Earlier this week, the 686-foot (209 meter) Yacht Express, the flagship of Dockwise Yacht Transport’s (DYT) fleet of semi-submersible ships, pulled into Ft. Lauderdale. Onboard was a record breaking cargo of boats and luxury yacht charter vessels valued collectively at $270,341,000. The gray and orange-colored super ship took a berth at Port Everglades and began an hours-long de-ballasting process that allowed sea water to flood its dock bay. By early evening, 19 state-of-the-art luxury yachts safely motored out the back and into the waters of South Florida.
The largest of the vessels to off-load was Trinity motor yacht MI SUENO #skyfall . The 190’ (57.91 meter) megayacht had loaded on to Yacht Express in Genoa, Italy on October 6. She had just returned from the Monaco Yacht Show and was delivered to South Florida to enter the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Captain Glynn Smith explained the reason the 190′ Trinity yacht charter vessel is delivered via transport ship: “The reason that Mi Sueno is shipped must be credited to the yacht’s owner who really knows how to look after his crew and boat. The crew needs time off after such a busy Mediterranean yacht charter season, and shipping…gives us that option.”
“A typical Atlantic crossing can add 400 to 500 hours on a yacht’s engines and generators, not to mention unforeseen incidents that might occur in the middle of the ocean.”
Several of the other yachts on Yacht Express have shipped with DYT multiple times, including the 163’ (49.70 meter) motor yacht CASINO ROYALE, the 160’ (48.78 meter) ODESSA (four times each), the 161’ (49.09 meter) ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM (seven times), and the 132 foot (40.24 meter) motor yacht MISS ROSE.
DYT had a second transport arrive from the Mediterranean this week. The ship Super Servant 4, arrived in Ft. Lauderdale on Friday from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, fully loaded with 24 yachts totaling $190,000,000 in value. Some of the sailboats were offloaded, bound for St. Thomas, USVI, in time for the Caribbean charter season.