Sun Sentinel: Thirty-nine yachts hauled from Fort Lauderdale to Europe June 4, 2015
It’s not every day that $350 million worth of yachts get loaded onto ships in South Florida bound for Europe.
But that’s what just happened in Fort Lauderdale, when DYT Yacht Transport filled the decks of its 556-foot Super Servant 4 and 686-foot Yacht Express “semi-submersible” ships to haul the luxury yachts to the Mediterranean.
DYT’s double-shipment carried 39 yachts ranging in length from 30 feet to 200 feet. The ships left Broward County’s Port Everglades on May 22 and are scheduled to drop off the yachts in Genoa and Taranto in Italy and Palma de Mallorca in Spain during the second week of June, the company said.
Based in Fort Lauderdale, DYT Transport has delivered more than 13,150 motor and sailing yachts to destinations worldwide since 1987. It is part of the Dutch shipping firm Spliethoff Group.
Yacht transport is big business in Fort Lauderdale, dubbed the “yacht capital of the world.” Yachts often are hauled back and forth across the Atlantic to the area’s boatyards for maintenance and repairs between winter cruising season in the Caribbean and summer season in Europe.
“April through 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” there, Jeff Last of DYT said in a news release.
DYT said its latest haul used “semi-submersible” ships engineered for yacht transport. The carriers partly submerge, so that yacht captains can dock their vessels aboard. After ballast is removed and the carriers float higher, the yachts are secured into supports for their journey — as if on a “floating dry-dock, complete with power and water-hookups,” DYT said.