Finding Lay-up Locations
Choosing the right lay-up location is about understanding the fundamental drivers in determining the best place to lay-up that’s suitable for your needs.
There are many factors when we look at where to layup and not are all about cost. Therefore see below the traffic movement of vessels in and out of Asia. While the majority of the traffic will come directly pass Singapore , there are also regional factors at play. When it comes to a lay-up location in Asia a number of places are used.
A lot of traffic leaves Asia full and returns empty. As such a location close to the next destination point to load cargo would make sense. With layup locations close to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur it offers calm weather conditions, plenty of dry docks, refit yards and of course cargo opportunities to re-enter service.
Mapping out the traffic with the major layup locations we have chosen 2 strategic locations to concentrate on. Most of the time we get inquiries from clients who will only consider looking around Singapore region as it is closer for site visits, especially when they have an office in town or require a dry dock. As such our 2 strategic locations are around Singapore and Batam / Karimun region and a layup anchorage near Port Dickson for larger vessels due to more cost effective port dues.
Minimum Lay-up Location Requirements
When looking for a layup location in Asia remember to note the following;
Consider the minimum requirements are for the site are to be:
- Approved by state or local authorities
- Sheltered from open seas
- With minimal tidal currents
- A good holding ground for anchors
- Outside of a typhoon/cyclone belt
Other factors to consider are
- First of all close to major shipping routes?
- Close to a major maritime hub for technical support?
- Is it easy to access your vessel for inspections?
- If I require a dry dock is there one close by?
- Are there any security concerns?
- Lastly how much will it cost