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APS Indonesia brings some of the world’s largest private yachts and charter yachts into Indonesia

September 30, 2015

It has been a great year for Asia Pacific Supeyachts (APS) Indonesia. This year, the company has successfully brought some of the world’s largest private yachts and charter yachts into Indonesia, a fabulous Southeast Asia yacht holiday destination.

Benoa Harbor in Indonesia - loading superyacht

Benoa Harbor Bali – loading superyacht

Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia and Philippines Director Richard Lofthouse participated in the Monaco Yacht Show 2015, as part of the APS delegation at MYA. Richard stated: “It has been another huge year for APS Indonesia. We have brought some of the biggest yachts on the planet into Indonesia and this year has been no different. We have also seen a lot of return clients thus far this year which is very gratifying. There is so much to explore that once our clients trust our ability to support then throughout the archipelago, they want to come back for more.”

It has also been a very important year for the Philippines. The recent establishment of APS there has seen some of the world’s largest yachts visit this fabulous country.

Benoa Harbor Bali - plane loading on superyacht

Benoa Harbor Bali – plane loading on superyacht

Richard Lofthouse, who has also pioneered the APS push into the Philippines, said: “We weren’t expecting three ships in the 100m range to support in our first year of operations.  Thus we had to scramble hard. Nobody had ever brought ships of this size into the Philippines before and it was a process to be able to deal with that. In the end we managed it and were able to provide the levels of support APS is known for.”

“Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia stern to facility in Benoa Harbour, Bali is booked through to September this year. It is the only area in Bali where your berth is guaranteed. And, APS Indonesia is the only company in Indonesia that can process Duty Free ship spares. Over the years we have saved our clients hundreds of thousands of dollars in import tax,” added Richard.

Seal Superyachts Philippines opened by Asia’s premier support agency for Private Yachts and Charter Yachts

September 21, 2015

With increasing interest coming from Captains of private yachts and charter yachts enquiring about cruising the Philippines archipelago, a fantastic Southeast Asia yacht holiday destination, Seal Superyachts, representing the oldest and most respected Superyacht Agency in Asia, are delighted to announce the official opening of a new Philippines office – Seal Superyachts Philippines.

Luxury superyacht Double Haven in the Philippines, a fabulous Asia yacht charter destination

Luxury superyacht Double Haven in the Philippines, a fabulous Asia yacht charter destination

Providing local knowledge and support for Superyachts across all destinations in the Philippines, Seal Superyachts Philippines is based in the duty-free port of Subic Bay on the island of Luzon. Having seaplane services on site in Subic Bay enables the company to fly fresh provisions, spare parts and guests directly out to meet their Superyacht in any location. Furthermore, Seal Superyachts Philippines can also arrange dry-docking, anti-fouling and shipyard works for visiting Superyachts, who are considering basing themselves in the area for a prolonged period.

The new Philippines office complements the company’s regional network in SE Asia and the South China Sea. It will allow seamless trouble-free cruising south to Sabah & Borneo, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, as well as west to Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

El Nido Palawan Philippines

El Nido – Palawan – Philippines

Offering spectacular cruising locations perfect for a luxury superyacht charter, the Philippines boasts a breath-taking scenery, fabulous islands & bays, superb diving, as well as fantastic land-based nature attractions in such amazing places as Palawan, Cebu, Busuanga, Hundred Islands and Bohol, to name but a few.

New Asia Pacific Yacht Charter Destinations to be Present at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show

August 13, 2015

Asia Pacific Superyachts will be amongst the first-time exhibitors at the upcoming Monaco Yachts Show, to be held in Monaco from 23 to 26 September, 2015. APS will be located at QH28 Stand to provide visitors, superyacht Owners, Captains, managers and other industry professional with valuable new information regarding the exhibiting regions of Asia Pacific, including Bormeo, Cambogia, Fiji; Hong Kong; Indonesia; Koh Samui, Thailand; Malaysia; Maldives; Myanmar; New Zealand; Phuket, Thailand; Philippines; Seychelles, Singapore; Sri Lanka; and Tahiti. Grodon Fernandes, leading the APS Phuket and Myanmar region teams and co-organiser of the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous will be there to present this fascinating yachting region together with other agents.

Credit Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia

Credit Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia

In discussing why it was decided to join MYS this year, Fernandes explains, “It became important to us to have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with our past and future clients so we can help provide answers to owners and captains directly about cruising destinations and new regulations”.

The preeminent Superyacht Agency  assisted over  300 superyachts over the past 15 years and the APS director noted that APS agents are looking forward to connecting with their past clients as well as those interested in a first-time journey or in returning to the Asia Pacific area. Private meetings may be arranged in advance by contacting Captain Charlie Dwyer at:

“The APS Stand QH28 will share custom itineraries uniquely crafted of their regions by the APS network of superyacht experts”, continued Fernandes:  “There’s exciting new changes coming up for Superyachts interesting in returning or cruising the Asia and Pacific areas. We’ll be at MYS in force to share our new information and knowledge with our past clients and future clients.” 

Videos playing at the exhibit will showcase the most thrilling and least visited yacht charter and yachting destinations around the world, with APS agents ready to point out some of their secret anchorages, gorgeous cruising waters and new cultural activities while visitors enjoy cold refreshments.

HYS Yachts delivers 45m Luxury Explorer Yacht CKLASS – A former fisheries vessel

July 13, 2015

Philippines-based refit and restoration yard, HYS Yachts, has successfully delivered motor yacht CKLASS, a former Japanese fisheries vessel, converted into a luxury explorer. Previously known as ‘Sakae Maru’, superyacht CKLASS is expected to enjoy the waters of the fabulous Southeast Asia yacht charter locations at least for one season.

45m explorer yacht CKLASS under sea trials

45m explorer yacht CKLASS under sea trials

The conversion of luxury yacht CKLASS began in April 2013, and was completed in May 2015. The vessel now boasts a private owner’s penthouse suite with Jacuzzi, an open-air lounge aft, a generous 60 square meter saloon, a bar, formal dining, as well as kitchenette area. Moreover, there is an amazing al fresco dining deck, a helideck and an outdoor entertainment platform. CKLASS also offers a gym, a cinema, four gorgeous en-suite guest suites and a huge tender deck, which can be also utilized as a beach club lounge area with fold-out water-level side terraces.

New exciting 43m explorer yacht project with four design options unveiled by HYS Yachts

April 17, 2015

Philippines-based company, HYS Yachts, has proudly unveiled four amazing design options for a new exciting 43m world-class, long-range explorer yacht project. Each 43m HYS superyacht design can be fully customized to the most specific requirements of the client.

43m explorer yacht Optimus design by HYS Yachts

43m explorer yacht Optimus design by HYS Yachts

The 43m HYS expedition yacht design variations include motor yacht OPTIMUS with an aft beach club with seating, bar, massage and gym facilities; luxury yacht THALASSA with space for one 8m unlimited air draft tender and other water toys; superyacht PONTUS  with space for dual 8m unlimited air draft tenders; and AETHER yacht with two 7-meter low-profile tenders, as well as a helideck capable of landing a 2-ton helicopter.

43m superyacht Thalassa design

43m superyacht Thalassa design

Each 43m HYS luxury yacht design will be constructed upon a 43-metre Japanese government ice strengthened hull with dynamic positioning capability. The vessels will boast such new features as a zero speed stabilizer system, dynamic positioning capability, an 8,000 NM range, and much more.

43m luxury yacht Pontus design

43m luxury yacht Pontus design

HYS Yachts, well known as the world leader in explorer yacht conversions with 10 successful conversions completed to date, stated that their 43m explorer yacht projects will not be a typical conversion as is generally understood by yacht owners or the yachting industry. These will be “Highbred” yacht projects.

43m super yacht Aether design

43m super yacht Aether design

Unlike typical conversions”, HYS Naval Architect Simon Jupe explainswe aren’t just re-arranging existing spaces of an existing  vessel… this is a full-on new build executed on top of an exceptionally engineered and maintained Japanese government hull and prime mover system.

APS Philippines provides support for recovery of famed warship found by motor yacht OCTOPUS

March 30, 2015

Built by Lurssen to a design by Espen Oeino in 2003, motor yacht Octopus has recently made history with one of the most important WW2 discoveries in recent history. Boasting the state-of-the-art equipment, the 126-metre mega yacht Octopus found the wreck of Japan’s biggest warship Musashi in the northern Philippines.

126m superyacht Octopus - Photo by Asia Pacific Superyachts Philippines

126m superyacht Octopus – Photo by Asia Pacific Superyachts Philippines

Asia Pacific Superyachts Philippines was proud to provide logistical and shore support for the mission which was challenging on many fronts. APS Philippines representative Richard Lofthouse said of the find, “We are thrilled to be able to provide support for the vessel on this mission. There were plenty of logistics involved and our team was tested to the limit; but we were able to meet the challenges. APS Philippines is a relatively new operation so this was a big task. We are thrilled to be part of it and the result is a reflection on the professionalism of the ship and the ground support.”

Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, staged a live-stream tour of the sunken Japanese battleship as reported by CBS Tokyo which includes a video of “Underwater exploration of the Musashi wreck”. It was further reported debris scattered over a large area at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines indicate that the massive Japanese World War II battleship Musashi was blown into pieces in an undersea explosion 70 years ago.

Experts from a research team analyzing a live feed from an unmanned underwater probe Friday said they believe the Musashi suffered at least one explosion while descending in the 3,280.84-foot deep sea. Except for an initial series of partial photos and images of the ship, Friday’s more than 2 ½ hour feed was the first detailed imagery showing the current status of the ship.

“The Musashi sank in October 1944 in the Sibuyan Sea during the battle of Leyte, losing half of its 2,400 crew. It was last seen disappearing into the water in one piece. The wreck is actually very damaged,” said David Mearns, a marine scientist on the Musashi research team. “It appears she suffered at least one, if not two, magazine explosions which would have sheered off the bow and the stern, and its entire middle section of its super-structure.”

The research team, sponsored by Microsoft co-founder and entrepreneur Paul Allen, was the first to successfully locate the ship, just ahead of the 70th anniversary of the war’s end later this year.

55m motor yacht ARK ANGEL wrapped by HYS Yachts

March 23, 2015

Based in Subic Bay Philippines, HYS Yachts, well known as the world’s leading yacht conversion facility, is breaking new ground in the Asian region by being the first to “Foil Wrap” the full exterior of one of their superyacht projects, motor yacht Ark Angel. The 55-meter superyacht Ark Angel represents the largest yacht ever wrapped in Asia.

55m super yacht Ark Angel wrapped by HYS Yachts

55m super yacht Ark Angel wrapped by HYS Yachts

Foil wrapping – originally a German born technology – enables a special type of “shrink” film to be semi-permanently grafted to prepared surfaces of virtually any size or shape.

“The beauty of this type of application is that it’s so much faster and cost-effective than traditional painting methods,” HYS President Mark Prangnell says. “We wrapped the entire hull and superstructure of Ark Angel in just two weeks and for about half the cost of applying a typical painted finish.”

Prangnell notes that painting the same surface area would have taken approximately 3 months.

“We see this technology as the next step in exterior yacht finishing,” Prangnell continues. “This material not only looks great, but its ease and speed of application ensures minimal impact upon a project’s build timeline and budget.”

Foil wrapping is available in a wide spectrum of colors and includes a 5-year warranty.

45m Cklass Yacht to be delivered by HYS Yachts soon

March 17, 2015

A former Japanese fisheries vessel, motor yacht Cklass has been converted into a beautiful 45-metre world explorer by HYS Yachts. Superyacht Cklass is just weeks away from sea trials and delivery. Her owner was so thrilled with the outcome of his shiny new 45 meter that he has decided to sell Cklass upon completion and order an 80 meter from HYS immediately.

45m explorer motor yacht Cklass nearing completion at HYS Yachts

45m explorer motor yacht Cklass nearing completion at HYS Yachts

The Cklass superyacht project includes a private owner’s penthouse suite, crow’s nest and Jacuzzi, a helideck (which doubles as an outdoor entertainment platform), four guest cabins, a tender deck complete with twin 6.5m tenders launched by dual beam-lifts, a four-deck guest elevator, zero-speed stabilizers, bow and stern thrusters, and a 10,000nm range.

HYS, a veteran of 14 major conversion projects and scores of refit contracts has significantly changed the game with their “Highbred” Cklass yacht project.

“Cklass is as close as you can get to a new build… without the price tag” said HYS President Mark Prangnell.  “What’s important to note about this project is that this isn’t a mere conversion as the yachting industry commonly understands the term; this project is more accurately described as a ‘Highbred’ yacht.”

“Our Highbred construction model… which we initiated with Cklass”, Prangnell continues “is much more efficient to build while affording the owner greater leeway in customizing the internal/external arrangement to their satisfaction.”

“A typical yacht conversion” HYS Naval Architect Simon Jupe explains, “essentially involves physically altering existing spaces within a vessel. Using a ‘Highbred’ project workflow, the only items we retain from the original vessel is the meticulously maintained Japanese Government hull and prime mover systems. Everything else – from deckhouse construction to exterior and interior fit-out to hotel services and all supporting equipment – is all brand new and as-per the owner’s requirement.”

Luxury expedition yacht Cklass will go on the market in early April for an asking price US $13.8m.

Paul Allen’s 126m motor yacht OCTOPUS finds sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Musashi

March 05, 2015

Using historical records from four countries, detailed undersea topographical data, as well as advanced technology aboard his 126-metre motor yacht Octopus, philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the two largest and most technologically advanced battleships in naval history. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II, and the finding of the battleship is an important milestone in the annals of naval history.

Paul G. Allen's 126m mega yacht Octopus - Photo Credit Lurssen Yachts

Paul G. Allen’s 126m mega yacht Octopus – Photo Credit: Lurssen Yachts

Mr. Allen and his team of researchers began their search for the Musashi aboard mega yacht Octopus more than eight years ago. Mr. Allen and his team located the battleship in the Sibuyan Sea on March 1, 2015.

Despite numerous eyewitness accounts, the exact location of the ship was unknown. The team combined historical data with advanced technology to narrow the search area. Mr. Allen commissioned a hypsometric bathymetric survey of the ocean floor to determine the terrain. This data was used to eliminate large areas for the search team and also resulted in the discovery of five new geographic features on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea. In February 2015, the team set out to conduct the final phase of the search using a BlueFin-12 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). Because the search area had been so narrowly defined by the survey, the AUV was able to detect the wreckage of Musashi on only its third dive. A Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) with a high-definition camera confirmed the identity of the wreckage as Musashi.

This is the bow of the Musashi, which would have had a large teak chrysanthemum, the Imperial Seal of Japan. (PRNewsFoto/Paul G. Allen)

This is the bow of the Musashi, which would have had a large teak chrysanthemum, the Imperial Seal of Japan. (PRNewsFoto/Paul G. Allen)

“Since my youth, I have been fascinated with World War II history, inspired by my father’s service in the U.S. Army,” said Mr. Allen. “The Musashi is truly an engineering marvel and, as an engineer at heart, I have a deep appreciation for the technology and effort that went into its construction. I am honored to play a part in finding this key vessel in naval history and honoring the memory of the incredible bravery of the men who served aboard her.”

Commissioned in 1942, the Musashi was the largest battleship in naval history, weighing in at 73,000 tons fully loaded. It featured eighteeninch armor plating and was armed with nine eighteen-inch guns, the largest ever mounted on a warship. Utmost secrecy was maintained by the shipyard in Nagasaki during the construction; the entire length of the ship was hidden from view to prevent the Allied Forces from learning of its construction. Active in several battles, including the Battle of the Philippine Sea, the Musashi was eventually sunk by an estimated 19 torpedoes and 17 bombs on October 24, 1944 in the lead up to the Battle of Leyte Gulf.  Of Musashi’s 2,399 crew members, nearly half lost their lives including the Commander Vice Admiral Toshihira Inoguchi. Even today, the Musashi and her sister ship, the Yamato, are considered to be unparalleled feats of naval design and construction.

The Musashi carried two 15-ton anchors. The starboard anchor remains in place. (PRNewsFoto/Paul G. Allen)

The Musashi carried two 15-ton anchors. The starboard anchor remains in place. (PRNewsFoto/Paul G. Allen)

Mr. Allen and his research team are mindful of the responsibility related to the wreckage of the Musashi as a war grave and intend to work with the Japanese government to ensure the site is treated respectfully and in accordance with Japanese traditions.

Built by Lurssen to a design by Espen Oeino in 2003, the outstanding 126-metre superyacht Octopus is regularly used for exploration projects, scientific research initiatives and rescue missions. In 2012, Mr. Allen and the Octopus underwater teams participated in the exploration of the wreck of the HMS Hood, in conjunction with the British Navy.

Former Japanese fisheries vessel to be converted into 45m explorer motor yacht Cklass Nautique by HYS Yachts

December 18, 2014

Philippines-based refit shipyard, HYS Yachts, is currently working on the transformation of a former Japanese fisheries vessel into a rugged yet opulent go anywhere 45-metre explorer motor yacht Cklass Nautique.

45m explorer superyacht Cklass Nautique

The boat was previously known as the Sakae Maru and before its retirement in early 2011, it spent many years cruising the length and breadth of Japan as a government fisheries training vessel.

Knowing that this sturdy, immaculately maintained vessel would be perfectly suited for a long-range luxury explorer conversion, HYS purchased it shortly after being released from government service.

After all fit-out and functionality requirements were hammered out with its new owner, the conversion process began in April of 2013.

When the 45m explorer superyacht Cklass Nautique emerges from the HYS facility in mid February 2015, she will include a 45 square meter owner’s penthouse with Jacuzzi (forward) and open air lounge (aft), massive 60 square meter saloon, bar, formal dining and kitchenette area, 30 square meter alfresco dining deck, a 70 square meter helideck and outdoor entertainment platform, gymnasium, cinema, four en-suite guest accommodations and a 80 square meter tender deck which – when clear of tenders and other toys – doubles as a “beach club” lounge area with fold-out water-level side terraces.