Fort Lauderdale-based Dockwise Yacht Transport is organizing the transport of 20 private cruising yachts from Salalah, Oman, to Marmaris, Turkey, in April because of the increased threat of pirate attacks in that area of the world.
"Due to increased piracy, cruising sailors are altering their plans for getting from southeastern Asia to the Mediterranean," Dockwise president Clemens van der Werf said in a statement.
"By virtue of their independent and adventurous nature, some of these sailors had not previously thought about shipping as an alternative, but they are thinking differently now," he added. "Dockwise is committed to assisting them in all phases of learning about the process and then implementing a plan so they can ship to designated ports, rather than travel through dangerous waters on their own."
In mid-February four Americans on board a sailboat that pirates hijacked off the coast of Oman were killed by their captors. More recently, Somali pirates took seven Danes hostage, including three children, after hijacking their yacht off the Somali coast.
"These attacks on private cruising yachts are deeply disturbing and are an assault on our collective yachting family," van der Werf said. "We will do all we can to help sailors meet their needs, utilizing extensive shipping routes and schedules used by our own Dockwise vessels, as well as our alliances with heavy-lift operators around the world."