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Companies partner in Thailand

Yacht Solutions and Ital Thai Marine have agreed to create Thailand’s first dedicated superyacht refit and repair facility in Bangkok.

Located near the mouth of the Chao Phraya River in Samut Prakam, the deep-water facility of Ital Thai Marine was needed by Yacht Solutions for larger refit and build projects.

Its location, being in the vibrant city of Bangkok and only 45 minutes from Bangkok international Airport is about 45 minutes away.

Yacht Solutions at Ital Thai Marine is a 112,000-square-meter facility offering full shipbuilding and repair capabilities plus a bonded warehouse and in-house design office. The yard has a lifting capacity up to 95m and 3,500 tons. It has access to two 115m dry docks, 300m alongside berthing, a floating dock up to 160m and 5,000-ton lift capacity, making this the largest superyacht repair facility in Southeast Asia.

“We have been in the marine refit and repair business in Thailand for over 10 years and we have been looking for a deep-water facility for the last two years,” 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 with this partnership as it offers a natural progression for our business.

“This facility combines European management, standards and quality with the renowned finishing skills of Thai craftsmen,” he said. “With this facility, we are able to compete with the European yards but with the distinct advantage of a lower labor cost base.”

Yacht Solutions in Bangkok has completed refit projects on the 43m MY Douce France and the 30m SY Merrymaid in the past five months. It also operates out of a yard in Phuket.

Launched in 2001 in Phuket, Yacht Solutions is the parent company of Ruea Yachts, which hand-builds new luxury superyachts up to 85m.

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Emerald Bay names new manager

Dale B. Westin, most recently at Errol Flynn Marina in Jamaica, has been named manager of

Emerald Bay Marina in the Exumas. Shavago McPhee is the new harbour master.

Westin has been a fixture in the Caribbean since 1979 and held key management positions at such locations as the Errol Flynn Marina, Jamaica; Marina Hemingway, Havana; Simpson Bay Marina, St. Maarten; and LaCeiba Shipyard Astilleros y Marina in Honduras, among others.

McPhee is a veteran of more than eight years on the Emerald Bay staff, having been on hand since the marina opened. Most recently, he was fuel dock master.

Upgrades to the 80,000-U.S.-gallon fuel facility are under way and include a 50-gallon-per-minute pump delivering up to 3,000 gallons an hour.

Hicks promoted to American

IGY Marinas has recently promoted Lee Hicks, former dockmaster at Yacht Haven Grande Marina in St. Thomas, as new general manager of American Yacht Harbor on the east end of the island in Red Hook.

American Yacht Harbor has 126 slips for yachts up to 110 feet and is a top sportfish destination in the region.


Lift gives Derecktor a lift

Since the commissioning of a new mobile hoist in November, Derecktor Florida has hauled a number of 50m motor yachts.

“We are still finding our way – there is a learning curve when it comes to using this new equipment and using the yard to its full capacity, but the new lift is everything we hoped it would be,” General Manager Ken Imondi said. “We are able to service more of our customers in a given period, and operate much more efficiently”.

The yard has seen a “substantial increase” in the number of Lloyd’s 5- and 10-year surveys and is able to undertake additional long-term projects. The 50m Feadships Aurora B, Battered Bull, Dream, Iroquois, Kisses, and Lady Allison were all recently in the yard at the same time. Major refits to The Big Blue, Elisa, Twilight and Belle Aimee are on-going, while Sorcha, Keldi, Cracker Bay and My Trust Fund have recently completed.

“In addition to the obvious benefit to the yard, we are hopeful that the new lift will help preserve Ft. Lauderdale’s status as the heart of the marine industry in South Florida by allowing more of those vessels who want to be in the center of things a place to get their work done,” Imondi said in a statement.

Derecktor has added several trade and management positions to help accomplish the extra work, and the addition of new power and infrastructure projects is planned for this summer.

“We are confident that the new lift marks the beginning of a successful collaboration of businesses on the Dania Cut-Off Canal that will benefit the global megayacht community as a whole by providing additional options for service and dockage in the Ft. Lauderdale area,” said James Brewer, director of sales and marketing.

In other company news, assistant general manager Bob Philhower has retired.

His career in South Florida spanned more than 50 years, beginning with the Denison family at Broward Marine on the New River in 1960, where he worked until 1991. He joined Derecktor in 1992 as mechanical supervisor and soon assistant general manager where he served for more than 20 years.

The yard has hired two new project managers, Jack Schneider and Rob Hastie.

Schneider has more than 20 years experience managing projects and work crews in composite boat building. He spent five years on site in the Florida yard as part of Consolidated Yacht before joining Magnum Marine. Most recently he led the construction team building the composite superstructure of a 463-foot superyacht in Abu Dhabi.

Hastie has spent the past 10 years as chief engineer on 50m megayachts and has experience supervising new construction and refits in shipyards.

Qatar marina houses science

The Qatar marina Lusail Marina, managed by Mourjan Marinas IGY, has been selected to house a UNESCO experiment to see if floating mangroves can capture carbon emissions.  

The results will show scientists if the floating mangroves have the potential to reduce atmospheric carbon levels.

“Conservation of the local environment and being as eco-friendly as we can is extremely important to Mourjan Marinas IGY – we ensure that all of our marinas are built and maintained with the greatest sensitivity to the local environment,” said Wayne Sheperd, General Manager at Mourjan Marinas IGY. “For a long time it has been Mourjan’s vision to have this break-through initiative incorporated into the design and construction of our marinas.”

Floating mangroves can reduce land-based marine pollution by absorbing potassium, nitrogen and phosphates. Globally, however, mangroves are declining in quantity.

The project first began in March 2012, after Mourjan Marinas IGY approached UNESCO with the idea, according to a statement from the marina.

“In the past, some have suggested producing mangroves in inland deserts under seawater irrigation to make the deserts green, however, this is a controversial approach due to the dangers of irreversible salinization of soils and groundwater, as well as habitat loss,” said Benno Boer, Ecological Sciences Advisor for UNESCO Arab Region. “Our floating mangroves experiment is totally unique and suggests an alternative method which has not yet grasped the attention of the climate change movement.”

The experimental mangroves made the switch from 50 percent seawater, 50 percent freshwater irrigation to 100 percent seawater irrigation in January.

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