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SB20 Asian Grand Slam & Asia Pacific Championships 2016 Takes Place from 28 – 31 January 2016 in Singapore

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — The SB20 Asian Grand Slam and Asia Pacific Championships will be held in Singapore from 28 – 31 January 2016 and is proudly hosted by the ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove.

The regatta will be organised by ONE°15 Marina Club with the support of the SB20 Class Association and sanctioned by the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF). SSF shall run the races over the three days of racing (28-31 January), while ONE°15 Marina Club shall host the participants at its premises at the exclusive Sentosa Cove.

This will be the first edition of the SB20 Asian Grand Slam and third edition of the Asia Pacific Championships and this event will see entries from across the Asia Pacific Region and beyond, and is slated to be yet another iconic event to be held on local waters for the first time in 2016 with the Singapore Sailing Federation’s support to bring this sport to a larger audience and fostering international relations through sporting events.  Supporting and organising the SB20 Asian Grand Slam and Asia Pacific Championships is a ONE˚15 Marina Club initiative which underscores the Club’s commitment to growing the yachting lifestyle in Singapore.

As part of the Club’s commitment to drive and grow interest in this sport, ONE°15 Marina Club will be organising a Lifestyle Fair & Water Carnival as part of the peripheral race activities to engage the community which will run for the duration of the race weekend. Join us in the ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove for endless fun with a variety of activities for a display of luxury super cars, fashion shows and bazaars, and water activities including with jet skis and more!

In its third edition now, the Asia Pacific Championships has grown substantially in scale and seen a remarkable strengthening in the response it has received, with the most recent edition attracting an impressively large fleet.

Over 20 teams from Singapore and abroad have signed up to race. Participants have the option of using either their own boats or charter boats. The sailing instructions are now available at ONE°15 Marina Club and on the official event website:

About ONEº15 Marina Club

Since its inauguration in 2007, ONE°15 Marina Club has won several international accolades including the Outstanding Hospitality Award at the Helm Magazine Singapore Yacht Show Awards 2013, Asian Marina of the Year at the Asia Boating Awards consecutively from 2012 to 2014, the prestigious FIVE Gold Anchor Award and was named Green Maritime Company of the Year at the Asia Boating Awards 2015. The Club has hosted upscale international yachting events including the Clipper 2013/14 Round the World Yacht Race and the Singapore Yacht Show 2011-2015. In addition, ONEº15 Marina Club was also the proud venue host of the Singapore Straits Regatta from 2012 to 2015.

Located in Sentosa Cove, ONE°15 Marina Club features a beautiful marina of 270 berths with facilities to accommodate megayachts of up to 200 feet. The well-appointed clubhouse encompasses world-class facilities including fine restaurants and bars, luxurious suite rooms, a modern spa, a well-equipped gymnasium, members’ and kids’ lounges as well as conference and meeting rooms. Evoking the glamour and elegance of Monte Carlo, ONE°15 Marina Club is emerging to be Asia’s most desired waterfront leisure destination.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Sarah Cheow

Assistant Manager, Marketing & Communications

ONEº15 Marina Club

(65) 6305 9671

Stephanie Pattiselanno

Director, Marketing & Communications

ONEº15 Marina Club

(65) 6309 2452

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January 20, 2016 at 5:26 pm

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DHL Extends TAPA Certification Stronghold in Asia Pacific

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ —

  • DHL Express recognized for having the most TAPA certified sites in the region
  • Its North Operating Center in Beijing is the company’s 100th TAPA certified facility in the region and the 22nd in China

DHL Express, the world’s leading international express provider, has recorded a new milestone in its continuous drive to offer superior security and service levels in end-to-end supply chain solutions in Asia Pacific. The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) Asia recognized DHL Express for having the most Freight Security Requirement (FSR) sites in Asia Pacific.

Safety and security of facilities and shipments are key priorities at DHL
Safety and security of facilities and shipments are key priorities at DHL


The company’s North Operating Center in Beijing is the 100th facility within the DHL Express network in Asia Pacific to be awarded the prestigious TAPA ‘FSR’ security certification. It is also the company’s 22nd facility in China to be TAPA ‘A’ certified.

The internationally-recognized TAPA certification is a highly sought-after logistics security accreditation and certification, and considered to be one of the industry’s most rigorous independent certification. Facilities are certified after a detailed audit conducted by independent TAPA-trained auditors on areas such as the way high value goods are handled, warehoused and transported as they move throughout the global supply chain.

“Obtaining TAPA certification for our facilities is critical to ensuring the safety and security of our facilities and shipments as this is an increasing concern of our customers. With Asia Pacific accounting for 25% of total international express traffic, the second largest after Europe[1], it is critical that we have a robust system to safeguard the integrity of shipments that we handle. This achievement fortifies our position as the industry leader in Asia Pacific,” said Ken Lee, CEO, Asia Pacific, DHL Express.

Security awareness is firmly embedded within DHL Express. Within its award-winning global Certified International Specialist (CIS) engagement and development program, DHL Express has incorporated a CIS Security Awareness module. This module ensures that every employee globally is equipped with knowledge on the fundamentals of security, including a sound understanding of the security risks and threats faced and knowing what can be done to help prevent or minimize the risk of security incidents occurring.

Tony Lugg, Chairman of TAPA Asia, said, “DHL has consistently and effectively demonstrated their efforts to integrate TAPA standards in their global network. Their commendable resolve echoes TAPA’s mission of enhancing the security and integrity of the global supply chain by protecting high value goods from risks and contributing to sustainable economic growth.”

Adrian Whelan, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Customs and Security and a former TAPA Asia Board Member commented on this milestone achievement, ‘DHL Express was one of the first logistics companies to subscribe to the TAPA Freight Security Requirement standards. We are now the global leader in terms of TAPA certified sites with over 270 sites certified globally, with 100 of these from Asia Pacific. We will continue to invest in the security of our global supply chain.”

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January 20, 2016 at 5:14 pm

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“Make in India”: Local Production Begins Following Shipment of the First 1,000 System Components

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-AGS installs 50,000th automated teller machine from Wincor Nixdorf in India

MUMBAI, India and SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — AGS Transact Technologies and Wincor Nixdorf have two good reasons to celebrate: AGS has installed the 50,000th Wincor Nixdorf automated teller machine at an Indian bank, and the new collaboration model involving Wincor Nixdorf and AGS was recently launched. The aim of this partnership is to jointly develop and locally produce an ATM model by AGS that has been customized to meet the needs of rural areas. Both companies signed a framework agreement in September covering the partnership. Under the agreement, Wincor Nixdorf will supply key system components that will be used to produce 40,000 systems over the next two years. Shipment of the first 1,000 system components signaled the start of local production by AGS.

“In the past ten years, we have been able to provide all leading banks with best-in-class ATM technology thanks to our strong relationship with AGS in the critically important Indian market,” Eckard Heidloff, CEO and President of Wincor Nixdorf AG, told banking representatives in Mumbai. The support provided by AGS and Wincor Nixdorf enabled the banks to set up a stable self-service infrastructure, Heidloff noted. “The start of production for the new ATM model marks the beginning of a new chapter for us. Our collaboration lends new momentum to the Financial Inclusion Initiative introduced by the Indian government and facilitates the provision of financial services, particularly in rural areas,” Heidloff said.

Ravi B. Goyal, Chairman and Managing Director of AGS Transact Technologies, said: “Our company is a reliable, highly capable technology partner for banks for over a decade now. This collaboration, under the Make in Indiainitiative backed by the Government of India, will help us to provide our customers with a tailored, robust product, thereby enabling them to provide a payments service infrastructure in the remotest parts of India.”

The locally produced ATMs, once installed, will help increase access to financial services in rural and metropolitan areas of India. Wincor Nixdorf and AGS Transact Technologies have been driving forces behind the dynamic growth of India’s ATM market. An analysis conducted by the British market research firm RBR shows that Wincor Nixdorf ranked among the top three in the market with an installed base of about 23 percent of ATMs in 2014. RBR projects that India will become the world’s second-largest ATM market, behind China, by 2020. The key reasons for this expansion are rapid population growth and financial inclusion projects initiated by the Indian government.

About Wincor Nixdorf

Wincor Nixdorf is one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions and services to retail banks and the retail industry. The company is headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, and is publicly traded on the Frankfurt Securities & Stock Exchange. The main focus of the Group’s comprehensive portfolio lies on business process optimization, especially in the branch operations of both sectors. Wincor Nixdorf has also been drawing on its expertise from its core business with banks and retail companies to expand into related markets. These include postal companies and service station operators.

Wincor Nixdorf has established a presence in around 130 countries around the globe, giving it an outstanding profile when it comes to customer proximity. The parent company has subsidiaries in 42 countries. Wincor Nixdorf has a total workforce of around 9,000 people. Over half are based outside Germany.

About AGS Transact Technologies Ltd

AGS is one of India’s leading providers of a wide spectrum of payment solutions and technology products for the banking, retail and petroleum sectors. We provide customized products and solutions comprising ATMs and other automated payment products, related maintenance and managed services, cash management services and transaction switching services. Our operations cover more than 700 cities and towns, reaching out to over 100,000 customer touch points across India. For more information visit:

Source: Wincor Nixdorf

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January 20, 2016 at 5:08 pm

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Brunei Royal Family Makes First Tech Startup Investment in BookDoc

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia  /PRNewswire/ — It’s a record-breaking feat for BookDoc, a Malaysian Healthcare Technology start-up, by achieving the highest pre-seed and seed funding valuations ever in the technology start-up history of Asia. BookDoc concluded its seed round led by Prince Abdul Qawi, a member of the Brunei Royal family.

Brunei Royal Family makes first tech startup investment in BookDoc.
Brunei Royal Family makes first tech startup investment in BookDoc.

BookDoc, founded in July 2015 and officially launched in October the same year, has been growing rapidly and is now the market leader in Malaysia. Over a short span of 3 months, it has established strategic tie-ups with prominent specialised hospitals in Malaysia, namely Institut Jantung Negara (National Heart Institute), the largest private hospital in Malaysia in terms of revenue and bed size; Sime Darby Ramsay Healthcare, a joint venture between Sime Darby, the largest conglomerate in Malaysia and Ramsay Health Care, the largest hospital group in Australia; Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital (National Eye Hospital), and has successfully signed up corporate clients which have a combined market capitalisation of USD$15 billion. Whilst the momentum inMalaysia continues to accelerate, BookDoc has started to venture into Singapore and Hong Kong.

Dato’ Chevy Beh, the Founder, remarked that the BookDoc team has been inspired by the confidence that the investment community has placed in them. “The latest funding round is really a shot in the arm. The record valuation of the seed round is a resounding endorsement of the execution track record of the team and will spur us on to strive forward with more innovative partnerships while perfecting our solutions. Moreover, we have greater financial flexibility now to seek out long-term strategic investors which could complement our future business growth.”

In a bid to realise its vision to improve access to healthcare, BookDoc has recently tied up with ride-hailing startup GrabTaxi in Malaysia to extend user convenience from virtual booking to physical transportation. In addition, to further BookDoc’s commitment to the provision of services in an ethical manner, it has established an Advisory Group, which comprises respected healthcare leaders initially from Malaysia, to advise BookDoc on strategic areas related to content, medical ethics, regulatory matters and issues of interest to the people it serves, namely the public and medical communities.

The latest round of funding will go towards expanding its workforce, funding the second phase of its technological development and strengthening the infrastructure to support regional growth. In addition to Singapore and Hong Kong, BookDoc is planning to roll out its services in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines over the next few months.

About BookDoc

BookDoc is an online healthcare platform that connects and unites patients and healthcare professionals, bringing forth timely access, resource optimisation and informed choices. The platform links up those in need with those who can assist, anytime and anywhere, in which precious time is optimised for all parties, and the benefits of early access to care are realised.

Founded in July 2015 by Dato’ Chevy Beh – former Managing Director of BP Healthcare Group, together with co-founder, Joel Neoh – founder of Groupon Malaysia and former CEO of Asia Pacific for Groupon, BookDoc is backed by a diverse group of investors from entrepreneurs to seasoned healthcare and insurance professionals, bankers, regulators as well as ICT professionals.

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January 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm

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Wearable IoT World and Radiant Venture Capital Launch U.S.-Pan Asia IoT Superhighway Accelerator

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-Closes USD 4.5 Million Round to Advance Early-Stage Wearable and IoT Startups in Hong Kong, China and Asia

HONG KONG, Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Wearable IoT World (WIoTW), based inSan Francisco and heralded as the world’s first accelerator dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), wearables and emerging technologies, today has officially launched the U.S.-Pan Asia IoT Superhighway accelerator in Hong Kong. Closing a round of USD 4.5 million led by Radiant Venture Capital, the accelerator will focus on driving IoT innovation and entrepreneurship in Hong Kong and Asiawhile pushing forward IoT development globally. Other investors include TEEC Angel Fund and wCapital. Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited (Cyberport) is the official partner of this initiative where it will house WIoTW’s executive office and WIoTW Labs.


(Left to right) S. Neil Vineberg, Managing Director, Wearable IoT World, Kyle Ellicott, Chief Labs Officer and Co-Founder of Wearable IoT World, Redg Snodgrass, CEO and Co-Founder of Wearable IoT World, Ir. Allen Yeung, Government Chief Information Officer, Duncan Chiu, Managing Director of Radiant Venture Capital, Gordon Yen, Managing Director of Radiant Venture Capital, Herman Lam, CEO of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited and David Chung, CTO of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited.
(Left to right) S. Neil Vineberg, Managing Director, Wearable IoT World, Kyle Ellicott, Chief Labs Officer and Co-Founder of Wearable IoT World, Redg Snodgrass, CEO and Co-Founder of Wearable IoT World, Ir. Allen Yeung, Government Chief Information Officer, Duncan Chiu, Managing Director of Radiant Venture Capital, Gordon Yen, Managing Director of Radiant Venture Capital, Herman Lam, CEO of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited and David Chung, CTO of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited.

“The HKSAR Government welcomes innovation and technology companies from all over the world to set up offices in Hong Kong. With the establishment of the Innovation and Technology Bureau, we have further strengthened our efforts in coordinating, supporting and expediting the development of Hong Kong’s innovation and technology industry. We applaud the launch of the U.S.-Pan Asia IoT Superhighway accelerator program which will boost IoT and wearable innovation, nurture startups and drive entrepreneurship in Hong Kong. In the 2016 Policy Address, the Chief Executive stated that the Government will set aside HKD 2 billion to set up an Innovation and Technology Venture Fund to co-invest in local startups with private venture capital funds on a matching basis. Through the joint forces of different stakeholders, we intend to further intensify the development of startups, entrepreneurship, business angels and accelerators in driving high-value innovation and technology industry,” said Ir. Allen Yeung, Government Chief Information Officer of the HKSAR.

“We are thrilled to be able to extend our expertise from the U.S. to this region through a full suite of services for startups and enterprises to excel in IoT, wearables and emerging technologies. This marks a long-awaited milestone in our continued quest to build the easiest pathway to product creation, market awareness, investment and distribution for related startups around the world,” said Mr. Redg Snodgrass, CEO and Co-Founder of WIoTW.

Chief Labs Officer and Co-Founder of WIoTW, Mr. Kyle Ellicott added, “I cannot wait to see the synergy that is sure to unfold with our first class of startups in Hong Kong, and we are truly grateful for the enthusiasm and support of the Hong Kong SAR Government, Radiant Venture Capital and our local partners.”

Asia is arguably leading the way when it comes to wearable technology, and the development of IoT in the region shows equally promising signs. We are excited that WIoTW sees this potential in the Asian marketplace, and that we share the same vision of driving innovations that will shape our future. Above all, their proven ability to create a viable ecosystem for both game-changing entrepreneurs and existing corporations gives us high conviction that the accelerator will serve as a springboard to bring success for Hong Kong and Asian startups in today’s globalized world,” said Mr. Duncan Chiu, Managing Director of Radiant Venture Capital.

Widely known as an international city, Hong Kong is also an innovation hub and the premier gateway to mainlandChina. Making its first foray into Asia through Hong Kong, WIoTW will continue to expand its support for wearable and IoT startups in other Asian markets, including Shenzhen, Singapore and Southeast Asia. With content and concept tailored for Asia, the 15-week accelerator in Hong Kong will empower bright entrepreneurial talents with an extensive suite of services, including customized mentorship, education, office space and business services, designed to create synergy between local and global wearable and IoT sectors. A 15-week accelerator will also be conducted in Shenzhen in the third quarter of 2016. Details of the programs in Singapore and Southeast Asiawill be announced later.

WIoTW’s executive office and WIoTW Labs will be opened at Cyberport in Hong Kong. As part of the partnership, Cyberport and WIoTW will also join hands in organizing accelerator events and executive programs that serve the IoT and wearables community.

“We are pleased to collaborate with WIoTW to explore innovative ways to support wearable and IoT startups. This would be a valuable opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs who are passionate about IoT to realize their creative ideas and global ambitions with the support of a world-class accelerator,” said Dr. David Chung, Chief Technology Officer, Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited.

The WIoTW Labs has incubated numerous successful startups in the U.S., many of which have attracted significant media spotlight, including Skully, the smart motorcycle helmet, and CreoPop, the world’s first 3D pen with cool ink. Aimed ultimately to foster a global community of IoT and wearable companies and talents, the WIoTW Labs will make its debut in Hong Kong through the U.S.-Pan Asia IoT Superhighway accelerator. It is now open for online application and set to kick off in Hong Kong this May.

Key selection criteria include:

  • No age qualification — founders as young as 14 and old as 56 have been a part of the program
  • No stage requirement — such as pre-funding, seed, series
  • Applicants must move to Hong Kong for the 15-week program
  • Team of two or more
  • Have a prototype
  • Technical knowledge
  • Focus: IoT and Wearables, Emerging Technologies, B2C and B2B
  • Qualities: Dedication, Vision, Humility and Willingness to Learn

For more information, please visit the Wearable IoT World Website.

About Wearable IoT World (WIoTW)

Founded in May 2013, Wearable IoT World pioneered the world’s first accelerator focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), Wearables, and emerging technologies. Wearable IoT World functioned as an innovation hub that later expanded its services to include customized accelerator and advisory programs that develop startup innovation and culture within a corporate environment. Serving the IoT and wearables community with advisory services, publishing services, and conference organization, our goal is to become the instrumental leader and driving force in IoT innovation for brands, businesses, government and bright minds. Our business model uniquely blends the best of venture acceleration, entrepreneurial mentorship, corporate strategic partnerships, and media into one thriving community.

Radiant Venture Capital

Based in Hong Kong, Radiant Venture Capital focuses on bringing investment to and partnering with the local and overseas entrepreneurs, who seek to create, improve or utilize best-in-class technologies in building successful businesses that brighten the lives of people. Leveraging the experiences and networks of our partners and advisors, Radiant aims to support the development of seed and early stage startups for which technology is a key driver of their competitive advantages.

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January 20, 2016 at 12:28 pm

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Global Cloud Xchange Renews Agreement with Amplifon to Connect over 1,800 Retail Stores Globally

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MILAN  /PRNewswire/ — Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications, today announced the renewal for a multi-year agreement with Amplifon to provide a fully managed, end-to-end communications platform, by connecting over 1,800 retail stores across Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand. Amplifon is the global leader in hearing solutions and services with a network of approximately 3,400 points of sale, 3,400 service centers and 1,700 affiliates around the world.

As part of the agreement, GCX, through a dedicated Global Support Team, will deliver a suite of managed network solution by connecting over 1,800 retail stores and regional data centers across Europe, providing Amplifon with reliable and secure network services to host and run their mission critical sales transactions. In addition, this network platform will also allow Amplifon to deploy value-added services including video conferencing and voice over IP.

“In today’s connected retail world, the stores, supply chain and customer service centers need to be seamlessly connected at all times with good capacity to the data regardless of the location,” said Wilfred Kwan, Chief Operating Officer, Reliance Communications (Enterprise) and Global Cloud Xchange. “At GCX, we have a very strong track record in providing leading retailers such as Amplifon with an IT infrastructure and solutions that offers the highest levels of flexibility, resilience and performance to support its aggressive business expansion.”

“GCX understands the business and technology imperatives that drive the retail industry,” said Stefano Mazzitelli, Country Manager for Italy, Global Cloud Xchange. “We are very pleased to further expand our relationship with Amplifon and support their business growth globally.”

GCX offers enterprise WAN communications for the agile world based on industry leading hybrid MPLS overlay network architecture. Delivered as a fully-managed service, including circuit and CPE installation, pro-active monitoring, 24 x 7 on-site and remote support, fault management and comprehensive reporting, Managed MPLS VPN provides high performance and scalable connectivity to meet critical enterprise networking needs, thereby enabling enterprises to place greater emphasis on their core business in addition to optimizing their costs.

About Global Cloud Xchange

Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications, offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions customized for carriers, enterprises and new media companies. GCX owns the world’s largest private undersea cable system spanning more than 67,000 route kms which, seamlessly integrated with Reliance Communications’ 200,000 route kms of domestic optic fiber backbone, provides a robust Global Service Delivery Platform. With connections to 40 key business markets worldwide spanning Asia, North America, Europe and theMiddle East, GCX delivers Managed Services to more than 160 countries and offer extensive VPLS-enabled Ethernet network capabilities globally. GCX is equipped to support businesses through the deployment of next generation Enterprise solutions across its Cloud Delivery Networks.

For More Information, contact:

Genevieve Li
Tel:  +852 6028 8236


Source: Global Cloud Xchange

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January 20, 2016 at 10:02 am

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Port Takola, Thailand’s New Yacht Marina, to Open Its 1st Phase in May 2016

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KRABI, Thailand /PRNewswire/ — Krabi — Port Takola yacht marina & boatyard, a new international class project in Krabi, Thailand, plans to launch the 1st phase of Port Takola 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 rendering shows a conceptual plan of Port Takola Yacht Marina in Krabi, Thailand. The marina is designed with a boutique approach and to integrate comfortably with the surrounding landscape. It will feature 260 pontoon berths for yacht ranging from 12 - 40 meters. The entrance channel is dredged along a natural creek and will have 2.5 meters depth below LAT. The boatyard will be serviced by a 38 tons boat handling equipment and provide technical repair & maintenance services.
This rendering shows a conceptual plan of Port Takola Yacht Marina in Krabi, Thailand. The marina is designed with a boutique approach and to integrate comfortably with the surrounding landscape. It will feature 260 pontoon berths for yacht ranging from 12 – 40 meters. The entrance channel is dredged along a natural creek and will have 2.5 meters depth below LAT. The boatyard will be serviced by a 38 tons boat handling equipment and provide technical repair & maintenance services.

Dr Suriya na Nagara, a retired Surgeon Admiral of the Royal Thai Navy, is the owner of the project. He and Matthew na Nagara, his eldest son, are developing the marina within the family’s private estate. Admiral Suriya explains, “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, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and mainland China, and charter flights from Scandinavia and Russia.

The marina will be the focal point of a 110-acre (450,000m2) community that will include residences, a resort hotel, nature trails, and a museum. This will be a low-density, low-rise development that takes best advantage of the landscape that comprises a mix of woodland, grassland, and mangrove.

Admiral Suriya has retained Mr. Simon Arrol, a British maritime civil engineer and marina specialist, to advise on the design and planning of Port Takola. Mr. Simon was a former managing director of Camper & Nicholsons Marinas Ltd for 16 years, and later founded Island Global Yachting in Dubai.

The 1st phase of Port Takola is valued at US$8 million and 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.

The boatyard will feature about 10,000m2 of dry storage area, a 38t capacity launch and recover facility, and various technical services. Matthew explains, “The 1st Phase of Port Takola is only modest in terms of scale and facilities but it will be sufficient to provide a great experience to yacht owners and their guests. Our approach is to create a boutique marina that sits comfortably with the surrounding landscape. We want to combine the legendary Thai hospitality with the management standards expected by sophisticated international yachtsmen.”

During the next couple of years Admiral Suriya intends to build an architect-designed Capitainerie having a commanding view over the marina basin; this will incorporate 5-star standard restrooms for clients.  The adjacent Cafe du Port will offer an all-day bar/restaurant service. Offices and retail units for yachting-related businesses will be built along the basin edge, and the boatyard will be improved with boatsheds, workshops, and welfare facilities for the yard workers and the local professional crews. Some waterfront villas are also planned.

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. And in the near future, Port Takola will be announcing a limited number of Long-Term Berth Sales.

For more information, please contact:

Matthew na Nagara
Mob: +66-(0)-81-787-7383

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January 20, 2016 at 9:37 am

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