In a rare occurrence last week, DYT Yacht Transport’s two semi-submersible ships pulled into Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) simultaneously to load $350 million worth of yachts bound for the Mediterranean Sea.
With busy sailing schedules to worldwide destinations, it is unusual for the 556-foot M/V Super Servant 4 and the 686-foot M/V Yacht Express to be seen in close proximity to each other, much less in the same port doubling up on the fascinating process by which they float private luxury yachts into their cargo bays.
“Fort Lauderdale has been the western hemisphere’s home base for operations in the yachting industry for decades,” said DYT’s Jeff Last,” and it is here where yachts, small and large, spend time between busy charter seasons. April thru June are the prime time for yachts to take the journey across the pond in order to reach the Mediterranean’s cruising grounds in time for peak season.”
This special DYT double shipment includes a total of 39 yachts with lengths ranging from 30-200 feet. The two fully-loaded ships left Port Everglades on May 22nd and are scheduled for drop-offs in Genoa, Italy, Taranto, Italy, and Palma De Mallorca, Spain during the second week of June.
M/V Super Servant 4 and M/V Yacht Express are the only semi-submersible vessels in the world specifically engineered for yacht transportation.
These unique vessels submerge, transforming into a marina where professional yacht captains and crew are able to dock their owners’ prized possessions safely and with no hassle. DYT then de-ballasts the vessel to have the yachts rest on secured supports, effectively allowing for transportation of the yachts while on a floating dry-dock complete with power and water hookups. The “float-on” process is then reversed for an equally safe “float-off” delivery of the yachts at their desired destinations.
Since 1987, DYT Yacht Transport, based in Fort Lauderdale and a member of the Dutch shipping company Spliethoff Group, has delivered over 13,150 motor and sailing yachts to various destinations around the globe.