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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

19.10.17

Procurement

Building on the successes in yacht management and special projects, a new 'holistic' approach is now part of the comprehensive client offering from the Hill Robinson Group in the Isle of Man.

“When I tell people and friends that I run the procurement operation for Hill Robinson, eyes tend to glaze over and the subject is changed... when I say I buy-in helicopters and limousine tenders for superyachts, interest is soon restored!” Peter van Toor comments,“I hope to bring my experience in the whole area of procurement, Karl has already detailed some of the areas that we see as crucial in efficient, timely and very cost effective services for the owner”.

Peter’s journey to head of procurement at the Isle of Man office started out in Rotterdam, Holland working for his uncle’s port agency.“This is where I learned about and gained my strong interest in shipping. I came to the IoM in 1997 to work as a crewing officer for a locally based ship management company looking after a fleet of gas carriers and tankers, 1999 an opportunity came up to work in the purchasing department from that moment I found my niche in shipping. The change to yachting is quite fascinating and different but similar in certain aspects. There are certain areas where the Yachting sector is much more advanced then in Commercial Shipping, however specially on procurement and logistics there is a lot to learn from the way the commercial shipping is dealing with these aspects.

Commercial shipping makes its revenue on utilisation... the same as airlines... where maintenance schedules and the procurement that goes with that, crew placement plus a host of other support services has the maximum effect... it has to. My time working with a fleet of gas carriers has taught me how to react to split second decisions, change of port at the last minute, urgent spares to a remote location. It’s made me into a problem solver, something useful here at Hill Robinson”.

The Isle of Man has a strong reputation in finance but is also a key commercial hub for global shipping companies. With crew and international procurement featuring strongly in the mix of operations on this island, Peter has a long association with it, “Before my appointment with Hill Robinson, I worked in the Isle of Man in several capacities and gained a great deal of insight while working with Isle of Man Tourism to market the destination for cruise liners and visiting superyachts. As you will appreciate my added value to the Hill Robinson operation will come from a really fresh approach to the whole activity of procurement and the inherent efficiency required from shipping management to make this advantageous for our customers”.

Hill Robinson Procurement Manager in the Isle of Man office
Hill Robinson Yacht Management Procurement Manager is Peter van Toor

We are currently in the process of evaluating and supplying a number of float planes through our procurement programme, one being the Viking Air DHC series 400 Seaplane

19.10.17

Cogs4Cancer 1400km cycle ride

Anna, why not cycle to the office today...from London?

Our Yacht Manager Anna Lindell was one of the 36 riders in the Cogs4Cancer cycle from London. As of October 2017, Cogs 4 Cancer achieved their goal of raising over one million dollars for cancer research!

Hill Robinson team waiting for Anna Lindell at the finish line of Cogs 4 Cancer
Hill Robinson Yacht Manager Anna Lindell cycling for cancer research: Cogs 4 Cancer
Hill Robinson yacht management team cheering on for Anna Lindell participating in Cogs4Cancer cycle from London to Antibes

What made you participate at Cogs4Cancer?

I’d taken part in a few cycle races in Sweden and France and then took part in the tribute ride 2 years ago. That’s when I thought, this is amazing that we are raising money for a very
good cause that I believe most of us can relate to in one way or another. Also I love a challenge and this will be a huge team effort for everybody involved.

How did you prepare for the ride?

I tried to cycle as much as I could whenever I had time, mostly
weekends but if I managed to get up early during the week I was able to get a few km in before 9am and perhaps a few after 6pm. I was a learning process, getting used to
being on the bike for consecutive days.

What do you enjoy most about cycling?

The endurance and nature, you see and experience so much on a bike.

Hill Robinson Yacht manager, Anna Lindell, reaches the finish line for Cogs4Cancer. Hill Robinson team cheers her on!

Could you tell us more about the set up of the ride?

Cogs4Cancer is run entirely by volunteers and driven by the yachting industry. All riders are self funded and all the money donated goes straight to charity, equally split between Cancer Research UK and local French Cancer charities.

Each rider has a sponsor, mine being Hill Robinson. This race was the longest to date, 1,400km, and took 10 days starting from the Headquarters of Cancer Research in London and ended 10 days later on the IYCA in Antibes! Each day started by 07.30 and ended around 17.00, with a lunch stop, and cycled approximately 150km per day. There is also the opportunity to join the Tribute rides, the first and the last day of the ride, for anyone with a bicycle. In order to make this all happen, there is a dedicated support team of volunteers following the ride. Without its volunteers, Cogs 4 Cancer would not be what it is today –one of the world’s leading charities dedicated to life-saving research.

And the pressure when you are cycling?

The thing that stresses me most is the traffic when riding on busy roads.

What excited you the most about Cogs4Cancer?

The whole experience! There are many ways to get involved and we were immensely proud to reach the 1 million euro target!

Donations can be made on www.justgiving.com/cogs4cancer and please visit the website www.cogs4cancer.org where you can find all the information about the ride, there are also many other opportunities to get involved.

Hill Robinson Yacht Management Anna Lindell posing by the IYCA in Antibes after cycling from London to Antibes while raising funds for cancer research through Cogs4Cancer
Hill Robinson Yacht Management team cheering and celebrating Anna Lindell for participating in Cogs4Cancer, raising one million in cancer research funds

Well done to our Marketing Manager Mariska Biesheuvel and Yacht Manager Celine Blanchardon for participating in the last 60km! 

Hill Robinson Yacht Management team at the Cogs4Cancer finish line

19.10.17

WATER OF HOPE

 Cambodia, not exactly a dream yachting destination, so what is it doing here?

Perhaps best known for the amazing Temples of Angkor Wat, but you may also have heard of it from its recent and devastating history of the Khmer Rouge as well as various internal political struggles and border disputes. Sadly the latter have caused damage that will take decades to repair and a huge percentage of Cambodians live around or well below the poverty line. Many still have no access to clean water and water borne diseases are rife, infant mortality rates, although improving, remain among the highest in the world (5% versus 0.4% in Europe) with life expectancy amongst the lowest at 64.5 years (well over 80 in Europe).

Cambodia Water of Hope Foundation - Hill Robinson Operations Manager Marianne Richards involved every year with helping install water wells in Cambodia
Hill Robinson Yacht Management Marianne Richards is involved with Water of Hope Foundation in Cambodia
Hill Robinson Yacht Management Operations Manager Marianne Richards is involved with the Water of Hope Foundation which installs water wells in Cambodia

If you visit Angkor Wat now you are unlikely to see this poverty- it has been brushed discreetly aside so the tourists don't get upset. But it's still there and has become a cause very close to the heart of Hill Robinson's Operations Manager, Marianne Richards. "I first came to Cambodia in 2009 and at that time you couldn't move for street kids begging. They were beautiful, bright and kind- they didn't deserve the cards they'd been dealt. It blew me away. I couldn't leave without doing something."

And so the story began and Cambodia became Marianne's new holiday destination. Becoming close friends with her tour guide, Narong Chap, one thing led to another- 4 children sponsored through education (one now almost a Judge!), volunteer teaching and helping out at a community project plus Water of Hope- an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) set up both in Cambodia (by Narong) and France (by Marianne) to raise funds to dig wells to provide clean water for the poor living in the shadows of Ankgor Wat.

 I remember standing with my mouth open. Wow, where had I come to? There were kids playing in muddy pools, men with fishing sticks...

Marianne on her first visit to Cambodia in 2009

Hill Robinson Yacht Management Operations Manager: Marianne Richards

A well costs around $350 - a very small amount in the world of yachting where this might be the price of a bottle of wine - but beyond the means of locals struggling to make ends meet on way less than $100 a month even if they work full time. A well can make a huge difference- clean water to drink, to wash in , to water the arid soil around the rudimentary house so they can grow vegetables, rice, fruit or even just to wash the rusty bicycle that might be the family's only form of transport.

Hill Robinson's Operation's Managers Marianne Richards is leading the Water of Hope Foundation in Cambodia - building wells for healthy drinking water in Cambodia every year
Water of Hope Logo - Marianne Richards, Hill Robinson Yacht Management

If you would like to make a donation, please contact Marianne in our Antibes office. You can follow Water of Hope on Facebook too http://www.facebook.com/WaterofHopeAssociation/

12.05.17

Hilll Robinson Yacht Management

Hill Robinson announces the opening of two new offices right in the centre of the port of Monaco. The move to Monaco is the obvious strategic next step, following several years of expansion worldwide including the USA, the Isle of Man and Cyprus. Supporting the worldwide team, the new offices in Monaco will cover a wide range of yacht management services, support for sales and charter and much more.

Nick Hill says “Monaco is the best place for the interaction between yachting professionals, high net worth clients in a very positive business environment, so a welcome step for us.”

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From the ideally located head office on Quai Antoine 1er, the directors have a first class view of the port’s comings and goings. The second office in the well known Panorama building, off Rue Grimaldi, will be used for seminars, conferences and larger meetings and has already been put to good use for the latest HRcrew training days.

“It was an obvious strategic decision to open an office in Monaco and has been very popular with our clients,” comments Niall Robinson, adding, “the move has already been a clear success, with several yachts joining the fleet as a direct result.”

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With a wonderful history of international events such as the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, The Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tennis, the Monaco Yacht Show, not forgetting the Monaco Classic Week, it’s a fantastic destination for many. After fifteen years of hard work and independently building success based on promises kept and objectives achieved, the new Monaco head office means that Hill Robinson is well placed for future expansion over the next 15 years.

For further details contact +377 93 10 29 29

8 Quai Antoine 1er, Monte Carlo MC 98000 Monaco
Le Panorama, Block A, 12th Floor, 57 Rue Grimaldi, MC 98000 Monaco

lovethesea@hillrobinson.com

Hill Robinson Yacht Management

01.05.17

Hill Robinson Yacht Management expands to Palm Beach on the Rybovich Shipyard

"Exciting times lie ahead for Hill Robinson USA," Barrett Wright talks about the continuing investment in the South Florida market, "with our growing and very productive working relationship with Rybovich." Hill Robinson’s senior technical manager Chris Wright is also enthusiastic about the company’s expansion, “Having had a long relationship with the Rybovich shipyard in West Palm Beach Florida and with the owner, I have the opportunity to confirm Hill Robinson’s commitment to the future development of the company in becoming the first yacht management company onsite at this super important location.”

With the yacht industry growing in confidence, a second office in the growing South Florida refit market is a commercial coup for the fast growing Hill Robinson brand in the USA. Chris continues, “with a steady turnover of vessels in the Palm Beach yard and local marinas, this is a huge opportunity for us to grow our full services portfolio from refit project management, technical consultancy, compliance, crew placement to full yacht management. What better place for Hill Robinson to be, than in the centre of a high profile and expanding shipyard. Setting up shop within the Rybovich facility will in turn increase the customer base both in size and capacity and subsequently provide growth opportunities for Hill Robinson in the refit and superyacht repair market.”

In response Carlos Vidueira for Rybovich stated, “We are very pleased to have Hill Robinson and Chris Wright onsite bringing another addition to our pledge of exceptional customer service.”

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Hill Robinson adds further strings to the Rybovich bow

Rybovich currently service around 300 yachts annually, the bigger yachts requiring full systems up-grades, painting and some even hull extensions. With bigger docks and dredging to 18ft, yachts in the 80m range will be right on our doorstep. The deep draft capability is ideal for big power and sail boats, both of which Chris Wright already has good experience.

Phil Burgess, General Manager of Pinmar USA commenting on Hill Robinson’s announcement said, “It is great to have high quality teams, like Hill Robinson Yacht Management, working out of the same office facilities in Rybovich Riviera Beach in order to ensure that the new breed of mega yachts has access to a full portfolio of refit services.”

Barrett Wright, President of Hill Robinson USA concludes, "With this expansion of Hill Robinson to Palm Beach, comes the addition of new employees to the HR USA team and we are thrilled to welcome Gianfranco Di Costanzo, Elizabeth Tamez and Alexandre Santos. Each new employee brings with them multi-lingual capabilities, as well as considerable knowledge for their respective roles, which offers significant added value to our clientele and to the level of service we are able to provide.”

For further details contact 954 414 06 78

Hill Robinson International Inc
2010 Avenue B, West Palm Beach, FL 33404 USA

usa@hillrobinson.com

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