Dutch sub maker taps Asian investment partner
BREDA _ U-Boat Worx, the Dutch maker of advanced, private submarines, has struck a partnership with Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, head of Asia’s Genting Group which is active in the leisure, hospitality, bio-tech, energy and other sectors. The company said the deal would spur growth, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, by creating increased production capacity, shorter delivery times and better technical and other support worldwide.
Tan Sri Lim called U-Boat Worx manned submersibles “an innovative product that offers the unique experience of deep-sea exploration and ocean diving without getting into scuba gear.” Exa Limited, a company owned by him, is the Asia Pacific distributor for U-Boat Worx submersibles. It will develop and implement a sales and marketing strategy and dealership network in close cooperation with U-Boat Worx which sells its submersibles in the research, offshore, tourism and yachting sectors.
U-Boat Worx makes half a dozen submersibles accommodating up to 6 people. Powered by high-capacity Lithium-Ion batteries, they reach depths of up to 300m for scientific, commercial and private ends. At the 3013 Cannes International Boat Show, Sofia _ a Moonen-42m super-yacht _ caught the spotlight by displaying a 3-seater yellow sub on the aft deck. U-Boat Worx subs fit on yachts of 20m and up. They meet the safety standards of the Hamburg-based Germanischer Lloyd Classification Society. U-Boat Worx subs let you dive for up to 8 hours. In case of an emergency, there is life support system that gives you at least 96 hours below the surface.