A new superyacht hub centre is under development in the Japanese port of Yokohama for completion in 2019. The facility will offer 900m (2,950ft) of berthing space with a depth of at least 13m (43ft) alongside, so will be able to accommodate the largest superyachts.

News of the project emerged at the Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference being held in Singapore ahead of the Singapore Yacht Show.

Nigel Beatty, the owner and founder of Superyacht Logistics, told IBI: “We are helping with the planning and development of this facility. On one side of the pier there will be 450m (1,478ft) of quay and on the other side a split of 200m (656ft) and 250m (820ft). Yachts can be berthed stern-on or alongside.

He explained that the top of the pier has been flattened and space on the pier will be used for retail and restaurants and other catering outlets to make it into a superyacht hub destination including customs and immigration. Electrical connections of 600V will be available.

Beatty explained that the project was a development between private investors and municipal authorities with completion set for the middle of 2019. No details on the level of investment in the hub has been made known.