MY Kalizma – First Superyacht to moor at Port City Colombo Marina – Lanka Business Online
Port City Colombo Marina hosted the MY Kalizma – The Classic Superyacht, which was once owned by Hollywood idols Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The first superyacht to sail in the marina of the port city of Colombo, established Colombo as a port of call in the Indian Ocean with facilities for mooring luxury superyachts.
Pierre Pringiers, president of the Sail Lanka Yachting group which manages the Port City Colombo marina, said: a Superyacht destination. Seeing this historic superyacht moored at the marina is a dream come true for me, and is a fitting tribute to our staff who efficiently handled the logistics and administrative details. I also want to express my sincere thanks to the officials of the Colombo Port City and Customs, Immigration and all agencies involved. I hope Kalizma’s arrival bodes well for the success of the Superyacht tour and Sri Lanka’s openness to cruising and yacht charter, one of the new pillars of the tourism industry. .
MY Kalizma served in both World Wars in the British Royal Navy. It was in 1967 that two of Hollywood’s most famous actors, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, chartered the yacht for a Mediterranean cruise. They fell in love with the yacht and Burton bought it and gave it to Taylor. They named the yacht Kalizma after their three daughters, Kate, Liza and Maria.
Aashim Mongia, Managing Director of West Coast Marine Yacht Services in India, which operates the yacht, said: “MY Kalizma has been sailing in the Indian Ocean region during the last season. The opening of the Port City Colombo Marina is a boon for superyachts visiting the area, and hopefully we will see more superyachts entering the Indian Ocean region for nautical tourism. We thank the Sri Lankan authorities, the Sail Lanka Yachting group and the management of Port City Colombo, for their help in making MY Kalizma’s visit a success. With this first visit, we hope to bring more yachts to Sri Lanka to explore the untapped potential that the island nation has to offer.
Port City Colombo Marina is expected to be one of the most modern and largest international yacht marinas in the region. When fully operational, it is expected to have the capacity to anchor 200 yachts and become one of the largest such sites in the region. It is also expected to have a mini yacht repair facility, duty-free terminal, customs and facilities for several other sea-related businesses.
Sail Lanka Yachting Group, founded in 2014 by Pierre Pringiers, operates a fleet of 10 luxury catamarans around the island (www.sail-lanka-charter.com) and designs manufacturing boats and develops marine infrastructure and boats export since 2008. The Sail Lanka Yachting group now also manages the operations of the Port City Colombo marina.
SLYG’s vision is to develop Sri Lanka as one of the leading centers for the construction, ownership and charter of boats and yachts in South and South East Asia and to make Sri Lanka a key destination for world class for experiential tourism and marine tourism.