By David Robinson

Northrop & Johnson Asia (NJA) has reported the setting up of a new office in Thailand and the completion of a 43m (141ft) new build contract with Royal Huisman for a Taiwanese client.

The new office, located at the Lagoon Marina in Phuket, extends the NJA network into Thailand, announced on the eve of the PIMEX-Phuket International Boat Show.

The new office follows the recent opening of offices in the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia. These add to the two main offices in Hong Kong and Singapore and give NJA the largest Asian network of any of the top superyacht brokers. Bart Kimman, CEO of NJA, told SB: “We will be opening an office in Malaysia soon.”

The Phuket office will be managed by Bert van Muylwijk as director of N&J Thailand. He is an experienced yacht sector professional, both as a captain and in providing various yacht services. He said: “The yachting industry in Thailand is expanding quite rapidly and is becoming more mature. Being a brokerage with a worldwide presence, Thailand is now a natural habitat for Northrop & Johnson. Phuket is the prime choice to establish an office, with others to follow elsewhere over time.”

Kimman added: “We recognise new and existing clients benefit from local, partnership-driven support. We are convinced our Thailand office will generate new business that will support this expansion. We wish our team a splendid first season of yacht sales, yacht charters and yacht services.”

As to the 43m contract, which Kimman was also involved in, the sloop rigged sail superyacht included an interior design by Rhoades Young Design and naval architecture by German Frers. Signed on December 31, 2013, this is Royal Huisman’s first order announced this year and its first Asian contract. The Taiwanese owner is described as an experienced yachtsman with intentions to use the sloop in superyacht regattas and she will be named Sea Eagle.

NJA is helping Royal Huisman develop new business in Asia. For the Dutch builder, this new order is the fourth it has reported over recent months. These include hull 392, a 46m (151ft) plumb-bowed classic pilot ketch; hull 393, a 48m(157ft) classic sloop set for delivery in spring this year; and hull 395.