By Dorie Cox
Waterfront properties are being developed by the city government in Yokohama, Japan, and Superyacht Logistics (SYL) Japan is working with developers to include yacht infrastructure, according to Nigel Beatty, president of of SYL Group.
“We’re looking to build a marine center in Yokohama,” Beatty said. “It will be a repair facility and a good place for yachts to stay. Our bit is the electricity and pedestals.”
Former coast guard buildings are demolished and work is underway on the existing concrete bulkheads with plans for floating docks in the marine area, he said. The country’s second largest city has an active waterfront with cruise ships and has a small harbor for tour boats.
“It’s good cruising with flat water,” Beatty said “It’s sunny with temperatures about 40-50 degrees; you need a jumper but it’s a stunning landscape.”
From the United States, yachts cross from Alaska and do small cruises through the country of 3,000 islands, Beatty said.
“To the south is Taiwan where they can haul 140m, the next step is overnight to Hong Kong, then on to the Philippines. And there are yacht transport options like SevenStar every six weeks,” he said. “It’s very high-end, very up-and-coming with more hotels, parks, restaurants and shops.”
Development is scheduled to be completed in time for the Rugby World Cup in September 2019 and the Olympics in 2020.