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Business Continuity at Hill Robinson | 'Business as Usual' A MESSAGE FROM THE PARTNERS Firstly, on a personal note, we are reaching out to you in these challenging times to wish you all in our business family, and your own families  - a safe passage through the next few months. We all appreciate that the coronavirus pandemic has created a 'new world order' in all parts of our business and family life, but there is an old adage that says  'when the going gets tough, the tough get going'  and this fits well with the positive global response from all the Hill Robinson offices and across all our business activities that will support all our clients, crew, staff and suppliers. Importantly, Hill Robinson were able to proactively initiate business contingency plans well ahead of the Government restrictions as we have excellent and secure communications systems in place, offering reliable support for our efficient service that sets a benchmark in our industry. Hill Robinson is ahead of the curve. In all our offices in France, Monaco, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, UK, IoM, Australia, Saudi Arabia and USA we have activated home-working across our digital network offering the same seamless service expected of Hill Robinson. Our business model is perfectly suited to the challenges ahead, strong finances, a fully digitally-connected workforce already used to remote operation and the right team attitude that will shine through even when we have to work independently. This operational culture is tried-and-tested by our team working remotely in shipyards and on board yachts.  Our yacht managers, accounts & administration teams join together with technical and project managers, efficiently maintaining excellent communications with clients, suppliers, captains and crew. This enables us to be confident we will continue to offer our exemplary support operation through this crisis. Our charter management, sales and charter teams, plus the procurement department are actively processing enquiries and ready to do new business as needed. Our business foundation is about safety and compliance, focusing on client, crew and staff wellbeing.  As an illustration we have issued coronavirus guidelines and our regular fleet notices to all offices and vessels. This includes Risk Assessments issued and completed by each office and vessel. So to sum up, with all our offices and teams remotely connected with all the right tools, the right 'can-do' team spirit, we are ready to offer 'business as usual'. Stay safe and well. Do please also stay in touch with us and see if we can assist you. The Hill Robinson partners Nick Hill, Niall Robinson and Karl H Hartmann Monaco:              +377 93 10 29 29                Palma:        +34 971 675 888 Antibes:               +33 492 90 59 59                Limassol:    +357 25 025 750 Fort Lauderdale: +1 954 792 6112                Gold Coast: +61 755 731 764 Isle of Man:         +44 1624 622 523               Italy:            +39 187 532 270


BLUE MARINE FOUNDATION & HILL ROBINSON PARTNERSHIP Healthy oceans are vital for the future of humanity, not only to provide a future food supply for a growing population, but because complex ocean ecosystems absorb half the planet’s carbon dioxide and produce half our oxygen. Oceans emptied of fish cannot function effectively and are less resilient to other threats such as climate change and acidification. Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) aims to restore the ocean to health by addressing overfishing, one of the world’s biggest environmental problems. BLUE is dedicated to securing marine protected areas, developing models of sustainable fishing and restoring marine habitats. BLUE’s mission is to see at least 30 per cent of the world’s ocean under effective protection by 2030 and the other 70 per cent managed in a responsible way. With the support of Hill Robinson Yacht Management, BLUE has made strong progress in the Maldives towards our mission of improving the health of marine ecosystems by building capacity for Maldivian marine conservationists. The BLUE team would like to send our heartfelt thanks to Hill Robinson Yacht Management for your support. With the support of Hill Robinson Yacht Management, BLUE has managed to create a network of local conservation leaders on Laamu Atoll over the last 13 months: January 2019: BLUE launched its community citizen science programme on Laamu Atoll called ‘Laamaseelu Farudhun’ (‘exemplary citizens’ in the local language, Divehi). February 2019: BLUE trained 21 people from Laamu Atoll as seagrass guardians. May 2019: Two of Laamu Atoll’s seagrass guardians completed their first independent survey of the seagrass around Fonadhoo island, surveying and mapping 66,500 square meters of seagrass. September 2019: BLUE trained 30 students from a local school as coral reef champions. November 2019: Eight of Laamu Atoll’s seagrass guardians completed their second independent survey of the seagrass around the island of Kunahandhoo. Tropical landscapes are characterised by three key habitats: coral reefs, seagrasses and mangroves which work in parallel to support one another. However, while mangroves and coral reefs have garnered a lot of attention and subsequent conservation efforts, seagrasses have long been ignored and remain undervalued and underappreciated. Seagrass is vital to the low-lying island nation of the Maldives: it prevents beach erosion, fights climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide, provides food for sea turtles, supports fisheries and houses juvenile coral reef fish. However, unfortunately, seagrasses have a particularly bad reputation which stems from the luxury tourism industry who have historically removed seagrasses from around resort islands because they believe they look ‘ugly’. Because of this, many Maldivians believe that seagrasses are ‘weeds’ and do not fully understand how important they are for coral reef health. In 2019, BLUE ran a social media #protectmaldivesseagrass campaign which successfully convinced more than a quarter of all the resorts in the Maldives to agree to protect the seagrasses around their islands, protecting an area of 830,000m2. Following on from this, BLUE decided to kickstart its citizen science programme by working with the people of Laamu to protect their local seagrass beds. In February 2019, BLUE invited two of the world’s leading seagrass experts to the Maldives (Dr. Michael Rasheed, Principal Research Scientist, TropWATER, James Cook University Australia and Professor Mike Van Keulen, Senior Lecturer in Plant Science and Micro-Biology, Murdoch University Australia) to Laamu Atoll to come and lead these sessions together with BLUE’s team and marine biologists from the Maldives Underwater Initiative at Six Senses Laamu. We were absolutely delighted that the programme was so well attended! 21 people from the community, local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), higher education schools and local governments participated in the training and participants were from seven of the eleven inhabited islands on the atoll. In the morning, the team delivered a theory session to participants in a classroom. Participants were provided with training materials and taught about the importance of seagrasses for the Maldives. Specific emphasis was placed on the role of seagrass in offering coastal protection to Maldivian islands. In the afternoon, we took the team into the water to a seagrass meadow where we were able to physically show participants different seagrass species, the visible differences between healthy and unhealthy seagrasses and practice monitoring techniques. By the end of the day, participants were confident about what they learned and felt inspired to contribute research to BLUE to help us to design a marine protected area. It was agreed that participants would return to their home islands and lead independent surveys together with people from their islands on the seagrass meadows around their islands. These would be carried out twice a year and the data collected shared with our team. Laamu Atoll’s seagrass guardians spread their wings as local leaders In May 2019, our seagrass guardians organised their first independent survey of the seagrass meadows around Fonadhoo Island. The survey was initiated by the team from a local NGO who attended our first training session. Two of Laamu Atoll’s seagrass guardians recruited three other people from their local island to join them and they successfully surveyed and mapped 66,500 square meters of their local seagrass meadow! The team plans to fix a permanent monitoring transect to understand the changes overtime at this location. Later last year in November, three other seagrass guardians organised their first independent led survey on the island of Kunahandhoo. They managed to recruit five other people from the island to join them and the successfully mapped and surveyed 36,000 square meters of seagrass! Training young coral reef champions on Laamu Atoll Coral reefs are the foundation of every island in the Maldives. They protect the country’s low-lying islands from erosion and provide the setting for its tourism industry that employs a third of the population and supports the Maldivian economy. However, while the Maldives has a high literacy and school enrolment rate and formal education is valued highly among communities, environmental awareness is low, and many Maldivians still do not understand the science of coral reefs and how they function. In September 2019, BLUE trained 30 students from Isdhoo and Kalaidhoo as coral reef champions and certified them as Discover Reef Check snorkellers. The Reef Check programme teaches children about the basics of coral reef ecology and Shaha, BLUE’s Laamu Project Manager, is a certified trainer. Shaha taught the students about coral reefs and explained why they are so important for the Maldives. She also taught the students how to recognise a healthy coral reef and how to identify key species that you find on coral reefs such as groupers and parrotfish. These students are on the brink of deciding what their future careers will be. However, without fully understanding coral reefs and experiencing them, many of these young people may never have even considered pursuing marine conservation. BLUE believes it has given these students the opportunity to consider a career in marine science and made clear how important their role is in the future of Laamu Atoll’s environment. Conclusion BLUE has successfully provided more than 50 people on Laamu Atoll with a basic understanding of the local habitats that surround their islands and equipped them with the knowledge to help protect them. More than 10 of our trainees have already carried out independent monitoring of their local seagrass meadows – a huge achievement! BLUE has been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic reception we have had from the community who are so willing and eager to participate in our citizen science programme. Over the next six months BLUE will complete this programme with the following activities:

  • Work with our seagrass guardians to ensure that the remaining nine islands complete independent surveys of their local seagrass meadows;
  • Train 10 adult community members as advanced Reef Check Eco-Divers;
  • Provide dive training to additional people and fishermen who are passionate about marine conservation; and
  • Train more than 20 people as local mangrove
BLUE has recently secured funds to run a social media campaign on Laamu Atoll in September 2020 to secure a tangible conservation commitment from the people of Laamu Atoll. BLUE aims to use its seagrass guardians, coral reef champions and mangrove custodians as leading figures in this campaign to advocate for long-lasting environmental protection on Laamu Atoll. Please visit https://www.bluemarinefoundation.com/


5 Reasons Why to Charter M/Y Rarity


1) Recently refitted 2m extension of the swim platform for easy access to tenders and the sea.

2) Air conditioned gym fully equipped gym on the sundeck.

3) Elevator connecting all decks.

4) PADI Scuba Diving Certification.

5) 559cm (220-inch) cinema screen in the sky-lounge.

6) Experienced Charter Yacht Captain Toni Brok and the crew know every nook and cranny of Croatia.

7) Chef Spiro brings his experience of Michelin Star cooking on-board.

8) Large 10m beam in the master cabin, including a private office as well as a walk-in wardrobe.

For more information, please email charter@hillrobinson.com.


M/Y Indigo Star I

38m Siar & Moschini – 1995/2018 – Designed by Siar & Moschini, her interior combines a tailored approach with an inviting ambience. The yacht offers accommodation for up to 10 guests. She is also capable of carrying up to 7 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience. Timeless styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating feature throughout to create an elegant and comfortable atmosphere.







Shipyard Siar & Moschini
Year | Refit 1995 - 2018
Length 38.00m (124’8″)
Beam 7.70m (25’3″)
Draft 2.70m (8′ 10″)
Gross Tonnage 437 Tonnes
Cruise Speed 14 knots
Range 3300nm
Fuel Consumption 600lph


Summer 2020
West Mediterranean and Adriatic
€88,000/week – High Season
€78,000/week – Low Season 

p/week + expenses

Winter 2020 - 2021
West Mediterranean and Adriatic
€88,000/week – High Season
€78,000/week – Low Season 

p/week + expenses

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• Zodiac tender YL470DL SHARC RIB white with 100 HP Yamaha
• Jet ski Seadoo rotax 4-TEC with 260 HP
• Fly board with jetski control
• Inflatable water slide
• Combi, children and slalom waterskis
• Wakeboard
• 3 x Seabobs
• 5 x Aqualung diving sets
• 2 x Doughnuts and banana
• Chase Boat Sillinger, length 9.05 m, width 3,05 m, Mercury Verado engines 2 x 250 hp (available on request and at surcharge of EUR 500 per day plus VAT).

For more information please contact Romina charter@hillrobinson.com



The entire Hill Robinson worldwide team gathered under one roof, the wonderful Marriott hotel in Cannes, for a productive two day seminar that was both fun and informative.

Aside from discussing all services and developing improvements, the team participated in workshops to assess personality strengths, productivity, values and behavior to make sure increase job satisfaction and overall communication.

All and all, a great success!

Hill Robinson Yacht Management Team Shot


Bahia Mar Redevelopment Plans

Ten years from now, the publicly owned Bahia Mar area, the centerpiece of FLIBS for nearly 60 years will be virtually unrecognizable. A large part of the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show takes place here and development plans unveiled early 2017, will undoubtedly have an impact on the world's largest boat show.

The Marine Industries Association of South Floria (MIASF), which owns FLIBS, extended its lease of the site through to 2050 and having worked closely with the development team, were pleased with the results in order to meet the ongoing needs of the show.

Bahia Mar's redevelopment plan compromises of over 600 apartments in seven towers, restaurants and marine-related business space, a strip of low rise buildings - a marina village with kiosks, outdoor eating and a modernized marina with a public promenade around the water's edge.

Bahia Mar

The existing hotel would eventually be replaced with a new 256-room hotel. The garage of which, would have 75,000 square feet that would be converted into convention space at boat show time. This means that exhibitors, rather than being housed in tents, will be in a space with permanent air conditioning and lightning.

Kobi Karp, a prominent Miami architect who designed the Bahia Mar remodel, said the towers are elevated four stories over an "open aperture," allowing visitors to see the yachts and waterway from many vantage points. "You can have the experience of the water all the way around," Karp said, "We are giving the land and its functions and uses to the community."

The Bahia Mar plans have not been without controversy. Initially, the vision was for two 39-stpreu apartment buildings, turned down by the authorities was then reproposed as two 29-storey apartments. However, public outcry and lack of support from the boat show caused the withdrawal of this idea.

We look forward to watching this development progress.


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


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.


For soccer read Sochi

Since the Winter Olympics of 2014, Sochi on the Black Sea coast, has become the destination centre for grand sporting events in Russia, and with Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup Finals, it is no surprise that Sochi will be staging some of the important fixtures. With two impressive marinas, it means that the southernmost venue should be high on the list for football loving superyacht owners.

Opening in 2014, a few days prior to the Olympic Games, Sochi Grand Marina, the largest yacht facility in Russia can host up to 300 yachts with LOA up to 80 metres, right in the heart of old Sochi and its popular restaurants and expensive boutiques.

After the Olympics, the infrastructure for visitors to Sochi was developed, with the athletes’ village becoming part of the Imeretinskiy resort complex. The marina is also part of the resort and was the port’s first privately operated facility of its kind, with 40 berths accommodating vessels up to 45m in length, with a draft of 7.8m. The Sochi resort is also host to the well supported FIA Formula 1 Grand Prix, this year a very eventful one, in which Valteri Bottas was victorious in a Mercedes.

The marina has all the expected facilities and services on hand; a dry dock, security, yacht cleaning, watch-keeping, concierge, shops, restaurants and cafes, as well as bike and Segway rentals. Superyachts, up to 120m, are also able to securely dock alongside within the passenger port and utilise the marina’s facilities, via an onsite ferry.

Hill Robinson comments on watching the world cup 2018 by yacht

At the other end of this vast country, the second coastal venue, is the glittering jewel in Russia’s Crown: St. Petersburg. Rich in history and majesty, it is the epicenter for culture and romance. While boasting pristine examples of the Russian Empire style of classical architecture, it remains one of the most beautiful cities in the world. During the summer months when the World Cup visits, you can also experience the delight of white nights in St. Petersburg. Even after midnight, the sun still doesn’t disappear casting a rather surreal glow over the city.

For the World Cup event, the organisers will be using the most expensive football stadium in the world. Now home to the city’s Zenit Saint Petersburg team, it overlooks the Neva river, which runs through the centre of the city. The Krestovsky Arena, with a capacity of over 68,000, is an excellent facility and a fitting venue which hosted the final of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, and will host the opening game of the 2018 World Cup.

While St. Petersburg has no established superyacht marinas, large visiting yachts can berth alongside on the river Bloshaya Neva. on the English promenade and promenade of Lieutenant Schmidt, Vasilyevsky island.

Watching the World Cup in Sochi 2018 by a superyacht. Hill Robinson Yacht Management comments.


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.”

Hill Robinson Yacht Management

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


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