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07.11.17

Hill Robinson Yacht Management expands its offices to Cyprus in the Limassol Marina

With the marina in Limassol becoming ‘the destination’ for superyachts visiting Cyprus, Hill Robinson has further expanded its offering and has opened up an office amongst the smart restaurants of the marina and quality boutiques. These include our almost immediate neighbours, Graff Diamonds, who also share our locations of Monaco, Palm Beach and London.

Having operated in Nicosia since 2012, this new move will put the Hill Robinson office and its Director Stelios Kazamia, right at the centre of yachting movement in Cyprus.

With Brexit fast approaching, Cyprus, a member of the European Union since 2004 and with a regulatory regime in full compliance with the requirements of the EU and OECD, offers many economic and political possibilities. The law on the island is based on English common law, which understandably is of great benefit in making the island attractive for incorporation and business investment coupled with one of the lowest EU corporate tax rates.

Hill Robinson Yacht Management Cyprus Team, Stelios Kazamia - Financial Director and Samantha and Despina
Hill Robinson Management offices expand to Cyprus, Limassol Marina

The Cyprus office has several vessels under its management, delivering technical, operational, financial and commercial management services.

As well as managing several significant refit projects locally, the office is also primarily responsible for the payment administration on behalf of fleet vessels. This ensures precise review and approval and subsequent remittance of supplier invoices, credit cards and ship’s cash utilising our HRipay secure online invoice approval system. As part of our commitment to clients to be fully accountable and transparent, we provide monthly accounting returns which detail actual expenditure against budget, cash flow and
monthly balances. The team also provides a stakeholder function to owners and charterers ensuring that charter fees, the APA and VAT where
applicable are paid in accordance with the MYBA Charter Agreement.

Working closely with the other international offices to provide a seamless service to our clients, Hill Robinson Cyprus is poised to significantly contribute to the brand’s growing presence and capability in the Eastern Mediterranean. This expansion coincides with a significant increase in yachting activity around the island, including the marina in Limassol and the expansion coincides with a significant increase in yachting activity around the island, including the marina in Limassol and the expanding local superyacht shipyard facilities.

 "This puts us right at the centre of yachting movements in Cyprus"

Limassol Marina is proud to have achieved "Blue Flag Marina" status in recognition of its commitment to environmental awareness and protection; the first marina in Cyprus to achieve this international award. The award recognises the marinas high standards in environmental protection throughout its facilities and operational procedures, as well as its efforts to ensure and promote environmentally friendly practices from all visitors, residents and berth holders.

The Blue Flag Marina programme is highly regarded and a world renowned accolade for environmental education, information and management as well as promoting and implementing safety regulations and procedures for the protection of the environment and water quality.

The international Blue Flag Programme is run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a non-governmental environmental organisation. It is also represented by national organisations in each of the participating countries in Europe, the Caribbean, New Zealand and South Africa.

Blue Flag Marina First in Cyprus - Hill Robinson Yacht Management expands its offices to the Limassol Marina in Cyprus
 Limassol Marina

P.O Box 50160

3601 Limassol

Cyprus

Tel: +357 25 025 750

07.11.17

Marco Rossi

Takes the helm as Fleet Manager

yacht management

With a career that spans commercial fleet management in Paris and work with the yachting industry in Florida, Marco brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Hill Robinson fleet operation.

Marco points out that, "Most people, even in the commercial side of fleet management, have noticed the growth of the yachting industry and the prominence of Hill Robinson in the superyacht market. I am very pleased that my career path has intersected with theirs. Although I only joined the business this year, I have already started the process of building a fresh driving force in the fleet management team so we can perform and deliver an ever better service for our clients."

Marco is taking over the Fleet Management role after his predecessor Mark Davies retired and is remodeling the fleet management team based on his extensive experience in the commercial marine market. Marco explains, "In my previous role with a major global company, my responsibility was to manage a fleet of research vessels that operated 365 days a year without entering port.

Marco Rossi, Hill Robinson Fleet Manager with Trina Davies and Giles Hunt

As is the norm within the maritime industry, health, safety and environment are paramount, as well as the drivers. Injury, accidents, careless management of the Owner’s assets and poor decisions on the ground can cause significant costly down-time. To achieve my goals I needed a very tight organisation of our resources, which were scattered around the globe. So, our reporting system collected data from all teams to report and analyse the issues, though more importantly, to create long term solutions rather than simply troubleshooting.

This is the new regime in the Hill Robinson group which will deliver quicker responses and better outcomes. All of the team from all offices, who impressed me greatly when I joined, have embraced this process. I think our efforts to have a refreshed coherent Fleet Management team that steer on the same course will benefit our customers and free-up Hill Robinson’s Partners to have more customer interaction and growth.”

 "Deliver quicker responses and better outcomes. All of the team, who impressed me greatly when I joined, have embraced this process."
Hill Robinson Yacht Management Fleet Manager Marco Rossi in our Operations Department

02.11.17

Hill Robinson HR Crew Training Day Oct.30

HR Crew hosted its first Fort Lauderdale crew training seminar October 30th at the Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC). Topics covered included cyber security with Digital Wave, Leadership and Team Management by Maritime Professional Training and Yacht Stew Solutions , our own Hill Robinson Project Management presentation followed by an Intermediate Wine course by Cellars Fine Wine & Spirits. To conclude, we had a nice cocktail reception at the Crew Lounge.

  • Leadership & Managment - Alene Keenan- MPT, Yacht Stew Solutions
  • New License Requirements for Captains & Engineers - Anne Aylesworth - MPT
  • Sea-worthy: Defeating Modern Cyber Pirates - Digital Wave
  • Intermediate Wine Course - Cellars Wine & Spirit

If you missed this, we are looking forward to hosting more training days during the winter and spring out of both our Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach offices, as well as in Europe.

Hill Robinson Training Day - HR Crew Wine Tasting, October 30, 2017 with Cellars, Wine & Spirit
HR Crew Hill Robinson Yacht Management Crew Training Day in Ft.Lauderdale, Florida October 30th
Hill Robinson Yacht Management HR Crew Training Day with Cellars Fine Wine
Hill Robinson Yacht Management HR Crew Training Day at the Lauderdale Marine Center
Hill Robinson Yacht Management HR Crew Training Day with Digital Waves
Yacht Stew Solutions at the Hill Robinson Yacht Management HR Crew Training Day event at LMC
Hill Robinson Yacht Management Crew Selection & Recruitment Services : HR Crew

02.11.17

Hill Robinson Yacht Management at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show -FLIBS

Visit the Hill Robinson USA team from the Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach offices at their booth during the Ft. Lauderale International Boat Show November 1-5, 2017. We are available at your convenience to discuss our many services, including management, crew payroll, refit projects, VSAT services and more. Please contact us to schedule an appointment or drop by the stand.

Hill Robinson Yacht Management new Palm Beach office

Our new Palm Beach office is ideally located to accommodate any shipyard period, including planning, budgeting and execution. Our direct accessibility to refit docks in West Palm Beach, as well as our cultivated relationships with notable vendors and shipyards makes Hill Robinson an ideal solution to any refit need.