Dockwise Yacht Transport’s (DYT) Super Ship Yacht Express, will visit the Northeast for the first time ever when it stops in Newport, R.I., for two days next week. Not since the Queen Elizabeth 2 last came to Newport in September of 2008 has there been a ship of such magnificence to grace Narragansett Bay.
“While other transporters use cranes to lift yachts onto their decks, Yacht Express purposely ‘sinks’ to accommodate a float-on cargo of private luxury yachts, sailing and sport fishing boats,” said DYT East Coast agent Ann Souder. “After she submerges her deck, she then rises to let the yachts, ranging in size from 24 to over 200 feet, ride high and dry. No problem, and no anxious moments for yacht owners and their dream yachts.”
Appearing more as a floating marina than an ocean liner while underway, the Yacht Express will arrive today, Monday, July 27th. It will anchor just south of Goat Island and begin submerging that evening while clients board to sign paperwork and inspect their yachts, which have been transported here from Toulon, France. The unloading of several yachts and the loading of others will take place on Tuesday, July 28, and the ship will leave later that night for Ft. Lauderdale.
“It’s an amazing process,” added Souder about the submersion of the ship and the utilization of a swat team of experts, including a loading master, the ship’s crew and scuba divers, for safety and efficiency, “somewhat like a scene out of a James Bond movie, but it is one that provides the safest, most efficient way for boat owners to move their prized possessions around the world.”
Souder explained that DYT, headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, transports approximately 1,200 yachts on these “floating marinas” each year. Yacht Express is more than 130 feet longer than DYT's other carriers and features such added amenities as complimentary cabins for crew who are riding along, an atrium with a 180 degree view and lounge bar, an outdoor swimming pool deck, restaurant and cinema, as well as conference, media and fitness facilities. It was built at the Yantai Raffles Shipyard, in China, with an aim to provide the fastest transoceanic yacht delivery service ever from Florida and the Mediterranean.
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