Port Takola yacht marina and boatyard in Thailand, is set to resume construction at the end of the rainy season in November. The first phase of berths are scheduled to open during May 2016.
Dr Suriya na Nagara, a retired surgeon admiral of the Royal Thai Navy, is the owner of the project. Admiral Suriya said, “After careful study, we decided to develop a marina to take advantage of the many positive factors of the site, including its perfect shelter and excellent geographical location.”
The marina is close to the international tourist destination of Ao Nang and also to Phang Nga Bay, recognised as one of world’s most beautiful yachting playgrounds. Krabi International Airport, only a 40-minute drive away, receives scheduled flights from Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and China and charter flights from Scandinavia and Russia.
The marina will be the focal point of a 110-acre community that will include residences, a resort hotel, nature trails and a museum.
The project began in 2010, with Simon Arrol on board to advise on the design and planning of Port Takola. Mr. Simon, a British maritime civil engineer and marina specialist, was for 16 years the managing director of Camper & Nicholsons Marinas Ltd, and later founded Island Global Yachting in Dubai. He has worked on marina projects in 39 countries and has participated in several renowned projects including Grand Harbour Marina Malta, Port Gocek in Turkey, Port George (later renamed Port Louis) in the Caribbean, The Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Marina de Lagos in Portugal, Bandar Al Rowdha Oman, and St Petersburg Russia.
The first phase of Port Takola is valued at US$8 million and is scheduled to open in May 2016 with 48 berths stern-to a 4m wide concrete pontoon supplied by Marinetek, one of Europe’s largest and oldest suppliers. This pontoon will be able to accommodate yachts ranging from 12m – 40m in length. 3-phase electricity, water, gasoline and diesel fuel will also be available. The approach channel will be dredged to -2.5m LAT.
Yacht owners wishing to visit or relocate their yachts to Port Takola can now reserve their berth in advance. To mark the opening, Port Takola will be offering Promotional Prices to the first 20 yacht owners who sign-up for a berth.