Diverse geography and a wealth of historic attractions make Turkey a tempting location for superyacht refits.

Claire Young reports

Pax Navi Yachts

Maximum length: 60m (197ft)

Total refit area: 4,000m2

Number of building halls: Two

Pax Navi was established in Bodrum in 2007 by a German industrialist and two Turkish marine professionals who came together to improve the shortcomings they had experienced in their sea and charter life. The facility has 3,000m2 of closed- and 1,000m2 of open area consisting of two ship building halls and separate work floors with plasma cutting, a mechanical workshop, carpentary, and a paint furnace. The sheds can accommodate boats up to 50m (197ft).

Barka Shipyard & Refit Centre 

Maximum length: 50m (164ft)

Maximum lift: 400t

Total refit area: 287,000m2Barka Shipyard was established in 2005 in response to demand for a European standard shipyard based on the Bodrum peninsula. With 6,500m2 of seafront, of which 1,800m2 is covered and heated, new construction, refit and maintenance works can be carried out on any type of vessel up to 50m (164ft), with a maximum beam of 13m (43ft) and a 400t displacement.

Barka has also now opened another facility in Didim at D-Marin Marina, which is aimed at the global refit market. Incorporated in the 287,000m2 facility is a 60,000m2 dry-docking area with two 1,000m2 climate controlled sheds, with 5t traveling overhead cranes, which are accessible by a 400t travel lift.

Sunrise Yachts

Maximum length: 65m (213ft)

Maximum lift: 600t (soon to be 1,200t)

Length of paint hall: 66m (217ft)

Sunrise Yachts offers fully integrated refit services at its facility in the Free Zone of Antalya, on Turkey’s south coast. The shipyard has a hauling and launching capacity which will soon be upgraded to 1,200t, and can accommodate yachts up to 65m (213ft).

The 48 direct employees and 250 subcontractors utilize a design and engineering office and provide all services, from structural work in steel, to propeller adjustment. It has the largest paint hall in the Eastern Med.

“We build prestigious projects with the best designers,” says CEO Guillaume Roche. “So, unlike many refit yards that do not build yachts, we are able to offer expertise in all aspects of construction.”


RMK Marine

Maximum length: 70m (230ft)

Total refit area: 95,243m2

Employees: 600

Located in Tuzla Bay, RMK Marine has a total refit area of 95,243m2, of which 8,967m2 is covered, and has one of the biggest slipways in Turkey.

“It also has four large environmentally controlled workshops and a large hard standing area that can accommodate up to 15 yachts at once. The 320t, 100t and 40t travel lifts provide the mobility needed for hauling out and launching at any time of the day.

Key facilities are an 80m, 2,700m2 hangar, and a 3,200m2 composites hangar, which has a 40m post cure oven. The climate controlled paint facility has the capacity to paint hulls up to 70m.

RMK Marine has delivered over 100 refits, conversion, and restoration projects. Services include steel cutting, piping, main and auxiliary engine overhauling, outfitting, ventilation outfitting, insulation, electric and electronic works, joinery, and project consultation services. Expansion is planned so it can repair larger yachts.

Dunya Yachts

Total refit area: 30,000m2

Climate controlled sheds: 4,500m2

Size of floating dock: 5,000t

Resulting from a merger in 2006 between Ursa Shipyard and Dunya Denizcilik, Dunya Yachts has invested heavily to create an advanced technology shipyard dedicated to building and refitting superyachts.

Dunya’s facilities include a 5,000t floating dock and 4,500m2 climate controlled sheds. It can undertake any type of refit. The 30,000m2 yard, in Istanbul, includes 180m (590ft) of quays, state-of-the-art construction halls, a covered 60m (197ft) top coat paint dry dock, and two outfitting halls of 75m (246ft) and 110m (61ft).

The workforce has specialist skills in mechanical and electrical engineering, furniture production, and leading coating systems, such as Awlgrip, have certified the painting team. English speaking project managers work with both local and international subcontractors.


Proteksan Turquoise

Maximum length: 120m (394ft)

Maximum hull length: 70m (230ft)

Total refit area: 35,000m2In 2005, Proteksan Turquoise Yacht and Ships, was founded in the Kocaeli Free Zone. Currently building 50m-70m (164ft-230ft) hulls, for aluminium and steel construction, the 35,000m2 yard can build up to 120m (394ft).

Once complete the vessels are transferred to the Proteksan Turquoise Shipyard in Pendik, Istanbul, where the fit-out, painting and commissioning is completed prior to delivery. The Pemdik yard is 25,000m2, and incorporates four building halls and a dock length of 110m (361ft). It is equipped for all types of refit work. Deepwater berths alongside allow easy access and covered sheds are available for more extensive dry dock needs.

A recent notable refit was Haida G, which, at 75-years-old had to be sympathetically restored to obtain absolute water tightness  in order to bring the yacht back into class.