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Southeast Asia Yachting Conference Brings Top Industry Experts Together

by Asia Yacht Press 24 Apr 2023 08:50 PDT 26 April 2023

It's been three long years since Asia's yachting professionals gathered together to discuss issues facing the industry. Yachts sales are at an all-time high, and chartering is gaining popularity with a new Asian audience who have discovered the delights of the nautical lifestyle. Southeast Asia (SEA) has some of the best cruising grounds in the world, and the Southeast Asia Yachting Conference will be the perfect platform to show Asia is back in action!

Keynote speaker, Darren Vaux, President of ICOMIA, is keen to engage with the emerging yachting communities in Southeast Asia, as he is well aware that the growth of these markets will play an important role in the sustainability and prosperity of the industry in the future. Host Sponsor of the conference, ONE 15 Marina Chairman Arthur Tay, will welcome the delegates to the day long proceedings. MC Wicky Sundram, a long-term member of the Asian yachting community, will introduce the 22 international and local speakers and panellists.

The morning session focuses on four SEA countries: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia with local experts sharing their knowledge on topics that include: immigration policies and procedures, cruising regulations, marinas, marine infrastructure, shipyards and refit facilities, yachting events, conferences, festivals, and regattas.

Southeast Asia Speaker line-up includes:

  • Ditapong Thitadilok, Thailand Yachting Boating Association
  • Scott Finsten, Ocean Marina Jomtien, Pattaya Thailand
  • Alvin Teh Wei Loong, Association Of Marine Industry Malaysia (AMIM)
  • Sazli Kamal Basha, Cruise Marine Tourism Association of Malaysia and Sail Malaysia Rally
  • Prakash Reddy, Nongsa Point Marina
  • Kent Tan, Catalano Shipping Services Singapore
  • Ruurd van Putten, Marinetek

The afternoon sessions will feature four moderator-led panel discussions focussing on four topics: Superyachts, Charter, Yacht Management, and Technology.

Superyacht Panel

  • YH Fang, Yachting Singapore
  • Capt Goh Thye Hock, Superyacht Captain
  • Capt Andrew Meyer, Superyacht Captain
Moderator: Ewa Stachurska, Simpson Marine

Charter Panel

  • Benjamin Tabuteau, ASIAMARINE
  • Kirsten Ringing,YACHTZOO
  • Julian Chang, Burgess and International SeaKeepers Society
  • Quek Wee Teck, Association of Boating Charters Singapore
Moderator: Wicky Sundram

Yacht Management Panel

  • Hilda Loe, Maritime Cook Islands
  • Nazimi Topcuoglu
  • Clive Parton, Galileo Maritime Academy
  • Nazimi Topcuoglu, Fema Marine
Moderator: Colin Dawson, Howden/The George Group

Technology Panel

  • Joerg Kalisch, Dexmarine
  • Chris Thompson Seakeeper Asia
Moderator: Darren Vaux

The conference networking morning and afternoon teas are sponsored by Catalano Shipping Singapore, and Marinetek is sponsoring the networking lunch.

Don't miss out on this exciting networking opportunity! Early Bird Registration Offer ends at midnight 24 April, 2023

To register for the Southeast Asia Yachting Conference and/or the Singapore Yachting Festival, please go to the ticketing link at: singaporeyachtingfestival.com/visitor-registration

The Southeast Asia Yachting Conference (26 April) and the Singapore Yachting Festival (27 April to 30 April) are being held at ONE degrees15 Marina, Sentosa, Singapore. For more information contact: Esther Molina +65 (0) 9051 9774 or email

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