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Derecktor Shipyard’s Fort Pierce, Fla., facility continues to take shape. Construction began in November last year, and the yard has taken delivery of a mobile lift that has a 1,500-ton capacity.

Tom Serio Photography

Tom Serio Photography

Following a lengthy approval process by various agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the City of Fort Pierce and others, construction began in November of last year at the century-old port.

Manufactured by Italy-based Cimolai Technology, the lift has 32 wheels that are more than 8 feet tall and weigh more than 10,000 pounds each. When assembled, it will be 85 feet high, 75 feet wide, 120 feet long and weigh 738 tons. The lift will be able to haul vessels to 250 feet.

Tom Serio Photography

Tom Serio Photography

“This gives us the ability to save time and money for our customers, who before this have had to rely on dry docks for haulouts” Derecktor marketing and sales director Justin Beard said in a statement. “Large sailing yachts have generally not looked to U.S. yards for service due to the lack of suitable haulout facilities. It opens an exciting new market to us and the industry in Florida.”

Derecktor estimates the lift will be operable in May.

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