Thai governments have been striving to increase marine tourism levels; enhancing facilities and relieving the regulations in an attempt to encourage more superyachts to visit the location and experience their marinas.
The region’s recent success has been indicated by the record number of superyacht visits, with 36 superyachts visiting Phuket Yacht Haven Marina throughout February. The yachts had a total length of 1,582 metres (5190 feet) and an average length of 43.9 metres (144 feet).
This record achievement demonstrates that Thailand’s hard work is paying off, raising awareness with contributions from the Thai Yachting Business Association and Andy Treadwell, who showcased at the Thai Yacht Show and RendezVous in January.
Anthony Gould, CEO of Galileo Maritime Academy, stated, “This all-time record for any marina in Asia is the result of many factors including government actions, but also the sheer beauty and abundance of pristine anchorages and remote islands of Pang Nga Bay, the Mergui Archipelago, the islands of the Andaman Sea as well as those around Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.”
He continued, “Thailand has become the central hub for much of this industry and has a well-developed infrastructure at the heart of the finest cruising areas, including the only Asia- based maritime academy for superyacht crew which is accredited by the UK government Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and approved to issue MCA certification to ship’s crew.”
The majority of the 36 superyachts that visited Yacht Haven Marina had Galileo Maritime Academy-certified crew members onboard. Numerous new recruits to the industry are now beginning their career via Galileo.
Galileo allows the superyachts to recruit the top graduates in the industry with qualifications recognised throughout all 174 member countries of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
Offering a range of superyacht berths over 150 metres (492 feet), Yacht Haven Marina is well-equipped for accommodating superyachts of all sizes.
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