$200-M Rivergate Superyacht Facility, Marina, And Shipyard Expansion In Murarrie Approved

Following a lengthy assessment, Rivergate has finally been granted an approval to go ahead with plans to expand its existing marina and shipyard in Murarrie.

Read: Rivergate Marina Proposes to Establish a Large Superyacht Refit Hub in Murarrie

Tom Hill, director at Rivergate, welcomed the approval, which he said recognised the project’s potential to support a range of industries within Queensland and bolster Australia’s sovereign capability amid increasing global security tensions.

“This approval means our expansion is now shovel ready and just waiting on government funding support to get under way,” he said in a media release.

Rivergate’s $200 million superyacht facility would be the largest superyacht hub in the Asia Pacific once complete.

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It will come with a new hub that would be capable of lifting vessels up to 3,000 tonne and the capacity for 8 to 12 vessels in refit sheds and on the hardstand. 

The project, which has been in the pipeline for four years, is expected to “dramatically increase superyacht visitation to Australia while also providing vital new capability to service Australian Defence Force and Australian Border Force vessels.”

One of the highlights of the expansion is the new 5-storey purpose-built facility featuring training rooms, offices, café, world-class crew accommodation and crew recreation facilities.

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At present, Rivergate is just waiting on government funding support to get under way.

“Brisbane is already an ideal location for servicing and repairing superyachts, several classes of Defence vessels and other commercial shipping,” Mr Hill said.

Mr Hill added that the expansion would provide owners and captains of large recreational vessels with the assurance that world-class facilities are available for both routine and unplanned maintenance works whilst they are cruising in the region.

The development is expected to generate up to $1 billion in revenue for the Queensland economy every year and roughly 2,000 jobs for marine and tourism sectors upon completion.

Rivergate Marina Announces Expansion, New Jobs

Queensland’s premier shipbuilding facility, Rivergate Marina, is pressing ahead with plans to develop a $200-million maintenance and refit hub in partnership with general contractor Wright Marine.

Wright Marine, an established name in marine refits and repairs, expects to see their workforce increasing in the coming years once the plan receives the greenlight. Owner Shannon Wright acknowledges Rivergate’s premier location and strong reputation for outstanding tradesmen in helping their business go from strength-to-strength and in generating new jobs and creating career pathways for apprentices in the marine industry.

“We currently have eight staff but with the expansion, we see that growing to at least 20, including apprentices,” said Wright, who was the first official tenant at Rivergate 16 years ago.

Rivergate is aiming to be the largest superyacht hub in the Asia Pacific, with a new hub that would be capable of lifting vessels up to 3,000 tonne and the capacity for 8 to 12 vessels in refit sheds and on the hardstand. It will feature an on-site crew accommodation and resort-style recreation, as well as a 5-storey trade centre with offices, training rooms, café and car parking.

Once complete, the new hub will create an even greater ongoing contribution to Brisbane’s economy. Based on the advisory group AEC’s economic impact assessment report, the superyacht hub will generate $154.6 million for local businesses during construction and create a total of 433 direct and indirect jobs.

About Rivergate

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Rivergate is recognised as Australia’s premier superyacht facility with an enviable track record that has placed them among the top three shipyards in the world and earned numerous industry awards. In November 2020, they were named Superyacht industry Service Provider of the year at the Australian Maritime Industry Awards.

Anyone interested in learning more about the job opportunities at Rivergate Marina are encouraged to visit rivergatesuperyachts.com.au.

Rivergate Marina Proposes to Establish a Large Superyacht Refit Hub in Murarrie

A proposal has been lodged to redevelop Rivergate Marina in Murarrie and establish a large superyacht refit hub to capitalise on the “superyacht building boom.”

The proposed redevelopment site is located at 7 Rivergate Place, Murarrie. Lodged by Rivergate Marina, the project will create the largest superyacht refit facility in the Asia-Pacific 

Photo credit: Brisbane City Council / pdonline.brisbane.qld.gov.au

The new industry hub for Australia will service international and domestic superyachts, commercial vessels, micro cruise ships and defence (arafura-class offshore patrol boats). 

Under the proposal, the Rivergate shipyard and marina, spanning 8.4-hectare, would be refurbished to include three single-storey large sheds, with a maximum building height of 35m, that will accommodate the superyachts while being repaired or refitted.

Aerial view of the Rivergate Marina (looking northeast)
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To facilitate the redevelopment of the eastern portion of the site, the existing marina office will be replaced, the car park and several of the mooring berths will be relocated. 

Once completed, the hub can accommodate between 8 to 12 vessels, including superyachts of up to 90m in length. It will also house 3 large superyacht refit and boat building sheds as well as 3 new in-water Superyacht berths

The proposal also involves the establishment of a five-storey trade centre that will contain a cafe, marine offices, gym, swimming pool, cinema, library and meeting rooms, training rooms, and crew accommodation.The application also proposes a total of 126 car parking spaces across the site.

To be completed in several stages, the  proposal will have code assessable application for its shed and a $35 million ship lift platform in the Brisbane River, and a separate impact assessable application for the additional offices. 

“The proposed development will be a catalyst for employment and economic benefit for Brisbane with 433 jobs being created and $154.6 million economic benefit locally during construction, and 1,457 jobs and $459.4 million output being created during the operational phase. Further to this, up to $525 million annually and 520 jobs will be created in tourism that will mostly be felt in the regional areas of Cairns and the Whitsundays,” the planners at URBIS said.