Please select your home edition
Edition
X-Yachts AUS X4 728 - 1

Taiwan's first marina a Superior effort

by Jeni Bone on 15 Jul 2014
Horizon Yachts City Marina Superior Jetties www.superiorjetties.com
The first modern marine in Kaohsiung, Taiwan was a joint project between Superior Australia and the Horizon Group, who are headquartered in this major yacht building centre.

Scheduled to open in time for the inaugural Taiwan International Yacht Show, 8 to 11 May 2014, the marina, now known as Horizon City Marina, was commissioned October 2013, following an agreement made at the Sydney International Boat Show in July.


Phil Hudson, who has been with Superior for 10 years, five of those running the Middle East operations for the company, is the International Sales Manager for Superior and oversaw the Kaohsiung marina project.

Once Superior got the go ahead, John Hogan went to the site to measure up. Adjacent to the newly constructed Convention Centre, the site was disused commercial precinct and required many weeks of clean up prior to commencement of works.


'The brief was to construct a marina with 40 berths to accommodate boats 12m to 40-50m,' explains Hudson. 'There are four big berths, 14 berths for boats to 12m and the rest are for boats up to 40m. We placed a restriction at 40m because of the challenges posed by typhoons in the region, which is largely unprotected. We worked from studies showing the strongest winds and we built to suit those conditions.'

Another challenge was the very deep water, 11m in some parts, which is ideal for passage of commercial ships, for which Kaohsiung is renowned. 'The water there is tidal and a very busy channel,' asserts Hudson. 'We were breaking new ground for marinas in Taiwan, so it was a pleasing result.'


The pontoons were constructed at the Horizon facility, under Hudson’s supervision and to Superior specs. 'Their set up is state-of-the-art and they did a really good job.'

The marina is constructed of concrete deck, Superior’s standard Elite Pontoon System, which they have refined over 20 years.


During the Taiwan International Boat Show, Horizon showcased its range of yachts there and hosted visitors and clients aboard. Following the event, the marina is being used by Horizon, as well as open to invited guests and private yachts for long-term mooring.


Horizon was very pleased with the outcome, according to Hudson. The Horizon Group said the establishment of 'a world-class private luxury yacht marina' will assist the company in providing after-sales service and support to its Taiwan and Asian owners, and it hopes 'encourage more people to embrace and enjoy the new yachting lifestyle in Taiwan'.

Superior is currently working on projects in Malaysia, the Middle East, Fiji and Indonesia, with additional quotes for work in Hong Kong, Mozambique, Phuket, Vietnam and Myanmar.

'We have our finger on the pulse,' says Hudson, adding that international boat shows such as China and Indonesia will be the priority for the Gold Coast-based company for the rest of 2014.

More at www.superiorjetties.com

NaiadEnsign 660Festival of Sails 2017 660x82

Related Articles

Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
Interview with 'Mr Harken UK' - we speak to Andy Ash-Vie
We spoke to 'Mr Harken UK' Andy Ash-Vie about his early sailing and how he got into the marine industry. We spoke to 'Mr Harken UK' Andy Ash-Vie about his early sailing, how he got into the marine industry, how Harken UK have diversified and what sailing he has planned for 2016.
Posted on 10 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Volvo Ocean Race appoints stadium racing pioneer as new CEO
Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Today his appointment has been confirmed.
Posted on 31 Mar
Laser creator Ian Bruce passes away (1933 - 2016)
Ian Bruce, driving force behind the Laser dinghy, sadly passed away at his daughter's home on Monday March 21 2016. Ian Bruce, driving force behind the Laser dinghy, sadly passed away at his daughter's home on Monday March 21 2016. His legacy to our sport, Canadian sailing and his beloved Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club will be praised and honoured for years to come.
Posted on 24 Mar
Pantaenius Insurance - Close is more than deep enough for some.
As the sun finishes its day low behind the Nelson Bay marina, many a soul gathers above the rocks at the weigh station As the sun finishes its day low behind the Nelson Bay marina, many a soul gathers above the rocks at the weigh station. They could be local, from nearby or way farther afield and it is definitely not a sense of the macabre that draws them in. Rather, it is fascination and wonder, because for the sweeping majority, this is as close as they will ever get to Mother Nature’s marvels of the deep.
Posted on 14 Mar
If Zika more damaging then Ebola, should Rio 2016 become London 2016?
185 days before the Rio Olympics, Brazil is reeling under the affects of the Zika virus. 185 days before the Rio Olympics, Brazil is reeling under the affects of the Zika virus. World-wide this virus could cause millions of babies to be born with a life damaging disability, perhaps this could a much bigger threat to global health than the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in Africa.
Posted on 1 Feb
Rio 2016 Olympics - Do new health risks justify re-location?
Olympic athletes in Rio- A little-known virus is putting the Olympics-and possibly their futures-at risk. Ahead is the last vital months leading up to Rio 2016. Athletes have dedicated years of their lives to achieving excellence in the sport of sailing. Yet as these dedicated athletes fight hard to do well in a regatta that (country depending) helps determine Olympic berths, a little-known virus is putting the Olympics-and possibly their futures-at risk.
Posted on 30 Jan
World Sailing – the only way is up - Interview with new CEO Andy Hunt
ISAF decision making over the last decade has been to put it mildly ‘open to criticism'. ISAF decision making over the last decade has been to put it mildly ‘open to criticism'. The decision making processes within ISAF were widely criticized in the run up to the 2012 ISAF elections which installed Carlo Croce and his current executive who promised better things.
Posted on 20 Jan