Royale Oceanic opens Australian office...

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Royale Oceanic opens Australian office...


Alex Robbins heads up the facility as general manager. The office is located at Sydney City Marine's ‘Longitude’ development at the Rozelle Bay Maritime Precinct, adjacent to the Sydney Superyacht Marina. An Australian-born naval architect, Robbins was previously with British operation Burness Corlett Three Quays.

JUNE 2009

The services offered by the new office will be tailored to suit the local client base and are in line with those offered by the Royale Oceanic Group — typically owner’s representative services for new-builds and refits, surveys and valuations.
“Despite the current global financial conditions, Royale Oceanic has taken a long-term view and decided to increase investment in the Australian market by establishing this new presence,” says Robbins. “Most yacht projects are generally three to five years in duration, so if you pause until clear skies return, momentum and opportunity are often lost... Signs of recovery are already to be found, both in terms of investment and intent... Royale Oceanic is confident there will be great things to come.”
Asked about potential for the leisure yachts market within Australia, Robbins cites progress in other sectors. “Around 25 years ago Australia was virtually unknown in the high-speed catamaran market. Now it’s a world leader, the benchmark for North America and Europe... With our help there is no reason why this global success cannot be fully translated into the yacht market... Australia has the skills, resources, and most importantly the ‘can do’ attitude”.
Royale Oceanic has managed the construction of many of the world’s largest yachts and is currently project managing the new construction of three major projects in Europe, work that involves eight of its staff.
Part of the Oceanic Investment Corporation, a specialist maritime services provider, Royale Oceanic has offices in the UK (London, Southampton and Newcastle) and in Monaco, Dubai and now Sydney.
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