Visiting our shipyard in Taiwan

Visiting our shipyard in Taiwan
| by Offshore West

By: Rojo Lomeli

As the commissioning manager for new Offshores, I periodically visit our shipyard in Taiwan to survey the progress of our yachts as they are being built. Such was the case this last month when I got an extended preview of our latest 80’ motoryacht, hull# 80032. Such visits give me a jump start on each craft’s commissioning requirements prior to its arrival in the United States. Offshore Yachts does have a full-time quality control manager on site at the shipyard, however, it never hurts to have another set of eyes assessing the situation from Offshore West’s POV. Generally, though, my responsibilities really begin when a new build arrives here in the US and the commissioning process is set in motion.

Each commission project begins with my checklist. I walk through every section of the boat, bow to stern and top to bottom, confirming that each and every system works properly: engines, stabilizers, mechanicals, electronics, utilities, lights, faucets, and hundreds of other items smaller in scale but still very important.

Visiting Taiwan is always an adventure. Experiencing how another very different culture lives and works, their customs, trying new and for me exotic foods. And of course, it’s always good to see Alan (our QC manager), Wendy (administrative assistant), and many factory personnel with whom I’ve worked closely over the years.

After 31 years with Offshore West, it is a matter of great pride to be part of a close-knit team that puts quality first and works together to ensure that each new Offshore meets or exceeds the highest standard of quality. I’m always pleased to visit our Taiwan shipyard and see all the latest designs, materials, and construction techniques take the form of a wonderful new yacht. And now, it’s on to the final stage of the new build process – commissioning (this time in Florida).