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Director and Chief Executive Officer
BizNaz Resources International Pte Ltd
Speaking to TTG Asia e-Daily in an interview, Eric Saw, chief executive of BizNaz Resources International, the company that takes stewardship of Doulos Phos, revealed that the entire cost of the project - comprising conservation and refurbishment of the vessel, land reclamation and construction of facilities on land - will amount to S$25 million (US$19.7 million).
"It will be a five-star boutique hotel, and we are now exploring a few marketing representatives specialising in luxury hotels to market and sell Doulos Phos," said Saw. "We expect a fair bit of guests to be Singaporeans, and we intend to target international visitors to Singapore who are willing to extend two or three days in Bintan, particularly the Australian and Chinese markets which we've been told are strong for Bintan," he added. Saw plans to "work with as many hotels in Bintan as possible" and to build a "reciprocal relationship". He explained: "We will not be able to accommodate a 400-pax group that holds its event in our banquet hall, so we will need the support of other hotels on the island.
This ship which was for merly owned by German Christian charity GBA Ships was used as a floating bookshop before being sold to Mr. Eric Saw, Director and Chief Executive of BizNaz Resources International Pte Ltd in Singapore .
According to the ship ' s owner, Mr. Saw, he would inves t $5.33 million with the purpose of refurbish ing this old ship and turn its cabins into luxury hotel rooms, restaurants, banquet rooms, a maritime museum and offices.
According to The Straits Times, Singapore businessman, Eric Saw said he would invest 7.5 million Singapore dollars ($5.33 million) on upgrading this old ship and converting it into a luxury hotel with Rolex Watches stores.
Saw, director of BizNaz Resources International, bought the ship for an undisclosed amount from the German Christian charity GBA Ships, which operated Doulos as a floating bookshop from 1977 before decommissioning it in Singapore last year.
After much prayer, Christian businessman Eric Saw, Director and Chief Executive of BizNaz Resources International Pte Ltd in Singapore, has taken over ownership.
Ownership of the MV Doulos, listed as the world's oldest ocean-going passenger ship, was officially transferred this week to Christian businessman Eric Saw, Director and Chief Executive of BizNaz Resources International Pte Ltd in Singapore.
This is by no means the first time that Eric Saw has had contact with this unique vessel. "My family and I have been on board the Doulos on many occasions whenever she visited Singapore," he said. Our hope from the beginning was that a way could be found for the ship to be preserved, and I am delighted that agreement has been reached with Eric Saw. "Subject to approval by the various authorities, we would like to have themed restaurants and cafés, a bookshop and a banquet room for seminars, conferences and weddings," said Eric Saw. A change of name is also in Eric Saw's mind. "Our plans are to rename her Doulos Phos where she will, in her new role, be both a servant and a light." Eric Saw also operates the Singapore based Stewords Riverboat, a non-motorised Mississippi-styled riverboat moored at the city's Marina South Pier which is a venue for a wide variety of functions and events, including 'Breaking Bread', a café themed around Bible-inspired food and fellowship.