Published: Tuesday, 04 June 2013
Mike Fulton

After some successful commercial vessel projects in the Asia-Pacific region BMT is now strengthening its presence and expanding into the region’s yacht market. BMT Asia Pacific, based in both Singapore and Hong Kong, is geographically well positioned to help deliver naval architecture and engineering services to the region's yacht builders. Richard Colwill, Managing Director of the Hong Kong office said: “Having a physical presence in the region is key to providing focused customer service and leveraging the skills and experience of the company’s established team in the UK.” He went on to say that the firm's work with yacht builders in Asia was "relatively limited to date," as the company has so far been more active with regional yards building fast craft for crew transport. Colwill has identified the yacht building clusters in Zhuhai and Kaohsiung as being of particular interest, as a series of "internationally credible builders" have emerged from these areas. 

BMT recently joined the Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association whose aim is to promote the Asia-Pacific region to the global superyacht community as both an exciting cruising destination and a superyacht construction, refit and services location. Though BMT is more focused on the large yacht market, Colwill indicated that it doesn't preclude the company from working with yards building smaller yachts, citing the work done providing a complete engineering package for a 13-metre carbon fibre tender. Colwill noted that BMT has expertise in naval architecture, engineering and design, and can assist yards looking to build larger yachts. 

Speaking at the recent Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference in Singapore, James Roy, Yacht Design Director of BMT Nigel Gee, BMT's naval architecture arm based in Southampton, presented a paper on northern European quality. He commented: “There are many established brands in the Asia Pacific region which deliver quality yachts to rival anything produced in Europe or elsewhere. However, they are all below 60 metres and scaling these skills to yachts of 80 metres and above will be a key challenge for the region if it wishes to enter this market.”

BMT is an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, working principally in the defence, energy and environment, marine risk and insurance, maritime transport and ports and logistics sectors. Its customers are serviced through a network of subsiduary companies.

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