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Yachts return to South Florida on Dockwise Yacht Transport

Discussion in 'Yacht Transport Ships' started by Yacht News, Nov 8, 2012.

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  1. Precious Cargo of Luxury Yachts returns to South Florida


    Every October at Port Everglades, one of the most active cargo ports in the United States, Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) reminds the world that its semi-submersible ships are among the most extraordinary in the world, and the cargo they carry is as precious as any delivered around the globe by the thousands of ships that pass through there. This year, not one but two Dockwise ships, the 686-foot (209-meter) Yacht Express and the smaller 555.93-foot (169.49-meter) Super Servant 4, will follow in succession to the South Florida destination, having loaded in Genoa, Italy, and Palma de Mallorca, Spain, respectively. The cargo they carry—over 3,708.34 linear feet of luxury yachts—are worth a combined $358,475,000 USD and will either disembark at this Ft. Lauderdale stopover or carry on with DYT to other drop-off points in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

    According to Graeme Lord from Fairport Yacht Support in Ft. Lauderdale, shipping his client’s prized possession, the 136-foot (41.45 meter) M/Y Lagniappe, safely across the Atlantic takes lots of expertise, starting with his own in knowing who to trust. Lord has come to depend on DYT’s dedicated service to yacht transport in arranging bookings of anywhere from five to eight yachts a year for the last 15 years. That’s 50-100 yachts, he says, that he has either been involved with as a crew member or, more recently, as a “bookings and negotiations” coordinator for his own yacht support business.

    “There are plenty of ships without fixed schedules or published ports of call, which will pick up any cargo, including yachts, but this leaves too much to the shipping company’s discretion as far as which route it takes and how long it takes to get there,” said Lord. “And there are ships that do stick to schedules but don’t have the personnel with the knowledge of DYT’s loading masters, engineers and crews.”

    Most important to Lord is the way in which the yachts in his charge are loaded and off-loaded. DYT’s de-ballasting process allows sea water to flood each ship’s dock bay, giving it a marina-like appearance as yachts safely motor out the back and on to new adventures. The process is reversed for loading, with scuba divers securing the yachts with sea fasteners before the water leaves the 'marina'. “In all those shipments with DYT, I’ve never had anything even remotely that resembles any damage, but I’ve had problems in the past with other shipping companies where they show up to lift a yacht and they don’t have the right lifting gear. It’s a struggle; you don’t just go down to the hardware store and buy that lifting gear.”

    For more information:

    Dockwise Yacht Transport LLC
    1535 S.E. 17th St, Suite 200
    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33316
    USA
    Yacht Transport | Boat Transport

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