Singapore is the ideal location for stop-over to receive shipments, source for parts, provisioning, bunkering as well as carry out that essential maintenance and repair.
Being a port city, Singapore has long been recognised as the go-to place for ship repair and some of the shipyards have transformed themselves to be competent in handling white boats. In addition, Singapore has established itself as one of the world’s leading and Asia’s largest aviation MRO hubs to serve business jets as well as helicopter. It is truly a one stop shop for superyachts.
Singapore has three world class marina that are friendly to transiting superyachts. These are One15 Marina Club, Raffles Marina and Keppel Marina. These marinas provide secured berthing with world class infrastructure and marina services. Captains enjoy peace of mind berthing in Singapore because of the security and safe environment.
There are plenty of things for the crew to do while in Singapore. The only F1 night race is held in this city state every September. Concert and shows featuring internationally renowned artists can be found all year round. Singapore is cosmopolitan and ultra-modern with a vibrant night life. In 2010, around 11 million visitors came here and the figure is growing every year.
Getting around Singapore is inexpensive and easy. There is a subway system known as the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and it is linked with the bus system throughout the island. English is the working language and signs, maps and instructions are all in English. Taxi service is clean and efficient. Charges are based on meter reading but do take note that surcharges apply during peak, midnight hour and for certain journeys such as from the airport and city. You can flag a taxi on the road the traditional way or book a ride by mobile app.
If you have time in your hand and wishes to explore neighbouring countries in the region, there are lots of exotic places within 4 hours flight time that can be reached by direct flights from Singapore. With 5000 arrivals and departures a week by 80 international airlines, Changi International Airport has been consistently voted the best in the world by business as well as leisure travellers.
As a free port, Singapore is a shopping paradise. Duties are only applicable to four broad categories of goods – intoxicating liquors, tobacco products, motor vehicles and petroleum products. Otherwise, it is just the Goods and Services Tax (GST) which stands at 7% at the moment. However, tourists could get their GST refund at checkpoints such as the airports when they leave the country. For crew, a good yacht agent will be able to advise you on GST compliances and optimisation.