|Queensland’s first and only fully integrated marina shipyard destination, the $150 million Rivergate, has appointed two of Australia’s leading marine industry executives to manage the operation.
Matthew Bate is the new General Manager, fresh from stints as general manager of the Careel Bay Marina at Avalon Beach and operations manager of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport
Mr Peter Ryan, Australia’s leading yacht refit and construction manager, has been appointed Operations Manager.
Peter has been involved in the construction of over 30 custom built yachts with David Warren of Warren Yachts.
Mr Bate was also the former “rack and stack” manager at the d’Albora Marina at Akuna Bay as Marina and
While with the Royal Prince Alfred, Matthew was responsible for the redevelopment of the club’s 365 berth floating marina and related developments.
Matthew gained his “Certified Marina Manager” qualifications in 1999 from the International Marina Institute in Florida in the USA – one of only 9 awarded to an Australian.
He also holds a graduate certificate in Management Communication from the NSW Institute of Technology and has lectured on marine design and workplace safety on behalf of the Marina Association of Australia.
Peter Ryan is a household name in the Australian yachting industry and recognised worldwide for his knowledge and expertise.
Some of Australia’s leading motor yachts such as the 140ft Slipstream, the 104ft Crystal Lady and the 98ft Midnight have relied heavily on his outstanding competence.
He started out as a qualified shipwright in 1986 and gradually moved up through the ranks with Warren Yachts to become its Refit and Construction Manager.
In building and refitting some of the world’s finest vessels, he has gained a world- class skill base and is renowned for his acute attention to detail.
He is particularly experienced in project management and in ensuring the smooth running of hardstands and in particular, boat haul-outs.
The appointments coincide with the opening for business of Rivergate’s 104-berth marina; the 75 tonne travel lift and hardstand.
Rivergate Director Mr Stephen Gosling said that the selection of Peter Ryan was a coup for the start-up marina coming hard on the heels of the employment of Matthew Bate as General Manager.
Mr Gosling said that Rivergate’s 75 tonne travel lift was now operational along with its 12,000 sq m hardstand, and will be complemented by the arrival of the additional 300 tonne travel lift in September this year.
“The Refit Complex, which includes 23 separate tenancies, will open for business in April this year,” he said.
Rivergate is rapidly transforming the Brisbane Riverbank at Murarrie, adjacent to the Gateway Bridge. The world-class marina and shipyard facility will ultimately comprise:
- deep water marina berths for 12 metre yachts through to 60 metre international super yachts;
- hardstand and strata-titled refit complex;
- service berths for yachts up to 70 metres;
- high speed refuelling and pump out facilities;
- Queensland’s largest dry boat storage;
- yacht sales showrooms and repairers and much more.