By Mike Derrett

The Singapore Boating Industry Association (SBIA) and the Superyacht Singapore Association (SSA) are to explore the possible merger of the two associations. The two companies will form a joint committee to investigate how best to transition to a single association.

According to YP Loke, SBIA chairman and vice-chairman of the SSA, the market is best served by one association. “This will avoid duplication of effort, leading to better efficiency and productivity,” he says. “Arthur Tay, who is the chairman of the SSA, is fully supportive of the merger.”

The SSA is the organiser of the Asia Superyacht Conference (now the Asia-Pacific Yachting Conference), which is run annually prior to the Singapore Yacht Show in April.

The SBIA is the ICOMIA member for Singapore, and hosted the successful ICOMIA World Marina Conference in 2011. It has represented the industry to government and public agencies in Singapore and adjoining boating markets such as Malaysia and Thailand where, together with the SSA, it has been instrumental in trying to make immigration and customs clearance issues more user-friendly for leisure boaters crossing into adjacent territorial waters.

The SBIA is the only industry association member in ICOMIA in Asia other than Japan and India.