By David Robinson

With more and larger yachts visiting Thailand, one of the country’s existing marinas is planning an expansion that will enable it to handle superyachts of 100m (328ft) or more.

Yacht Haven Marina, located at Thalang in the northern part of Phuket Island, plans to install a new 260m (852ft) pontoon with 50m (164ft) finger piers. The 4.5m (15ft)-wide pontoons are being supplied by Marinetek, with work taking between one and three months and completion anticipated for August/September 2014.

The pontoon will have pedestals with 200 amp, three-phase supply and 60 amp single-phase supply. The marina currently has 280 berths for yachts of up to 80m (262ft).

A proposed landside development is still subject to confirmation. Berthing will be available on both sides of the pontoon, with a minimum 4.5m depth alongside at low water. An additional three or four new jobs will be created.

The marina is the planned venue for the new Phuket Yacht Charter & Brokerage Show set for February next year. Marina manager Nick Wyatt told SB: “We are obviously looking forward to working with Andy Treadwell and his team and feel this will be a great success. Of course, being an inaugural show has its challenges but we are confident the time is right to make this step. The new docks will make a great platform to showcase the growth of this industry in Phuket.”

A new marina is also being developed in Krabi, which is on the Thai mainland 30Nm east of Phuket. Port Takola marina and boat yard is a phased project. When completed, the marina will have 250 berths for yachts from 10m-35m (33ft-115ft). The marina is being overseen by marina consultant Simon Arrol and it will also have waterfront residences, a shopping village and health and wellness facilities. The approach channel will have a minimum dredged depth of 2.5m (8ft).

A spokesman told SB: “We hope to have the first phase, which will be 50 berths, completed by the end of this year. We are investing about $8m in this phase, which will also include a boat yard that will have space for storing a sizable number of smaller boats as well as undertaking repairs and maintenance.”