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Port Denarau Marina’s Port of Entry Status Boosts Superyacht Business

The transition of Port Denarau Marina from a Sufferance Port to a full Port of Entry is a big boost for the yachting industry, says New Zealand Marine Industry Association
31 Jul 2017 11:00
Port Denarau Marina’s Port of Entry Status Boosts Superyacht Business
NZ Marine Executive Director Peter Busfield (left) with stakeholders at the Fiji/ NZ Marine Trade Day at the Denarau Yacht club yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The transition of Port Denarau Marina from a Sufferance Port to a full Port of Entry is a big boost for the yachting industry, says New Zealand Marine Industry Association Executive Director Peter Busfield.

Mr Busfield is a member of the South Pacific Superyachting Group.

Member countries Fiji, Tahiti, Australia and New Zealand promote the South Pacific as one cohesive Superyacht destination.

He said: “The announcement by the Fijian Government during the National Budget announcement is a real bonus for Port Denarau.

“It is well set up with the Marina and the services for visiting yachts.

“It will also make it easier for more yachts to come to Fiji because there are more opportunities for clearance.”

Island Cruising Association New Zealand rep John Martin said it’s fantastic for Fiji and for the South Pacific.

20 of New Zealand’s leading marine industry companies were part of the Fiji/New Zealand Marine Trade Day held at the Denarau Yacht Club Saturday.

Port Denarau Marina general manager Cynthia Rasch said from a customer satisfaction perspective of a fast emerging  tourism market as well as a security perspective, Port Denarau Marina is perfectly placed.

She reiterated that Port Denarau was grateful to the Fijian Government for recognising their efforts after years of lobbying.

“The infrastructure and systems are in place to accommodate all requirements and will be in an easy position to evolve with changing needs,” she said.

“We look forward to working together with FRCA (Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority) and all relevant Government agencies to finalise the finer details in the coming months.

“These are exciting times for our marina, the visiting yachts and for Fiji as a cruising destination,” added Ms Rasch.

Previously, as a sufferance port, special arrangements had to be made in advance for clearance and a substantial fee was charged.

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj

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