Published: Thursday, 20 June 2013
Mike Fulton

So goes the phrase – if you build it, they will come - and Indo Yacht Support (IYS) have proven this, even in Indonesia's complicated yachting field.

Bali Opens New Superyacht Quay

The new and improved Big Boat Quay (BBQ) in Benoa harbour, Bali, was full recently with three different agencies berthing their client yachts at the stern-to facility. This degree of cooperation is a first, in addition to the first dedicated superyacht terminal and first public-private-partnership within the Indonesian superyachting industry.

IYS had previously lobbied the President to ease regulations and this new facility paves the way for foreign-flagged superyachts to stay for prolonged periods in Bali at a secure, convenient dock. One 40-metre vessel recently spent several months there and has even booked to return later this year.

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This partnership with the port authority, Pelindo3-Benoa, assures the lease, allowing foreign investment to put in full-length pontoon shore access, a fenced parking area, a small office, and permanent dockmasters. The new General Manager has committed to providing shore power up to 150Kw and drinking water by late August 2013.

Even before all such facilities are on-stream, the dock has proven popular with captains and crew. “Being able to berth securely has allowed us to get essential maintenance done, give the crew some quality recreation time, and fully prepare for guest visits”, said one recent visitor. “It affords security and a good degree of anonymity”, he added.

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The Big Boat Quay will undoubtedly increase superyacht traffic to Bali and allow them to remain for much longer periods; an increasing trend amongst the visiting superyacht community. IYS designed and created this facility and welcomes all yachts over 30 metres. A second phase, based on demand, is planned.

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IYS is a member of the Yacht Support Group, which provides superyacht agency support in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Palau, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives.