Dockwise reporting steady transport business

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Fort Lauderdale-based Dockwise Yacht Transport says it has been busy despite the tough economic times.

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In late February, DYT’s 456-foot Super Servant 3 left Port Everglades for Toulon, France, unloading 18 yachts and loading one in St. Thomas, then moved on to Martinique where it loaded 18 more yachts, totaling 32 power- and sailboats for a final cargo value of $140 million.

In early March, the second of DYT’s fleet of semisubmersible transport ships, the 556-foot Super Servant 4, departed Port Everglades, heading to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, with another $140 million worth of yachts.

“For the most part, the yachts are headed for the Caribbean and the Mediterranean for the spring and summer sailing season,” DYT president Clemens van der Werf said in a statement. “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.”

A DYT vessel “sinks” to a level where yachts can be safely maneuvered on their own bottoms into the ship’s cargo hold.

DYT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dockwise Ltd. Since its maiden voyage in 1987, the company has transported more than 10,000 yachts to various destinations around the world.

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