Discussion in 'Yacht Transport Ships' started by YachtForum, Jan 5, 2007.
Swear to God we're not together ... LMBOROTF!
If you move your curser over the small computer icon immediately to the left of each post, it will display the IP address of the poster. We're definitely not together!
Although, if one of us was using a laptop with an aircard... who knows?
Sorry guys, I just watched "Sleepless in Seattle" the other night...
This is some way to derail a thread. Although maybe CCamper IS Catalina Camper. Hmmm.....
I'll post some of the photos I have from when I was onboard and give em all a first hand perspective.
Have a nice day (you two).
Or Camper has split personality!!??.
More pics to get On track again!!
The Y/C Dockwise Express has been launched.. I am not sure if this has been posted but it looks fairly recent to me. She seem to have been launched on the 19th of January. The Yacht Transport website has been updated with nice pics of the launching and now indeed we can really see what the vessel looks like. Very stylish looking for a yacht carrier.
She will go on for sea trials In May but her Delivery to the owners will be sometime in that month as well.
For more on this wonderful progress in build visit the Dockwise Yacht Transport website....http://www.yacht-transport.com/index.php?sid=135
Carl was first on this one
Here you go Talon. I took these shots when I spent the day aboard the SS 3. Watched the entire operation, from submerge, to float off/float on and deballasting. The crew, all in orange jumpsuits, buzzed around like busy bees all day, barely takinga break until all was done. This research was for a story for The Triton, and now is on Dockwise's site: http://184.108.40.206/downloads/files/Dockwise 0611.pdf (shameless plug but here so you can get additional info, nothing in it for me).
Pic 1 - Shot from on the deck before the action starts
Pic 2 - The submerging, or ballasting procedure begins
Pic 3 - Flooding the deck continues
Pic 4 - A tight squeeze. But Capt Rick did a great job manuevering this baby out. Crew helps with placing fenders along the catwalk. Not a scratch.
Pic 5 - Brand new Warren 87 arriving from Australia for FLIBS. Sean from Warren is on the back deck with a remote control backing out.
I was just about to say, that's Sean from Warren on the aft deck of the 87'. He's a member of YF. Good guy.
Yes he is. Gave me the tour during FLIBS and told me to come on down for another visit anytime. May have to take him up on that and get a few shots of the interior (that new camera has me clicking away like a Japanese tourist, no offense). Sean, let me know when the next one comes in.
The Warren looks like a smaller version of a Sunseeker Predator.
What angle does the DYT ship have to keep whilst submerging, too much too quickly would have the yachts slip off the wooden props.
Ah hah!!! Now were talking!!! I am going to get a quote right away! Thanks so much.
It takes a while for the ship to ballast. You really don't feel it. No sudden jerks, drops, movements. The aft lowers first (of course) but the entire ship goes down so it's not really on an angle. During the process, the load master is down on deck and the catwalks, with the captain in the aft wheel house running the pumps, always in radio contact.
I have seen smaller semi-submersibles in operation, so was just curious on a larger vessel.
I (Maybe others too!) would like to see this in operation by having a link to a video.
Snippits of starting to ballast, mid way, then yachts on, back to floating.
The media on DYTs site shows a cursory glance of the sinking / loading process.
Is this possible??
If my memory serves me correctly I think Dockwise was featured on a Discovery Channel or Travel Channel show called "Megaships"(?). The segment goes through the entire process of loading, transport and unloading. It's very impressive to see all the work that goes into this operation. It gets replayed from time to time. I have my Tivo set to record anything with YACHT and this show pops up every couple of months.
Here is a 5 min video from youtube that is shows you the process.
Not sure what the angles are, Talon, but the yacht carrier crew, combined with our loading masters and draftsmen, are the ones to receive credit for smooth operations. I give them a LOT of credit!!! Besides, these ships were built purposefully and specifically for heavy cargo. We pride ourselves on safety and reliability.
BTW, Warren has been a loyal client for quite some time now. Thank you, Sean!
You are quite welcome. Glad to be of service...
I do believe it takes six hours to balast, and vice-versa.
We were featured on Discovery Channel's SUPER SHIPS. In addition, we were featured in another Discovery Channel special about MEGA YACHTS. I have a copy of both DVDs. Anyone interested, I would be more then happy to burn you a copy.
Thanks for all the responses to my question.
The UK tends to lack Boat / Yacht programs of any substance.
If a copy is on offer then please put me down for one, so I can fully see the "Experts" at work.
How big are the exhausts on the new Dockwise Express? 4ft wide?