New superyacht facility in Thailand
Published: Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Yacht Solutions, one of South East Asia's leading superyacht service providers, has signed an MOU with shipbuilder Ital Thai Marine to create Thailand’s first dedicated superyacht facility in Bangkok.
Located near the mouth of the Chao Phraya River in Samut Prakam, Yacht Solutions at Ital Thai Marine is being set up in response to demand for more superyacht refit and repair facilities in the Asian region from both owners of superyachts based in Asia and those traveling from Europe and the US.
The 112,000-square metre deep-water facility will offer full shipbuilding and repair capabilities plus a bonded warehouse and an in-house design facility. It is ISO 9001:2000 rated and boasts a lifting capacity up to 95 metres and 3,500 tons. It has access to two 115-metre dry docks, 300 metres of alongside berthing, a floating dock for boats up to 160 metres with a 5000-ton lift capacity. This makes it the largest superyacht repair facility in all of Southeast Asia.
“Yacht Solutions at Ital Thai Marine expands our superyacht capabilities for hauling-out and opens up a great yard option for yachts and superyachts passing through the Gulf of Thailand,” said Gareth Twist, Managing Director of Yacht Solutions. “This facility is accessible to all of Southeast Asia being less than 800 miles from Singapore. We are very excited about this partnership since it offers a natural progression for our business”.
Wirat Chanasit, Managing Director of Ital Thai Marine, added: “We are delighted to now offer a superyacht division at the Ital Thai Marine shipyard. As Southeast Asia’s leading superyacht refit company, Yacht Solutions brings a highly skilled superyacht management team including exterior finishing and painting, interior fit-out and engineering. Yacht Solutions at Ital Thai Marine has full access to all our facilities and our 300 strong workforce”.
Founded in 2001, Yacht Solutions is one of South East Asia's leading superyacht marine consultancies working out of shipyards in Bangkok and Phuket. The company offers superyacht refit, repair and agency services, and also has a superyacht new-build division, Ruea Yachts. Ital Thai Marine Limited, a member of the Ital Thai Group of companies, was established in 1978 to build and repair steel, fibreglass and aluminium ships. Since its founding the company has delivered over 153 vessels.