In late February, Dockwise Yacht Transport’s (DYT) 456 ft Super Servant 3 left Port Everglades for Toulon, unloading 18 yachts and loading one in St. Thomas, then moved on to Martinique where it loaded 18 more yachts, totaling 32 power and sailing yachts for a final cargo value of $140m.
‘In early March, the second of DYT’s fleet of semi-submersible transport ships, the 556 ft Super Servant 4, departed from Port Everglades, heading to Palma de Mallorca with another $140m worth of yachts. “For the most part, the yachts are headed for the Caribbean and the Mediterranean for the Spring and Summer sailing season,” said DYT President Clemens van der Werf. “Some are charter yachts but others are privately owned. In fact, many of the yachts we shipped to the Med went there for vacation as well as charter commitments in conjunction with such May events as the MYBA Charter Show in Genoa, Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix.”All of this bodes well for the world’s only float-on, float-off transport service. “Of course we feel the effects of the economy on our business,” said van der Werf, “but it’s clear that our services, which once were a novelty due to the unique way our ships accommodate their cargoes, are now integral to the economy of an extensive, and certainly significant, global network of marine businesses and waterfront developments.”