Thai Shipyard Building Solar Catamarans To Expand By 40%
Published: Friday, 03 July 2020
Thailand’s Bakri Cono Shipyard, which builds the Silent 60 all-solar power catamaran for Silent Yachts in Austria, is about to expand dramatically and rebrand as PMG Shipyard as of August 1.
Philippe Guenat, owner of Bakri Cono Shipyard, just signed a deal to develop an additional 6,000 square metres of production space for a total of 20,000 square metres, tentatively due to be ready for January 2021. The shipyard will also take delivery of a new travel lift with a span of 14 metres and height of 10 metres, the largest such travel lift in Southeast Asia.
The expansion plans are to meet growing demand for Bakri Cono's yachts. The shipyard currently has 70 staff and the plan is to reach 80 by the end of August 2020.
Bakri Cono’s current board of directors includes Raphael Domjan, who led the Planet Solar expedition of circumnavigating the world in a specially made solar powered catamaran. Domjan has initiated numerous expeditions using solar power. The latest is a solar powered aircraft that can fly into the stratosphere.
Guenat confirmed by email that the main focus of the yard will be production of solar powered catamarans. He says that the expansion is in response to growing demand.
Bakri Cono Shipyard was founded in 2004 by Guenat, a Swiss hotelier whose family has a history of shipbuilding. Initially building small leisure boats, the yard soon expanded into commercial vessels and mid-range catamarans. Today, the yard specializes in luxury catamarans, which have been popular among Thai charterers. The range runs from 41 to 105 feet, and the yard can customize yachts to a high degree.