By David Robinson
As a superyacht-building nation in the world’s top five league, Turkey has a number of yacht-builders that are busy expanding their facilities. Bilgin Yachts and Mengi Yay are both doing this at present. Sunrise Yachts also recently completed a second, larger new-build facility.
Bilgin Yachts is developing a new yard in Yelova, some 15 miles across the Sea of Marmara from its existing plant at Avrupa in the Istanbul city area. Mustafa Aksu from Bilgin Middle East told SB: “The new yard will allow us to build larger yachts in the 65m-80m (213ft-262ft) range. The new yard represents an investment of €5m-€6m and is due to be ready in 2016. We will keep our existing yard.”
At Mengi Yay the company is constructing two new sheds. This busy yacht builder currently has six projects in build from 20m-47m (66ft-154ft). Most are due to be delivered this year. A spokesman for Mengy Yay told SB in Dubai: “We are currently expanding the shipyard with two new hangars. One new 50m hangar has already been completed which is being used for refit projects. The two new hangars are of 130m (427ft) and 90m (296ft) and both will be completed in 2015.
A newcomer to Turkish superyacht-building is Mayra Yachts, a division of the Prince Group, a conglomerate with interests in transport, hotels and tourism including some yacht charter. The company is currently building a 50m designed by Ken Freivokh.
Yener Balta, the coordinator of Mayra’s yacht-building activities, told SB: “The hull of the 50m is already completed and now awaits an owner. It is due to be completed in the spring of 2015 and it will have an asking price of €25m. After the 50m we are planning a 61m (200ft) which has also been designed by Freivokh.”