Richard Morris Managing Director
Master Mariner, MAIMS

Richard Morris was born with saltwater in his DNA and has lived and breathed Superyachts for most of his life. Hardly surprising given his family’s rich seafaring heritage.  His Great Grandfather and Great Uncle were brave engineers onboard the TITANIC and kept the engines running below deck before the ship sank after hitting an iceberg in the early hours of 15 April 1912, saving many lives at sea while sadly losing their own. Richard followed in the seafaring tradition of his father, Captain Geoffrey Morris to become the youngest ever Superyacht Captain at the time aged 27 and later achieved the highest grade of seafarer qualification of Master Mariner; an unlimited Master’s license which he has kept current to this day.

Richard began life at sea aged 17 straight after finishing school as a deck cadet in the Merchant Navy onboard cargo and container ships trading between Australia’s East Coast and Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Philippines, and the Pacific Islands. Richard’s career in the Superyacht industry began in Monaco1986 as a deckhand onboard the largest Superyacht in the world at the time, M/Y NABILA for Saudi Arabian arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, the world’s richest man at the time.

He then sailed with P&O Australia on containerships sailing from Australia to the Far East.  In his six months leave per year he returned to the Mediterranean and sailed as an Officer aboard M/Y Brave Goose (43m), M/Y Shireen (50m) and M/Y Savarona (136m) before gaining command of M/Y Lady Suffolk II (43m) in 1994.

Richard went on to command large international commercial and private Superyachts for owners and clients operating in the Mediterranean, United States, Pacific, Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Maldives and Australia. These included the Amels 50 metre new build M/Y Tigre D’Or, the very first MCA classed commercial superyacht. Also the 45 metre M/Y Ililk V, 65 metre M/Y El Bravo and 55 metre Oceanfast M/Y Litte Sis. Richard also had the privilege and opportunity to meet some of the world’s most interesting characters and famous celebrities.

After finally moving ashore, Richard founded his own company Australian Superyachts in 1999 and was contracted to establish the Sydney Superyacht Marina for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games for visiting Superyachts.

 

Post Olympics, Richard broadened his management and strategic skills by taking over all day to day operations of the Rozelle Bay Superyacht Marina and NSW Maritime’s entire multi‐site property portfolio of berthing facilities on Sydney Harbour.  Richard managed the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in 2001.  In 2008 Richard was tasked with responsibility of marketing and selling the Rozelle Bay Superyacht Marina to the private sector, which was achieved in 2009.

 

Richard’s extensive experience encompasses superyacht marinas, superyacht agency, maritime property management, port operations, pilotage, commercial vessel survey, safety management and government maritime regulatory functions. “My company, Australian Superyachts Pty Ltd, provides high-quality brokerage, management, technical and operational services to the superyacht sector in Australia and globally; striving to achieve excellence in this field through competitive advantage, skilled management and market leadership.”

 

Richard founded and undertook many roles including creating the  ‘NSW Superyacht Industry Association’ (Superyacht Sydney) CEO and ‘Superyacht Australia’ Director, earning a reputation as one of the key drivers within the growing Australian Superyacht industry.  In 2006, 2013 & 2014 Richard was nominated as a finalist for “Australian Superyacht Industry Person of the Year” and in 2016 awarded “Industry Champion” at the Australian Superyacht Industry Awards.

 

Richard was the Founder and Editor of the first three editions of the Great Southern Route Superyacht Sailing Guide which has been credited with increasing Superyacht visitation to Australia, Asia and the southern hemisphere generally. Richard was a driver for the creation and a founding member of the Asia Pacific Superyacht Association in 2010.

As Managing Director of Australian Superyachts, Richard is the exclusive Australian and NZ distributor for Gulf Craft Group representing their brands Majesty & Nomad Yachts.  Australian Superyachts are the experts in commercial superyachts and have been pivotal in growing the Australian charter fleet over the last decade, with 5 Gulf Craft built superyachts now the leading yachts available for charter in Australia today.

Richard continues to champion the Australian Superyacht industry and has devoted much effort to the promotion, international recognition and growth of the local industry.

Richard now lives on the Northern Beaches in Sydney with his beautiful wife Anthea and continues to be deeply passionate about yachting and spends any spare time cruising the beautiful waterways of Sydney Harbour and Pittwater onboard his own personal yacht with his family and friends.