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 our marina listings and in the destination anchorage texts. 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 to overcome cultural and language difficulties in each region. But there is a need to carry out careful investigation before appointing one. As with all developing countries, you need to steer clear of ‘here-today-gone-tomorrow businesses’ that put on a good front.
Penguin Shipyard International
Penguin Shipyard International at Tuas caters largely for commercial vessels and mega-yachts up to 500 tons.
Penguin builds and repairs high-speed commercial vessels, including ferries, crewboats, cargo vessels and patrol craft.
This is 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 45,000-square metre shipyard on the Indonesian island of Batam, with a 250-metric 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 square metres open area and a 50-metre commissioning pier. For more information visit www.penguin.com.sg
Boustead Langkawi Shipyard
Formerly Wavemaster Yacht Centre, this yard is situated on the west entrance to Bass Harbour at Bukit Malut. It currently provides full superyacht repair and refit services.
Alongside the wharf there is a minimum depth of 7 metres at low tide. 140-ton and 500-ton capacity travel lifts service 17,000 square metres of hardstand. Behind the hardstand are two 24-metre high, insulated and ventilated hangers, each of 70 x 25 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. For more information visit www.blsy.com.my
Pen Marine Shipyard, Penang
Pen Marine Shipyard is on the southeastern tip of Penang, just south of the the new Penang Bridge. It has been in business for over 30 years, repairing sailing and motor yachts as well as government patrol boats and fishing vessels.
It has a travel lift with 70-ton capacity, four slipways (200 tons each), two hangar workshops measuring 150ft x 60ft x 45ft and 100ft x 40ft x 30ft plus two acres of open, dry storage area. Facilities include machine, carpentry and fiberglass workshops as well as mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium fabrication.
The yard specialises in Awlgrip paint application (trained by Akzo Nobel), underwater hull surface preparation and airless painting, osmosis treatment, electrical and electronic troubleshooting, air-conditioning, marine generators, fiberglass construction and repairs and propeller and shaft repairs. www.penmarine.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Ratanachai 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 metres and 210 tons. Bow depth 1.95m, stern depth 3.95m. The river entrance is shallow and should be navigated at high tide only.
Full services are available.
For more information visit www.ratanachai-slipway.com
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 works can be done afloat after launching.
Located on the Chao Phraya River in Samut Prakarn, Bangkok. Established in 1978, this 112,000 square metre facility offers full ship building and repair capabilities plus a bonded warehouse and in-house design office.
Italthai Marine is ISO 9001:2008 rated and 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 tons lift capacity.
This facility offers painting in climate-controlled tents, metal fabrication, engineering, carpentry, interiors, survey and full yacht building capabilities. All major classification societies are located in Bangkok.
Under an arrangement with Yacht Solutions(YS), superyacht repair and refit services are managed by YS project managers.
The port city of Surabaya in East Java is an ideal location for slipping, sourcing and fabrication. With a mainly Chinese Christian population of five 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.
For information visit www.indonesianmarineservices.com
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 five 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. For more information www.coloradoshipyard.com