On the subject of yachts spotted in St. Maarten, I just recieved this press release...
Major upgrade planned at St Maarten shipyard
By IBI Magazine / David Foxwell
St Maarten Shipyard in the Caribbean is to benefit from a major upgrade programme in 2006, will see the facilities at the yard dramatically enhanced, turning it into a regional centre for megayacht repairs.
Among the new facilities at the yard will be a new Syncrolift and a new ship transfer system from TTS Handling Systems in Norway.
As Rolf-Atle Tomassen, TTS Handling Systems' Sales & Marketing director explained, the new transfer system with Powered Wheel Transporter (PWT) is an enhanced version of the Dual Walking Beam (DWB) transfer system which TTS has been supplying to yards around the world since 1980. Development of the new PWT90 transfer system was sponsored by Innovation Norway.
The PWT system runs on rubber wheels and will therefore have a higher transport speed than the existing equipment at the yard.
St. Maarten Shipyard has purchased 10 PWT90 units with an option of four more. Each PWT90 unit lifts and moves 90 tonnes on six axles, and is fitted with its own hydraulic power pack and programmable logic controller. The entire system can be controlled by a single operator from a central control unit, and will enable St Maarten Shipyard to dock and repair mega yachts of 60m-70m in length.
Megayachts will be docked on cradles parked on the Syncrolift. When the Syncrolift has lifted the vessel out of the water to land level, the PWT90 transfer system is positioned beneath the cradles and the vessel is then lifted and transferred to a dry berth where repair work can be carried out. The PWT transfer system can move the vessel in any direction and rotate the vessel to position it in the best possible position for work to be carried out.
(14 March 2005)