Queensland is investing in superyacht simulation technology to ensure the safety of crew and passengers on large vessels on their way to what is expected to become the Gold Coast's largest superyacht berthing facility.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Steven Miles announced funding towards the $AU65,485 technology investment during the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on Australia's Hope Island.
'We have contributed $19,000 towards high-tech computer simulations to ensure the safety of large vessels on their way to the new superyacht facility at the Southport Yacht Club,' he said.
'These simulations will be a state-of-the-art run-through to show exactly how vessels of up to 130 metres will move through the Southport Spit.'
The funding is part of Queensland's five-year superyacht strategy announced in 2018, which aimed to position the state as the place to invest in the industry, said Mr Miles.
'It's clear Queensland is leading the nation in tapping into the superyacht sector, which is predicted to expand to $1.1 billion and nearly 8000 jobs by the end of this year. '
Mr Miles said the additional funding followed its initial investment of $2.87 million to develop Australia's largest superyacht berthing facility on the Gold Coast. The Southport Yacht Club is partnering with the Queensland Government and the Gold Coast City Council on the project.
'As the world opens up after Covid-19, we want more superyachts enjoying the Queensland coastline, but it is important to ensure the safety of crews and passengers as they pass through our waterways,' said Mr Miles.
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate added the Gold Coast City Council was also investing $20,000 in the project.
Southport Yacht Club (SYC) General Manager Brett James said the club was pleased to partner with the Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council on securing access to this vital technology.
'Maritime Safety Queensland currently allows berthing of up to an 85-metre vessel, so these simulations will help to determine if the maximum length of vessel that could safely berth at the SYC could be increased to 130 metres.'