Dutch luxury yacht builder Amels, a long-time supporter of SYS, is paving the way in the region with several owners and large superyachts already based in Asia. At SYS, Amels will unveil the brand-new 55m M/Y Papa to the region for the first time. Only just delivered to her owner earlier this year, Papa’s exterior is designed by Tim Heywood, offering guests the ultimate in luxury with a beach club at sea level and a sun deck with a cinema, 8-person jacuzzi and a Teppanyaki bar.
Presenting a brand-new cruise experience in the pristine East Indonesian Archipelago, Aqua Blu will add a compelling maritime statement to the line-up at SYS 2020. A long-range explorer yacht sailing the region’s most prized destinations, including Komodo National Park, Spice Islands and Raja Ampat, Aqua Blu recently underwent extensive refurbishment bringing the 15 cabin vessel up to world-class cruising specifications.
Another major superyacht builder ever-present at SYS since the very first edition, Westport Yachts will introduce their brand new 38M raised pilothouse motoryacht, an Asia premiere that retains all of the Westport standards of quality yacht construction, finish and design but advances the use of space and cruising capabilities.
One of SYS’ founding partners; Simpson Marine will be making its tenth appearance at the Show, presenting its largest line-up to date with more than 15 yachts across the Sanlorenzo, MCY, Aquila and Lagoon brands. Unveiling several Asia premieres, the Simpson Marine fleet will include the Lagoon 46, Sanlorenzo SX88 and the Sanlorenzo SL102 Asymmetric. This last is an innovative out-of-the-box concept that perfectly represents Sanlorenzo’s impressive design capabilities, maximising yacht spaces by expanding and rethinking traditional layouts.
Epitomising the best of British manufacture and design, Plymouth-based Princess Yachts will return with one of the largest on-water exhibits. Making its Asian debut, the Y78 is a brand-new model known for her flexible deck layout with a walkthrough foredeck, U-shaped seating and a sunbathing area, whilst her flybridge aft has space for free standing furniture or can accommodate a crane and a tender.
Renowned Italian yacht builder Ferretti Yachts will introduce two Asian premieres at the Show, the Ferretti 670 and 720, both products of a partnership with esteemed architect Filippo Salvetti. Measuring 20.24m and 22.3m respectively, the two yachts offer amenities typically found on larger vessels and boast an aerodynamic exterior revel in clean shapes and sinuous lines.
“It’s been phenomenal to witness the continued growth of the Singapore Yacht Show and the development of the industry here over the last decade. As we gear up for the 2020 edition, both old and new partners are coming together to offer the most dynamic programme yet – we’ve already confirmed several major superyachts, and all the production builders are bringing bigger line-ups than ever,” says Andy Treadwell, CEO and Founder of the Singapore Yacht Show.
In view of the continuing coronavirus situation and the likely effect it would have on attendance and participation in the Singapore Yacht Show scheduled for 19-22 March, we sought the opinion of our major exhibitors and partners as to whether they thought we should postpone the event to later in the year.
The overwhelming response was that we should indeed do so, preferably to a date in either May or October, and our own assessment of our social responsibility only served to affirm that decision. On Friday 7 February, the Ministry of Health upgraded its Disease Outbreak Response level to Orange, which means we should now all do everything in our power to limit further spread of the virus. We have therefore reluctantly decided to postpone our 10th Anniversary edition.
Since the situation seems to be escalating rather than levelling off, it is unlikely that travel restrictions and public perception of the health concerns will have eased sufficiently by the end of May to enable us to hold the show in that month. We have little choice therefore but to postpone to October. The exact dates are still in discussion with our host venue, ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove, and we will confirm them as soon as we have agreed with ONE°15 management and all other major partners.
This is an extraordinary situation for which nobody is to blame, of course, but we nonetheless sympathise with all our clients, stakeholders and suppliers for the inconvenience the postponement will cause them. Our own business is going to be significantly affected, too, but we feel we must do our bit to ensure the safety and health of our stakeholders.
I am lucky enough to have a team who are totally loyal and supportive, as are all our long-term business partners, and everybody agrees wholeheartedly that we will pull together and get through this difficult period to enjoy an even bigger, better and more successful than ever Singapore Yacht Show in October 2020.
- Andy Treadwell