’s manager announces the new capability and reveals that the decision to expand comes from the aim to attract more superyachts to the facilities.
“At this stage demand for such a berth is not high, although there are vessels cruising the Asia Pacific that could utilise such a berth and Rivergate’s repair and maintenance services,” Cannon explains. “The issue in the past is simply that there has been no ‘good’ options for vessels in excess of 80m other than commercial wharves alongside container ships. In these circumstances the vessels are also treated as commercial vessels and subject to paying excessive berthing fees, security, lighting, line handlers and the list goes on. This new berthing option allows for very efficient parking on a private berth without going through the scrutiny of parking in a commercial precinct. This new berth allows Rivergate to access with cranes and forklifts and carry out in-water maintenance.”