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Delta Marina and the Delta Express Service, Hong Kong

by Asia Yacht Press 18 Jun 01:33 PDT
Hei Ling Chau Typhoon Shelter. The answer to Hong Kong's moorings shortage? © Nick Atkinson

Hong Kong has been short of moorings for private vessels as long as anyone can remember. The Government’s Marine Department (MarDep) lists over 10,000 registered private leisure vessels competing for only 5,000-odd public and private moorings. There are very few berths for superyachts over 100ft, and the increasing number of multihulls struggle with marina access and mooring grids unsuitable for their beam.

MarDep has recently proposed additional mooring facilities in a number of locations, the biggest of which is the typhoon shelter at Hei Ling Chau. This has been proposed as a mooring area on many occasions, but has previously been dismissed by boat owners on account of poor accessibility and lack of primary services.

Until now.

“Hei Ling Chau typhoon shelter is a great facility just begging to be used”, says Bart Kimman of Delta Marina and Express Service Ltd. “We are offering a seamless end-to-end service that includes assistance with the acquisition of a proper legal mooring in a Government Typhoon Shelter, followed up by a service package to look after your boat that includes security, water, limited electricity, grey and black water pump-out, mooring inspection, typhoon preparation, and assistance with on-site servicing, maintenance and repairs.”

Delta Marina can also provide interior/exterior cleaning, catering and provisioning services, dinghy and tender hire, water toy hire, and professional captain and crew hire.

Kimman adds, “it really is a one-stop-shop arrangement. We’ll get you onto a mooring, look after your boat like it’s our own, get it ready to use, put a crew on board, tidy it up afterwards, and handle all those annoying things like annual surveys, inspections, and licensing requirements. Call it a Yacht Concierge Service.”

There are very few really big mooring spaces in Hong Kong: that’s another problem solved at Hei Ling Chau. Catamarans are often not welcome in marinas on account of their beam, and that’s just not a problem at Delta Marina.

In Hong Kong convenience is everything. Hei Ling Chau has often been dismissed as a good place to moor a boat as it is not located in the middle of Central: it is, however, only 15 minutes due west of Aberdeen, 8 minutes from Discovery Bay, or 3 minutes from Mui Wo by Delta Marina’s fast limousine ferry.

“Speed annihilates distance. Very shortly, we’ll be running some complimentary media trips to prove the point.” The Delta Express is a superbly comfortable purpose-built 18 passenger tender that cruises at 24 knots and is an integral part of the Delta Marina Service package.

Delta Express provides both regular and on-demand services. Causeway Bay to your mooring at Hei Ling Chau, with a scenic trip through the harbour thrown in? Just 22 minutes.

Your boat is only a gin and tonic away.

For further information: T: Delta Marina and Express Service Ltd +852 6255 0579 E: anchor@deltamarina.hk www.deltamarine.hk

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