M/Y Vivie Rae II.
We made contact with Justin several weeks prior to our trip and asked him to supply a tailored diving itinerary and dive guide for our trip. Everything was planned well in advance of our trip and 100% ready for our arrival to Vanuatu. Vanuatu Yacht Services dive guide Brad Potgieter was on board with us for the whole trip with the VYS shore team keeping a close watch on our movements and providing continued support to the vessel from the Port Vila base… I highly recommend Seal Superyachts Vanuatu – Vanuatu Yacht Services excellent dive guiding services and shore support to any yacht visiting Vanuatu. – Carl.
Helped open up new unseen layers of Vanuatu
Cruising in Vanuatu can be a confusing lesson in logistics for many superyachts. That’s when you need the help of a good agent; Justin and Claire of Seal Superyachts Vanuatu are those agents. Local and connected to the islands and islanders, they have been there and done that in Vanuatu. Having cruised here many times with our well-travelled owners, Claire and Justin helped open up new unseen layers for us to explore. Their connection to the various chiefs and network of first class guides made it easy to arrange one-of-a-kind excursions that will always be remembered. From captain and chief engineer to chef, not once did we hear it cannot be done from Seal Superyachts. After 39 years of running superyachts, I would not think of visiting Vanuatu without Claire and Justin on our team.
Our vessel, PB Matua was en route to Singapore when the air con circulating pump failed. At very short notice Justin at Vanuatu Yacht Services sourced the required spare parts for the pump and also assisted with customs and immigration requirements for the vessel thus allowing the vessel to proceed on its voyage with minimal delay.
VYS NEWS: Incorporation of Vanuatu’s marine industry association – The Vanuatu Yacht & Superyacht Association
In late 2014 after months of discussions between the key support pillars of Vanuatu’s marine industry, the Vanuatu Yacht & Superyacht Association was realized. This collaboration of the founding members marks a very important step towards meaningful and unified efforts for the real development of the yacht and superyacht industry in Vanuatu.
The founding members of the VYSA are:
- Vanuatu Yacht Services – Vanuatu Superyacht Support Co. (Superyacht agents) (Est. 2010)
- Yachting World Marina – (Port Vila Marina, Yacht & Superyacht Support and Waterfront Bar (Est. 1974)
- Port Vila Boatyard – Vanuatu’s full service marine repair and haul out facility (Est. 1995)
- Marine Surveyors & Consultants Vanuatu – Vanuatu’s most experienced and qualified yacht, superyacht and ship surveyors (Est. 2013)
- Asanvari Bay Yacht Club – Asanvari Bay, Maewo (Est 1990)
This collaboration of Vanuatu’s most established and innovative marine businesses means better services and support for all customers using VYSA member businesses. “We have cemented our relationships for the greater good of all of our customers and for better more directed development of the industry within Vanuatu”. “We all realize that a close working collaboration is the only way for the industry to grow in our country”. “We want to make sure that Vanuatu does not end up with a thin and fickle marine industry that can not support the projected growth in the region”. “We have seen many expat service providers come and go over the years who damage the countries reputation and without any meaningful contribution to the long-term growth of Vanuatu’s marine industry”. “That negative publicity is a trend the VYSA aims to mitigate through this important unification of contributing member businesses”. “We have a strict code of ethics and conduct for members and we screen all new applicants carefully.” “All new members have demonstrated to us that they meet the associations requirements, that they are here to stay and to make their contribution to the local economy and to the growth of the marine tourism industry”.
The VYSA is setting the benchmark for quality services and support to ensure that yachting tourism is supported in the best possible way. The VYSA is the countries only yachting industry association and is endorsed by Vanuatu’s department of tourism which it works closely with for the development of this important segment of Vanuatu’s tourism industry.
With regards to yachting tourism there is much work ahead for both The Vanuatu Yacht & Superyacht Association and for Vanuatu’s Department of Tourism which is something that the two have embraced and are are taking in their stride. This initiative has been commended by various government departments all of whom see the importance of a close collaboration of private sector stakeholders, by way of a trade industry association working with local government departments.
“Each month we see new interest in Vanuatu as a yacht and superyacht destination and we are happy to be contributing towards growth and leading the way”.
Aside from the initial task of finding ways to ensure a better experience for those visiting our shores we are looking at ways to enable more local Ni-Vanuatu working as seasonal and later full-time crew on yachts. One of our member businesses Vanuatu Yacht Services – directed by Claire Barkhuizen and Justin Jenkin launched this initiative a few years back and have trained several excellent local yacht guides who regularly travel aboard superyachts to provide their customers with a truly unique Vanuatu experience. VYS and their guides have been praised by several superyacht captains and owners all of whom wanted to take the VYS guides with them when they were leaving the country. “We are very proud of our guides and as we train more we hope to then be able to give them the opportunity to experience traveling aboard yachts to other counties….as long as they come back home afterwards!”
Anyone wishing to contact the VYSA can send their message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
See the links to some of the VYSA member businesses below:
Asanvari Bay Yacht Club
Yachting World Vanuatu
Marine surveyors & Consultants Vanuatu
Port Vila Boatyard
Vanuatu Yacht Services
Port Vila Boatyard Crew Welding the Stainless Handrail at the New Vila Central Hospital Project.