Joe Johnson, former president of the U.S.-based shipyard Real Ships, has recently decided to move his new operation, Long Range Marine, in Klaeng, Thailand through a cooperative venture with BP Marine Engineers shipyard, which has more than 20 years of experience in building aluminium and steel vessels.
With new tools, highly skilled craftsmen and experienced managers, Long Range Marine carries on offering the classic Expedition yachts originally built by Real Ships. A 24m Expedition vessel is already under construction at the Klaeng facility.
In addition to these models, Joe Johnson, in collaboration with the italian designer Gian Paolo Nari, has decided to develop a new line of customised Expedition Passagemakers with a more modern and european flair.
BP Marine Shipyard is about 3 hours southeast of Bangkok and 2.5 hours from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). The local town of Laem Mae Phim is a small resort community with beautiful beaches and the lovely island of Koh Samet just offshore. There are beach side resorts nearby to ensure comfort and relaxation for the clients.
The shipyard has ISO 9001 certification for repair, construction and design, and welders are Lloyds Certified.
Photos: Courtesy of Long Range Marine / Gian Paolo Nari