Please select your home edition
Highfield Boats - Power - LEADERBOARD

Asia Boating Dialogue 2020: promoting collective thinking

by Guy Nowell 22 Sep 07:56 PDT
Asia Boating Dialogue 2020 © ABD

Asia is a big place. From the Indian Ocean to Pacific, it’s all ‘Asia’ (unless you go a long way south). It involves a huge number of countries, with all the associated variations and complications of regulations that entails. Most of them have practically zero experience of boating as a recreational activity. ‘Boats’ are fishing vessels, ferries, and large commercial vessels.. They are not 30ft sailing boats or shiny white superyachts, and the local regulations often reflect the fact.

There’s great boating to be had in Asia, both for residents and visitors, but the attendant bureaucracy is frequently off-putting. This great big region is not the Med or the Caribbean, where recreational boating of all sorts is not new, and the local authorities be they ever so fragmented, all understand what is going on. No surprise then that for so long we have been hearing at conferences and meetings that “Asia needs to work together” where the boating industry is concerned. Indeed.

The Asia Boating Dialogue (ABD) is the 2020 online update of the small meeting that started five years ago as the Asian Boating Forum (ABF), bringing together country representatives from India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Despite constraints on international movement, recreational boating in Asia is in good health.

150-something people tuned in to the ABD to hear that India has a lot of people, but not many pleasure craft. It has some nice islands to the south west (Lakshwadeep Islands) and some in the Andaman Sea (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) but boasts very little infrastructure aimed at either local or visiting boaters. But it is developing.

Sri Lanka has a number of delightful ports (Trincomalee, Galle etc) but lacks infrastructure aimed at either local or visiting boaters. But it is developing.

Thailand has well-developed marina facilities in Phuket (we know them) and Pattaya (Ocean Marina). Indonesia – “the Caribbean of Asia” – consists of 17,000 islands and four marinas, although entry/CIQ regulations are less onerous than they used to be. But it is developing.

Malaysia has a boating hub in the shape of Langkawi, and a number of well-intentioned Govt ideas. It is to be hoped that they (the ideas) will be more practical than recent failed marina-building programmes.

Singapore has the infrastructure, but it also has a ferocious MPA (Marine Port Authority) that stops anyone doing anything, and there is nowhere to go when you get out of the marina, except to another country. The Philippines is potentially as fabulous as Indonesia – an archipelago nation packed to the gunwhales with natural beauty, but precious few facilities or infrastructure after Manila and Subic Bay.

None of this is new information. Various attempts have been made to “get everyone talking”. The Asian Boating Dialogue is but the latest version of what Martin Redmayne used to call it “joined up thinking” at the Singapore Superyacht Conference. The ABD is saying the same thing, and rightly so - but is a tough call to ask a collective of well-informed boating industry representatives to take on all the governments of the ‘Asian boating region’ and ask them to fall in line. Watch this space.

ABD v2.0 next week: China, China (Hainan focus), Hong Kong & Macau, Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan. 16.00h, 29 September 2020.

Related Articles

MJM Yachts at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Enjoy both the comfort of yachting and the freedom of outboards. Join us at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from October 28th to November 1st. The 53z, 43z, and 35z models on display offer best in class stability, smoothness of ride, and ease of operation and ownership. Posted on 24 Oct
Benetti to showcase Delfino 95 at FLIBS 2020
The world's largest boat show will be an opportunity for Benetti yachts lovers. Benetti is attending the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show where it is showing one of the brand's most successful Class category yachts: Delfino 95, here represented by the eight unit. Posted on 24 Oct
Oceanco NXT
Reflecting on innovation and sustainability in an authentic and meaningful way Oceanco NXT brings together an inspiring collaboration of experts to answer the future demands by reflecting across industries of the new, younger demographic landscape, with the ultimate goal of zero impact on the environment. Posted on 24 Oct
Godfrey announces 5 new DFL Sanpan models
The key feature is the addition of a Dual Flip Lounge Godfrey Marine, manufacturer of pontoons built with enduring quality and superior craftsmanship, announced today the launch of five new configurations in its legendary Sanpan product line - the 2021 Sanpan Dual Flip Lounge (DFL). Posted on 24 Oct
BYD Group unveiled new 75-meter superyacht concept
First images and sketches of their latest superyacht design Full-service naval architecture and engineering studio Bravo Yacht Design Group (BYD) shared first images and sketches of their latest superyacht design concept Bravo 75. Posted on 24 Oct
Sanlorenzo delivers the second 44 Alloy yacht
The aluminium 44-meter sets sail: the second of 5 units already sold Sanlorenzo channels the best of its experience, craftsmanship and innovation into the creation of Superyachts, a category that offers yachtsmen the most authentic sense of seagoing adventure, with large and variegated on-board spaces and technologies Posted on 24 Oct
Mercury Marine and Beneteau strengthen partnership
Beneteau customers will be able to take advantage of even more competitive outboard boat-and-engine. Mercury Marine has announced an expanded partnership with Beneteau on a global scale to leverage both companies' leadership position and offer Beneteau customers Mercury power on 2021 models. Posted on 24 Oct
The way forward
From 15m to 150m the word impact is well and truly part of the new vocabulary From 15m to 150m the word impact is well and truly part of the new vocabulary. Oceanco have just had their first NXT seminar, and then in the shorter LOA bracket, we have seen a lot of solar and hybrid action too. Posted on 23 Oct
Back Cove 39O - Almost there
Moving closer to that finish line, day by day! We are moving closer to that finish line, day by day! This has been an amazing journey, and we are so grateful for all of your support and enthusiasm along the way. Posted on 22 Oct
CL Yachts to debut CLB88
At the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show CL Yachts will officially debut its award-winning flybridge motor yacht, CLB88, in the United States this Fall. The CLB88's unveiling will showcase at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). Posted on 22 Oct
Highfield Boats - Power - FOOTERMarina Exchange FOOTER 1Maritimo 2019 Footer