Turkish luxury yacht firm to open new construction facility in July


Alia Yachts, which launched the 60m superyacht Samurai, is to triple the size of its shipyard.

Luxury boat builder Alia Yachts plans to open a new construction facility at its Antalya site on Turkey’s south coast later this month (July).

The new facility will boast a total indoor area of 16,000 sqm and include five construction halls; each measuring up to 90m in length. Two of the halls will have a height of 22m; enabling the use of cranes to assemble large yachts – even those equipped with radar masts – entirely under cover. 

The existing facility, covering an area of about 8,000 sqm and comprising three construction sheds, specialist workshops and a design studio, has itself been expanded in recent years. The investment was made to supply bespoke interiors to other yacht builders worldwide; including firms in The Netherlands and Australia.

Triple the size of the shipyard

The new complex will triple the size of the shipyard, making Alia Yachts one of the biggest yacht-building facilities in Turkey.

Alia’ founder and president Gökhan Çelik said the investment will help the firm achieve three key goals. “First, it will increase our production capacity and allow us to work simultaneously on more projects. Second, it will enable us to accommodate larger projects than our existing sheds currently allow. And, last but not least, it will help grow our focus on the refit sector.”

Currently under construction at Alia’s Lloyds’s certified site is the 32.4m Nozomi II, which is the sistership to Virgen del Mar; described by the company as a “pocket superyacht”. Also under construction are two other motor-yacht projects plus a further three under final contract negotiations.

‘Pocket superyacht’

The builders, engineers, shipwrights, technicians, electricians, mechanics, welders and laminators all share invaluable insight into solutions for even the most complex yacht concepts, according to the company. 

Alia Yachts was founded in 2008 by Çelik, together with his business partner Ömer Koray. Its purpose-built facilities are equipped to cater for luxury yacht construction in various materials up to 80m in length.

Meanwhile, in 2016, Alia launched the 60m superyacht Samurai. The vessel’s exterior was designed by Omega Architects and the interior was created by UK-based company Redman Whiteley Dixon with naval architecture by Van Oosanen.