Southeast Asia Pilot by Andy Dowden & Bill O’Leary

Incorporating the Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia… and more

Southeast Asia Pilot by Andy Dowden & Bill O’Leary

Major Repair, Haulout & Refit Facilities

This section gives guidelines for facilities that can cater for yachts 30 metres and above in the Southeast Asian region, taking advantage of the favourable labour costs and locally available skills.

These are in addition to the many boatyards and marina travel-lifts catering for smaller yachts already mentioned in the general text.

We list a few of the major yards we know to have constructed larger vessels and have carried out major refit works on foreign Superyachts.

We strongly suggest owners and captains use locally-based project management companies, such as Yacht Solutions, to overcome cultural and language difficulties in each region.


Penguin Shipyard International

Penguin SPenguin Shipyard International at Tuas caters largely for commercial vessels and mega-yachts up to 500 tons.

PSI builds and repairs high-speed commercial vessels, including ferries, crewboats, cargo vessels and patrol craft. An aluminium shipbuilder with a track record that dates back to 1995, PSI also arranges international Superyacht haulouts.

The Shipyard operates a 12,000-square metre site with a 500-metric ton straddle carrier, and another 45000-square metre shipyard on the Indonesian island of Batam with a 250-metre ton straddle carrier.
To date, Penguin Shipyard has built more than 50 vessels for the group’s own requirements and for third-party ship owners.

Facilities include a 50m x 50m covered shipbuilding hall, 6,000 sqm open area and a 50 metre commissioning pier.


Langkawi Shipyard (Boustead Heavy Industries)

Wavemaster is situated on the west entrance to Bass Harbour at Tanjung Lembong and provides full Superyacht repair and refit services.

Alongside the wharf there is a minimum depth of seven metres at low tide. 140 ton capacity travel-lift service 17,000 square metres of hardstand.

Behind the hardstand are two 24 metre high, insulated and ventilated hangers, each of 70x25 metres.
There are adjoining carpentry, aluminium, electrical and mechanical workshops, each with individual overhead gantry cranes.

On-site staff naval architects and engineers design for new builds, conversions, and major overhauls.
Berthing for yachts of 13-70 metres, with fresh water, 3-phase shore power and telecommunications is available off the wharf. Petrol and diesel are also available.

Lockers, washrooms, showers, chandlery, supermarket and 24-hour security are all within easy walking distance.


Rattanachai Slipway, Phuket

Located just inside the entrance of Tha Chin River, Ratanachai Slipway is the biggest of the local shipyards in and around Phuket town.

Maximum capacity is 52 meters and 210 tons. Bow depth 1.95m, stern depth 3.95m. The river entrance shallow and should be navigated at high tide only.

Full services are available

Asia Marina Shipyard, Phuket

Further up the river on the right, just before the bridge, is another yard with a slipway capable of lifting up to 40 metres with a large concrete hardstand. Another good location for Phuket-based long term projects. At the mouth of the river on the same bank there is an alongside concrete wharf where finishing can be done afloat after launching.

Ratanachai Slipway, Phuket, Thailand
Ratanachai Slipway, Phuket, Thailand - Bill O’Leary
Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine

Located on the Chao Phraya River in Samut Prakarn, Bangkok. Established in 1978, this 112,000 sqm facility offers full ship building and repair capabilities plus a bonded warehouse and in-house design office. Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine is ISO 9001:2000 rated and boasts a lifting capacity up to 95m and 3,500 tonnes. It has access to two 115m dry docks, 300m alongside berthing, a floating dock up to 160m and 5000 tonnes lift capacity, making this the largest superyacht repair facility in Southeast Asia.

Its location, being in the vibrant city of Bangkok and only 45 minutes from Bangkok international airport (the transiting hub of Southeast Asia), is extremely appealing to owners, captains and crew due to the vast range of crew facilities close to hand.

This full service facility offers world class superyacht services, including painting in climate-controlled tents, metal fabrication, engineering, carpentry, interiors, survey and full yacht building capabilities. All major classification societies are located in Bangkok.

All services are carried out by skilled and experienced teams managed by professional superyacht project managers.

Asia Pacific Superyachts

Andaman Islands: India,
Andaman Holidays,
T: + 91 3192 239595 & 234924, F: + 91 3192 239595, M: + 91 9932 080776

Malaysia & Myanmar:
Asia Pacific Superyachts
T: + 60 (49) 551 544, F: + 60 (49) 552 544, M: + 60 (0) 1 944 99422

Hong Kong:
Gold Coast Yacht & Country Club,
T: +852 2815 0404

Asia Pacific Superyachts Pvt Ltd (Maldives)
T: + 960 332 9240, F: + 960 332 9241, M: + 960 777 6884 (24 hrs)

Asia Pacific Superyachts (Singapore)
T: +65 6869 1813 / 6897 7263, F: +65 6869 1814, M: +65 9179 8754

Asia Pacific Superyachts (Bali)
JIMMY BLEE, T: + 62 (0) 812 302 9444
RICHARD LOFTHOUSE, T: +62 (0) 811 340 0668



The port city of Surabaya in East Java is an ideal location for slipping, sourcing and fabrication. With a mainly Chinese Christian population of 5 million, Surabaya is the largest naval and shipbuilding city port in Indonesia.

There are many slipways that cater for vessels over 30 metres and a number of vessels have been built here very economically.

These mainly government-supervised yards have produced traditional Pinisis, superyachts and myriad commercial vessels. Being the largest naval and marine merchant city of the archipelago, Surabaya boasts an abundance of marine contractors, parts and equipment, but local knowledge is essential to bring any new build or refit projects to fruition.



Located in Tayud, Consolacion on the island of Cebu, Colorado Shipyard Corporation (CSC) caters to commercial and private vessels over 30 metres.

Colorado’s dockyard facility sits on 5-hectares with three slipways and a transferring system for up to 300 tons. There are plans to build an additional slipway to cater for even larger vessels. All the usual fabrications are available.


Yacht Solutions Co,. Ltd.,
Phuket Boat Lagoon Marina, 20/27 Moo 2, Thepkasattri Road,
Koh Kaew, Muang 83000, Phuket, Thailand
T: +66 76 239 114, F: +66 76 239 139, M: +66 81 8944 582

Hong Kong
Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd.,
23F, 248 Queens Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong
T: +852/2863.6111, Fax: +852/2863.7415, M: +852/91900390

Captain Simon Twist
M: +66 81 8944 582

Jl. Raya Pelabuhan Benoa, Denpasar 80222
T: +62 361 710004, F: +62 361 722236, M: +62 81 2380 3322

Yacht Construction (SEA) Pte Ltd.,
International Super Yacht Services,
Block 3016 Bedok North Avenue 4, #02-03, EASTECH, Singapore 489947
T: +65 6542-2728, F: +65 6542-2886, M:+65 9673 9460

Pippen Marine (M) Sdn. Bhd,
75 Batu Ara Jalan Pantai Kok, Langkawi Kedah, Malaysia
T: + 60 4 955 7069, F: + 60 4 955 7069, M: +60 19 4287318

As for Phuket, Thailand, except:
M: +66 81 895 3036

Prudential Shipping Lines Pte Ltd,
Level 6, Access Towers, 278, Union Place, Colombo 2, Sri Lanka
T: +94 11 4721237, F: +94 11 4721586, M: +94 71 2773543

Alliance Management Services Company Pvt Ltd,
Filaa Building -1, 3rd Floor, # 03 – 01, Koli Umaru Manik Goalhi, Male’, Maldives
T: + 960 3 338788, F: + 960 3 338688, M: + 960 7 786444

The Wharf Hotel & Marina,
P.O. Box 278, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles, Indian Ocean
T: +248 601278, F: +248 600278, M: +248 515278

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